VAN LIFE | 5 TIPS FOR FREE CAMPING!

Just starting out or have been on the road for a while and don’t know how to find good free campsites? Try these tips!!

1. Freecampsites.net
2. Publiclands.org
3. Road Atlas: https://amzn.to/2ExpJIl
4. Talk to a National Forest Ranger
5. Word of Mouth/ Explore

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20 Comments

  1. RoadTrip Eddie on December 8, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Yes campendium is another great site. I almost use that more than freecampsotes, because of the gui, (graphical user interface) seems nicer than freecampsites

  2. Jonathan Hansen on December 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Good summary! I picked up some tips here.

  3. Jon Pratt on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Good stuff Karli. Freecampsites doesn’t display well on an iPhone. The campsite info can’t be viewed while in map view. They need to create an app. Campendium works far better.

  4. Andrei Bacs on December 8, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    nice !

  5. Kris K on December 8, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Just to let everyone know about the NH area. First, asking anyone including rangers is usually fruitless. NH makes its living off of tourists so as a pretty tight group NHers will tell you to go to a campground and claim they know of no such free camping areas. In fact some are very rude because you even ask.

    Best bet are 2 ways to camp free are 1) get a NP pass and stay over in parking areas at trail heads. As long as you stay quiet at night inside you won’t be bothered since they’ll assume you are out on the trail for a day or two. 2) look for fire roads off the main roads. They usually have numerous campsites and the roads are pretty good. I am able to drive a low slung Mini Cooper on many of them. BTW, the rangers, who say they don’t know of these free sites, patrol them regularly. And 99% of the license plates I see are NH plates also a group that swears there are no free sites. ; )

  6. Greg p on December 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Good one Karli! Thanks

  7. J.R Dirty 5:30 on December 8, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Another useful video. Headed out on a five day excursion. With no particular place to go. This will be helpful

  8. Daniela Furlan on December 8, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I use atlas all the time…..Great video…..

  9. Joan's RV Adventures on December 8, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Great info

  10. Frank McCleary on December 8, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Exellent ! Thank you so much !!

  11. CincyPlasmaTech on December 8, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I find camping in my backyard the most convenient.

  12. Matt B on December 8, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I just order the Road Atlas from the link.Its funny a lot of people don’t know how to use a Road Atlas I travels for years way before gps and cell phones. One app I like is Waze .

  13. David Bishop on December 8, 2020 at 10:19 pm
  14. Mr Majestic on December 8, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    All good tips but i perfer my giant size road atlas…easy to read and can be used anytime. Good info though can always use whatever tools you have. Thanks!✌

  15. Tom Corcoran on December 8, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    The forest service MVUM maps are available online as a pdf file. Which are easy to view on a tablet. Those paper maps are a pain. Just search For example β€œ Coconino mvum maps”. Yes stop at forest service or blm offices they are very helpful.
    Using Google maps satellite view is helpful to check the areas.

  16. tinabeane on December 8, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Helpful info, thanks Karli!! Campendium is a very helpful website.

  17. Static CamperVan on December 8, 2020 at 10:23 pm

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  18. Campgoer One on December 8, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Great tips Karli! Thank you! πŸ’œ

  19. Kathy Roy on December 8, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks Karli. You’ve had some really helpful info. I’m trying to get my bed build done so I can head out in the next week or two.

  20. hwyfly on December 8, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    I use the ALLSTAYS app as it gives all the truck stops and Walmarts (those that do and don’t allow) for my "if all else fails" options.

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