Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Boondocking
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-31-2016, 09:57 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
lonfu's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Kingman Az
Posts: 504
boondocking is clearly not done is cities. Boondocking is not done by folks in 40 foot DP buses. There in lies the "boogle". One mans boondocking is another mans "Glamping" Sitting in a Walmart parking lot making margirita's with the AC running, the big screen TV playing Netflix through the sat uplink and the gen set powering everything is not boondocking. It is however unthinkable that you would do this with out inviting me to share those frosty salty drinks! I would call it "Glamdocking"

Now, the poor sob who is sweating and attempting to sleep in the back of his van at Walmart with his vent fan slowly running down his starting battery could be called booddocking, or at least that is what he will feel like he has been doing in the morning when he wakes up to that dead battery in a sweat mushy sleeping bag with a full bladder.


So, what we are all doing out there is having an adventure that we haven't had before. Camping, Overnight parking, Boondocking, Glamping, or the newest of them all Glamdocking!
__________________

__________________
May your black water hose never break!
lonfu is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-01-2016, 06:56 AM   #16
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 79
OK - newbie with a dumb question....

When you do "insert correct verbiage" at Walmart...do you put your slides out? I thought I read somewhere there was a reference to "no slides".

Now I know you shouldn't be putting out an awning, starting a campfire, putting out chairs etc etc etc. But no slides would be quite uncomfortable for the 5 of us (plus dog).
__________________

__________________
2004 Holiday Rambler Vacationer - 37'

2005 Honda Pilot
irene67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 07:12 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
wingnut60's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Burleson, TX
Posts: 2,602
We routinely put our slides out when we overnight at a Walmart--find a spot that has a curb and parking spaces marked, and far enough away from everybody that no one ever uses those spaces to park and shop. Then pull in next to the curb with door-side to curb and you are almost set--you step out onto the curb/grass area and the door-side slide(s) will be over the curb. As to the off-door slides----if you parked as stated above, you will have plenty of room to extend them inside the parking space lines and where no one would normally drive.
Use some common sense to note where you are likely to be out of the mainstream traffic and not be in anyone's way.
This works well for us, but not all WM lots fit this scenario, and you may end up with a semi in the next line of parking spaces that will idle the engine all night. In your travels, each time you go by a WM, just make a note of where the other RVs/trucks are at that time and you will begin understand where you can park and not be in the way.
Joe
__________________
'15 38RSSA Mobile Suites
'05 36TK3 Mobile Suites--retired but not forgotten
'10 F450 new to me
'09 F450 Lariat 4x4--died
wingnut60 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 07:23 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
baraff's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 1,239
I call it "overnighting". It's not camping, and it's certainly not "in the boondocks".
The only places you can truly boondock these days is on BLM land or private property (with the owners permission of course.) Everything else is drycamping, overnighting or parking.
My opinion, of course. Call it what you will.
__________________
Burns & Diane
2005 Winnebago Aspect 26A/2012 Subaru Impreza toad
Illinois! - Where the politicians make the license plates......
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
baraff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 07:37 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 7,300
I believe the no slides, no jacks, no generator recommendations come from the FMCA, a campground organization.


I emailed Walmart, asking about generators, jacks and slides and got the same response that they publish on their web site.




While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store parking lots as we are able. Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.
__________________
twinboat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 08:13 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
oakcreekeric's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Oak Creek, WI
Posts: 838
Quote:
Originally Posted by CampDaven View Post
"The Boondocks is an American expression which comes from the Filipino word bundok. It originally referred to a remote rural area, but now is often applied to an out of the way city or town that is considered backwards and unsophisticated."
Well.. in KY where I grew up... we always called it [moderator edit]

Personally.. I prefer to call it Wallydocking !!

Whatever you call it... its a privilege we are lucky to have.. we LOVE going inside and getting our gallon of chocolate milk and chocolate and powdered gem donuts...
__________________
Eric & Denise
2012 Itasca Sunstar 35F
2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
oakcreekeric is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 08:18 AM   #21
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,712
Face it, this is like gas vs diesel. Some folks are roughing it when all they have is 30 Amp service and some find that luxury. ;-) My vote is wallydocking is boondocking.
__________________
nothermark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 08:24 AM   #22
Registered User
 
mel s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 8,778
Quote:
Originally Posted by CampDaven View Post
IMHO Wal-docking can be called anything but camping. It's camping when you have FHU and the slides out and rope lights strung out and a campfire and s'mores and maybe some beer.
Dave and Nola, RV Mutants
CampDaven
Try telling that to a "tenter".

BTW I call stopping for the night at a Walmart, truck stop or rest area "overnighting".

