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December 9th, 2020 Table Rock State Park

Two large campgrounds on the lake about 15 minutes from Branson. Potable water, dump, dumpsters, walking trails, and playground available in the winter; showers and bathrooms only open in the summer. $12 per night in off-season for a dry site. 50 amp electric hook-ups available. Decent cell service on ATT. Pay at the office, but if they are closed you can pay the next morning. Be sure to pay early or the camp host will hound you until you do.

December 8th, 2020 Lake of the Ozarks State Park

This is the only Lake of the Ozarks campground that is open right now (not sure if due to COVID-19 or off-season). Price is still $12 per night for dry camping. Very quiet this time of year with only three other groups in the entire campground. Plenty of spots right on the lake with great views of the amazing sunsets. Pit toilets, garbage, potable water, fire pits, and playground are open. Showers and dump only available in the summer. Minimal cell service on ATT.

December 7th, 2020 Mark Twain NF - Elliot - 342

This spot was fine for a night. Simply a clearing off the side of a dirt road with a little bit of garbage. Easily accessible in a 2WD 170” Sprinter, but looks like it could get muddy if it rains. We heard a lot of gunshots when we first arrived, sounded like a target range might be near by, but they stopped when it got dark out. No amenities and limited cell service on ATT. Free!

December 6th, 2020 St. Joe State Park

Large Missouri state park with two campgrounds, potable water, showers, garbage, electricity hook-ups, and a dump. Open year round and when we arrived there was no one in either campground. No one was in the office either so we just paid the next day and they were fine with it. This is advertised as an OHV campground so might be busy in the summer. State park website says there is no water available in the winter, but there are several no-frost taps that worked in December. Minimal cell service on ATT. $12.00 per night for a dry site.

December 5th, 2020 Walmart with park lanes for RV

Stayed here last night without incident. Didn’t see any signs about overnight parking and there were more semis here than at most truck stops. Obvious noise from the trucks, but a safe and convenient place to stop for the night.

December 4th, 2020 Blue chip Casino

Stayed here for a second time and once again no issues. You do not have to check in with security and unless you are very obvious they have no way to know if you are staying at the hotel casino or not. We still go in and play a round or buy a drink just out of curtesy.

November 11th, 2020 police stop

Got stopped by a police officer who appeared to be pulling over most vehicles. He repeatedly asked us for our passports, but we did not have them. I believe he wanted to give us a harder time, but since we told him none of us spoke Spanish he let us go.

October 15th, 2020 Ohio Welcome Center Service Plaza

Spot does it’s job in a pinch. I’d say one of the louder rest stops we’ve slept at.

October 14th, 2020 Little Fort - George Washington NF

Great free campground. It is quite a ways off the highway, but good for some peace and quiet. Only one other campsite was taken when we arrived on a Wednesday. There is a pit toilet and single garbage can. No cell phone service.

October 13th, 2020 I-95 Rest Area

Decent spot for an overnight. Expect some noise as it is a busy place and in close proximity to the highway. No time restrictions. Convenience store is open 24/7.

October 11th, 2020 Huntington Sewer Treatment Plant

90% sure this place is no longer open to the public. Multiple signs saying you need to have a CDL, registered commercial vehicle, on file credit card, etc. No one around to ask on a Sunday so we dumped our 5 gallon portable toilet and ran. Maybe try calling if you can find a number online.

October 10th, 2020 brooklyn waterfront

Beautiful view of the city, however around 9 PM there was a large group of men hanging out who watched us get into our van. Shortly after they began harassing us by beating on the sides of our van and throwing hard objects at our windows (at least one was a golf ball size rock). We have a child with us so we ended up calling police and leaving as we were afraid of retaliation. Since moving into our van ten months ago this is our first instance of direct aggression and it left us pretty shaken. This is a dead end street with no people around and only one entrance/exit. If we had not been parked facing the street we would not have been able to escape this situation. Seems like this spot works for some people, but we moved towards McCarren Park and had no issues.

October 10th, 2020 McCarren Park Free Street Parking

We had a scary situation happen at the “brooklyn waterfront” pin so we headed towards McCarren Park for two nights and it was awesome. Even on a Saturday night there were tons of large spots to park our sprinter. Honestly one of the quietest sleeps we have had and we couldn’t believe we woke up in NYC. Very short walk to bars, restaurants, and less than 500 ft from Nassau subway station.

