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Old 02-11-2021, 03:19 PM   #113
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Am I the only one that is a little offended when parking lot camping or over nighting is referred to as 'boondocking'? I like boondocking and got my RV so that I have more options to stay in remote places without sacrificing comfort for my wife or dogs (or soon-to-be child). I consider this kind of camping 'real' boondocking. Off the grid (generally), remote areas with no hookups. Staying in a Wal Mart parking lot just isn't the same thing.

Anybody else feel this way?
I have too many other things to worry about. Call it what you want.


Dry camping, boondocking, dispersed camping....all have different meanings to me but....to each their own.


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Here's the list of names for us. We realize these definitions and qualifications may not apply to how others see things, and we're fine with that. Your rig, your money, your campsite, call it whatever you like, as often as you like. No offense offered, no offense taken.
  • Boondocking and/or dispersed camping is the equivalent of legally camping on unimproved BLM or state-owned land, usually for free or nearly so. We haven't done this yet, but it's definitely on our list of things to try.
  • Dry Camping is camping in any established campground without hookups of any kind. The campground may or may not have a potable water fill and dump station, may or may not have showers, usually has bathrooms or at least pit toilets. We love camping this way, especially if we can score a spot in a loop where generators are prohibited.
  • Parking lot camping: anytime we consider whether to overnight in the parking lot at a Cracker Barrel, Wally Mart, Cabellas, casino, truck stop, rest area, etc. For us this would be a port of last resort, worth considering only when everything else we intended went wrong, and we're exhausted - out of options. It will never be on our list as a planned stop.
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Am I the only one that is a little offended when parking lot camping or over nighting is referred to as 'boondocking'? I like boondocking and got my RV so that I have more options to stay in remote places without sacrificing comfort for my wife or dogs (or soon-to-be child). I consider this kind of camping 'real' boondocking. Off the grid (generally), remote areas with no hookups. Staying in a Wal Mart parking lot just isn't the same thing.

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Not at all. I don't care what you call it. People are out recreating and having fun.
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Old 02-21-2021, 10:17 AM   #119
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Do try dispersed camping. We have done such for 15 years

Look up over lander.com for free sites around the world. There are actually dozens in Iran and Afghanistan. Works great throughout US and Canada
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We have used dispersed camping for 17 years.

Utilize ioverlander.com for free camping. We have used it in US, Canada, Mexico, and Belize. There are several hundred sites in Yucatán alone (archaeological sites generally permit overnight camping in parking lot).

Ioverlander.com gives GPS and maps for water, propane, dump stations, etc.

An “overlandrt” is an RVer driving from Canada to Argentina or Europe to Malaysia. We met many such at Xpu Ha in Yucatán. They all used ioverlander.com. There are dozens of sites in Afghanistan, Iran, Kazikhistan, etc
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Look up over lander.com for free sites around the world. There are actually dozens in Iran and Afghanistan.
Not just free admission - they give you meals, uniforms, and weapons, too!


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If you are in an RV, no matter where you parked, you are not boondocking even if you are in the boonies.
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If you are in an RV, no matter where you parked, you are not boondocking even if you are in the boonies.
YOU may not be BUT my DW sure is. - - -
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If you are in an RV, no matter where you parked, you are not boondocking even if you are in the boonies.
"Boondock" is derived from the Tagalog (Fillipino) word "bundok", which translates briefly as "mountain", but with overtones. In a true boondock, RV'ing is compatible, but only if you can find a road in.

"Bundok, with its connotations of jungly impenetrability, remoteness, and unpredictable violence, became the military slang word boondock. For these soldiers, boondock was the alien landscape, unknowable and violent as well as ecologically foreign. Once away from the Philippines, American troops applied boondock to landscapes of combat encountered worldwide. By the Second World War, the term was cemented in military language, as in boondockers, the field boots issued to Naval and Marine personnel.

Brought into nonmilitary use by returning soldiers, boondock was soon stripped of its military connotations. Boondock transformed into a descriptor of mysterious and remote, but not necessarily hostile, hinterlands. Today, the American term boondock retains little of the specific ecological and topographical descriptiveness that it had in its military context. Boondock’s wilderness today is societal and cultural rather than environmental. The wilderness of bundok, however, remains both mountainous and culturally remote, wild in spirit as well as in ecology."

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