Reliable Places to Fill Your RV Fresh Water Tank
One of the benefits of traveling in an RV is having an available supply of water in your RV’s fresh water tank. If you’re car or tent camping, you’re more limited in the amount of water you can bring along. Having a fresh water in your tank provides all the water you need for drinking, showering, and washing dishes. But where can you go to fill an RV fresh water tank?
The tanks are so large on some RVs, you could be boondocking (camping without hook-ups) for days… or even weeks… and not worry about running out of water. Regardless of the size of your RV fresh water tank, some rules are an absolute must to follow.
Tips for Filling an RV Fresh Water Tank
Filling an RV fresh water tank is pretty straightforward, but some tips need to be followed to keep your drinking water safe. Depending on the type of RV you have, you may be able to use an exterior water connection to fill your tank, either through a fill port in the side of the RV (a “gravity fill”) or by connecting your plumbing system directly to the external water supply.
Other RVs have a dedicated fresh water fill connection, or (like ours) have a diversion valve that takes water from the “City Water” connection and directs it to the fresh water tank. Just remember that when filling your tank it’s best to monitor your progress, so you know when it’s full. A key point is to try not to fill more than you need for your stay.
Water weighs approximately 8.3 pounds per gallon, so it’s safe to say that it’s heavy! A full fresh water tank could add several hundred pounds to your RV. This means that traveling hundreds of miles with a full fresh water tank would be harder on your engine and brakes, and use considerably more fuel (check out our last post What’s the Typical Fuel Economy of a Class A Motorhome?).
If there’s a place where you can fill up your RV fresh water tank near your destination, this is the ideal approach. This way you can travel light and get as much water as you need just before parking.
Your RV Fresh Water Tank
When filling your RV fresh water tank, there are a few hard and fast rules that should be followed to stay safe. Most importantly, always use potable water, also known as drinkable water. There’s typically a sign around the water spigot that lets you know if the water is not potable, such as at an RV dump station.
Water sources labeled as “non-potable” are not safe for drinking, cooking, brushing your teeth or washing!
We can’t stress this enough: if it’s not potable, do not use it, unless you know you’ll never drink the fresh water from your RV tank. Almost all water at dump stations is non-drinkable. Again, if it’s not marked as “potable,” that means it’s water that can’t be guaranteed to be clean, and is therefore not safe to drink.
If you ever do use non-potable water in your fresh water tank, you will absolutely need to sanitize your water system so that it’s safe to drink from again.
Another great safety tip is to have a designated hose that’s only for fresh water. If you use a hose with non-potable water, your hose is contaminated, and you shouldn’t drink water from it. If you use your hose to clean out your dump tanks in any capacity, never use that same hose to fill your fresh water tank! Your drinking water hose is solely for clean, potable fresh water and nothing else.
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Lastly, when using your fresh water hose, always use an inline filter and a water pressure regulator. Both of these products will keep your water safe, and prevent any damage to your RV’s plumbing system.
How to Find Places to Fill Your RV Fresh Water Tank
When it comes to finding places to fill your RV fresh water tank, we recommend your favorite campground app. Apps/websites like The Dyrt (now offering a free 30-day trial here!), RV Trip Wizard, and Campendium do their best to provide valuable information around water and dump stations. Apps are also helpful because people leave reviews, meaning you can learn about fees, access, and other details before arriving.
Places to Fill Your RV Fresh Water Tank
When it comes to tried and true places to fill your RV fresh water tank, you can always count on the five places noted below:
Campgrounds are among the best places to find potable water to fill your fresh water tank!
One of the best places to find potable water is at the local campground. Almost every type of campground offers potable water, either included with your stay, or for a small fee. If you’re looking to boondock, you can call a nearby campground along the way and see if you can stop by to fill your water tank.
Some RVers will stay a night or two, fill up their tank, and head to their boondocking spot with their resources refreshed. Other campgrounds may have a dedicated dump station (often for a separate fee) where there’s also access to potable water… or may allow you to connect to water in an empty campsite (again, sometimes for a fee).
Travel centers are another excellent place to find potable water. But not all travel centers have a fill station, so you’ll want to check ahead before arriving. Typically, if you call ahead and ask, the attendee can provide you with all the details on where the spigot is located, and any special instructions you may need for finding/using it.
Rest stops are another place you can find potable water. Similar to travel centers, not all rest stops have a site to hook up a hose to fill a tank. We recommend checking your travel apps for information.
Some rest stops and city, county and state parks offer potable water for filling your RV fresh water tank!
