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Old 08-24-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Hi all Well when you want great places come here right!
When you are traveling in a state you are not familiar with how do yo know where you can boon dock?
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Hi all Well when you want great places come here right!
When you are traveling in a state you are not familiar with how do yo know where you can boon dock?
Look online and call/see the local forest service or BLM office. Those 2 steps usually work for us. Even if I find something online I always call the local office to double check rules, access and road conditions. The local office will also have more detailed maps.

Here's some online resources
http://freecampsites.net/ - free campgrounds
http://www.freecampgrounds.com/ - free campgrounds
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html - BLM site
http://www.uscampgrounds.info/ - great site for all public parks
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On a recent 2 week trip I boondocked 3 nights in different Cracker Barrel parking lots. They're normally more convenient than Walmart since they are typically close to the interstate. I even had to have AAA change a bad tire in one lot. You always want to ask a manager first because there are certain parts of the lot they do not want you to park in. Each night they have a truck unload a load of their supplies so you typically have to park at one end or the other of the lot. Parking in the middle of the lot can cause problems but always ask a manager. I also boondocked one night in the parking lot of a small museum in Ohio. I was photographing the museum's contents and I was unable to finish by closing time. The young lady in charge seemed happy to let me spend the night there.
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On a recent 2 week trip I boondocked 3 nights in different Cracker Barrel parking lots. They're normally more convenient than Walmart since they are typically close to the interstate. I even had to have AAA change a bad tire in one lot. You always want to ask a manager first because there are certain parts of the lot they do not want you to park in. Each night they have a truck unload a load of their supplies so you typically have to park at one end or the other of the lot. Parking in the middle of the lot can cause problems but always ask a manager. I also boondocked one night in the parking lot of a small museum in Ohio. I was photographing the museum's contents and I was unable to finish by closing time. The young lady in charge seemed happy to let me spend the night there.
With all respect, you cannot BOONDOCK in parking lots. You can overnight, or park, or rest in parking lots, but cannot BOONDOCK.

Some kind of remote and/or secluded spot is required to BOONDOCK.


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I have overnighted in parking lots of banks, churches, shopping centers and large retail stores. For boondocking I look for Federal land -- US Forest Service, BLM, etc. But don't forget about friends and family. I spend summer at my daughter's, winter at Mom's, and stop along the way inbetween to stay on friend's driveways and back acreage.

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Look online and call/see the local forest service or BLM office. Those 2 steps usually work for us. Even if I find something online I always call the local office to double check rules, access and road conditions. The local office will also have more detailed maps.

Here's some online resources
Free Campsites - free campgrounds
Free Campgrounds for RVs - free campgrounds
BLM - The Bureau of Land Management - BLM site
ALL US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS: STATE PARKS NATIONAL PARKS FORESTS MORE california oregon washington new york pennsylvania more - great site for all public parks
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The "Gypsy Journal" publishes 3 must have publications for RV'ers.

1. Free or under $10 camp grounds.

2. Fair grounds with campgrounds. (Not during fair week)

3. Sewage dumps. (also on the net)

Check your road atlas. It shows places to launch boats. I stay there as long as it is a rural area.
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There is also Allstays.com They list every kind of campground, fuel stops etc. They even have a free app for your iphones. It's worth a look.



http://www.allstays.com/
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Hi all Well when you want great places come here right!
When you are traveling in a state you are not familiar with how do yo know where you can boon dock?
Boondock or spend the night? They're not the same thing.
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The federal and state agency websites are usually the most complete and up to date. The websites like allstays.com and the Woodall's directory do not provide adequate detail in my experience. For example the allstays.com shows for the San Luis Reys reservoir near where we live "20 sites, Tents". Not a lot to go on. Actually there are four separate campgrounds in this state rec area. Much better information on the state websites where for this same campground it states "Fourteen undeveloped camping/picnicking sites are located along the shore Los Banos Creek Reservoir. Each has a shade ramada, table, and stove. There is drinking water and chemical toilets".

Good idea to check the completeness and accuracy of the information of any source with places in your home area before trusting them on the road. Even with the states we visited in the west this past fall the destruction of the US economy by Wall Street and the resulting budget cuts have impacted the rate at which government recreational websites are being updated. Some that showed as open were actually closed and sometimes the opposite with closures delayed due to the efforts of the surrounding communities that needed the dollars brought into the area by tourists.
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I use the DeLorme TOPO Mapping program, is has all state and federal land shaded in different colors so you can see potential Boondocking areas at a glance.

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