Casino Camping, part 2: RVers Steve and Jackie Jones have stayed at casinos for 30+ years


This is the second of four posts on Casino Camping.

Steve and Jackie Jones of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., have stayed at casinos for more than 30 years, both in dry camp and at the commercial RV parks. “We have never had an issue parking because of the size of our rig, even with our current 2005 42-foot Country Coach magna 630, towing our 2010 Ford Flex.”

For overnight boondock camping, the Joneses favor casinos over big box store lots because they feel safer in the “controlled environment of a casino,” said Jackie Jones. “All the casinos we’ve stopped at have security driving around. I walk our dogs several times a day, and I always feel safe.”

Steve Jones, owner of a mobile RV repair business, said they have RVed more than 300,000 miles around all of North America. “We find that casinos usually have good food and reasonably priced buffets. We always join the casino’s Player’s Club and build up points for discounts and other perks.”

Some casinos offer senior discounts ranging between 10 and 15-percent on food and other items. The age of “senior” varies, some as low as “50,” so be sure to ask.

When traveling long distances, many older RVers prefer to start traveling before dawn and get off the road by mid-afternoon. Stopping early enables them to spend time in the casino and sample the buffet. One couple at Win-River Casino in Redding, Calif., said, “We feel that if we are taking advantage of the free parking, we should at least have dinner here.”

The next post on Casino Camping will offer a few courtesies to keep in mind when parking for free at a casino offered by ‘Casino Camping’ author Jane Kenny.

If you missed other posts on Casino Camping, click here.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Steve and Jackie Jones of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., frequently stay at casinos when traveling in their 2005 42-foot Country Coach magna 630 with their four therapy pet companions. (Julianne G. Crane)

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