Some rest stops also have dump stations, which is fantastic because you can empty your black and gray tanks at the same time you refill your fresh water tank!
City, County, and State Parks
Another place to find potable water is at a city, county, or state park. Many of these types of parks offer camping or day-use areas with water. It’s typically harder to get a city, county, or state park rep on the phone to answer questions, so we recommend relying on app reviews to choose the best option for your needs.
Last but not least is Cabela’s. This outdoor recreation company almost always offers RV parking, a dump station, and a potable water fill. While most stores charge a dump fee, we haven’t seen any that charge a fresh water fee. Of course, we always recommend going inside to buy a little something as a “thank you” for the free water.
Water is an essential resource RVers need to travel comfortably, and it’s critical to have plenty of it. The last thing you want is to run out of water when you’re out camping and be forced to leave early. So, make sure to plan accordingly and be safe when filling up your RV fresh water tank!
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If unused, power banks and power stations are typically capable of holding a full charge for 12-14 months. However, we highly recommend using and charging the battery every 3-4 months for a healthy lifespan and storing your power bank or power station plugged into the wall or solar panel if possible.
Modified-sign wave inverters are the most common inverters on the market. They work great with small electronic equipment, usually anything that includes an AC power cable with the box, like what your laptop comes with. Pure-sign wave inverter produces an output that is exactly the same as supplied by an AC wall plug in your house. Although integrating a pure-sine wave inverter takes more components, it produces power output that makes it compatible with almost all AC electric devices you use in your house.
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HOME ENERGY STORAGE QUESTIONS
You can backup up to 4 essential circuits in your home by having the Yeti Home Integration Kit installed by a certified electrician with a Yeti 1000 Power station or larger. By the flick of a switch you can keep your key circuits powered through power outages. You can increase your battery storage for a longer backup duration by adding the Yeti Link and Yeti Tank expansion batteries.
No! That’s one of the great benefits of this versatile setup. The Yeti can not only hookup to your home for backup power, but it can also be easily removed for portable usage for your RV, boat, utility vehicle, backyard, etc.
The Home Integration Kit can provide backup power to up to 4 essential circuits in your home. Choose to power your most popular room for gathering in an emergency, your kitchen, garage, or any other line in your home.
Unfortunately not, only Yeti Power Stations 1000 and greater can support home backup.
You can recharge your Yeti Expansion tanks with you wall power supply or Goal Zero Solar Panels using the 8mm input on the Yeti Link expansion module. This allows you to recharge your Yeti Expansion Tanks with an input up to 150W while the Yeti Tank batteries are recharging your Yeti Power Station. For a faster recharge on your Yeti Expansion tanks via Solar you can add the 30A External MPPT controller. This will allow you to connect more solar panels directly to your Yeti Expansion Tanks for a decreased recharge time.
Although it may be possible heating and air conditioning requires a large amount of energy. The Yeti 1500X and larger have a maximum output of 2000W if your AC or Heating devices require 2000W or lower it is possible to run these devices although due to the large energy requirements of the devices it may drain your Yeti Power Station relatively fast. We recommend reviewing the energy requirements of your devices to confirm compatibility with the 2000W inverter.
GOAL ZERO YETI APP QUESTIONS
No, but you can easily reconnect! Just press and hold the Yeti’s Wi-Fi button for one or two seconds and the Yeti will reconnect. You’ll notice the Wi-Fi icon on the screen becomes solid.
No, but you can easily reconnect! Just press and hold the Yeti’s Wi-Fi button for one or two seconds and the Yeti will reconnect. You’ll notice the Wi-Fi icon on the screen becomes solid.
Unfortunately not! The Yeti 1500X and 3000X don’t act as Wi-Fi routers or Wi-Fi hotspots. For the technophiles, the Yeti’s are Wi-Fi clients, meaning they can detect the signal, connect to it, and maintain the connection – they are not access points or broadcasters.
Press and hold the reset button for approximately 5-10 seconds to reset the Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi symbol on the screen will begin to flash. 2. Reconnect your device to your Yeti following the instructions in the Goal Zero Yeti App. If this does not change the outcome, try resetting the unit by holding the Units and Info button for 3 seconds to reset your Yeti. Check your Yeti to see if the issue is resolved after the reset.
First, we recommend connecting to a Yeti one at a time. This way, only one Yeti signal will be identified so you’re not confused and mixing them up. Second, once you have each individual Yeti connected to your device, you can rename Yetis within the App. However, changing a name will only be visible on your device.
