Recreational vehicle rentals and vacations go together like peanut butter and jelly. There’s nothing like the open skies, endless possibility, and sheer freedom that comes with a camper (towable) or motorhome (driveable) rental to break out of the monotony of everyday life! However, renting an RV for a vacation means you’ll need to learn one very important thing: where you can and can’t park it.
What’s the Big Deal About Parking an RV?
Why is this a topic of interest on our recreational rentals blog in the first place? Can’t you just park an RV in any safe and open spot overnight? The short answer to that is “No.”
Plenty of places have restrictions on where and how their parking spots are used. Unless you want your rental vehicle towed and to deal with the resulting contractual consequences, you better brush up on your knowledge.
While our team at Fractional Toys is more than happy to provide some guidelines about where you can and can’t park, keep in mind that the following material is just that: guidelines. There exist exceptions to every rule, and state law in many cases can affect where and how you can leave your rented camper or motorhome. Make sure to read the fine print!
If you ever find yourself unsure about legality during your RV adventure, don’t be afraid to ask the proper authorities. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Where You Can Legally Park
Before we begin, a great rule of thumb: if you’re paying for it, you can park. Go figure!
If you purchase RV parking, you’ve got use of the space until your time runs out. If you want to play your RV rental trip safe, paid spaces are the way to go.
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Among the most obvious of our “you can park here” entries are RV campgrounds. They’re not just for those who own! As long as you’ve paid the proper fee, any RV can park there.
Campgrounds are also great places to chat with other, more experienced motorhome and camper enthusiasts and get some traveling tips – not to mention potentially hook up to Wi-Fi and get water and electricity. Due to the fact that they generally contain quite a few people, they’re also a safe place to stop, even if just for the night.
Truck Stops Can Do in a Pinch
While they may not be as luxurious as RV campgrounds, there’s nothing like the sight of a truckstop after a long few hours of driving. Though some Fractional Toys motorhome rentals come with a built-in shower, those who have a camper rental without one can make use of the showers here.
Keep in mind that truckers also use these facilities, so never park in a trucker’s designated space. Also keep your noise levels down out of respect, and treat the place more like a quiet hotel for vehicles and less like a bustling campground.
Finally, try not to not use truckstop facilities for extended periods of time. Truckers often are required to rest for a given number of hours before getting back on the road, so get out of there quickly to give them the opportunities they need.
And it goes without saying, but don’t park people in!
In hopes that you’ll do some legal gambling, many casinos have designated spots for RV rentals – some free, some not. Given that entertainment and great food are never in short supply in these areas, they’re often a great spot for adults and their RV rentals to spend the night.
They can be bright and noisy, but the good news is that they’re generally secure, as security cameras abound.
Where Not to Park
The list of spaces in which campers and motorhomes are prohibited is much smaller than the list of places in which they are allowed – more of a footnote than anything. However, it’s still important that you, as a recreational rental enthusiast, follow the rules.
● You don’t want legal trouble
● You don’t want to ruin your trip by arguing over parking space
● You don’t want to get your vehicle towed
● You don’t want to pay parking tickets
So, where can’t you park an RV?
● Rest stops, for prolonged periods of time. These are markedly different from truck stops. You can use the facilities there, but they are intended for brief breaks.
● Private property, without permission. Trespassing is illegal!
● Public streets. It’s either frowned upon, potentially against the law, dangerous, inconveniencing, or a combination of all four.
Ready to Hit the Road? Fractional Toys Has the Resources You Need
Armed with your new knowledge and Fractional Toys’ fantastic recreational rental fleet, nothing is stopping you from embracing the excitement of the open road. For more information about our vehicles, give our Oakdale location a call at 651-340-0937, or our Coon Rapids shop at 763-406-2488.