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Old 10-29-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Does anyone have experience camping at gambling casinos? I know some are in cities like Vegas and Atlantic City. I am thinking about the standalone ones popping up in many states. Do they have large parking lots? Is parking free? Do you actually need to spend (waste away) money gambling?
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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Some have regular campgrounds with hook ups & fees, others have large free parking areas for tour buses and trucks. Gambling is not required but often they give you "deals" for restaurants & gambling. Search for web sites for casino camping.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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They're an excellent place to stealth camp. They fulfill the Three Basic Requirements: quiet, dark and level. Far better than Walmart, which are usually only level. They often have security patrols, too.

Casinos welcome overnight dry campers and have no easy, economical way of enforcing "customers only" rules. I've been known to take a stroll through a casino before bed as a ruse, but usually I just crash. They usually have an economical hot breakfast available, too.

Las Vegas theoretically prohibits camping or overnight parking in all casino lots, but I've never been bothered. I believe it's a by-law to appease the hotel/motel industry.

The Circus Circus RV lot in Vegas offers showers and is centrally located. At over $50 a night, it's as expensive as some motels.
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Most casinos have a lot dedicated to RV parking. Some have both a fee lot with all the trimmings and a free parking lot without any trimmings. The casinos value the RV customer. Good safe place to park.
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I have yet to use one, but I've checked out a few figuring on future trips with our travel trailer. Many have had designated areas in an out of the way section of the parking lot with a number of people set up there. Others have just few campers which could easily be interpreted as just parked there because they haven't deployed anything.

The Kewadin Casino near Sault Ste Marie Michigan has very nice camping spots with at least basic electric hookups which my wife's cousin used. I don't recall the price, but knowing him it wasn't very expensive or he would have dry camped. He liked it and it appeared very nice based upon our one visit to his trailer.

I've checked casino websites. Many have a comment as to what the policy is. Some don't advertise, but don't bother you if you aren't obvious about it. (Keep your awning furled.) I agree that local ordinances may set up a Sgt. Schultz "I see nothing!!!" situation.

My mode with my tent ends trailer will be to stay closed up unless there is a designated area and I see others opened.

As to whether to gamble, I guess I woud feel like I do if I use a business restroom. I generally make some token purchase. So I'd probably play 5 or 10 bucks. Who knows, you may win. In my case, my wife will make certain that the casino gets properly funded so I have no problem using a casino as a camping option, nor does she. vic
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Some friends got robbed sleeping in their van at Luxor in Las Vegas. They had the windows down because it was hot, and the guy reached in and unlocked the door and robbed them at gunpoint.
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Some friends got robbed sleeping in their van at Luxor in Las Vegas. They had the windows down because it was hot, and the guy reached in and unlocked the door and robbed them at gunpoint.
This is far more often the story I hear about what happens around casinos. Car break-ins are extremely common in Vegas. I had some guy staring me and my Sprinter down in a very uncomfortable way a few weeks ago, I was just stopped for gas and a sandwich. Next trip through I'll avoid even the gas stop. I had a van broken into just outside Vegas in Red Rocks several years ago. I've never heard of more break-ins anywhere else. Lots of money and lots of drugs and unemployment at the same time, no thanks.
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This is far more often the story I hear about what happens around casinos. Car break-ins are extremely common in Vegas. ...
We may visit Las Vegas some day so that's good information to have. Thanks for the heads up.

My experience has been more with Native American and NY State run casinos in the Western New York area and Native American in upper Michigan. So far things seem to be pretty good for those. No personal stories and not many, if any, news reports which I can recall.

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There was a viral youtube video not too long ago showing this guy do about 10-20 smash-n-grabs in a casino parking lot in Vegas, all in about 5 minutes. Maybe half the cars had alarms, didn't phase him. I haven't parked at a Casino anywhere since, not that I was ever comfortable about it.

Side story - ate at the Rio buffet one night, Joshue Tree ER the next afternoon for food poisoning, memories of these fat guys leaning over the buffet, guts popping out from under their shirt and spilling into the food - ended my meal right there.

Dudes - there are SO MANY remote, beautiful, quiet places along side the road and/or a short drive down some remote turn-off - all over the USA. They are never hard to find, especially with Google satellite images on your smart phone these days. This is what the Sprinter is made for - the RV American dream.
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