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Old 07-08-2004, 08:23 AM   #1
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I personally think it is camping in the "boonies" or camping without services in places like state or provincial parks, or just finding a nice spot somewhere by a lake or a cool spot in the bush. This is the type of camping we do most and we love it. What do you think.
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Old 07-08-2004, 11:57 AM   #2
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Away from civilization and hookups. Being on your own in a more remote area.

However, to some people, that would be in their own back yards so I guess that doesn't apply to all.
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Old 07-08-2004, 12:12 PM   #3
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To me, boondocking is camping is areas with no established camp sites. I do not consider camping at a NF CG or Walmart w/o hookups to be boondocking. That's just camping w/o hookups.
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Old 07-08-2004, 04:12 PM   #4
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This reply says it all...

"Away from civilization and hookups. Being on your own in a more remote area." (Vette Racer)

"Boondocking" in reference to camping is a term I learned on this group. H-mm, I thought, it seems like an extension of the term "primitive camping". Primitive camping with my canoe, hammack, tent etc. remains my favorite, but I have gradually accepted the niceties of sleeping dry, not on objects which sort of just appear out of the ground about 2:00 a.m., of having a good cup of hot coffee without having to light a fire with wet wood and waiting an hour.

There is one campground where I found excellent boondocking, Organ Pipe in S.Arizona in early spring, almost alone.

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To my mind, Wallmarts, casinos and such are "blacktoping" for a quick sleep overnight.

As such, we have never really boondocked, our rig is not set-up for more than one night, no genny and only two batts!
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Old 07-09-2004, 05:57 AM   #6
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the term "boondocking" seems to apply to our style of camping. rule of thumb for us, if we see another camper, it is too crowed. we are not antisocial, just have not found other campers that have similar outlook. of course the fact that we only camp off season, right thru the winter even at minus 40 celcius, might be the reason we are still solo.
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I think "Boondocking" is camping either in a campground or a "widespot in the road" (lots of access/logging roads where I'm at) that has no electric or water hook-ups. This includes fields, woods, backyards, the "lot at the lake" and "The North Forty".

"Pavement Parking", "Blacktopping", or staying at the "Wally World Campground" is just for overnight (meaning a few hours of sleep) or emergencies.

I can't see any reason why some folks have a problem with any of these "options". For all circumstances I feel we should follow the "Leave No Trace" philosophy (including full-service public campgrounds). And I have seen a lot of "RV Resorts" that look more like "Pavement Parking" (with more pavement than grass & tall trees) than what I consider a campground (one highly touted place in N Ga springs to mind).
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I looked up boondocking and it is not in the dictionary. Only boondocks which means a brushy jungle like area or a rural area. Boondock is not a verb in the dictionary. Clearly this is an camping term and if it is to be connected with the base word, boondocks, then I think it needs to be camping in a jungle like area or a rural area.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ken Lenger:
To me, boondocking is camping is areas with no established camp sites. I do not consider camping at a NF CG or Walmart w/o hookups to be boondocking. That's just camping w/o hookups. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yepper, I agree.
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Old 07-09-2004, 11:43 AM   #10
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http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=boondocks
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I agree, Boondocking means in the "Boonies" without hookups....

But, regardless of definition... to me, Boondocking is parking anywhere that doesn't have water and sewer hookups. aka. Dry Camping.

We have plenty of power options with a 7000w gen, a 2000w inverter and 3 12v house batteries, so water in and out is our only limitation.

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"Rural country; the backwoods."

Okay, so I LIVE in the boonies... most campgrounds that we stay in are in the rural country and woods. A city person came up with that definition I bet.
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Parking anywhere that you dont have hookups for water or sewage or electric. Thats boondocking. Even if its Walmart lot. george
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ken Lenger:
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=boondocks <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
The link Ken gave shows the TRUE definition. Also note in that link near the bottom, "From Tagalog bundok, mountain". Tagalog is my first language (Philippines) and the origin of that word, bundok, the spelling changed by the Americans during WWII to boondock. Now you guess where they were when they were fighting in the bundok and it sure wasn't in a WalMart parking lot.

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