Guide to College Football RV Tailgating in Louisiana

Guide to College Football RV Tailgating in Louisiana

Ah, football season. If there’s one thing that eases the sting of saying goodbye to summer adventures, it’s the smell of football season back in the air again. College football RV tailgating in Louisiana is a popular fall activity, and as a top RV dealership in Louisiana, we totally understand why!

Why try RV Tailgating in Louisiana?

There’s no doubt that Louisianans take college football seriously. It’s a season in its own right around here! If you own an RV, RV tailgating can be the perfect way to experience this part of the Louisiana lifestyle. It allows you to have a comfortable place to hang out, cook food and watch pregame festivities alongside thousands of fellow fans who are just as excited as you are. You can get more creative with your tailgating menu when you have your whole RV kitchen at your fingertips! And you won’t miss a minute of College GameDay or any other games leading up to kickoff if you have satellite TV in your RV. Even if you’re not the biggest football fan, it’s worth it to try and experience this electric atmosphere at least once.

You can’t just show up to a college campus in your RV and expect to find parking, though. You’ll need to plan ahead. Passes for RV lots can be hard to come by because they’re so popular, and in some cases, can be pretty pricey. We’ve laid out everything you need to know about RV tailgating and Louisiana’s 3 biggest universities.

RV Tailgating at LSU

LSU has one of the most iconic tailgating scenes in the country – and it’s right here in our home state! Fans flock from all over to experience the camaraderie, good food, and game day buzz in Baton Rouge during football season. Whether you are going into the stadium for the game or not, it’s a can’t-miss tailgating destination. Even opposing fans rave about how much fun RV tailgating at LSU is!

Because it’s such a popular tailgating scene, it can be tough to get a spot in LSU’s RV lots. There are two different ways to go about it.

Season Reserved RV Lots

If you are a die-hard LSU fan and you plan on tailgating at Death Valley all season long, then you may want to invest in a spot at a season reserved RV lot. These lots can be pricey and often sell out far in advance (all passes in these lots are sold out for 2022). If you want to park in the RV lots here in the future, it’s best to plan ahead. Season-long passes for Lot 401 closest to the stadium cost thousands and also require a sizable contribution to the school’s Tradition Fund each year. More affordable season reserved RV lot passes can be found in Touchdown Village 1 and 2. These cost around $500 in addition to a required contribution to the Tradition Fund depending on the lot you choose. If you’re a big fan of the Tigers, this investment can be well worth it!

Single Game RV Lot

If you’re just planning to experience RV tailgating in Baton Rouge for a single game, you’ll want to reserve a spot in Lot 412. This lot is near the LSU vet school and is the only lot open to single game RV parking. These passes are released on a game-by-game basis and range between $100-250 per spot. Lot opening times are announced on a weekly basis before the games, so be sure you’re staying up to date to get into your spot at your earliest convenience.

RV Tailgating at University of Louisiana Lafayette

Just down the road from our RV dealership in Opelousas, Louisiana, is University of Louisiana Lafayette. While it’s a smaller school than LSU, the Ragin’ Cajuns have an extremely loyal following, and tailgating there is a blast!

RV tailgating at ULL primarily happens in the Cajun Country Rice RV parking lot just off of West Congress Street. In order to get a pass for tailgating in these lots, you’ll need to have at least 2 season tickets associated with your account. Rather than charging a parking fee, ULL requires donations to their Annual Fund. As of 2022, the minimum Annual Fund donation to get season-long Cajun Country RV parking is $1200.

RV Tailgating at Louisiana Tech University

RV tailgating at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston is very similar to the process at ULL. There’s a designated RV parking lot, and passes there require membership to the LA Tech Athletics Club and season tickets. Season passes in this lot can range from $2500-3500.

Where will you be RV tailgating in Louisiana this season?

Now that you know the details, which college football game will you tailgate at this season? We hope no matter which team has your allegiance, you’ll find a way to take your RV to a football game at some point. It’s truly a bucket list RV experience!

