Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-10-2015, 11:56 AM   #1
Stefrobrts's Avatar

1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,816
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
Casino Camping!

We had a fun little adventure this weekend - Friday evening after work we decided to take a very spontaneous trip to the beach. Unfortunately, the beach is super popular in the middle of summer, and so there was not much hope of finding a hotel room, or a campsite, but we hooked up the trailer anyway and hit the road.

We ended up at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, OR, which has a nice large parking area for RVs (there is also a park up the road with hookups), and the parking lot is free! The parking area is on a hill above the regular parking lot, so the RVs are not all visible from the road, which made me feel safer about leaving the trailer there all day unattended. This worked out great for us, and served as home base while we explored the coast on Saturday.

By Saturday night my hubby wanted to get out of town before the crowds on Sunday morning, so we relocated inland to the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grande Ronde, OR. Again, nice big parking lot patrolled by security. Again, free. Hubby enjoyed losing a bit of money to their slots and we rolled out on Sunday morning ahead of the crowds.

So, totally free camping, nothing scenic but provided a safe place to leave the trailer while we explored, and a good night's sleep. Lots of other Airstreams in both parking lots too, including a nice polished vintage AS in Lincoln City, and we were a couple spots down from a vintage silver Moho in Grand Ronde. We will probably do this again!


Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2015, 12:38 PM   #2
Rivet Master
AWCHIEF's Avatar
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 6,688
Images: 54
Funny, but nothing is free at casinos. They expect you to give them some of your money before you leave. Sounds like you did. I am from a casino area and there seems to always be a few RVs and trailers parking in their trailer parking areas. Most are basic with no hookups. We do have a couple with electric and one with full hookups (for reasonable charge).

WBCCI 10656 Southeastern Camping Unit
Associate European Unit
2006 Safari LS 23 ft
Formerly 1964 Bambi II

"I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell"
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2015, 03:22 PM   #3
Stefrobrts's Avatar

1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,816
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
My husband is always happy to give them a little bit - he would have done it anyway even if we didn't stay there, so it was all good

Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2015, 03:55 PM   #4
Rivet Master
RangerJay's Avatar

2002 19' Bambi
Northwestern Ontario , - on the backside of the map and just above the big green spot
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 818
Images: 44
We are pretty dedicated users of lakeside campsites in National, Provincial or State Parks - but once a year (or so) we abandon that purist approach and do a "Casino Run" - we have a few favourites - all with their own campgrounds - we can easily hit a bunch of them over a week long loop. Love it - not that we are big spenders - very much the opposite - we give ourselves a limit of $40 each (or so) at each Casino - have a few good meals - chill in the campgrounds when we're not aimlessly staring at slot machines - and just basically enjoy a really relaxed week (not that any other week in the Bambi isn't relaxing) ..... just different I guess .....

One very consistent observation on every Casino Run - my wife comes away with money in her pocket - every time ...... I come away broke - every time ......

Bambi - 2002 (The Toaster)
Pathfinder - 2009 (The Buggy)

"I'm not young enough to know everything ....."
(Oscar Wilde)
RangerJay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2015, 10:34 PM   #5
Road Geezer
Road Geezer's Avatar

2011 27' FB Flying Cloud
San Jose , California
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 255
Images: 34
Blog Entries: 20
In California, near Jackson in the Sierra Foothills, you'll find Jackson Rancheria. It's outstanding, full hookups, large level sites, grass and beautiful views. Free shuttle to casino and food. Not free. We've stayed there a couple times.
As far as I know, this is the oldest I've ever been.
Road Geezer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2015, 06:12 AM   #6
2 Rivet Member
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Western MA , Massachusetts
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 67
Moheghan Sun Casino

We have gone to Moheghn Sun Casino with our FC for an overnight stay a couple of times now & plan to go back in Oct.
It was surprisingly super fun! We aren't big gamblers, but do like to play the slots once in a while.
The first trip was considered kind of a shake down trip for us - as it was only the second time taking out the unit. So we wanted to go somewhere close to home to try a few of trailer's bells & whistles. We took my sister as a guest and off we went. We had a great view of the river from the upper RV parking lot. It was quite spectacular. We had a great picnic dinner with our water view. We were the smallest trailer in the lot! Next to a few Prevosts and itascas etc we looked puney.
Our second stay was an impromptu one that we made on our way home from our big 2 week road trip. We had a great time touring VA but towards the end of the trip grew tired of the busy DC area. So we decided to head home a day early but then decided on the spur of the moment to stay one night at the casino. We didn't really want to go home!
It was a great way to end the trip. This time we were in the lower parking lot - not very scenic but still had the shuttle to the casino running and security patrolling. We were still the smallest unit!
Each visit we spent about the same amount of $ that we would have spent to stay in a premium campground. For us - it was something different and a bit of an adventure!
Wild Child is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2015, 10:31 AM   #7
pmclemore's Avatar

2012 30' International
Walkerton , Virginia
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,369
I think the Turning Stone campground near Syracuse is my favorite casino camping spot (though it is not free). We have also enjoyed spots in Tunica, MS, Bay St Louis, MS, Wheeling WVA, Charlestown WVA, and others.

I like to roll dem bones.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

AIR 3987
wbcci 9239 (Re-enlisted 2013)
pmclemore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2015, 03:30 PM   #8
Rivet Master
2015 30' FB FC Bunk
Ayer , Massachusetts
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 702
Something about bringing an Airstream to a Casino seems like it could be a bad idea...
Ted S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2015, 03:36 PM   #9
Stefrobrts's Avatar

1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,816
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
Well, I don't let my husband hold the title

Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2015, 04:30 PM   #10
Rivet Master
SteveSueMac's Avatar

2012 27' Flying Cloud
W , New England
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 4,663
Has anyone here seen "Lost in America" with Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty? 😳
SteveSueMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2015, 04:32 PM   #11
Len and Jeanne
Len n Jeanne's Avatar
2005 16' International CCD
2015 19' Flying Cloud
Creston Valley , British Columbia
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,128
In Nevada, the RV parks are often associated with casinos. They range from grim gravelly parking lots to luxurious resort-style parks.

We don't gamble, but one we've stayed at a few times in northwestern Montana, at Haugan on I-90 is called 50,000 Silver Dollars. There is free camping behind the casino, and a few of the sites even have free electricity. We usually spend some money there, though, on gas or food.
Len n Jeanne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2015, 06:14 PM   #12
3 Rivet Member
2015 16' Sport
Portland , Oregon
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 136
Originally Posted by SteveSueMac View Post
Has anyone here seen "Lost in America" with Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty? ��
yup... many jokes about gambling away the nest egg have ensued at our house since seeing that. Fortunately, we both find gambling very depressing, and I have had way too many semesters of math.

leedav is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CASINO ACTION when On the Road... Ray Eklund On The Road... 1 06-09-2015 11:54 AM
Shreveport, LA casino info? gaylejoe On The Road... 4 04-20-2011 02:48 PM
No Casino in Gettysburg gettysburg Off Topic Forum 13 05-18-2010 08:31 AM
Casino Queen in East St. Louis BLUEBELLS On The Road... 2 08-11-2009 02:38 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.