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Ernies Service Station

Space for 2 Rigs
Any size
3 nights maximum

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Same day is okay
1 month max
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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Not Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • 30 Amp Electric Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Wifi
  • RV Dump
  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • Off-Leash Area
  • No donation requested for hookups


business parking lot near restaurants,river and beaches, extremely safe location

House Rules

no generators

Access Road Conditions

on main road all open

Tow Vehicle Parking Details

same lot


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should be available most always


Essex, MA, United States of America

Suggested Local Attractions

cranes beach
wingaersheek beach
essex river cruises
great marsh brewery
cape ann golf course
wolf hollow

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Member Since
February 23, 2021
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28 References

28 Positive References

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References for Ernies Service station


July 2021

Ernie is Awesome!!

Ernie is very accommodating and kind. He allowed us to stay here and use full hookups as well as his internet. This allowed me to work from our fifth wheel which was awesome. This place is close to Boston but is away from all of this city craziness. We are so thankful that Ernie opened his garage and his heart to us


July 2021

Good people

Great couple who are both kind, considerate and fun.


July 2021

Location location location

This is a great location, essentially right downtown Essex. Walk to the restaurants. Easy to find, easy setup for electric and water. Thank you


July 2021

If you’re looking for a wonderful place…

You’ve found it! Ernie is such a nice guy, and his station central to everything, you will hate to leave!


July 2021

Great 2 night stay

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Ernies. He had hookups that was offered to us and he gave us info on the area. He warned us that the road was noisy but we did not find it bothersome at all. We would definitely stop by again if ever in the area.


July 2021

Great stay

Amazing people highly recommended thank you


July 2021

Awesome host

Ernie’s was a very pleasant stay. The host was very knowledgeable of the area and very friendly. He assisted us in back in and was very patient with us learning our rig and very helpful in getting us the right connection. Even though the host said the road was noisy and loud during the day, we did not find it bothersome at all. Would definitely stay again!!


July 2021

Great place

We had a great time at Ernie’s place.
There you will find a dumpstation, water, eletricity and a lot of generosity from Ernie.
I would recommend this place.
Murilo Compagnoni


July 2021

Best Location in MA

What a great night we had. Great walking on charming historic streets and very close to Woodman’s. Met the host as we were leaving in the AM and can’t say enough how great a stay this was for us! Thx!!!


July 2021

Great host in a nice little town!

We spent two nights at Ernie’s and he is one awesome host. He went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed. He even gave us bug spray to keep away the dreaded “greenheads”. The location is fantastic, just a short walk to the small town of Essex where there are antique shops, restaurants, an incredible ice cream shop, and a shipbuilding museum (which was great). The only negative: because it’s located right on Main Street, there is a steady flow of cars that were quite noisy. Even so, I highly recommend this location!


July 2021


Great stay. Ernie and his wife were very nice and accommodating. Highly recommend.


July 2021

Great location.

Great location within walking distance to many restaurants, etc. Amenities provided by the host were above and beyond what most offer on Boondockers. The host was super friendly and made sure we had no additional needs while there or as we were leaving. If we are ever in the area we hope to be able to stay again.


July 2021

Great stop

Ernie is very welcoming.
We were at my brother in law's small shop just a few days ago, so it was fun to stay at another auto repair shop.

Thanks Ernie. :)


July 2021

Great Stay

Ernie was an incredible host. Not only did he have amenities I would not expect on a Boondockers site, but he’s also very kind and welcoming. Provided some great ideas on how to enjoy the area. Very grateful to have stayed here over the July 4th weekend.


July 2021

Pleasurable Stay

Ernest is a straight shooter and he makes accommodations to make whatever you have work. YES, I would recommend staying here. Thank you Ernest!!!


June 2021

Friendly host!

Our host was friendly and helpful! We stayed at the beginning of a heat wave and he willingly let us use the ac. Wifi was strong enough for me to work and join all meetings.


June 2021

Cute town!

What a neat little town with a great choice of restaurants and bars. Ernie was so generous to let up hook up to electricity during this heat wave as well as dump our holding tanks and garbage cans before we headed north to Maine. Will definitely stay again


June 2021

Such friendly, concerned, generous hosts!

We appreciated having a safe, reliable place to park our motorhome near our daughter's house in the Boston area while visiting her, but found our discovery of Ernie's Service Station to be so much more! Ernie was always concerned about how we were doing, how the setup was, and always willing to help in any way. They made the stay a joy. Thank you both for your wonderful generosity!! A&A


June 2021

Wonderful hosts!

The location is perfect. Its close to a lot of places we wanted to visit. They have water, electric and a dump. There is plenty of room and pleasant shopping within walking distance. Beautiful neighborhood right next door that provides a lovely walk for the pups or exercise.
However, the best part of our visit turned out to be our lovely hosts. It was so awesome to talk with them. When it came time to leave it felt as if we were leaving family. We feel so blessed to have met them.


June 2021


Earlier is an amazing host. He and Wendy are two of the nicest people I've ever met!


June 2021

Wow...what a great guy and super host!

Ernie made his site available for two nights even though he was not personally present.
Though our communications were all via electrons on our iPhone we have to tell you this is a true gentleman and friend to all he meets. He contacted us throughout our stay to be of ultimate service. We spent two nights at his Essex, Massachusetts location and loved his kindness and considerate service to our Promaster van. What a great guy.


June 2021

A Lovely Layover

We were traveling through Essex on our way to Maine and had the opportunity to stay a night at Ernie’s. It was the perfect spot for our layover. We found Ernie’s station to be a charming parking pad in a quaint town. There was ample space to park, we felt very safe and we thought it was nice and quiet. Ernie was very quick to respond, communication was great snd he stopped by to welcome us when we arrived!

For sure recommend if you find yourself in the area!


June 2021

Great area, friendly hosts

Spot felt safe, easy to find and walking distance to ice cream, restaurants, water, etc. Host was great to communicate with and a nice person.


May 2021

Safe, easy stay

Nice parking, got to use the pump out as well. Perfect!


May 2021

Best parking lot ever!

Not only is the service station a short walk into town where you can find some great restaurants, a brewery and shopping. But this host made our stay unbelievably comfortable, with power, water, and even a dump on site. He even helped us out with an mechanical issue on our truck!

Sure this spots close to the main road and you'll hear traffic sounds,but that didn't bother us one bit. What a perfect spot to explore Cape Ann, Salem, Gloucester, Ipswich and of course Essex. Would definitely recommend staying here!


May 2021

Great Spot

Ernie was a great host! Great location, walk to restaurants nearby, great fried clams. Even had a dump station!

Thanks Ernie!


May 2021

Great parking site

We really enjoyed our stay at Ernies Service Station. The site is close to Parker River Wildlife Refuge which we also enjoyed visiting. Although the site is on Main Strret we heard little noise at night. The town itself is wonderful. Our host was fantastic. He provided us with an extension cord for AC hookup. We had a great conversation with him discussing RVs and RV travel. We would definitely stay there again.


April 2021

Beautiful area, great hosts!

This is a beautiful area! The hosts were so helpful, giving suggestions for things to do/places to eat. There’s a beach close by as well. We would definitely stay here again and would love to see the hosts again someday!