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Old 06-24-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I would love to here other people's techniques for boondocking.

Here are some of mine:
Things to look for:
- Public restrooms close by.
- Utility options such as water, power, etc. sewage
- Safety: Pay attention to the safety of the community, look out for indications of flooding or dead trees overhead etc.
- Wi-FI

Technique:
- Try not to stand out too much. Don’t unload everything around the camper. Try and keep your area as neat as possible.
- Be adaptable
- The longer you stay in one location the more noticeable you will become. Find a second camp to hang out during the day and go back to your original spot as late as possible, just for sleeping. If you’re staying for a while, find several spots in the area and rotate daily.
- Courtesy: Know the local attitude toward RVs and campers. Some communities have had bad experiences in the past. Ask around before setting up shop. Have respect for the people in the area.
- Trust your instincts

Where to look for free and last minute RV Parking:
Wal-Mart
24 Hour Fast Food and Grocery Stores
Strip Malls and other large shopping areas
Closed Big Box Stores
Truck Stops
Highway Rest Areas
Hospitals
Motel, Hotel Parking Lots
Churches
Casinos
Apartment Complexes

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I fail to understand what any of this has to do with Boondocking!

I believe you are talking about stealth overnight parking, probably in areas that prohibit overnighting in an RV.


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Old 06-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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Is This camping or evading?


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Old 06-25-2013, 10:54 AM   #4
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Here I was thinking hotel/motel parking was the "anti RV" solution. Well unless you are trying to mooch off said facilities "free continental breakfast". Ive seen smaller RVs parked on NYC streets. Ive also seen them parked in commercial parking lots with full power hookups. Have a relative with a primo parking space near the east river... but its only 18' long. :(
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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Hello all,
I would love to here other people's techniques for boondocking.

Here are some of mine:
Things to look for:
- Public restrooms close by.
- Utility options such as water, power, etc. sewage
- Safety: Pay attention to the safety of the community, look out for indications of flooding or dead trees overhead etc.
- Wi-FI

Technique:
- Try not to stand out too much. Donít unload everything around the camper. Try and keep your area as neat as possible.
- Be adaptable
- The longer you stay in one location the more noticeable you will become. Find a second camp to hang out during the day and go back to your original spot as late as possible, just for sleeping. If youíre staying for a while, find several spots in the area and rotate daily.
- Courtesy: Know the local attitude toward RVs and campers. Some communities have had bad experiences in the past. Ask around before setting up shop. Have respect for the people in the area.
- Trust your instincts

Where to look for free and last minute RV Parking:
Wal-Mart
24 Hour Fast Food and Grocery Stores
Strip Malls and other large shopping areas
Closed Big Box Stores
Truck Stops
Highway Rest Areas
Hospitals
Motel, Hotel Parking Lots
Churches
Casinos
Apartment Complexes

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These techniques make us boondockers freeloaders and give all RV's a bad name. We boondock whenever possible, but have never stayed in a Walmart or any of the other similar place without permission.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:25 AM   #6
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My definition of boondocking is more 'wilderness' camping, but I could be mistaken. This post does just sound like 'no cost' overnight stays. In some small towns, locate the police department, ask if they have some place you can stay - often it may be a local park. That way they know who you are, and have okayed your stay ... and will see that you/your rig is not bothered.

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First things first-

The term "boondocking" means camping without any outside support, ie: no utilities or organized campsite. There are a few U.S.A. cities that provide free camping, some even provide electricity, but they are not near tourist areas.
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I guess that the meaning of 'boondocking' is different for each of us. Up here in Alaska, it means finding a old gravel pit, construction site that has not been used for years, quite spot along side a creek, to spend a few days to be able to unwind. For us it means no cell phone, internet and time to really relax. There are several old construction camp sites from when the oil pipe line was built, that offer just such a get away. Some of these are hard to find which makes all the better.
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I think what the OP meant to say was I would love to here other people's techniques for moochdocking.
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Boondocking is self defined. We call it that for anyplace with no hookups that is free. We ALWAYS ask first. We NEVER stay where no permission is given. We LOVE using the term MOOCHDOCKING. With permission it is a win/win usually becasue we usually shop at the MOOCHEE. We Walmart a lot. We campground a lot too. When you're a fulltimer you usually use all the options out there. Sometimes it's not for cost saving but just for convenience. We visit cities a lot, State Capitols, museums etc. so campgrounds are often far away and Walmart is always a lot closer. Never had a problem in over a year. Dry Camping is another good definition some use to describe this type of parking. To each his own. 8-)
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We only stop at Wal-Mart’s when we are in transit to our destination and typically not two nights in a row. In other words, one night at Wal-Mart (long driving day) and one night at a campground to empty holding tanks and decompress. We always call and ask permission from the Manager/Asst Manager prior to our arrival. What we have noticed lately is the Manager has only one request, “PLEASE do not leave any trash in the parking lot when we depart”. We never do but the request makes me think that others do and gives all RVers a bad name.

Boondocking to me is not Wal-Mart it is out in the wilderness/countryside (dry camping, no facilities) where RV parking is allowed. We never stealth camp in some vacant lot, closed store parking lot, etc. I am not a Hobo, I am an RVer and I can afford a campground, I only use places like Wal-Mart for convenience and not part of my regular travel routine plus we (my DW) typically spends more in the store than the cost of a campground so I am not saving anything.
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Urban camping/boondocking is not something I ever considered doing, but I suppose some people do.

In transit stops are out of necessity, not traveling pleasure. I'm not above the occasional overnight at a Walmart or in a Rest Area. I've never asked permission as there are always other people there doing it, so I just slide in beside other folks.

People have posted staying at abandoned shopping centers, churches, etc, and I suppose that is OK, but seems to be more risky than staying in busy places like a Walmart.

But to hang out in a city for several days, moving about, trying to stay for free seems to be alot more trouble than it is really worth, not to mention risk of theft, getting cited, getting in altercations, etc. Doesn't sound like a fun trip to me.
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We don't use Walmart or other such parking except when passing through an area and as a convenience when there is not good opportunity for a park.
However, there are times when this type of parking is needed. So the poster has some good tips here which emphasize a point, that is, maintain a low profile, don't stay in any one locale for more than an overnight at a time and for goodness sake, don't look like you are setting up camp or a residence.
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Hello all,
I would love to here other people's techniques for boondocking.

Here are some of mine:
Things to look for:
- Public restrooms close by.
- Utility options such as water, power, etc. sewage
- Safety: Pay attention to the safety of the community, look out for indications of flooding or dead trees overhead etc.
- Wi-FI

Technique:
- Try not to stand out too much. Don’t unload everything around the camper. Try and keep your area as neat as possible.
- Be adaptable
- The longer you stay in one location the more noticeable you will become. Find a second camp to hang out during the day and go back to your original spot as late as possible, just for sleeping. If you’re staying for a while, find several spots in the area and rotate daily.
- Courtesy: Know the local attitude toward RVs and campers. Some communities have had bad experiences in the past. Ask around before setting up shop. Have respect for the people in the area.
- Trust your instincts

Where to look for free and last minute RV Parking:
Wal-Mart
24 Hour Fast Food and Grocery Stores
Strip Malls and other large shopping areas
Closed Big Box Stores
Truck Stops
Highway Rest Areas
Hospitals
Motel, Hotel Parking Lots
Churches
Casinos
Apartment Complexes

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