It’s okay, it happens. Open up the lid of the Yeti, you’ll see two inputs and, in between them, two buttons. One button has three green lines above it, the other a green circle around it. The button with three green lines above it is the Wi-Fi button, the other is for resetting the Yeti (see the Yeti’s User Manual for more info on that).
Yes. Although the Wi-Fi only pulls a small amount of power (about 84mA), it can slowly drain the Yeti’s battery if left on and searching for a device it recognizes. For example, if you’re headed out camping without access to the internet and no one is bringing a hotspot, we recommend turning the Yeti’s Wi-Fi off. Just press and hold the Yeti’s Wi-Fi button until the Wi-Fi icon on the screen turns off.
Once a firmware update has been initiated in the Yeti App, the Yeti’s Wi-Fi icon will begin flashing quickly on the screen and you’ll notice a beeping; this can go on for three to five minutes. When the Yeti screen goes blank, do not press buttons. Once the firmware update has completed, the Yeti will go back to its previous state and you’ll be good to go.
It is completely up to you. If you do, we recommend writing it down in a safe place!
It’s okay. It happens. To reset the Yeti’s password, you will have to perform a reset on the entire unit, meaning you’ll have to reconnect to it with your device, and reconnect it to the Wi-Fi network. Press and hold the UNIT and INFO buttons for five seconds.
Try resetting the unit by holding the “Units” and “Info” button for 3 seconds to reset your Yeti. Check your Yeti to see if the issue is resolved after the reset.
Cycle the battery a few times and the issue should resolve itself as the Yeti dials in its charge parameters.
Yes, check out our full list of charging options at Goalzero.com. There are upgraded power supplies for your wall outlet, as well options to combine multiple panels for maximum input.
Download the Goal Zero app from your favorite app store and follow the instructions there for an update to your Yeti.
Try resetting the unit by holding the “Units” and “Info” button for 3 seconds to reset your Yeti. Check your Yeti to see if the issue is resolved after the reset, then restart the update process. This should fix the issue.
If your Yeti displays the thermometer icon and a warning of HOT or COLD, this means you are either approaching or have exceeded the temperature thresholds of the Yeti. A warning of “cold” means you will need to warm the Yeti in order to resume full functionality while “hot” means you need to cool the unit.
In order to get the most life out of your battery we make sure to not stress the battery pack at the full state of charge. The battery will charge to 100% and then stop, self discharge over time to 98% before the charge will engage again. If you want to make sure your Yeti is completely topped off for upcoming use, unplugging and then re-plugging in your input cable should re-engage the input and start the charge again.
Some of the smaller power supplies (60W and lower) and legacy chargers will not work with the new Yeti X. For a full list of compatible chargers, please visit the Tech Specs section of your product in question and find the compatible chargers under “Charge Times”.
Yes, absolutely! For the Yeti X line, max voltage is 50V, and for the Yeti Lithium the max voltage is 22V. If using multiple 3rd party panels, be careful! Chaining 3rd party panels together can be dangerous if done in the wrong way. Please seek professional expertise when combining 3rd party panels with your Yeti.
Yes, our panels are designed to be safely chained together and eliminate the risks associated with 3rd party panels. As you look to chain your solar panels, please note that some solar panels require an additional accessory cable in order to chain together. See specific product page for details.
To check the charge level of your Goal Zero Yeti, refer to the battery display. When lit up, you’ll see a battery outline with five segments, indicating the current charge level. It is okay to use your Goal Zero Yeti even when it’s not fully charged.
Please refer to our runtime chart here Here’s a quick and dirty lesson in power:
All Goal Zero power products have a number in their name, ex. Venture 30, Flip 36, Goal Zero Yeti 500X. These numbers refer to the Watt Hours (Wh), or the amount of energy that can be stored in each battery, and can help estimate how long your gear will run from each power bank or power station. For example, a 500Wh battery should run a 100W light for 5 hours (500/100=5). If your gear falls within the 500Wh capacity of the Yeti, you’ll want to check the restrictions on each of the output ports. When you’re deciding on what to power from your new Goal Zero power bank or power station, it’s helpful to look into your device’s wattage consumption.
Your Yeti’s LCD display is an advanced feature designed to help you better understand power and monitor your consumption. The INPUT side reflects the amount of power your Yeti is receiving while it’s charging. The OUTPUT side indicates the amount of power the devices you have plugged in are pulling out of the Yeti. For more specific information on the exact Yeti unit you have, please refer to the products user guide.
