If you have a Class C, truck camper, or van conversion, and you’re visiting larger cities, the idea of looking for a parking spot is never very appealing.
Places like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are not parking-friendly to their own residents—much less to visitors. There may be options in city parking garages, but most of the time they don’t allow or can’t accommodate larger vehicles.
Over the past few years, the sharing community has increased to include unused parking spots. Various apps and websites allow city dwellers to rent out their private driveways, parking lot sites, carport or parking garage spots to anyone who needs a spot for a few hours or several days.
1. Spot Hero
Spot Hero offers rental parking in dozens of U.S. cities including Phoenix, New York City, Palo Alto, and San Antonio. The app allows you to search by address, landmark, or neighborhood, and book directly online.
Each spot includes a photo, description, amenities, directions, and hours. Daily rates depend on location, but range from $5 to $10 per 24 hour period.
ParqEx offers hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly parking in major U.S. cities. When searching on the ParqEx map, parking spots will show up with the option to learn more about each spot.
You will need to add your vehicle information and photo, so have that ready ahead of time. ParqEx also has a nice feature that breaks down each city’s neighborhood. An average hourly rate is about $2 to $5 and an average daily rate is $40 to $60.
SPOT is limited to about eight of the largest cities. A daily Beacon Hill spot in Boston will cost about $30, versus $35 to $40 for a parking garage in the same area.
The app recognizes your location or you can do a search for another location in town. In addition you can book a spot for as low as 30 minutes.
Spacer has a user-friendly interface. Right away you can tell which spots are already rented out, but the number of cities represented are more limited.
The website also limits stays by the month. However, they do allow owners to rent out their storage spaces or units as well. An average covered spot in Seattle is about $250 per month.
Parklee allows you to break down your search to weekly/monthly or hourly/daily parking spots. Each spot features a photo, description, distance, and availability.
The app was started in Brooklyn, so it mostly features larger cities like New York. In the Big Apple, prices range considerably from around $20 per hour to only $5 per hour.