If you still need the right RV for your college football tailgate, our experts at Courvelle’s can help. Located in Opelousas, just north of Lafayette, Louisiana, we have a large selection of new and used RVs, including Class A, Class C, fifth wheels and travel trailers. We’ll help you find an RV with an outdoor entertainment center and outside kitchen that’s perfect for tailgating!

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6 Things To Do When You RV in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

6 Things To Do When You RV in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Courvelle’s RV is located Opelousas, Louisiana, in the heart of St. Landry Parish. RVing is a popular pastime here in Louisiana, and if you’re shopping for your RV at Courvelle’s, you either live in the area or you’ve chosen to travel to Opelousas to pick up your new RV. Either way, if you RV in St. Landry Parish as a local or as a visitor, we’ve put together a guide to RVing in our area.

Guide to RV near Opelousas

Whether you’re planning a staycation or exploring the area after picking up your RV, there’s so much to do when you RV in St. Landry Parish. This area encompasses towns north of Lafayette like Opelousas, Washington, Arnaudville, Melville and more. Courvelle’s RV has been a staple in Opelousas, Louisiana for decades, so our list focuses on spots in and around Opelousas. Still, there are some other great St. Landry locations here as well. Read on to find some of our favorites!

Enjoy Zydeco Music

Did you know our town of Opelousas, Louisiana is known as the Zydeco Music Capital of the World? Louisiana legislature officially gave Opelousas this title in 2000, but it has long been the case. This style of music was created by French Creole speakers and blends blues, R&B and indigenous music into one flavorful style, all centered around the accordion. Opelousas is actually the birthplace of the accordionist known as the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier.

You can learn more about him and other influential Zydeco musicians at the Zydeco Music Exhibit at Le Vieux Village Heritage Park. If you want to enjoy this type of music when you RV in St. Landry Parish, plan to attend Music & Market on Friday evenings in the spring and fall or visit Arpeggios Lounge & Event Center on the weekends.

Stay at Evangeline Oaks RV Park

If you need a place to park your RV in St. Landry Parish, try checking out Evangeline Oaks RV Park here in Opelousas. It’s an upscale campground with full hookups, free Wi-Fi, picnic tables, an on-site bath house and laundry facility and more. There are paved roads and picnic tables and many shaded sites with towering 100-year-old live oaks overhead. They’re located just off of Interstate 49, only 10 minutes down the road from us at Courvelle’s RV. You can also stay at Alice’s RV Park or Dale White RV Park, which are both located nearby.

Place Your Bets at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

Evangeline Downs is one of the most popular attractions to see when you RV in St. Landry Parish. This horse racing track and casino is open 24 hours and has been racing horses for over 50 years. From April to September, you can enjoy thoroughbred racing, and from October to December, they hold quarter horse races. The complex has over 1300 slot machines, nightlife, zydeco music and delicious restaurants. Whether you’re there to gamble, enjoy the racing or a little bit of everything, you’re sure to have a great time here.

Try Authentic Cajun Cuisine

When the town’s slogan is “Perfectly Seasoned,” you know you need to try the food in Opelousas. In fact, you may have picked up a can of Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine seasoning at the grocery store before. If so, you’ve purchased seasoning from an Opelousas native! There are an abundance of Cajun and Creole restaurants to stop at when you RV in St. Landry Parish. The third oldest establishment in the state, Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant, is located just north of Opelousas in Washington, Louisiana. Further south in Arnaudville, you’ll find another local favorite, The Little Big Cup. This charming restaurant is located on the banks of Bayou Fuselier and serves up a taste of the bayou.

Attend a Festival

If there’s one thing we have in St. Landry Parish, it’s flavor. You can actually attend full festivals that celebrate all the local cultural flavor in our area! Get a taste of the local food AND music at the Zydeco Music Festival the Saturday before Labor Day. People travel from all over the world for this one-day festival. You can also attend the Annual Holy Ghost Creole festival later in the fall and learn more about the Creole culture. There’s so much to the local culture here, and you don’t want to miss it when you RV in St. Landry Parish. A festival is a great way to experience it.

