With snowbirds returning home and the camping season just around the corner, more and more RVers will be on the road, many looking to travel long distances in a short amount of time … these folks often look for a place to ‘blacktop boondock’ for a few hours or overnight.
‘Blacktop boondocking’ is essentially dry camping, without hookups, in a parking lot in order to get a few hours rest. However, most states discourage overnight parking at interstate rest areas; shopping centers ask RVs to leave at the end of the business day; and, many 24-hour supercenters have posted “No Overnight Parking” signs.
RVers can usually stay overnight at a truck stop, but these parking areas tend to be crowded and noisy.
She reports that casinos throughout the country have long welcomed adult RV travelers because the chances are high that the casinos will get additional business in both gaming and restaurants. In exchange, RVers get a relatively quiet, safe spot to rest for the night. Because most casinos are open 24/7, security personnel are always on duty and tour the grounds.
Jane Kenny is author of three extremely popular RV reference books: “Casino Camping, A Guide To RV-Friendly Casinos,” 8th edition (2017), paperback, $16.95; “Corps Camping – Guide to Campgrounds Managed by the Corps of Engineers” (2015), paperback, $16.95; and “RV Retirement in the 21st Century: How to Travel in a Recreational Vehicle” 2nd edition (2014), paperback, $16.95.