Finding a safe and legal place to park your RV overnight can be challenging. Kyle from the YouTube channel Driving and Vibin' shares his experiences and insights on the riskiest spots to avoid. Here are seven places where you might want to think twice before parking your RV overnight.

1. City Parks

City parks might seem like a convenient and quiet option for overnight parking, but they come with a significant risk. Each city has different ordinances regarding overnight parking, and it can be time-consuming to find out if it's allowed. If you're not careful, you might end up with a fine or being asked to move in the middle of the night. Always check the city's regulations before deciding to park at a city park.

2. Shopping Centers and Strip Malls

Unlike some Walmarts or Cracker Barrels, shopping centers and strip malls generally do not allow overnight parking. Even if the parking lot is empty, you risk getting a knock on your door from local police asking you to move. This can be particularly inconvenient and unsafe if it happens in the early hours of the morning. It's best to avoid these locations unless you have explicit permission.

4. Hospitals

While it might be tempting to park at a hospital, especially if you're in a smaller Class B or sprinter van, this is not recommended. Hospital parking spaces are meant for patients and visitors who may need them urgently. Taking up these spots can be inconsiderate and you might still get caught and asked to leave. Hospitals are generally not designed to accommodate larger RVs anyway.

5. City Streets

Parking on city streets can be risky due to varying local regulations and safety concerns. Your RV could be vandalized or broken into, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area. The lighting might be poor, and you could unknowingly park in a less safe part of town. Unless you're in a small, well-lit town with clear regulations, it's better to avoid city streets for overnight parking.

6. Truck Stops and Rest Stops

Although truck stops and rest stops are often used for overnight parking, they come with their own set of risks. Crime rates can be higher in these areas, and you might find yourself in the way of truckers who need the space. Kyle mentions that while it is allowed, the potential for negative activity makes it a less desirable option.

7. Hotel Parking Lots

Hotel parking lots are generally not suitable for larger RVs. If you're in a Class B RV, you might be able to park there, but you risk being towed or asked to leave if you don't have a parking tag. Hotels typically issue parking tags to their guests, and without one, you could find yourself in a sticky situation. It's best to avoid hotel parking lots unless you have explicit permission.

8. Places with No Parking Signs

Finally, it's crucial to heed no parking signs. Many Walmarts and Cracker Barrels have signs prohibiting overnight parking. Even if you see other RVs parked there, don't assume it's allowed. Always seek permission from the store manager or staff. Ignoring these signs can result in fines or being towed, making for a very unpleasant experience.

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