Take One of These Weekend RV Trips

There’s so much more to discover in Louisiana! When you RV in St. Landry Parish, consider venturing out to take one of these incredible weekend RV trips in Louisiana. From New Orleans to Natchitoches, and Baton Rouge to Avery Island, these are the best things to do when you RV Louisiana.

Stop by Courvelle’s RV when you RV in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana!

If you’re reading this list because you’re planning on picking up an RV at Courvelle’s, we can’t wait to see you! If you stumbled up this blog looking for information on RVing in St. Landry Parish, we encourage you to stop in at Courvelle’s RV. We have a fantastic RV parts store and a service department that can help you with anything your RV might be needing. You may even find the perfect RV for sale here in Opelousas and be able to add your photo to our famous polaroid wall! We look forward to welcoming you.

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Easy Summer RV Recipes

Easy Summer RV Recipes

It’s a sweltering summer day at the RV park, and the last thing you want to do is labor for hours over a hot stovetop in your enclosed RV. These days are better spent exploring the great outdoors and cooling off by the water or with a cold drink in hand. But what are you going to have for dinner? One of these delicious and easy summer RV recipes, of course! These meals will make dinner time easy so you can beat the Louisiana heat.

The Best Summer RV Recipes For Hot Weather

In a previous blog, we detailed some of the best cold weather camping recipes. Now, it’s time for those summer meals to shine! Many of these recipes can be made ahead, so you can toss them in your RV fridge and hit the road – no cooking necessary! Others can be made around the campfire when the temperatures start to dip in the evenings. Regardless of which one you choose, they’re all crowd-pleasers!

Fresh pasta salad topped with cheese sits on a blue tablecloth. This is one of our favorite RV recipes.

Recipe and photo courtesy of: Love From the Oven

Pasta Salad

No summer menu is complete without a delicious chilled pasta salad. This one from Love From the Oven uses fresh ingredients like broccoli, bell peppers, red onions and of course, a sprinkle of cheese on top to finish it off. You can even add diced deli meat to add some extra protein. Whip this one up at home before you leave on your RV trip and toss it in the fridge or a cooler when you hit the road. The flavors shine even more once it has had some time to marinate!

A bowl of bean salad sits on an orange table with chips to the side. This is great to make for summer RV recipes.

Photo and recipe courtesy of: Live Eat Learn

Bean Salad

Another light, fresh option for a summer RV recipe is this bean salad from Live Eat Learn. It’s “Mama’s Famous Bean Salad” for a reason! Once again, feel free to put this one together ahead of time and let the dressing really soak in before serving. It’s a great healthy side dish to pair with sandwiches for a quick and easy lunch.

A vintage plate of fresh watermelon, cucumber and feta sits on a wicker table. This is one of the most refreshing summer RV recipes.

Photo and recipe courtesy of: Lady and the Blog

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Everyone loves a juicy, fresh watermelon in the summertime. But have you had it in salad form yet? This watermelon cucumber salad from Lady and the Blog is a great take on everyone’s favorite summer fruit. Bonus tip: find a roadside stand with fresh watermelon on your travels for some local flavor! You won’t have to find space to pack a huge watermelon in the RV ahead of time – simply slice, mix and enjoy this summer RV recipe!

A hot dog topped with aioli, avocado, cilantro and queso fresco sits on a paper backdrop. Add this to your lineup of summer RV recipes to spice things up.

Photo and recipe courtesy of: Girl and the Kitchen

Baja Style Mexican Hot Dogs

What’s an RV trip without a night of roasting dogs over the fire? You know it’s bound to be part of your summer RV recipe lineup, so let’s make it exciting! This recipe for Baja Style Mexican Hot Dogs from Girl and the Kitchen will never let you look at hot dogs as basic again! Mix up the American aioli sauce and cucumber salsa ahead of time so putting them together at your campsite is a breeze.