This chirping noise is to alert you that your Yeti’s battery is low and needs to be charged. Plug your Yeti into a power source as soon as possible to avoid your Yeti from dying.
A blinking light on the AC button indicates that at the current load, the AC inverter will be shutting off soon; you should also see RESERVE MODE blinking on the display.
No. Under FAA regulations you are not allowed to take any battery exceeding 100Wh on a plane. For the most up to date information visit FAA Pack Safe
No. There is no under-voltage protection built into the Anderson Power Pole ports on the side of the Yeti 400, meaning if you try to power devices from these ports you could damage the battery. These ports are meant for chaining other Yeti 400s for longer runtimes.
Yes, technically your Link will function with your Yeti 1500X or 3000X power station. However, we have identified several compatibility issues and are working to resolve them. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know:
We are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible. We plan to have a fully Yeti X-compatible Link solution in place soon and will update the firmware through the Goal Zero Yeti App or replace your Yeti Link at that time. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.
First, you’ll need to determine the amount of power your device requires. This may require some research on your end, a good internet search or examining the user guide for your device should suffice.
Second, you will need to check the capacity for the individual output ports. For example, the Goal Zero Yeti’s AC port is powered by an inverter that allows for 2000W of power. This means if your device is pulling more than 2000W for an extended period of time, the Goal Zero Yeti’s inverter will shut off. Another number to watch for is the surge rating of your device as compared to that of the port. The Goal Zero Yeti inverter has an advanced surge management system that will maximize its compatibility with various devices, but there will still be items that will surge at a higher rate, and for a longer time, than the Goal Zero Yeti can manage, in which case the port will turn itself off.
Lastly, in some situations, like when running a 12V device, such as the Light-a-Life 350, directly off the 12V port, there will be minimal conversion and thus very little additional losses. In using the USB ports to charge a phone, you add a layer of conversion (12V battery in the Goal Zero Yeti is being converted to a 5V USB output), which introduces around 10% of losses. When using the inverter, there are two layers of conversion (12V to high voltage, DC to AC). The least efficient way of using the battery in the Goal Zero Yeti is to use an AC-DC adapter off the AC ports, as is the case if you use a phone wall charger to charge your phone, as it adds yet another layer of conversion in the wall adapter. So when you’re deciding on what to power from your new Goal Zero power station, do some research into your device’s watt consumption. For more quick tips and learning tools, check out www.GoalZero.com/learn.html
The USB-C port on the Yeti X power stations are bi directional. You may want to disconnect and reconnect the device if it is not charging. Try resetting the unit by holding the Units and Info button for 3 seconds to reset your Yeti. Check your Yeti to see if the issue is resolved after the reset
While most vehicles manage their battery in nearly identical ways, it has become increasingly common for vehicles to have slight variations in the way they charge their internal battery system. This is due to the integration of Smart alternators, which are designed to improve the efficiency of the vehicle and reduce strain on the motor in an idle state. As can be imagined, every manufacturer does this differently. Due to these variances, some of our customers may experience slow charge rates with their Yeti Link when used with a vehicle in a Smart alternator configuration. Goal Zero is actively working on a firmware update that will address the main concerns in regards to the Yeti Link with Smart alternator integrations.
Nomads are the most portable solar panel option. They’re extremely packable and are significantly lighter weight than their Boulder counterparts. Our Nomad line spans from 5W to 200W, and includes our small Nomad Solar Chargers designed for backpacking all the way up to our large Nomad Solar Panels made for rigging up alongside your RV.
Boulder Briefcases are the next best option when it comes to portability. There are two size options, the 100W and 200W, and they’re a bit bigger and heavier than the Nomads. These panels are a great high-performing option when packing or storage space isn’t a concern.
The stand alone Boulders are the non-portable options designed for permanent and temporary installation. There are two options, the 50W and 100W, and are intended to be mounted on vehicles, rooftops, boats, and anywhere else you want to install them.
As a quick note, mostly all the solar panels can be chained for more watts and power to charge your devices. You’re not limited to just one panel option.
Yes. The Boulders are designed to withstand the elements, so they’re great for permanent and semi-permanent installations. What you’re recharging from the Boulders is what needs to stay dry, so keep those power banks and power stations covered up and protected from the dust, rain, and snow.
Yes. The Nomads are able to withstand the elements, but the larger Nomad panels are housed within a protective fabric enclosure that will wear faster if left outside permanently, unlike the Boulders. What you’re recharging from the Nomads is what needs to stay dry, so keep those power banks and power stations covered up and protected from the dust, rain, and snow.
