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Old 08-04-2013, 04:14 AM   #1
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What is boon docking?

New to RV-ing. Tried to look it up in dictionary and it is not there!

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Old 08-04-2013, 04:33 AM   #2
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Camping with your RV out in the boon docks. In other words, no hookups. You have to depend on your batteries, generators, solar panels, on board water for all your needs.

We do it when we stop at a Wal-Mart for a night.

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:20 AM   #3
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Originally boondocking meant out in the middle of nowhere (in the "boonies"). No water, no electric, no sewer, no facilities at all. Also known as camping.

Now, it is RVing in the middle of nowhere without hookups but with all imaginable onboard amenities.

Not synonymous with Wal-Docking, et al. No boonies.
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As you can tell from the two previous posts, boondocking means different things to different people.

To the purist, boondocking is camping out in the middle of nowhere, with absolutely no services. Others, consider themselves to be boondocking when they are camped in a national forest campground that has five sites and an outhouse. Still others, consider any camping without hookups to be boondocking, even in a Walmart parking lot.

When you read a post about boondocking, you can sometimes tell what is meant from the context, but the precise definition isn't really important.

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As you can tell from the two previous posts, boondocking means different things to different people.

To the purist, boondocking is camping out in the middle of nowhere, with absolutely no services. Others, consider themselves to be boondocking when they are camped in a national forest campground that has five sites and an outhouse. Still others, consider any camping without hookups to be boondocking, even in a Walmart parking lot.

When you read a post about boondocking, you can sometimes tell what is meant from the context, but the precise definition isn't really important.

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Well enumerated. The common thread for all definitions is 'no hookups'.

I have a friend that looks at my coach and says 'that's NOT camping, it's PARKING'. Similarly, the term 'camping' means different things to different folks.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:28 AM   #6
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For us boondocking is rarely in the boonies... we "dry camp" (aka boondock) when we're not connected to power, water or sewer and it's usually at NASCAR or RV Rallies.
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One definition.
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When you go deep enough into the wood or desert with no organized camp sites and have to drive miles just to get water, and you cannot get a response to the age old question, "Can you here me now"!

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Boondocking means boonies. Boondocking is boonies.
Boondocking is not boondocking without boonies.

The sticks, in the middle of no where. Usually associated with living out in the country.

Everything else is....well...you know....not
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Boondocking means boonies. Boondocking is boonies.
Boondocking is not boondocking without boonies.

The sticks, in the middle of no where. Usually associated with living out in the country.

Everything else is....well...you know....not

And, opinions are like.... well... you know...

Though the dictionary definition would tend to agree with you.

Similarly, it is my opinion that BBQ is that which is cooked and eaten, NOT the act of cooking (that's grillin'), nor the device upon which you cook (that's a grill). I realize I am in the minority on this...
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No matter how far out in the boonies you get it's still considered Glamping.
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I'm with the purists on this one. For me boondocking means free-camping out in the "boonies" = the far wilderness. No campsites, no hookups, no boundaries.

Anything else is either dry-camping (e.g. a developed campground with no hookups) or just overnight parking (e.g. Walmart). If it ain't in the "boonies" it ain't boondocking
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Some of us have a S&B in places that others say are out in the boonies....

The older I get, simply leaving home is boon-docking.

I love to read these posts where people get all riled up (or just snobbish) about nothing.... Lol
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When I drive 10 miles on a dirt road to my favorite national forest campground and don't see another person for three days, I am boondocking. When I drive 4 miles and 3000 ft. up to my favorite BLM campground and also don't see another person for three days, I am boondocking.

To my way of thinking, the fact that these places happen to be labeled as a campground, and happen to have an outhouse doesn't make them any less out in the boonies.

Trying to apply any kind of rigid definition to boondocking is just plain silly.

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