A freshly caught fish lies on a bed of aluminum foil with fresh veggies. If you're fishing this summer, you need this in your summer RV recipes repertoire

Photo and recipe courtesy of: Krumpli

Campfire Baked Fish in Foil

Going fishing on any of your RV travels this summer? Then you need this Campfire Baked Fish in Foil recipe from Krumpli! Cook up your freshly caught fish over the campfire in tasty fashion with this easy foil pack summer RV recipe. There’s nothing more satisfying at the end of a day of reeling in fish than enjoying its spoils when it’s over with.

A plate of skewers includes chicken, pineapple, onions and peppers

Photo and recipe courtesy of: The Recipe Critic

Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Grilled pineapple is a must in summertime, and these Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers from The Recipe Critic are the best way to make them! Not only do they taste delicious, but they’re fun to serve and a great treat for nights gathered at the campground with friends. No need for a messy setup with several items cooking at a time and lots of dirty dishes because you get veggies and protein all in one simple skewer.

A blue plate holds a foil packet of shrimp, sausage, corn and squash

Photo and recipe courtesy of: Fresh Off the Grid

Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Whether the weather heats up in Louisiana, we love a good crawfish boil! While it isn’t crawfish specifically, this Shrimp Boil Foil Packet recipe from Fresh Off the Grid is a great summer RV recipe version of a local favorite dish.

Peachy popsicles lay on a bed of ice and fresh fruit. Homemade popsicles are great for summer RV recipes

Photo and recipe courtesy of: Inspired Entertainment

Peach Smoothie Pops

We couldn’t make a list of summer RV recipes without including a dessert to cool off with! The kids will love joining in on making these easy Peach Smoothie Pops from Inspired Entertainment. It only requires 3 ingredients, a blender and a popsicle mold!

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RV Louisiana: Best Weekend RV Trips

RV Louisiana: Best Weekend RV Trips

Courvelle’s RV is proudly located in Opelousas, Louisiana, just north of Lafayette. From our years of serving the RVing community in and around St. Landry’s Parish, we know a few things about the best places to RV Louisiana. From the obvious New Orleans to the lesser-known historical gems of the Creole State, there’s something for everyone here!

Best places to RV Louisiana for the weekend

Whether you’re a long-time Louisiana resident or you’re just visiting our state to pick up your new RV, this list of weekend RV trips in Louisiana can inspire your next RV trip to the bayou and beyond!

 

Unique camping New Orleans

New Orleans is an obvious stop if you’re going to RV Louisiana. You likely already know about all the historical significance, creole food and jazz music you’ll find in The Big Easy. But how do you visit this vibrant city in your RV? The key is in picking a great RV park. If you want to be in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the city, stay at French Quarter RV Resort, located just blocks from this historic neighborhood in downtown New Orleans. This RV resort can accommodate luxury motor coaches as well as plenty of other RV types. It features a fitness center, swimming pool, recreation room and more to make your stay in New Orleans more comfortable than ever.

 

Explore the Northshore

Drive north from New Orleans across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to discover Louisiana’s charming small towns on the Northshore. The 24-mile bridge is scenic in itself, but you’ll love the boutiques, breweries and art galleries you’ll discover in cute towns like Slidell, Covington and Abita Springs. Here, you can bike the St. Tammany Trace, visit the Old Town Soda Shop from Norman Rockwell’s painting, tube the Bogue Chitto River or go on a swamp tour on Honey Island. Try camping at Fontainebleau State Park or go with all the amenities at nearby Reunion Lake RV Resort.