To chain two or three Boulder 50 Solar Panels together, plug the blue ringed 8mm connector from one panel into the input connector or input port of the next panel, using the charging cable from the final panel to connect to your Goal Zero Yeti or Sherpa. If you’re chaining more than three Boulder 50 Solar Panels together, or any configuration over 150W, you will need to purchase the 8mm to APP combiner cable. When chaining the Boulder 100 or Boulder 100 Briefcase panels you will need to purchase the 4x 8mm to APP combiner Cable
To chain multiple Boulder 200 Breifcase Solar Panels together with APP connections, you’ll need to purchase the 4x Anderson Combiner Cable (SKU 98061) from Goal Zero.
The Nomad 5 and Nomad 10 solar panels are not chainable. The Nomad 20 and 50 can be chained using the 8mm chaining input port on the back of the panel up to 150W. When chaining Nomad 50s (over 150W) or Nomad 100s we recommend using the 8mm to APP combiner cable
To chain multiple Nomad Solar Panels together with APP connections, you’ll need to purchase the 4x Anderson Combiner Cable (SKU 98061) from Goal Zero.
All of our Boulder Solar Panels are designed to charge Sherpa Power Banks and Goal Zero Yeti Portable Power Stations. If you’re looking to recharge things like headlamps, phones, and other USB devices, check out our foldable Nomad Solar Panels.
Please see our Solar Pairing chart for solar charge times. here
Yes, for mountable Boulder panels, take a look at the Boulder 50 and 100 Solar Panels. The Boulder Briefcases are not designed to be mounted permanently to a fixture; this briefcase fold-and-go style allows you to be more portable.
A Protection Plans offers three years of coverage that begins when the manufacturer’s warranty on select Goal Zero products expires. If a covered Goal Zero product breaks down due to ordinary use during the Protection Plan term, you must file a claim as soon as the problem is discovered. Once your claim is submitted, you will receive instructions and information on next steps. You may be asked to ship the covered product to an authorized repair technician designated by NRG Protects Inc. If you are asked to ship the product, the plan covers the cost of shipping within the contiguous United States. If NRG Protects Inc. determines that the problem is a breakdown covered by the Protection Plan, the covered product may be repaired or replaced at no cost to you.
Protection Plans on select Goal Zero products are available in the District of Columbia and all states except Alaska and Hawaii.
No. Protection Plans are only available for select Goal Zero power stations, home backup systems, solar products, power banks, and accessories.
A Protection Plan begin when the product’s manufacturer warranty expires, and continues for a term of three years. The Protection Plan will end earlier if you are sent a replacement product or payment under the plan in lieu of repairs as described in the Protection Plan terms and conditions.
The Protection Plans for your covered Goal Zero product is non-renewable.
Protection Plans cover breakdowns that occur during the term under normal product use and that prevent your Goal Zero product from performing the function for which it was designed due to material defects as described in the Protection Plan Terms and Conditions.
Protection Plans do not cover breakdowns due to operator negligence, improper or incomplete installation, unauthorized modifications or alterations, the introduction of foreign objects, accidental damage, abuse, misuse, vandalism, theft, rust, corrosion, animal or insect infestation, damage caused by lightning or any other insurable event or act of nature.Damage resulting from any alterations or repairs not authorized by NRG Protects is not covered under the plan. Also excluded are non-functional defects (such as cosmetic defects), preventive maintenance, expendable items, normal degradation of battery energy capacity over time, noise or vibration that is not excessive or uncharacteristic and does not impact the performance of the product, and accessories and supplies (including external power supplies).Please see the Terms and Conditions for addition information on Protection Plan exclusions and limitations.
If your covered product breaks down after the manufacturer warranty expires, you must notify us as soon as the problem is discovered. You can request service online 24/7/365. You will need to have your account number or the make and model of your covered product to request service. Once your request has been received, you will receive instructions and information on the next steps.
You can cancel your plan at any time by calling 888-349-7911. If you cancel within the full manufacturer warranty period, you will receive a full refund of the plan’s purchase price. If you cancel after the start of the plan term, you will receive a partial refund prorated to the remainder of the term, less any claims paid, subject to state law.
There are no deductibles or limit on the number of claims you may file for covered repairs during term, and shipping costs within the contiguous U.S. are included should you be instructed to ship your product for repair to the authorized repair technician designated by NRG Protects Inc.
