Have you ever changed jobs, joined a new club, visited another country? If so, you realize there are different norms for behavior in different places. Casino parking is the same way — each casino is different. So be a good guest, understand what’s expected and allowed, and “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”.
Some casinos have an RV park or resort with full hookups. Many others allow free overnight parking, and quite a few even welcome you to dry-camp for several days or even weeks.
Facilities vary, but generally you’ll be “blacktop boondocking” in a parking lot. Here are some guidelines to help you enjoy this free dry parking and to be a good guest of the casino:
- Call Ahead If you’re concerned about whether or not overnight RV parking is allowed call the casino and ask to talk with Security. Our website is a good starting point; however, don’t be upset with a casino if our information is incorrect, it’s not their fault. Please send send a report and we’ll update our listing.
- Don’t Leak in the Parking Lot! If your RV is leaking anything take care of it first or stay away from the casinos please. Leaking oil, transmission fluid, waste water, etc. is a sure way to get kicked out – and rightfully so.
- Find a good parking spot It will often be obvious, either they’ll have signs pointing the way or you’ll see other RV’s already there. Otherwise drive to a distant area of the parking lot, and please only take as many spaces as you need. If the area isn’t full, I recommend leaving at some space between you and any neighboring RV.
- Be sure you feel safe When you arrive check things out. Look around and make sure you feel comfortable.
- Check with casino security Sometimes security will see you drive in and meet you to ensure you know their parking rules. If they don’t, it’s a good idea to check in with them. Some casinos require you to fill out a form, or to join their players club. Sometimes they’ll give you a list of rules. In other locations there’s no formal process.
- Can you use jacks to get level? This is sometimes OK, ask Security. If you must use jacks, be sure to put boards down so you won’t leave marks on the asphalt. Trailer and 5th wheel owners, be aware that some places have rules against dropping the rig and driving off.
- Length of stay? If you plan to stay more than one night make sure this is allowed. Some casinos have no set policy, others say 1 night, 3 days, etc. so be sure you know.
- Setting up camp? Using your big awning, table, chairs, BBQ grill, etc. Some casinos have an actual dry camping field or lot, and everyone “makes camp”. However, in most cases you’re staying in a regular parking lot so you don’t want to look like you’re establishing residence!
- Keep your area clean Every time we go outside our RV we pick up any trash, cigarette butts, etc. that we see — it doesn’t matter if it’s “our” trash.
- Be a good neighbor Be considerate with your generator, TV, stereo, etc.
- Use common sense and common courtesy with your pets — I don’t have to go into detail here do I?
- Give the casino your business We gamble a lot, maybe you don’t gamble that’s fine. Casinos often have very good restaurants and buffets. Some will have arcades, bowling, movie theatres, etc. Higher end places will have a spa, hair salon, retail shops, and so on.
- Enjoy yourself! And send us a review to tell others about your experience!