Van Life-Finding Overnight Parking 💤💤 Beverly Brown

Van Life-Finding Overnight Parking 💤💤 Beverly Brown

Welcome to my channel Becoming Bev. I am a 58 year old solo female traveling full time in my 2004 Chevy Express 1500 van that has been converted to an RV. My van conversion is my home.

In today’s van life vlog I will talk about where to park overnight. While full time RV living, it is both exciting and a bit stressful when I don’t know where I’m going to park my tiny house on wheels overnight. In this video I will share with you all of the places I’ve parked and some tips on stealth camping. Solo female RV living can be an adventure.

Here are some locations where I have parked my van overnight and some that others have told me about but I haven’t tried yet. If you have other suggestions on where to park, I’d love to hear from you.

1. My friends driveways
2. Cracker Barrel
3. Roadside Parks
4. BLM Land
5. Paid Parking Lots
6. Campgrounds
7. Overflow Parking at Campgrounds
8. Hotel Parking Lots
9. Parking Areas
10. State Parks
11. National Parks
12. Warehouse Areas
13. Walmart
14. Cabella’s
15. Hospitals
16. 24 Hour Gyms
17. Park and Ride Locations
18. Casinos
19. Bars and Clubs
20. Home Depot or Lowes

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  1. Keith Schnekenburger on August 8, 2022 at 2:59 am

    I just found you…I like very much…hitting the road soon myself….

  2. Ernie Landeros on August 8, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Stay safe Doll..

  3. Half&Half on August 8, 2022 at 3:00 am

    i enjoy your videos plus your a major cutie

  4. Undercover Adventurist on August 8, 2022 at 3:01 am

    You’ve stayed at some pretty interesting places! Wow loved the teepees and the rainbow was so beautiful 🌈 You inspire me so much, I can’t wait to move into my car 🚘😊❤

  5. E W on August 8, 2022 at 3:04 am

    Not sure about ALL National Forests but Wayne National in Ohio and others allows free “dispersed “ camping wherever you can find a spot to pull off . As long as you’re not blocking a trail head , gate or right of way .

  6. elaine braindrain on August 8, 2022 at 3:05 am

    How is your rv camp site project going? The one you did video on w partners?

  7. Odyssey Camper on August 8, 2022 at 3:06 am

    I can’t believe that I JUST found your channel! Well done. Looks like I’ve got some catching up to do!

  8. michael pike on August 8, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Ya my kids that female and I stay the night on the side of the road on the way to Arizona from California out in the desert it was so cold I had to pile three sleeping bags on top of the kids to keep them warm. Luckily what is red with a red shell . So the traffic could see us . All over a little four $5 part . Called points,had burned about 10-11pm . Did I mention I was towing a trailer oh yeah. I would say 30 40 mi from Blythe. Luckily the female was following along in our 77 white pinto station wagon with low profiles and kreggers all the way around tan interior a nice little pinto station wagon . I drove it 100 mi an hour after I put a cam and cam followers in it and all that stuff . But yeah the female and the little pinto station wagon drug my truck and a trailer out of the desert to Blythe with a little 10 ft of chain . To an auto parts store . Where I ultimately had to just polished my burnt points and get along to Phoenix . I always learn to keep my old points and polish them up and have a spare in the truck now . See now had that been an electronic ignition it wouldn’t have been so easy to fix . but electronic probably wouldn’t have burned either . I’ve had a whole assortment of problems with points but I still didn’t figure out why they weren’t like that

  9. Rebekah Frye on August 8, 2022 at 3:09 am

    I overnight parked at the casino in Cherokee, NC. I found it with Overlander, I think. I love your voice! It is so soothing! Glad to see the bunny ears in action again, and glad to see they both work now!

  10. Audie Carter on August 8, 2022 at 3:15 am

    Pet setting Bev.
    Like our house in Florida. Cocoa and Izzy

  11. VanpeDiem on August 8, 2022 at 3:16 am

    Love your "give back" philosophy! Bravo on the BB stays, I’m a long time BBNP camper. Very thorough vid.