If it is determined that a repair isn’t possible for a covered breakdown, NRG Protects Inc. may replace the product by shipping a new or refurbished product or issuing a cash payment or store credit. If you are shipped a new or refurbished replacement product, it will have similar features and functionality but may not be identical in the model, fit or finish to the original product. In the event you receive a replacement product or payment, all of the obligations to you under the plan will be fulfilled and the plan will end at that time.
If you ship your covered product to the authorized repair technician designated by NRG Protects Inc. per its instructions and it’s determined the breakdown isn’t covered by the plan, the technician will ship the product back to you at no additional charge. If you make a timely request to the technician for the non-covered repair and the technician agrees, you will be responsible for any costs associated with the repair.
The Protection Plan can be transferred with NRG Protects Inc.’s consent. To make a request to transfer, please call NRG Protects Inc. at the telephone number identified in your Terms and Conditions.
Cabela’s Overnight RV Parking FAQ
RVing brings excitement and joy to your life. Every day, you explore a new place, pass by beautiful scenic locations, taste fresh food, meet new people, and much more. However, with these amazing experiences, you need to consider numerous factors.
These factors may include stocking up of your supplies, managing your funds, and, most importantly, your overnight stay at a safe place to ensure your well-taken rest and good health.
When it comes to an overnight RV stay, it’s ok to be frugal sometimes. It’s completely normal if you don’t want to spend 25 to 80 for just one night when all you need is to sleep and hit the road next thing in the morning.
You must have known Cabela’s for its sturdy and top quality sporting gear for hunters, boaters, fishers, and campers. But do you know that they offer free overnight RV parking in their parking lot as well?
You can recognize Cabela’s from a distance due to their unique exterior. There are over 80 stores all over in the United States and Canada.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are under the same ownership as Bass Pro Shops acquired the latter in the year 2017. Thus their number of stores combined exceeds 175 outlets.
All the details you need to know about Cabela’s overnight RV parking are as follows:
Does Cabela’s Allow Overnight Parking?
Yes, Cabela’s allows overnight parking.
You’ll find most of the Cabela’s stores that allow overnight RV parking at their parking lots. However, few don’t.
We would recommend you call the manager before you arrive at their location to check if they permit free overnight parking at their parking lot.
Most of the time, managers at Cabela’s would allow and welcome you. However, there may be few cases when you would get a straight forward ‘no’ in response to your query.
A manager has to look into numerous factors before he allows it. In addition to the manager’s reasons, sometimes there is a restriction on overnight RV parking by the local ordinances. Such a situation takes authority from the manager as well.
RV Parking Lot at Cabela’s
At Cabela’s, there are two portions in the parking lot. One part is for regular cars, while the other is designated for trucks and recreational vehicles.
Usually, the parking area specified for RVs is at the back of the store. The parking lot is well-lit and clean, away from most of the noise and hustle-bustle of the customers visiting the store.
Why Do Some Outlets Do Not Allow Overnight RV Parking?
There are a variety of reasons due to which a particular outlet doesn’t allow overnight parking at their parking lot. Some of the rights are as follows:
- The store is present in a jurisdiction that doesn’t allow overnight parking at any store. This prohibition takes away the authority from the manager to have a say on the matter.
- The crime rate at that specific town is comparatively high due to which manager wouldn’t allow overnight parking. The purpose is to protect your assets and the store’s reputation by avoiding any unwanted incident.
Rvers’ Odd Behaviour
Another reason is the foul behavior of some of the people who don’t respect the favor they get from the store. As a result, they get a permanent ban for themselves and others.
- Damaging the store’s property
- Staying more than one night or the time discussed with the manager
- Making the parking lot dirty by littering or leaving the trash behind
- Fighting with others or creating an unwanted scene.
Are there any Prerequisites?
There are no definite prerequisites for your overnight RV parking at Cabela’s. But we would recommend you to call the manager before you arrive at the location.
Your call serves the purpose of asking if the specific outlet allows overnight or not. over, you can specifically ask if there are any prerequisites for your overnight parking and stay.
Discuss some of the following questions in advance as well:
- Are you allowed to run your generator?
- Can you extend your awnings?
- Would the manager allow you to put your leveling jacks down?
- Are there any hook-ups available?
- Can you spread your slide outs?
- Is the parking lot flat or on a slope?
We would recommend you to discuss the expected time of your arrival, whether you’ll be arriving during the business hours or after the store closes for the day.
It is always wise to arrive during the working hours, so you can meet the manager in person, introduce yourself, and enquire about anything you want to know.
