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Old 06-18-2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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Pay to Boondock?

Does/would anyone pay normal campground rates to boondock. The reason I ask is that I am workcamping/boondocking on a spot that has enough room for 5-10 RVs. Right now I am all alone and its great, but the owner of the land would like to make a little money to pay the rent and make some improvements. The property is 5 minutes from the center of a medium size tourist town, where the typical RVer comes in for 2-3 days, visits the major tourist attractions, then moves on. This property is quiet, has an incredible beach and is next to the city/county greenway, its really a million dollar spot. I was just wondering if there were other places out there like this, or a website/app that I could find them. I know there are boondocking websites, but the ones I have found are free-$10 sites.

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:22 AM   #2
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I don't think I'd pay full campground rates unless there were some benefits such as power, water at least. Then would consider it. But not full rates.

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Full rates , I think would violate the Boondocking code

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Well, if that's the case, then I guess, I'll just enjoy this piece of heaven all by my lonesome.

If you are from the west, I can understand, plenty of places to get away. I forgot to mention that this was a Eastern location. Your choices in the east, are regular campgrounds, Walmart, casino, truck stop, rest area, even the Moose here charge $30. The Walmart doesn't allow overnights. No BLM, no CoE, no wide open country. I like Harvest Host, but you still end up paying $30 to buy wine or produce from the host and are limited to 1 night. Most of the locations on the freecamping site, don't take a 40' class A.

I'm thinking of a limited audience, RV's with quiet generators, 100 gal of water, hopefully 400 watts of solar and a desire to boondock in a nice place.
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It sounds like a hard sell, but I have never tried to boondock in the east. Without the swimming pool, shuffleboard court, showers and laundry room found at most RV resorts, it might be hard to compete with campgrounds at the same price.

Perhaps in those months when the weather is really nice you might attract longer term visitors?
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Still - full price for no services is difficult to digest - especially sight unseen.
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Boondocking to me is finding a safe location to park for the night to relax, get some rest and then take off around 8 or 9 the next day.

If I have plans to stay somewhere for more than one night, I will book into a RV Park that is full service where I can catch up on email, laundry and rest from driving everyday.

Your location sounds great BUT you won't get more than $5 a night for something like that.

There is a push for RV Parks to offer an overnight only rate for $5 or $10 for the people who are on the move and only need a place to drop for the night and leave early the next morning.

I have traveled all over the lower 48 and through Canada into Alaska several times and I have never had any difficulty finding a FREE place to stay for 12 - 14 hours or so.

To pay for boondocking is sort of like paying to use a toilet. If I have to pay, I'll go someplace else.

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i would think that as soon as the owner starts making a couple of bux zoning and taxes would kick in and the LAW would ruin a good thing
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There is a price for everything, it is just a matter of determining the price that consumers are willing to pay. I would pay $20 to park overnight in a well lit WalMart for the security and the convenience even though there are no services there is value. The spot sounds great, private great view and with a generator and water tanks onboard you can go a week or 2 its hardly boondocking anymore.
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If you are a Senior, most State Parks get around $12 to $20 with elec/water/dump/shower ... I would guess your site might get $10.
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Out west there are many forest sites with a place and a picnic table for from $6 to $10 a night. I would think that would go over fine for a safe spot on the beach.
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Some Elks charge $10 for boon-docking. So if the owner would commit to a price (reasonable). Maybe have a place to get water, and a clean out to dump near his home. Then it would work. My wife and would rather do something like that then pay $30 or $up in a price. After 5 to 10 days we would then more to a full service park.
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I actually pay $75 a night to park with no hook ups.......its called location, location, location.....

If you have the right location.....they will come....

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