October 7th, 2020 Mohegan Sun Casino

Great place for an overnight. I think the RV lot is currently closed, but just follow the signs for self-parking or “winter parking” and you will get to the big surface lot in the back. We didn’t have to check in with anyone and there were several other vans and RV here overnight. No amenities, but definitely go in and check out the casino. It is huge and family friendly. Also free WiFi even in the parking lot!

We ended up spending two nights without any issues.

October 6th, 2020 I-495 Rest Area

Easy access rest area not far from Lowell, MA. Didn’t see any over night restrictions. Some highway noise, but not the worst. Picnic tables and restrooms available.

October 5th, 2020 Old cherry mountain Road, 10 places

We stayed at spot #3 and it is great free camping near Mt. Washington. This site would be awesome for group camping as it is huge! The first two sites get cell services, but nothing after that. No amenities, but we aren’t complaining.

October 3rd, 2020 Walmart Supercenter

Definitely seems like the place to be for vans and RV! Spent one night here with at least 20 other overlanders. No issues and slept great. Save yourself some money by staying here while visiting Acadia NP.

October 2nd, 2020 Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA

Well established campground right on the water. They allow self-contained vans to park in tent spots, but the price is steep at $59+taxes per night (does include water and electric). They have a dump, potable water, showers, wifi, a restaurant, general store, dog park, and paid laundry. Staff puts on fun activities in the evenings, such as s’mores and pumpkin painting. Check their website for reservations as it was completely full this past weekend.

September 29th, 2020 Austin brook national forest campsite

This place is so dreamy we ended up spending two nights here. After you turn off the highway take the first right to find the four campsites. If you go further up the road there are a few dispersed campsites, but no room for a car. If you are in the area during the fall this is a must stop! Limit call service on ATT and no amenities.

September 28th, 2020 Rest Area

Works in a pinch. One of the more quiet truck stops we’ve stayed at on the east coast. They also have a free dump here.

September 27th, 2020 I-90 Rest Stop

Easy access rest stop that does well in a pinch. Typical noise from highway and semis.

September 26th, 2020 KOA Lewiston

Established campground near Niagara Falls. Kind of expensive at $40 per night for dry camping. We are in a converted sprinter and generally don’t like to pay for camping, but we needed water, a dump, and showers so feel like we got our money’s worth. The bathroom was so clean and I had the best shower of my life. They do have a pool that is open seasonally and a small playground. The tent side was very private as there were not other occupants. The RV side looks to have many long-term residents.

September 25th, 2020 Pilot J Truck Stop

Love a good truck stop. This one was busy, but still quiet. We felt better about sleeping here compared to the Walmart in town.

September 24th, 2020 Love’s Truck Stop

Just your ol’ reliable Love’s. Very busy since it’s right off I-80, but we felt safer sleeping here than at the rest stop further down the road.

September 22nd, 2020 Twin Lakes Wildlife Management Area

This place is fine for an overnight stop as it is close to the highway, but I would not recommend it for people who are nervous about guns. We showed up around 6 PM and there were about a dozen people here shooting birds in the adjacent field. This WMA is also closed to all activities besides deer hunting from October 15 - December 31. After reading some of the other reviews we showed up expecting a campground, but instead there are two parking lots to choose from.

September 21st, 2020 Rest area

Decent rest stop. Not to loud, beside the semis running all night.

September 17th, 2020 Wendell Public Works Dump & Water

Easy, convenient, and free dump located right off the highway. Potable water also available.

September 16th, 2020 I-84 Rest Stop

I’d really only recommend this spot if you are desperate. Very close to the highway so makes for a noise night. Does it’s job in a pinch. Spent the night with several semi and RV. Has it’s perks, like flush toilets and large dumpsters.

September 14th, 2020 Point of the Mountain

Stayed here again for two nights and it’s even better in the summer! So many van/RV/tents. Some people look like they’ve been here longer than the limit of 14 days, but there’s plenty of spots for everyone. Cell service on ATT is spotty, but free entertainment with the parasailed. Pit toilets are the only amenity.

September 13th, 2020 Yellow Circle Road

We came to explore the other pins and while they would have worked, we really wanted Internet. We made it up the hill with a high clearance van and 4WD was not necessary. It’ll shake you up a bit, but passable. This spot is private, backs up to the canyon, and has a fire ring. Two bars of service on ATT.


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