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Can You Park an RV on a Public Street?

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Last Updated on May 16, 2022 by Jessica Lauren Vine

If you don’t want to or don’t have time to get to a camping spot, you might ask, “Can you park an RV on a public street?”

The short answer is yes. You can park an RV on a public street.

Unless there are “No Parking” signs, you should be safe to park your RV on a public street. However, there are some cities that have laws against parking RVs on the street.

The best thing you can do is to park where everyone else parks and try not to be in the way. You should also keep in mind that some places require a permit if you want to park on the street.

You can check to see if there is a permit requirement to park your RV on the street. You might be able to go one town over and avoid having to do that.

The worst thing that would happen is that someone would knock on your door during the night. Many RVers ignore the knock because it might be someone up to no good. If you wake up in the morning with a ticket, that wouldn’t be fun, but you won’t have to worry about that if there aren’t any signs posted.

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Parking Your RV on a Public Street – Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about parking your RV on a public street.

Can someone live in an RV on the street?

Yes. If no one complains about it and you are stealthy, you can live in an RV on the street.

Can you sleep in a camper on the street?

Yes. Just go into stealth mode and don’t bother people, and you should be fine unless it is posted otherwise.

Wrapping Up the RV Public Street Parking Issue

If you’re a street parker, you’re definitely braver than I am. I always like to have a paid-for RV spot because I feel like I “belong” there.

Many people I know park their RVs on public streets and have been perfectly fine, but I remember once when I was a kid. My parents and I had stopped to sleep and parked in a superstore, and the cops came and knocked on the door. I guess you really don’t get over your childhood.

Whatever the case, now you know what to do and can look into the area you’re visiting.

Before you head off, make sure to check out these other RV-related posts to get more help you need.

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