Ernies Service Station

Space for 2 Rigs
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3 nights maximum

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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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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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References for Ernies Service station


October 2021

What a wonderful host

Ernie made sure we all fit in the space provided (several rigs there while we were there!).
And gave us the best recommendations of what to see and explore!


October 2021

Awesome location and Host!

We had A very nice stay at Ernie's.
Will be back for sure.


September 2021

A great host and a great location.

We had a fantastic three-night stay with Ernie and appreciated his hospitality including great local advice on things to see and do. The parking spit is the lit for his auto and truck repair business. During the day there is a bit of coming and going, but at night the traffic dies down and the location was as quiet as we could hope for. Located just minutes from great restaurants, the Essex river, Gloucester, Ipswich, it’s a great base for exploring history, nature, and fresh local cuisine.


September 2021

Wonderful host

We had a fantastic stay here and this host is one of the best. So much to do and see nearby. We would love to host them at our site in MI.


September 2021

Had it all!!!

Gracious host with helpful recommendations. Also, he was able to provide full hook-up. We recommend "Ernie's Service Station".

Pete & Pat MacRae


September 2021

Great night stay

We really appreciated Ernie’s hospitality. He was very helpful when it came to sightseeing. He was very accommodating, genuine and so friendly. I wish we could have stayed longer.


September 2021

Great Stay

Nice auto garage on Main Street small town America. Great location and Great Host!


September 2021

Great place to stay!

Great stay. Weather was great for open windows. We done 2 nights and checked out Salem and Gloucester. If Ernie ever gets to cross country trip they are welcome to boondock at my place. Thanks again!


September 2021

Easy in easy out

Level parking, easy walk to good food. Ernie and his wife were very friendly and accommodating


September 2021

Definitely a ultra host with aloha spirt 🤙🏻

The host greeted us and helped on where to park. Also Gave us some information brochures on the area on what to do and where to go. I can see why Ernie is a Ultra Host. He offers his business parking lot to park in. Being able to use electric , topping off water and dumping. Ernie’s goes out of his way to make one comfortable and feel at home. In Hawaii we call that the aloha spirt. Essex is a charming little town and close to everything. We will be back again that’s for sure Mahalo 🤙🏻


September 2021


An amazingly nice host and we have been having the best time staying here! Everything you need for your RV is very conveniently located right next to the shop. Everyone here has been so nice. Our host gave us plenty of options of what things to do and if you need it, he was able to work on our tow vehicle! He was available for anything that we needed. The village of Essex is very quaint and a quick drive to anything else you would possibly need.

Can not say enough nice things about the host! Really helped us feel super comfortable! I would 100% recommend staying here!


September 2021

Another great stay at Earnie's!

Thank you so much for letting us stay there while we visited our daughter! You're a wonderful host, and this is such a help to us! Thank you!!


September 2021

Nicest Host to date

I was welcomed very kindly. Definitely the nicest and most accommodating host. Would highly recommend him.


September 2021

Amazing host

Great host. He is friendly, kind and helpful. When I texted him before we arrived and asked about staying longer than one night, he said "I'll make it work". He provided pamphlets for surrounding areas. I can't say enough about his kindness. I hour from Boston and 30 minutes from Salem.


September 2021

Excellent Host & Location

We were hosted by Ernie for 3 nights. The location is great and Ernie is a top-notch host. He is really great at making you feel welcome and even better at providing materials and suggestions for things to do in the area. We visited Salem and the surrounding areas during our stay.


September 2021

Great place and even greater people!

If you are ever in the area I highly recommend this location! I ended up in a bit of a jam with my RV and Ernie came in, let me whine a bit, and then reloaded my radiator and made sure that the hose that came off was tightened and then let me stay an extra night!! Great conversation, just really good people in Ernie and his wife. I'll definitely be back when in this area again. Thank you so much! Happy Trails!


September 2021

Great stay

Great location! Grateful for the amenities and hospitality of Ernie! Exceptional communication! Would definitely stay again!


September 2021


Even though he was booked for the weekend, he was able to fit us in! Very thankful and welcoming!


September 2021

Nicest host in America hands down!

We had our resv canceled at an rv park nearby and we booked this place last minute and was immediately accepted. Cozy location, level, and even had 30/50 amp plug in with clean water hook up. We were allowed to dump our tanks before departing by backing up a few feet. Lots to do nearby as well. Friendliest host I've met, such a great guy I swear.


September 2021

Another great night

Stayed for a second time on my way back south. Perfect location, great host. Thank you, Ernie!


September 2021

Great little town

It's a short walk to Essex on the river with restaurants and interesting shops, and yes, ice cream. A very convenient location and lots to do nearby. On a main thoroughfare so a bit noisy in the morning as you might expect. I appreciated the 30 amp hookup. I only spoke to Ernie very briefly in the morning but he was very cordial and anxious to help in any way. It's a good stopover.


September 2021

Super Duper Triple Ultra Host!!!

Perfect spot to explore this friendly, homey green and blue part of the country! Even during Labor Day wknd..though long lines for seafood everywhere!
Can't say enough about Ernie,and his wife, a very busy guy with a heart of gold who goes out of his way to make you feel a guest. And he is very funny and clever to boot! Lots of suggestions for local touring, and for us,swimming holes..
Dont miss Ernie's!! And when they get out on the road , dont miss hosting them!


September 2021

Great host

My family and I stayed at Ernie’s. He was an excellent host. We would stay here again.


September 2021

Awesome stay!

My host was amazing and so hospitable! We started communicated well before I reached his place and he was quick to get back to me, which was so kind of him. He has diesel fuel at his shop so I started by filling up as soon as I arrived and he gave me the full run down about staying at his location. In addition to setting me up he had a ton of local information brochure to check out and he had a lot of information to help me find things like the laundromat and some other places. I was able to visit Boston, Gloucester, Manchester By The Sea, Salem and Rockport from his location and utilized the train which was about 6 miles from his location.

