To make it through our year financially, we’ve got to take advantage of free and low-cost camping whenever we can. RV resorts typically charge $40-$70 dollars a night and offer full hookups, laundry facilities, and sometimes a pool. State parks are a little less. National forests are often $10 or $15, without hook-ups. Harvest Hosts (www.harvesthosts.com) gives you access to farms and wineries where you can park for free, and we’ve used that once with success. We haven’t tried truck stops or a Walmart yet, but those often offer free overnight parking. Rest stops are an option in the western states, but we’ve heard that east of the Mississippi, they don’t look kindly on overnight resters.
We use our trusty app AllStays to search for overnight options wherever we go. It points out places we would never find otherwise. Such as the Waylon Jennings RV Park in Littlefield, Texas (hometown of the country singer). You can stay there for up to four nights for free, and it includes water and electric hook-ups, as well as a dump station. Just west of Lubbock, it was a perfect evening stop for us after we left Santa Fe.
Its a funny little park in the small town, right on a main road and next to baseball fields and the largest horseshoe park I’ve ever seen: about 15 pits. The horseshoe field is named after Fannie Mae Whitfield, Waylon Jennings’ aunt. I wish I’d gotten a photo of the memorial poem engraved on a plaque. But it went something like:
Be it as she were,
She walked above the rest on earth.
Be it as she is,
She walks above the angels in heaven.
We got there just in time for an exciting thunderstorm. We hunkered down in Bessie, turned off the lights, and watched streaks light up the sky. Listened to thunderclaps and pounding rain.
The storm was still going on the next morning, so we just stayed put until it let up around noon. There were only two other rigs in the park, no host, and it was a perfect little respite for us from dramatic Texas weather. Thank you, Waylon and Littlefield for the free night!