Behave Responsibly to Show Your Gratitude
We know the store poses no restrictions on you during your overnight parking and staying at their parking lot. Nonetheless, remember their favor and behave accordingly.
Here is a list of some rules you can follow and be a responsible guest:
- Be polite and avoid any kind of argument or quarrel.
- Be courteous, even if the manager has denied your request to stay overnight. They must have their reasons.
- Avoid littering or leaving any trash behind to keep the place clean.
- Don’t make unnecessary noise.
- Turn on the generator only if the manager permits you to do it.
- Avoid extending your awnings or slide outs.
- If accompanied by pets, don’t forget to clean up after them.
- You shouldn’t lower your leveling jack without permission.
- Remember, you’re there for overnight parking solely; refrain from taking out your grills to barbeque.
- Avoid lounging on your hammocks or chairs
- Most importantly, stay there for one night or the time allowed by the manager and be on your way the next morning.
Is there any Security or Other Concerns?
The area specified for RV parking is usually at the back of Cabela’s. It is well-lit and doesn’t pose any immediate danger. Overall the parking lot at Cabela’s is safe.
However, it’s always wise to be extra cautious and take all the precautionary measures to ensure your safety. You don’t know anything about the site or the neighborhood, as it is new to you.
On the backside of the store, it’s usually quiet since you’re away from all the hustle-bustle of customers and employees during the working hours.
We’d recommend you to get done with all the errands and get inside the safety of your RV before the pack-up time. Lock the doors and storage compartments before sleeping to ensure protection.
Are You Alone in the Parking Lot?
It depends on different situations.
Sometimes you’re all alone in the parking lot with no other vehicle parked for the night.
However, other times you can see trucks or other recreational vehicles parked beside you or at some distance in the parking lot, indicating the presence of other folks staying there for the night.
Usually, there is Cabela’s security available. We would recommend you to meet the guards in person and introduce yourself. You may request them to keep an eye on your RV for added measure, as well.
Cabela’s are usually present along the highway. Be prepared to hear some road noise as well.
What to Do In Case of any Unexpected Activity?
In case you experience any unexpected activity, stay put. Never leave your RV or try to take matters in your hands. Call the police if need be.
Remember, you are most likely safest in your RV. If you don’t feel comfortable or anything doesn’t feel right, don’t hesitate to drive away. You can always find other places to park and stay overnight.
Never compromise on your safety.
Research and Inquire About the Place Before You Arrive
We would recommend you to ask the manager if the area is safe for overnight parking and stay. The manager, being a local, can advise you better or guide you about another option if the store falls in a place with a high crime rate.
You can call the local police to inquire about the specific outlet. They can give you a better insight into the safety conditions of that site.
Does It Cost Money?
Overnight parking at Cabela’s is completely free. They don’t charge a penny for your stay at their parking lot.
Since the permission is strictly to park, refrain from lounging or extending your awnings and slide outs. You should act as if you’re another customer who has come to buy some of their sturdy sporting gear and would be leaving afterward.
Are there any Hook-Ups Available at Cabela’s Parking Lot?
Overnight RV parking at Cabela’s stands out from the rest of stores offering free overnight RV parking, as you’re not entirely without hook-ups here.
Some of Cabela’s offers the facility of Sani Star dump station. You can dump your RV’s gray water or black water upon the payment of five dollars, through your credit card or debit card.
However, if you purchase Cabela’s, you can ask for dump station code at checkout. This way, you can dump your gray water or black water for free.
The instructions at the dump station are clear and easy to understand. The purpose of guidelines is to avoid any mess, by guiding you to dump your gray or black water tank in the proper.
Cabela’s offers a water connection at their site. However, there are no freshwater city hook-ups. You can use the water station. Therefore, water is not potable.
They have signs stating the water is not for drinking or domestic use.
You need to arrange for freshwater yourself.
Electricity Hook Up
Cabela’s doesn’t offer any power hook up. You should come prepared in their parking lot. Charge your gadgets beforehand.
If you get permission from the manager, you can run your generator unless you have solar power to manage your needs in your RV.
What’s in it for Cabela’s if the Parking is Free?
The parking is undoubtedly free; however, the management discreetly wants your business. Since they offer top quality camping gear and many other outdoor sporting stuff along with clothing items, you may be one of their highest potential customers.
They are offering you free overnight stay with hook up facilities as well; why not give them some business, when you need some of that stuff.
You may purchase to show your appreciation and get the dump station code as well.
