Long Term Boondock RVing

What is longterm boondock RVing?

Long-term boondock RVing is an "off the grid", secluded RVing experience.

Many campers prefer this type of camping to typical RV camping because it is a way to live in secluded areas for extended periods of time for little or no cost for camping. Sounds enticing, doesn't it?

Let's take a look at who generally enjoys this particular type of boondocking...

Do you:

  • Prefer to be away from crowds.
  • Love nature.
  • Cherish peace, quiet and serenity.
  • Believe the fees charged to park an RV are too high, or
  • Want or need to save money.

  • If any of the above describes what comes to mind when you hear the term "boondock RVing", you're probably quite aware that this type of camping is very different from the type of camping from those who refer to RV boondocking as a one night, short term experience.

For starters, you will need to be completely self reliant for an extended period of time (rather than for a night or two) if this is the type of camping that gets you excited.

And, you'll need to ensure your vehicle is in tip top condition. That means the exterior AND the mechanical working parts and units of your RV, including tires. You may even consider buying a few good books about RV repair or taking a class to learn a little about Do It Yourself RV Repair.



After talking with a long term boondocker or two through our years of travel, we have gathered a few tips that might be worth their weight in gold for you.

  • Approach private property owners. Some property owners are open to the idea of allowing you to camp on their property and some aren’t. The only way to know is to ask them. But, if you’re going to approach a private citizen about staying on his/her property, expect to be quizzed. Especially if they have small children, are elderly, or live by themselves.
  • Consider putting together a resume, (including references) and a list of your credentials. If you’re clean cut and your rig is clean, your chances are better at finding a willing property owner.
  • Word of mouth from other boondockers is a superb way to find those secluded places, but keep in mind, many keep their favorite places close to their chest to protect their future opportunity to camp there.
  • Ask some of the locals who live in the area where you wish to camp. Who do they know that may be open to having someone camp on their property.
  • REALTORS usually know a lot about the area and the residents, so you might consider approaching them, too.
  • Barter for your stay. You may be able to do a few chores, or offer caretaking,  etc., or you may offer to pay them to camp there. With the economy being what it is today, a farmer or rancher may welcome a little extra cash in exchange for allowing you to camp out on his “back forty”.

If long term boondock RVing appeals to you, you may consider these ideas for free or inexpensive long term camping opportunities, as well.

  • BLM (The Bureau of Land Management)
  • National Forests
  • Corps of Engineers
  • State Parks
  • City Parks
  • Beaches
  • Private properties
  • Private game preserves
  • Private farms and ranches

Permits are most often required for the state and federal areas. They usually aren’t costly and may be worth it. Be sure to check out their cost for annual permits, too. Even if you aren’t planning to stay for a year, it might be more economically feasible to purchase one.

You may need to spend a little more time planning meals, thinking through water requirements, refrigeration needs (if you don’t have a refrigerator or power source to run it independently) lighting needs, telecommunication needs and such.

But, if you’re thinking that boondock RVing in the remotest of areas is something that you’d love to do for extended periods of time, then preparation and modifications to your RV is a MUST to make sure you're safe and comfortable!

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