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Old 05-29-2014, 06:14 AM   #1
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Boondockerswelcome.com input

Hello everyone,

My wife and I would like to get some feedback on this service. We are leaving for our full-time adventure within a few days and will have many opportunities to take advantage of something like this if it works.

Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Also, what is the protocol when staying at one of these locations? Do the hosts get anything for letting you stay? Do you bring a gift or pay anything to the hosts?

Thanks,

Stuart & Leslie
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:17 AM   #2
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I have not used this pay for subscription service...there were other free services online that I have always found when we traveled. I have Walmarted and Sam'sClubed....many times...and they have become my impromptu overnite stay place. Plus they gain all our shopping business as we pack lite on the food and buy as we travel.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
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If you have not used this, why comment on it?????

We use it a lot and have found very interesting people.
They usually want to share what is in the area to see or do.
We try to leave something, even if it is some flowers.
I believe a THANK YOU works wonders.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:11 PM   #4
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I have not used this pay for subscription service...there were other free services online that I have always found when we traveled. I have Walmarted and Sam'sClubed....many times...and they have become my impromptu overnite stay place. Plus they gain all our shopping business as we pack lite on the food and buy as we travel.
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Right

Since you must pay Boondockers Welcome $24.95/year the camping isn't FREE.
"A fool and his money are soon parted"

There are plenty of "free lists" available, (there's no charge to Google "free overnight camping lists".
(BTW, for a one time fee of only $20 I will send anyone a "free list" of free places to boondock, free).

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LuckyD... you bring up a great point. I will let you know why we comment on topics...it is not a secret. We comment on topics to share ideals and explore alternatives. Kind of fitting for a cool IRV2 mantra. Stuart and Leslie should have alternatives and multiple choices to help them travel.
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We comment on topics to share ideals and explore alternatives. Kind of fitting for a cool IRV2 mantra. Stuart and Leslie should have alternatives and multiple choices to help them travel.
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I agree
We all, (well maybe not ALL! ), take the time to reply to questions because we care.

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:36 PM   #7
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There are many free places to boondock in the USA.
This is very different in Canada. We cannot just camp
on government land.
Having a boondocking site is a real treat travelling in Canada.
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There are many free places to boondock in the USA.
This is very different in Canada. We cannot just camp
on government land.
Having a boondocking site is a real treat travelling in Canada.
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While boondocking in the southern and/or southwestern states I see a lot of Canadian RVs boondocking on our public lands.
I always assumed it was because of our winter weather.

After reading your post I realize that it is primarily because FREE CAMPING is available in the "good old U.S of A", (even to foreigners).
Apparently Canada is not as generous?

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I usually point out to Canadians what the Canadian policy is for camping on Crown Land, the equivalent of BLM land. Americans need a permit that costs $10 per person per night, Canadians can camp free.

Crown Land Camping in Ontario
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I usually point out to Canadians what the Canadian policy is for camping on Crown Land, (the equivalent of BLM land).
Americans need a permit that costs $10 per person per night, Canadians can camp free.
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On our public lands also!
(That's one of the reasons we're known as: "The Land of the Free").

IMO we should stop giving away that "source of revenue". .....and start doing "unto others" as they "do unto us"!
(No disrespect intended to our neighbors to the north).

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I am staying at a park in BC and every day we have Americans coming through heading to Alaska. They always ask where they can boondock on government lands.
Very sorry to say that we do not have that luxury here.

I really do appreciate the BLM lands in the USA
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There are lots of places to camp for free or cheap in BC. You just have to know where to look. Check out the forestry sites, small towns (sometimes have a town campground), or look online. You'll be surprised how many nice spots are out there. Walmart is in some locations, and other stores have let us park overnight.
There is a book called "Camp Free in B C" (I got it at Costco!). Lots of choices in there, too.
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Boondockerswelcome.com input

The basic premise of boondockers welcome is that you stay with a host who has offered up their space for other RVers. We've not used the service ourselves, but have several friends who've used it and like it. This is not classic "boondocking" since you won't be off by yourself in the wilderness. You interact with your host, and most folks will leave some kind of thank you, but there is nothing formal on that. It's up to you. Typical stay is a few days, but some hosts will allow longer. That's entirely up to the host. I have a friend of mine who is using this in Canada for the summer, staying several weeks at each site.

We stayed with a host recently (not through boondockers welcome, but someone who contacted me on my blog) and we enjoyed it. We spent time getting to know them and they helped us with sightseeing. We gave them a bottle of wine when we left.
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Canadian Crown lands and BC Provincial

It is getting more and more difficult to find "boondocking" spots. even the books quoted "Camping BC" and I have everyone is getting somewhat inaccurate because the province closes down sites especially Forestry sites (cheapest ones) has upgraded Provincial ones making them more expensive! and closes (blocking) logging roads in the name of safety accessing other sites.
But there's more to it, Canadians have been getting ripped by their provincial government, in BC where seniors have lost camping privileges and rebates and handicapped have had their free camping passes completely taken away!
As far as Federal crown land I'm not sure what the rules are but I know that they make it tougher and tougher to use them even for Canadians, and Provincial governments are much to blame in all this.

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