 

Coastal bliss on Grand Isle

For a beachy getaway when you RV Louisiana, head to Grand Isle. As the only inhabited barrier island in all of Louisiana, it’s the best place to get away from it all and soak in the sand and sunshine along the Gulf coast. There are several of RV parks along the island, and you’ll want to plan a trip to Grand Isle State Park into your stay. Here, you can observe the birdlife on a kayak trip or go fishing off the pier. A weekend RV trip here can be spent relaxing on the beach or getting active with bike or paddleboard rentals. It’s really up to you!

Southern history in Natchitoches

Step back in time and experience southern history in the town of Natchitoches (pronounced nack-a-tish). It’s the oldest settlement in the state, so if you want to see history while you RV Louisiana, this is the place to go. If you’re a fan of classic rom-coms – the movie Steel Magnolias was filmed here, and you can even go on a Steel Magnolias tour while you’re in town! The beautiful basilica here is one of the town’s most notable landmarks. See buildings that were built centuries ago and visit an old-timey general store. It’s the perfect spot for a weekend RV trip for history buffs.

 

Spice things up on Avery Island

Avery Island, Louisiana is known for being the home of Tabasco hot sauce. The famous condiment company was founded in the 1800s and still has their factory and fields here. As you RV Louisiana, plan a stop in this area for a tour of the Tabasco factory and maybe even a visit to the Jungle Gardens. This botanical garden and bird sanctuary features tropical plants, alligators and even a Chinese garden section with a Buddha statue.

Football like never before in Baton Rouge

For a truly one-of-a-kind RVing experience, plan to camp overnight for an LSU Tigers football game. Even if you aren’t a fan of LSU, it’s still a must-see experience. Just come ready to socialize and have a great time! The tailgating in Death Valley is unmatched, and people go all-out in Baton Rouge. Their setups can get elaborate, from multiple big screen TVs to full-on catering setups with jambalaya and gumbo. Get some friends together and go root on the Tigers for a weekend RV trip and make some new friends while you’re at it!

Get out there and RV Louisiana!

Our great state has so much to offer. Many of these weekend RV trips are just a short trip from our home in Opelousas, Louisiana. Try out one of these stops, or ask your Courvelle’s sales person for their own personal favorite spots! If you’re still in need of inspiration, check out our guide to the best RV resorts in the state. Wherever you end up, enjoy your travels as you RV Louisiana!

 

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7 Things Every New RVer Should Learn

7 Things Every New RVer Should Learn

If you are reading this, you may have just transitioned to being a first-time RV buyer, or interested in becoming one. However, you are unsure what things every new RVer should learn before braving the open road. The good news is that there has never been a better time to jump into the RV lifestyle! With numerous resources like YouTube, RV blogs, Road Trip Apps, and information on manufacturer websites, there’s plenty of help online. Still, it can be a challenge to sort through the information to get to the fundamentals. Below we have listed several things that are important for all RVers to know for their first trip or hundredth one! 

What Newbie RVers Will Need To Know

As you do your research on things every new RVer should learn, don’t let that overwhelm you. Also, don’t rush. Take the time needed to become familiar with your RV or motorhome. Test its features, run the electrical and water systems, and ensure you know how to connect all its components before shoving off. If you are going to use something on your RV, always get in the habit of testing it. Especially things like leak checking, tank levels, and batteries. In addition, get an RV starter kit of some kind if you don’t have one. This can include items that can be easily forgotten like hoses, parking blocks, surge protectors, and more. So let’s begin! 

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RV WEIGHT AND DIMENSIONS 

Knowing your RV’s height, length, and limits on weight is important. You may want to put these dimensions on a sticky note or note it on your phone for easy reference. Underestimating your RV’s height can lead to overhead damage from low-hanging structures, fast food drive-throughs, and tunnels. Length is very important for parking and campgrounds. The manufacturer only counts the length from wall-to-wall, and may not include the tongue, hitch, or tow vehicle’s components. 