Mel
'96 Safari
__________________
mel s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 08:25 AM   #23
Senior Member
Commercial Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: behind the steering wheel
Posts: 689
obviously, juggler has not stayed in some of the walmarts ive stayed in
wild animals, including skunks, prowlers, drug deals observed, wild football parties at 2 am by teens. trucks parked inches away.
boondocking, dry camping. no, its WALMART PARKING a whole nother experience sometimes.
seriously, its a good place to just do an overnight, while you are traveling.
ive stayed at hundreds of walmarts since ive worked and travelled for hwh.
ive never felt unsafe at any walmart ive stayed at. just have to be aware of my surroundings.
__________________
azpete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 08:29 AM   #24
Senior Member
 
computerguy's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,281
I've done lots of Walmarts across the nation. I try to be as inconspicuous as possible (as I would in a Cracker Barrel or other non campground).

We all should understand that this is a great privilege Walmart is extending to us. We also should understand that some communities do not like the overnighting of RVs in these lots. These communities are passing laws not allowing this privilege.
I'll do my part and try and keep the peace with others who don't want us staying there.
Others may disagree, and well, that is their prerogative. But as we are seeing this privilege is slowing being revoked across the country.
__________________
'16 Bounder 35K - 5 Star Tune, Roadmaster RSSA, CHF F/R, TST-507 TPMS Dish Wally Winegard RoadTrip WeBoost 4G-M WifiRanger EliteAC 960w Solar TS-MPPT-60 600AH Lithium GBS Cells
'16 Ford Focus "Auto" Titanium, Blue Ox Avail towbar and baseplate, RViBrake2
computerguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 08:38 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
aauummm's Avatar


 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: On the Road
Posts: 1,527
Quote:
Originally Posted by wingnut60 View Post
We routinely put our slides out when we overnight at a Walmart--find a spot that has a curb and parking spaces marked, and far enough away from everybody that no one ever uses those spaces to park and shop. Then pull in next to the curb with door-side to curb and you are almost set--you step out onto the curb/grass area and the door-side slide(s) will be over the curb. As to the off-door slides----if you parked as stated above, you will have plenty of room to extend them inside the parking space lines and where no one would normally drive.
Use some common sense to note where you are likely to be out of the mainstream traffic and not be in anyone's way.
This works well for us, but not all WM lots fit this scenario, and you may end up with a semi in the next line of parking spaces that will idle the engine all night. In your travels, each time you go by a WM, just make a note of where the other RVs/trucks are at that time and you will begin understand where you can park and not be in the way.
Joe
That's the way we do it also. First pic is storeside, second is curbside.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	100_5853.jpg
Views:	218
Size:	381.4 KB
ID:	128859   Click image for larger version

Name:	100_5854.jpg
Views:	220
Size:	340.1 KB
ID:	128860  

__________________
aauummm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 08:55 AM   #26
Senior Member
 
Superslif's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 4,197
We used 3 ( Wally-docking) over nights and one Cabela's to make our way across the country from Ohio to Montana. I pre planned at each 400 mile day 3-4 possible stops including Walmarts, Cabela's, Pilots or other free boondocking spots. One might be at 350, another at 400 and maybe 425. So one day I might drive more or because of yesterday's high winds in WY. I was only able to make it to Billings MT.

I did notice the further west I went the more RVers would put out their slides. In our 26' tt we have never put out our slide till last night. When we pulled in to the Billings Wally World, it was like camp Wally World. Everyone had their slides open. Fact there were many who looked like they have been there for a few days because they were unhooked from their RV trailer. So we found a nice curb spot and out went the slide. Made a reservation for a private campground in Bozeman tonight to get set for crossing over to Canada on our way to Alaska to tomorrow.

One thing I don't want to do it park at a truck stop or rest area where your right next to a idling truck all night. Been there done it. I'll do that as a very last resort.
__________________
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2013 Aerolite Hybrid #232 ES
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 09:12 AM   #27
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 503
The difference between boondocking and wallydocking is not the noise, the flood lights, solid asphalt, or security cameras. Its the climate-controlled bathroom within walking distance (even if you never use it).
__________________
cwsqbm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 09:31 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
oakcreekeric's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Oak Creek, WI
Posts: 838
Ok... I was reluctant to make this comment.. and I still am a bit nervous.. my ONLY beef/complaint about stopping at Walmart..

But, seeing as we are a bunch of Wallydockers here... How many of you who've stayed at a Walmart feel the parking lot sweeper truck does laps around/drives close to your RV for fun... at let's say... at 3:00am ???

Don't get me wrong.. I'll deal with that small inconvenience for the privilege.. but it does get a bit old...
__________________

__________________
Eric & Denise
2012 Itasca Sunstar 35F
2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
oakcreekeric is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
boondocking



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boondocking vs. 'Boondocking' MonkeyClaw Boondocking 73 05-15-2015 07:25 AM
walmart boondocking jldacus Boondocking 28 05-09-2013 05:38 AM
Walmart parking Arv iRV2.com General Discussion 18 01-28-2007 09:02 AM
Camp Walmart Toby Just Conversation 2 07-30-2006 02:14 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.