How to Find the Closest Cabela’s That Allows Overnight RV Parking?
Imagine changing your course to find Cabela’s for your overnight RV parking, only to find the store you have arrived at doesn’t offer overnight parking at all. The time, money, and fuel wasted would only add to the frustration.
However, you can avoid such a situation by knowing beforehand which of the outlets coming your way allow overnight parking and which don’t.
Some ways to find out, Cabela’s that allow overnight parking are as follows:
Visit the Official Website
You can visit Cabela’s official website and check the location of the closest outlet. On the website, you would find the places with two colors, blue and green.
Blue denotes Cabela’s while green indicates Bass Pro Shops. Both stores are under the same ownership. Remember, management at Cabela’s is more welcoming to RVers as compared to Bass Pro Shops. The latter may allow you to stay overnight sometimes, but mostly they deny such favors.
Call the Manager
Although Cabela’s are mostly welcoming towards RVers, sometimes they may deny overnight RV parking at their parking lot.
To avoid such a situation, we would highly recommend you to call the manager and ask if you can park your RV at their parking lot for the night. You shouldn’t leave anything to chance.
Another critical aspect to consider is the simple fact that not all employees are aware of the company’s policies at that specific location. Please ask for the manager specifically to avoid any ambiguity and discuss the needful.
Overnight RV Parking
OvernightRVparking is a top-rated App with factual information. Their database includes information of over 14000 locations all over the United States and Canada.
You get to know about the exact status of the specific store you’re looking for. The App or the website gives information such as overnight RV parking allowed, not allowed, seasonally allowed, even the rules (if any) for overnight parking, and much more.
The annual membership charges are 29.99 dollars.
Another reliable way to check if the specific store you’re looking for allows overnight RV parking is the website called Allstays. The data is updated regularly.
It is also available in the form of an App so that you can install it on your phone or other gadgets for your convenience.
What Are the Alternatives to Cabela’s Overnight Parking like Wal-Mart?
There are numerous other alternatives if you can’t find Cabela’s on your route or if the parking lot is full due to which you have to drive away and look for another option.
Some of these alternatives are:
Costco is a membership warehouse available at various locations throughout the USA and Canada. Most of the stores allow overnight RV parking at their site. However, some don’t.
We would recommend you call the manager and discuss if you can stay overnight.
There are no hook-ups available at Costco.
Wal-Mart is a store available almost everywhere in the USA and Canada. They offer overnight RV parking mostly at the parking lots of Wal-Mart SuperCenters.
Some outlets do not allow overnight parking due to changes in policies, a prohibition from local ordinances, or numerous other reasons. Call the manager before arrival to avoid any inconvenience.
There are no hook-ups available at Wal-Mart parking lot.
400;”Cracker Barrel has over 650 outlets all over the United States and Canada. They offer well-lit parking spaces with a demarcated area for RVs. However, calling the manager to check if you can stay overnight is a must.
Cracker Barrel does not offer any hook-ups for your RV.
Flying J Truck Shop
The Flying J Shop has parking spaces designated for RVs and large trucks. The spot is strictly available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
In some sites, the Flying J has some free spots (maybe six or eight) for RVs. You can use the rest of the places for a fee of 15 per night.
Are any Of the Alternatives Better Options?
Sometimes you don’t just want to stay and sleep at a dull parking lot with no facilities available. How about staying at beautiful locations with hook-ups available?
You can find a variety of such amazing places; however, such luxury comes at a price. Don’t worry; it’s worth the money.
Boondockers Welcome is a club formed by RV owners in the United States. Many well-off people have listed their properties to help fellow RVers by providing them a place to crash for the night.
The club is expanding with over 1000 locations all over North America. The neighborhood is generally safe, and you may get to meet new people there.
The owner may provide you electric and water hook up facilities for free.
With this website and App’s subscription, you get access to over 650 locations all over the USA. The annual subscription costs 79 dollars per annum.
These locations include access to numerous wineries, farms, orchids, breweries, and many other serene spots with tranquil sights.
Your access can go up to 1000 locations if you buy an additional annual subscription of 20 dollars. Thus in 99 dollars per year, you get access to over 300 golf courses around the United States for overnight RV parking, as well.
It’s a great initiative by Cabela’s to support and assist the RVers in the United States and Canada.
Free parking space with a dump station facility and water (not potable) connection is a huge favor for the RV owners.
Be a responsible guest and respect the courteous favor by Cabela’s, don’t damage their property. If possible, purchase something to show your appreciation.