RV TIRE CARE 

No one likes getting a flat tire on the road, however, being prepared makes it easier to get rolling again. Other than having one or two spare tires on hand, these tips can save you time. Having a 4-way wrench and bolt wrenches for everything on your RV is a must. Your lug nuts may not match your tow vehicle, or your motorhome may differ from your home vehicles. In addition, owning good tire pressure and temperature gages can help you stay on top of your tire health. Given climate can change based on your location, keeping your tires inflated at the correct pressure will extend the life of your tire and yield better fuel economy. Leveling blocks are also a great item to keep tires in place or assist stabilizers on soft ground when parked. 

RV TRIP PLANNER AND NAVIGATING 

Using apps like ALL STAYS, overland, and RV Trip Wizard are great ways to make RV route planning easier. These take your route and display all RV camping locations and rest stops along the way. Some even give you a cost estimate based on stops and fuel. Speaking of fuel, gas up before crossing bridges, riding through inner-city rush hour traffic, or starting a long stretch of wilderness. As a precaution, having a filled fuel can in the RV basement or back of your truck bed is a lifesaver. Additionally, keep the weather in mind when planning your route with your RV. Wind, snow, and rain affect all road vehicles, not just some. Avoiding dangerous weather may put you behind a few hours or days, but it will ensure greater safety for you and your RV. 

RV MANEUVERING 

Every new RVer should learn how to control and drive their RV before hitting the road. Though it may be stressful and difficult at first, you will need to learn how to back your towable or motorhome into a parking spot or driveway, merge into traffic, and navigate through gas stations and tight areas. Patience is key, and like all things, hauling or driving your RV will become second nature. Before your first big trip, take your RV for a test drive just to make sure everything operates and moves as expected. 

DUMPING GREY AND BLACK TANKS 

At some point, you’ll have to navigate an RV dump station empty your water waste tanks. Make sure your hoses are readily accessible, so nothing must be moved around to grab them. Don’t rush and make sure you empty the tanks completely. One thing you can do to save your grey tanks from filling up quickly is to wash your dishes in a bowl and then dump the bowl outside the RV if the soap is eco-friendly.  

RV MEAL PLANNING 

Not only will you need to know how much food you can store, but also how much you really need for your trip. Obviously, bringing too much means you lose space. However, bringing too little means more stops or going hungry! Have your checklist of items that are needed for your meals, including spices and cooking utensils. 

AVOID OVERPACKING 

One thing you’ll realize quickly is how much less space you have in RVs to store things, especially clothes. Every new RVer should learn to make the more with less. Fight the temptation to bring a month’s worth of clothing when the trip may only be 1 or 2 weeks. Plan for the weather and activities, but don’t bring backups to the backups. Also, be a minimalist on kitchen dishware, gadgets, and anything else you can’t neatly put into a cabinet or storage. Even if you can fit it, doesn’t mean you should bring it, especially if it’s heavy. Any unnecessary weight is dead weight which will cost more on fuel and take up space that may be needed for other things. In addition, things like dishes and clothes can be washed and reused, so no need to take more than you need. 

At Courvelle’s RV, we love seeing the excitement in our customers when they purchase their first RV or motorhome. It’s an amazing feeling and gets better with each adventure you take in it. Don’t let the learning curve worry you. There is plenty of help, including our RV dealership in Louisiana. Reach out to us any time, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions on camping, RV accessories, or quotes for new or used RVs for sale. 

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Dos and Don’ts of Overnight RV Parking at Walmart

Dos and Don’ts of Overnight RV Parking at Walmart

Sometimes when you are on the road you end up needing a safe place to spend a night in your camper. Things come up all the time when you are traveling that could force you to stop and take a break from driving. Most of the time, when people have to stop for the night, especially unexpectedly, Walmart ends up being a favorite safe place to overnight dry camp.  If you end up having to park, you need to make sure you are aware of the dos and don’t of overnight RV parking at Walmart. 

Everything You Need To Know about Overnight RV Parking at Walmart

Today we are going to look at a few things you need to know to make sure your overnight Walmart RV stay goes smoothly. There are quite a few unwritten rules, as well as some written rules, that you will need to abide by when you are dry camping in a Walmart parking lot.

