One of the many questions we get asked about tiny homes is “where can I find parking?” and to be honest in my time in the tiny house landscape I can tell you that it isn’t as easy as many people say it is.
But because we want your tiny house journey to be smooth and hassle-free, we have done a brilliant research and have put together this helpful guide to help you easily find parking spots for your home.
But before you get super excited, keep in mind that many cities across the U.S.
prevent people living in RVs and tiny homes on wheels from parking within their borders.
And the most tricky part is that not everyone can live out in the wild, so that isn’t an option for many tiny house owners.
Thankfully, we have found some fantastic resources that should help you easily find quality tiny house parking.
Read on as we take you through 4 of the best places you can find tiny house parking spots.
RV parks and campgrounds
One of the most common places to find tiny house parking is in RV parks and campgrounds.
This is a brilliant option for tiny house owners whose structure complies with RVIA specifications.
We particularly love RV parks because they offer long-term rentals, making it possible to live in your tiny house on wheels and leave from there to your workplace daily.
But before you visit an RV park, please make inquiries to know if they allow tiny house owners to park their homes.
While many RV parks are becoming receptive to the tiny house movement, others are still adamant and aren’t opening their facilities to tiny house owners.
Another brilliant option for finding parking for your tiny home is campgrounds.
This is especially great for people traveling in their tiny homes.
Many campgrounds provide full hookups and other extra amenities to make visitors’ stay pleasant.
The only caveat with campgrounds is that most facilities have a stringent policy on how long you can stay.
So you should know this ahead of time and plan accordingly.
How to find campgrounds while traveling
If you don’t have an immediate plan to leave your city, we are sure you’ll know a few campgrounds where you can park your home.
But when you have to travel outside your city, especially in your tiny house on wheels, it is a much different story.
Sure, Google Map is a brilliant tool you can leverage to find paid campgrounds, national parks and more.
But guess what, when it comes to finding long-term stay compounds, especially free ones, Google Maps won’t work.
Thankfully, awesome websites and apps like HipCamp, Campendium, AllStays, Ultimate Campgrounds and more have made it easy to find campgrounds located close to you.
While these apps and websites provide similar services, some provide better and more specific needs.
For instance, we found Campendium a little better than the others because of its unique offerings.
Also, it has an easy-to-use interface and provides a comprehensive list of available campsites across different states.
In case you don’t know, federal land makes up 28% of the entire land mass in the U.S.
This means that at least 640 million acres of land.
This option is great for tiny house enthusiasts because the bulk of federal land is open to what experts call dispersed camping.
Thanks to this option, you can park your THOWS and RVs on free and undeveloped federal lands without getting into trouble.
BLM and National Forest lands are some of the most popular federal lands that allow tiny house owners to park their homes.
These lands are scattered across different states, with the majority located in the West.
States that approve accessory dwelling units (ADUS)
Even though ADUs have been around for a while, they only started gaining traction recently.
For those new to this, ADUs are tiny stand-alone structures located on a property that already hosts a primary dwelling.
What’s unique about tiny ADUs is that some locations consider tiny houses as ADUs, making it possible to park your tiny home on a property that already has a primary dwelling.
In states that support ADUs, you can simply rent the backyard or driveway and park your home there.
It is a win-win for all parties involved in states where you can park your tiny house as ADUs.
While you get a convenient place to park your home and live out your fantasies, the landlord get’s a steady stream of income.
Tiny house communities
As tiny homes continue to generate traction and appeal to more people, we are beginning to see tiny house communities spring up in different locations and in different states across the U.S.
These communities are set up for tiny house owners to live out their dreams in a community of like-minded people.
What we love most about tiny house communities is that they provide access to excellent amenities and other great features that make your stay comfortable.
So if you’re looking for a convenient place to park your home, you won’t go wrong checking out tiny house communities.
We are sure you’ll love the experience.
Frequently asked questions
How long can you park your tiny home in a campground?
While campgrounds provide tiny homeowners with parking space, we are afraid you can’t stay here for long as most campgrounds have a limited number of days to park your home.
In some campgrounds, you can only stay up to two days.
Do I have to pay for parking?
Well, it all depends on what you’re looking for.
If you’re on a budget, you’ll undoubtedly find free parking spots.
But don’t expect to enjoy access to a lot of amenities.
On the flip side, paid parking will provide access to a variety of amenities put in place to make your stay comfortable.
Can I park on the road?
Of course, you can get away with parking on the way if you’re lucky enough to evade the authorities.
But we won’t encourage that as it would get you into a lot of problems and we are sure you wouldn’t want that.