  12. Brave Heart on August 8, 2022 at 3:18 am

    Another great video. Super informative. Thank you.

  13. itis finished on August 8, 2022 at 3:18 am

    beautiful, the van as well

  14. Maria D on August 8, 2022 at 3:18 am

    I wish everyone would conduct themselves as respectfully and discreetly!
    Those ears are hilarious!!! xoxo

  15. toolman thetim on August 8, 2022 at 3:20 am

    in a pinch i have had good luck pleading "too tired to keep driving safely" at rural fire stations.
    this would probably work better for you than me, you’re cute, i look like the GEICO caveman!
    it think using the too tired line makes them feel responsible for your safety.

  16. Morey Bandel on August 8, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Cindy says"We camped in 2009, in our Mercury Villiger van, on our trip to Ontario, Canada. One of the places that we stayed was a Wal-Mart in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. The only drawback was that they closed at 10pm, and didn’t open again until about 8am. Our bathroom facilities weren’t the best at that time, so it wasn’t the most convenient, but it worked out ok. That same trip we also attended a music & craft festival and a concert. Lots of Great memories, & trips in that van! I SURE do miss it!"

  17. The Gringo Baker on August 8, 2022 at 3:22 am

    Just got back from a 26 day road trip from Maine to Florida and back, mostly freeways and small roads. Finding places to sleep wasn’t all that difficult. However, finding places where I felt comfortable breaking out the camp stove to cook a meal was very difficult. Have you experienced that. Especially here on the east coast?

  18. Jennifer Livinlaughinlovin on August 8, 2022 at 3:23 am

    CABELA’S! They ENCOURAGE it! Most have a dump station you can use if you spend $$$ at the store (I think $15?-not sure).

  19. Gilbert Nichols on August 8, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Bev when d you think you’ll get back on the road again? Plans to ro return to Florida soon?

  20. Mick Bavester on August 8, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Hi Bev, life is one great adventure for you, not knowing where your parking up for the night if there’s a rest room or shower, that seems a bit of scary fun to me lol, stay safe 💞🌹

  21. Jillian 1st John 3:9-10 on August 8, 2022 at 3:27 am

    I am trying to find a box truck so that I can park at apartments since people are always moving.

  22. Josie Hatfield-sharp on August 8, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Ty Bev. I’m in a dream world here . I have camper trailer we pull. So little harder to park anywhere. I still look for possible parking for van lol

  23. James Powell on August 8, 2022 at 3:29 am

    I love to see you laugh Bev. I think it’s great. A merry heart is like a medicine. Keep having fun and laughing!

  24. schoolgurl68 on August 8, 2022 at 3:31 am

    This was very helpful! Thank you! I don’t have a van, but I car camp in my Ford Focus… but she thinks she is a Jeep, so, shhhhhhhh. Don’t tell her. 😂

  25. David Shelley on August 8, 2022 at 3:34 am


  26. Corvette Jim on August 8, 2022 at 3:34 am

    Truck stops are good also with the van expediters parking there

  27. Friedrich on Tour on August 8, 2022 at 3:35 am

    Hello Bev, in Europe often it’s easy to park at the parking lot of the cemetery… you normally have a toilet and water over there … you can get there from 5 pm until 9 am without disturb anyone. Often these cemetery near a city and also at beautiful locations. Lovely greetings ❤️Dirk

  28. michael pike on August 8, 2022 at 3:35 am

    I must say the best has been the side of the road of course you do need tags registration to keep the cops from writing you tickets I wake up one morning and there’s a freaking parking ticket on my window. I parked in the dark and didn’t realize I parked in a old red zone. It was disgusting. Adding to that when my transmission went out I was parking in front of my job that I managed to get. Five or six months just enough transmission left to take me to McDonald’s and park there and make it look like I could move no reverse for 3 years. Oddly enough my reverse went out the same month my mom passed away. I just looked at it like, forward son. I’ve been hit with graffiti twice while I was asleep. The sneaky little bastards I caught one told him next time use some color.