In general, you just want to make sure you are being respectful, following the rules, and just using common sense. If you do these things and follow the Dos and Don’ts, then you will have a decent time camping for a night in the Walmart parking lot.

So let’s jump into our list so you can feel safe and confident next time you need to make an unexpected overnight stop.

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Know the Walmart RV Parking Corporate Policy

First and foremost, it is important that you know what the Walmart corporate policy is when it comes to overnight RV parking in their parking lots.

Walmart is the largest grocery retailer in the US. There is one pretty much anywhere you can travel in the states, and their parking lots tend to be favored by RVers due to the fact they have a lot of space and is typically extremely accessible.   Walmart is aware of how their parking lot is attractive to RVers, so they welcome them with open arms. 

While Walmart’s corporate policy allows for this, the local store managers do have the final say on overnight parking at their store based on local laws and ordinances.   

Dos of Dry Camping in a Walmart Parking Lot

Be kind, be courteous, and make sure you employ all of these Dos when camping in a Walmart parking lot.

Check the Rules:

No matter where you are staying, it is always a good idea to check on the rules before you go. When Walmart dry camping, you will want to call ahead to the store if possible to confirm that you can stay. Remember, even though this is allowed by corporate, laws differ from town to town and state to state. Always try to talk to the store manager if possible. They will typically be very accomodating though, so just be kind in your conversations!

Park Out of the Way

When you camp at a Walmart, just make sure you park in an out-of-the-way spot. Usually, there are a lot of spots in the back of the parking lot, far away from the store itself. This is important if you have a large RV for sure, but it is also a courtesy to the other customers as well.

Arrive Late and Leave Early

This isn’t meant to be a long layover, just a quick overnight stop when you need it. Because of this, you should try to arrive late and leave early. This will help ensure that your rig isn’t taking up too much space that could be used for other customers during peak shopping hours. 

Shop at the Store

This should go without saying, but even though it is not an official written rule that you should shop at the Walmart you are staying at it is still highly recommended that you do. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money, but go in and pick up a few little things. Chances are, you probably need something to eat or a few odds and ends to stock your camper with, so head in and grab them from the Walmart you are staying in.

Don’ts of RV Parking at a Walmart

Now that we know all of the dos, it is time to talk about the don’ts. Trust us, you want to keep these in mind so you can avoid a potentially embarrassing situation.

Don’t Try To Stay if You Are Told No

Look, we know it is frustrating to be told no, but sometimes we all have to deal with it. If a store manager tells you that you are not allowed to stay, just say thank you and move along. Don’t fight, don’t cause a scene, and absolutely don’t try to stay anyways!

Don’t Set up a Full Camp

As we mentioned earlier, Walmart parking is meant to be a quick overnight stay. Don’t set up a full camp! There is no need to take out your camp chairs and grill in the parking lot. We also recommend leaving your slides in if possible to avoid taking up more space than you really need. 

Don’t Overstay Your Welcome

Again, this is meant to be a short pitstop to get some sleep and then get back on the road. Don’t stay multiple nights! Do what you need to do, get some rest, and move along to a new and better destination. 

Don’t Run Your Generator All Night

Look, we know this one sucks, but it has to be said. Generators can be loud! And other people in this Walmart parking lot do not want to hear your generator running all night.  Also, the fumes! So run your generator sparingly during your short stay.

Don’t Make a Mess

Again, this should be self-explanatory, but clean up after yourself. Don’t throw trash in the parking lot! Clean up after yourself if you make a little mess, and leave your spot looking like you were never there to begin with. 

Now that you know what to do, and what not to do, you are ready to hit the road. Feel comfortable knowing you are aware of all of the dos and don’t of Walmart camping. 

As always, be kind, be courteous, and be respectful! Those three things go a long way no matter what you are doing in life. 

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