Can RVs Camp Overnight at Cabela’s?
All RV owners know that with the freedom and excitement of owning one also comes the struggles. Besides the costs that you need to be prepared for, such as fuel, a generator, and maintenance, there is also the issue of where to park it or keep it during the off-season.
Cabela’s short history
Cabela’s is a well-known outdoor sporting store that has lots of equipment for any outdoor sportsman, from hunters and campers to fishermen. It was first opened in 1961 in Springfield, Missouri by Richard N. Cabela. It became public in 2004 and the incomes started to go over the top.
Nowadays there are more than 50 stores in the USA and Canada. Do not worry about missing them out – their stores are famous for their decorated exteriors. Also, it is one of the favorite places for RV owners, due to their parking spaces.
Their position on RV parking
In order to check if the Cabela’s shop you just arrived to has RV parking, check for the signs. Usually, their parking lot has two sections – one for the visitors and one for the RVs.
Still, given that not every store allows RV parking, it is best to go in and ask if you may spend the night there, just to make sure you avoid unpleasant situations.
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What kind of parking situation to be expected at Cabela’s?
More often than not the parking spaces are at the back of the store, for everyone’s convenience. Check for sports marked as designed for RVs, but know that they are limited and vary depending on the store.
Any hookups available?
You will not have electricity, so make sure your electronics are fully charged before heading out. Some Cabela’s have their dump stations that you can use for a price.
Regarding water, you can use the water station for some stores, but keep in mind that it is not potable, so always remember to bring your own.
Tips for finding a Cabela’s to camp overnight at
You can check an official store locator map before heading out on your trip. The blue markers are for Cabela’s and the green ones are for Bass Pro Shops, both being under the same main company. When you decide on one Cabela’s that you will like to park at, it would be recommended to call them and ask what their availability is. Still, double-check with a manager upon arrival that it is ok to stay there.
Etiquette and rules to follow
While the store welcomes RV owners and does not charge for it, it is important to follow some basic rules:
- Be polite, even if they refuse you one night, as you may end up to the same store after a while. Always treat people with respect.
- Make sure you are not too loud, even if it’s from the generator or listening to movies.
- Make sure you plan to stay for one night only.
- Don’t leave any garbage behind you in the parking lot. If you made a mess, clean it up.
- You may want to consider buying the things you need from Cabela’s, given that they are letting you stay there for free.
Staying safe overnight
Keep in mind that Cabela’s stores are not non-stop, so you will be alone with other RVers after the employees leave. It is recommended to purchase the necessary items before the store closes and locking the doors overnight. If anything seems suspicious, call the police.
What if Cabela’s full? Where else to park?
Luckily there are other retailers that can offer free parking on their space, amongst which are Bass Pro Shops, Walmart, Cracker Barrel. You can also try truck stops, casino or school parking lots. In any case, do not panic, as there are plenty of alternatives.
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