  29. John Smith on August 8, 2022 at 3:36 am

    My home ! Lol

  30. Andrea Amer on August 8, 2022 at 3:37 am

    Your a good friend and a very decent van lifer…I would do the same for sure xxx

  31. REVEREND DAVID HAMM on August 8, 2022 at 3:39 am

    hi Bev ( what’s going on pretty Girl ) love the way your smile lights up when you talk about how to boon dock and free camp every where keep it up girl

  32. Peter Powell on August 8, 2022 at 3:41 am

    Lots of great info! Thanks 👍I have done mostly BLM land for free on my first 3 trips. I did also do a ready stop

  33. Amalia De Antonis on August 8, 2022 at 3:41 am


  34. Amine Kadé on August 8, 2022 at 3:42 am

    Your room is literally like a fabulous gallery! 👠👙🌹💄💋👗

  35. TIKI TIKI on August 8, 2022 at 3:42 am

    love your picts

  36. Darin Traffie on August 8, 2022 at 3:43 am

    Wal-Mart normally allows I stayed at truck stops lots of free camping normally with power etc

  37. bobby lindblad on August 8, 2022 at 3:44 am

    Wow, I just realized you have a dreamcatcher between your back windows, obviously for catching those dreams, but also, they protect the home from unwanted spirits…. I have mine right in the middle at ceiling peak over my home studio. I love dc’s…oh, and btw, anytime you’re in Florida, n you need to moochdock, feel free to get ahold of me, there’s always room, I only have the one van, n the driveway is plenty wide as the garage is one of those 2 car (attached) to the house…n you’d be less than 5 minutes from WDW, of which I can always get you n yours into(retired=perks, lol).
    Lastly, I’m finally catching up on all your groovy vids, but I am curious, how come you don’t have a solar panel? Your roof appears to have enuf room for a single hundred watter’…..or maybe you have one and I just haven’t seen it(I gots 3 more episodes to go, I think) hehe…..keep ’em coming, always enjoy them.~bobby

  38. MAX CARTER on August 8, 2022 at 3:45 am


  39. Maria on August 8, 2022 at 3:45 am

    Love your attitude 👍🏼❤️

  40. William Bryce Dale on August 8, 2022 at 3:45 am

    They are a couple stealth camping showers available hun, I’ll try to send you a link💜✌

  41. Beverly Hendricks on August 8, 2022 at 3:46 am

    PM me Bev and if you are ever in Venice Fl ( just South of Sarasota) u are more than welcome to stay in my large driveway

  42. Amalia De Antonis on August 8, 2022 at 3:47 am


  43. Dawn on August 8, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Absolutely love your home . I got so many ideas and hopefully I will one day get to use them . Thank you 😊

  44. Candice Koehm on August 8, 2022 at 3:48 am

    I cant wait to someday make this dream a reality!!!!

  45. jmarie1719 on August 8, 2022 at 3:49 am

    Great video ❤️

  46. Peter Powell on August 8, 2022 at 3:53 am

    Sorry sent before I was ready🙄 any who rest areas in New Mexico look for posted time but it said not longer than 24 hours? On I-10 west of Las Cruces NM. They had covered picnic tables spread apart! In CA 8 hours tops. I was curious about cracker barrel? I hope this came out Okay? You came on at the end with your rabbit 🐰 hat. Hard to type when you’re laughing 😂 ciao for now

  47. Laurie Anne on August 8, 2022 at 3:54 am

    So I dont get it, every night you look for a place to park your home?

  48. Manuel Ochoa on August 8, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Love that your brave ! You’re absolutely a woman of virtue! ❤️❤️😇😇😇🙏🏻🙏🏻

  49. Edwizard62 on August 8, 2022 at 3:58 am

    OMG! Flagler and Beverly Beach are about 20-25 minutes south of my house. I live in Saint Augustine FL. You can mooch-camp on my driveway next time you come through.

  50. L B on August 8, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Just found your channel today Bev. Just subscribed. I love your van.

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