What is boondocking?
Boondocking is one way for RVers to save money for “free camping“. It is to park anywhere without the need to pay parking fees – like literally ‘anywhere’, and without the need to ‘hook-up’ to electricity, water or sewer system. There are numerous places across America where we can park for free or for highly reduced fees if we are willing and able to forgo the luxury of hook-ups from time to time.
Hooking up to your needs is necessary, but sometimes part of escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city is finding a secluded spot with a beautiful view where the only sounds you hear are natural sounds. So we do a combination of free camping and paid camping.
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Boondocking, Off the grid, Off the cord, Dry Camping or Wild Camping are all names for camping or RV’ing without any hook ups (water, electric or sewer). Boondocking is probably the most popular term but our personal favorite is Wild Camping, not just because it sounds cool but because it embodies what it is all about…out in the wild, camping. This is the ultimate way to shrink your footprint, disconnect and truly surround yourself with nature.
- Have maps and navigational information.
- Contact Public Lands administrators for the area being visited.
- Locate a “base” campground.
If you wanted the utmost experience in RVing and camping, boondocking is not a bad idea. You would consider it to be grandest experience in your RVing life.