If you shop as much as we do at Camping Worlds across the country and are Good Sam Members, consider using the store parking lots for rest stops during your travels.
On our recent trip from Southern California up to the Pacific Northwest we made use of three great Camping World parking lots. Rather than checking into a campground for the night, we tend to push through when we’re making long hauls. This last trip certainly qualified as a long one with a little over 1,400 miles from Slab City, CA to Anacortes, WA!
It just seems foolish to me to spend $30 or more when we’re only going to be stopped for eight hours. So instead of spending the money on campgrounds we put the money away towards something we’ve been wanting for the RV or maybe just a dinner out when we reach our destination. Besides, being able to stop and rest, make lunch/dinner, or use the facilities at will, is one of the best perks of traveling with an RV!
The first Camping World we stopped at was in Bakersfield, CA. I was a little leery about it before we got there. Mostly because while listening to local radio during previous trips through Bakersfield we heard a few too many stories about crime in the city. So we were pleasantly surprised by how nice the area around this store was. This is one of the largest Camping Worlds we’ve seen and it’s tucked into a massive auto sales mecca so I’m guessing security around there was pretty good.
This is a Google image of the store and parking lots, the red arrow is where we parked. (You can click on the image to enlarge it and then hit back arrow to return to this site.)
The lot was easy to navigate and while we were there (from about 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.) it was very quiet.
The next stop for us was about 437 miles north in Anderson, CA. We popped into the Camping World of Redding. Again, even though the parking lot is very close to I-5, it was quiet enough for us to grab a good 6 or 7 hours of sleep. The key is getting there late and leaving early. 😉
Here is the Google image of the store and lot.
And finally, the last leg of our journey was from Redding, CA to Burlington, WA. It was long push of 668 miles, but we stopped a few times to stretch our legs and grab a bite to eat. Other than Portland and Seattle, this part of I-5 is fairly rural, so driving is much less stressful, making longer driving days not so tough. (Says the passenger, not the driver… lol)
The courtesy spots at Camping World of Burlington have power hook-ups which was a nice surprise. The store didn’t open until 10:00 (Sunday hours) so we had to hang out a little later in the morning then we normally would have. We had some odds and ends we needed to pick up so this worked out well.
This is the Google image for Camping World of Burlington, WA.
As far as I know the only requirement for taking advantage of a Camping World courtesy spot is that you must be a Good Sam Member, which of course we are. Also, as a return courtesy to them, we always get there well past closing and leave before they open, unless of course we need supplies.
If you have any great Camping World lots that you’ve used in the past we’d love to hear about them. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