Occasionally, you may hear boondocking referred to as “dry camping” or “independent parking”. If you're wondering what these terms actually mean, however, you're certainly not alone. There is a quite a bit of confusion - depending with whom you speak.
But, "RV boondocking" IS a way to save some cash while living and traveling in your RV.
And, regardless to whom you speak,
there is a common element...
Because, ultimately, you are without any (or few) hook-ups of any kind.
Basically, there are two “camps” regarding the definition.
Lets' start with short term boon docking. This is the term many of us refer to as a way to cover quite a few miles in a day.
We can drive late into the evening, pull over in a safe place, camp free for the night and be on our way the next morning. (Click here for RV Living Unlimited's top 15 smart RV boondocking tips and guidelines to help keep you safe.)
Here are three examples:
Where can you spend the night?
It's late, so of course, you can always pull into an RV camp ground or park and pay the next morning.
Or can you?
Some parks have limited or no access after hours.
In addition, most campground offices don't open until 8:00 am. How are you going to pay for those hours you stayed when you plan to be on the road at daybreak? Driving off isn't the ethical thing to do. (Although, we've seen it done.) In the long run, it increases the cost for everyone else.
Is there a park en route?
RV parks aren’t always easy to find, especially if you’re traveling on some of the smaller, more remote roads or traveling after dark. Would you have spotted this little sign?
Are there any vacancies?
Many RV parks have no vacancies during their “tourist” season. The last thing most of us want is to be woke up in the middle of the night by an angry RVer who just pulled into the park and up to a site they reserved in advance...only to find YOU in their site. (We’ve heard some ugly stories about this...)
Do you want to have to hook up for only a few hours of rest?
Do you really want to pay to just sleep somewhere for a few hours?
These are some examples when short-term dry camping could make sense for you.
Here are our suggestions for places to stay if short term boondocking appeals to you...
Are you more of an "off the grid" type of camper?
If you're searching for longer term options and not really interested in pavement and parking lots options that work so well for the one or two night boondocker, follow this link to learn more about Long Term Boondock RVing
to get some great ideas that will help you find that perfect secluded
spot you're looking for to stay for an extended period of time.
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