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Old 01-28-2020, 01:26 PM   #1
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Boondock the Florida keys

We pull a 38' 5th wheel with a Ram 1ton dually. Would like suggestions on boondock sights in the Florida keys especially from those who have been there, done that. Thanks.....
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You donít mention when youíre planning on doing this.
If itís anytime from now through March.....you may be too late. Only the experts that travel there annually will know for sure.

Also....space is at a premium down there....some islands are not much bigger than a small town, if that.....so Iím not sure there is anything for boondocking.
Again.....the experts will know.
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LOL it does not matter what time of the year it is, the nearest spot that I know of, would be in the Great Cypress Swamp which is 4 or 5 hours away from Key West. I have heard of some people getting away with camping at spots along side US 1 in the Keys but that would fall under the stealth camping category not boondocking.


There is a casino near Miami.
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LOL it does not matter what time of the year it is, the nearest spot that I know of, would be in the Great Cypress Swamp which is 4 or 5 hours away from Key West. I have heard of some people getting away with camping at spots along side US 1 in the Keys but that would fall under the stealth camping category not boondocking.


There is a casino near Miami.
We've used the casino at Krome and US41 for overnight a few times. They will let you stay more than one night, but I don't know the limit. They do request that you register inside with security.

Also, they have a sit down steak and lobster dinner for about $13. Not huge portions, obviously, but quite yummy.

In the Keys themselves, pretty tough to find a spot that you will not get kicked out of. And if someone knows of one it would be doubtful if they would broadcast it to the world.

They want their $1-200/night camping fees down there. A reasonably priced alternative if you qualify would be at NAS Key West.
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I spent 10 winters in the Keys, I often looked for free or stelth camping spots and found one. It was a corner of a parking lot next to a bank in front of Publix, Marathon. Publix bans overnight parking but I guess the bank didn't. It was one small class B and He was there at least a few days.

We tracked down a place we found on a free camping app. It was a narrow overgrown broken up road.
It would scratch up anything wider then a compact car. We didn't take our Kia down that road.

The KMart in Marathon often has RVs in it, but we never checked late at night.

Locals were sleeping in Vans, along Smathers Beach a few years back, but I believe they were chased away.
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I can tell you as a long time Keys resident (20 yrs)..And a class A RV owner. You will be hard pressed to find anything in the Keys you can boondock,The RV parks are really your only option. And even those require registering many months in advance. As I`m sure you already know, the RV parks there are very expensive. Even private homes of friends are being scrutinized. I had an RV parked in our own driveway when we lived there, & must have been asked a half dozen times by county officials if anyone was staying in it, which if course they weren`t. I`m told they cruise many of the residential areas in the Keys, looking for parked RV`s`But good luck on your search. I think Homestead may be the closest you will get to the Keys for boondocking..
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Just left keys about a week or so ago. I spent 4 weeks Stealth boondocking in the Keys. I am in a 23ft class C so it was bit more easy then what you are hauling but really somewhat of a challenge.

I spent most nights in a different place and never spent more then 2 nights in the same place while gone most of those day. Between the 3+State parks, local parks,small shopping centers and pull over spots there are plenty of places to stay during day. $65 anual State Parks pass gets you in to any FL state park some might have small fee under $1 if you have the pass.

Key Largo - Carribean Club is a cool bar on the water they filmed some movies at. I parked in the lot used for boat trailer parking 3 different nights with no issues.
Isle Morada stayed behind the dollartree 2 or 3 nights lol.Marathon I did the Kmart one night,the publix right next door one night in their back lot spaces but didnt park there until dark.Hog Heaven side lot 3 dif nights.Isle Morada brew company 2 dif mights Also pent a few nights in parking lots of chain hotels (Like hampton) ,2 nights in key west in restarant/bar/ lots but that will be near impossible for your size . I also spent a few nights in different small bar/restuarant lots that I patroned and asked the bartenders if I would get hassled . Those are good because they stay open late some until 2am.

2 times I was told about not staying overnight. 1 was at Wahoos at like 11pm sleeping and got the flashlight door knock :( ..the other was at Isle Morada Fish Company after I had stayed there the previous night.
Really your biggest issue is going to be size. Other then the RV Parks ,RV's are kind of frowned upon most everywhere, Its really small. Some of the keys there is main US 1 road then 2 to the blocks east you have Atlantic ocean ,2 blocks to the west you hit the Gulf of Mex.Check Google satellite images and you will get the picture.




Good luck and safe travels
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