How he does everything he has going on is beyond me! Such a great guy. Thank you very much!


September 2021

Great spot!

Very convenient place to stop! Ernie was very hospitable. We felt safe and comfortable. Just north of Boston so it made for an easy trip to the big city! Bonus: ice cream shop within easy walking distance.

September 2021

Wonderful hosts

Great communication with incredibly welcoming hosts. Was a great home base to explore the beautiful area. Grateful for all the amenities provided and getting to know the hosts a bit. We
will definitely be back again if we can. We’ve already been there twice!


September 2021

Great location, super nice people

We loved staying at Ernie’s! It was a short drive to the beach, flat spot with w/e/s all available, he fixed my sway hitch, and he hooked us up with a tour of the fire station! Definitely drop by if you’re in the area.


August 2021

The best of the best

There are really good hosts, great hosts, then there's Ernie! This man not only provides the creature comforts you need, but truly cares about making sure you have a great time visiting the area.

Speaking of the area, there's tons to do and see while you're here, and Ernie will provide you with information on all of it.

He made us feel like we were visiting family rather than strangers. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Stay here, even if you have to go a bit out of your way to get here!


August 2021

Everything You Need Close to Boston

Ernest.Nieberle was a great host! He had a full set up and allowed us to leave our camper there while we explored the surrounding areas, sending info packets with us. We really appreciated his communication and thoughtfulness.


August 2021

Great stay!

Ernie is a wonderful host and has gone out of his way to make sure our stay is perfect! I screwed up and accidentally canceled our 2nd & 3rd nights and he was so gracious to let us re-book. There is so much to do in the area, you will want to come back again and again!


August 2021


Was a great stay and was super helpful! Gave lots of suggestions on what to do around the area. Would definitely stay here again!


August 2021

What we have here is a Superfecta Plus Two Host!

The order is somewhat interchangeable! The Hosts would clinch 1st place, the location would be a close 2nd, then it’s a toss up on power, dump, wifi and water, but a winning combination no matter how you look at it!
Great communications prior to our arrival and our stay, our questions were answered within minutes! Ernie greeted us with a big smile and helped us park in close proximity to the utilities. Set up was quick and easy on a flat concrete surface. Then the hosts offered us extremely helpful material to review on the area hikes, bikes, birding and offered great dining advise. This host is located right off of a busy route through town, but not to worry about sleeping, this location is unbelievably quiet at night!
We love coastal New England and were treated to a stunning sunrise at Rockport! We so appreciate the generosity of these hosts and their safe haven, and truly hope they can make time in their busy schedule to visit us one day!!

August 2021

Perfect location in quaint village

Great jumping off point to explore the area. Felt safe and secure. Amenities provided were wonderful.


August 2021

My stay experience- Fantastic!

This was my first time using the boondocker app. I really did not know what to expect. Earnest was very quick to respond to my stay request. Once I arrived, Ernest was very helpful in getting me situated with my trailer. He was a great host,friendly and accommodating even though he has a busy schedule with his auto repair shop. I had ample space to park my 28' travel trailer and he had wifi and electric, which was a bonus. If this is what all boondocker host are like, I am going to use service more. Big thank you to earnest for hosting me.


August 2021

Great Stay!

Thanks again for everything!


August 2021

A great stay. A great host!!

Thanks Ernie for the stay! And the extra day! A super guy. Very personable. And everything a boondocker could want for conveniences! dump, electric, water & Wi-Fi! It’s a Superfecta! The brochures and information about the area were also helpful. A great host. We are lucky to have him offer his convenient location in a beautiful area. And thanks for the oil change and checking out my vehicle for the long drive home. Confident - now that it’s been looked over by a pro…and at a great price! Hope to be back someday!


August 2021

Host was super sweet and accommodating

Staying at the service station was very nice. The hosts was super helpful and has everything you could need! Electric (didn't need), water and sewer was fantastic. Even let me through out the trash!! He was very friendly and lives nearby in case I needed anything. I was traveling alone and felt very safe. ( an amazing town).
Had a great stay. Thanks!!


August 2021

Great Location and Friendly Hosts

Loved our stay with Ernie! We hope to go back again this year. He is a very responsive and caring host. We highly recommend. Walked to town and had a fabulous dinner on the water.


August 2021

Just fantastic

Ernie is an absolute saint. Great place to stay, it's so close to so many things. We went to wingaersheek Beach and had a blast. Close enough to go into Boston without much hassle.

Ernie helped us with parking and finding things to do. He's crazy busy with his shop, but still find time to chat with us.

I highly recommend staying here


August 2021

Wonderful place and host!

Ernie’s Service Station has it all! WiFi, water, electric, and a dump (so grateful to be able to dump before making our way North) The best part is the host, so kind and accommodating! Thank you for all the recommendations - loved finding cool places to take our dogs!


August 2021

Gracious hosts, fantastic stay

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Very accommodating and gracious hosts. Beautiful area. We enjoyed exploring the area: Essex, Cape Ann, Salem, snd Boston.


August 2021

Very nice host

This is not boondocking anymore! Ernie had 30 amps and 15 amps, helped us to set-up and provided an extension cord and adapter if needed, there's even a sewer to dump!
Great location to visit Essex, a few minutes to walk to all restaurants. Being close to the road wasn't an issue at all at night.
We would stay again!


August 2021

Very positive experience

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this shop. The people there were all so accommodating and helpful. I felt right at home and had easy access to water and electric if I needed it. Thank you again for letting me stay and I hope if you’re reading this you highly consider same here as well.


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!