Boondocking: Good Or Bad?

By Prev Info - October 16, 2022

 There are several different ways to interpret the concept of “Boondocking”. For some people it is just being able to camp in their RV for free. Others it is staying overnight on the street or in a parking lot just to get by for a day or two until they make it home. But for the avid camper, boondocking is actually camping out in the wilderness and not in an organized campsite with all the amenities.


There are some obvious reasons why some people prefer to camp in the wilderness:

*The love of the adventure lures many to great outdoors. Anyone is free to camp on public lands (except in parks) for free. Time allowances differ from state to state, so be sure to check them out ahead of time. One may let you stay for fourteen days and another only three. You don’t want to be in trouble with the authorities because you didn’t take the time to find these things out.

*Campgrounds tend to be a lot of fun, yet very noisy. Boondockers value the privacy that they find when they discover their own site. The shades are not put up to separate their abodes from a neighbor, no competing with dogs barking at the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells, and no trucks running at early hours in the mornings as fellow campers prepare to vacate their spots. It is just quiet solitude.

* It’s the green thing to do...don’t you think? It has been a proven fact that RVers that do not camp in a facility, actually ration their resources more than those who do. Food goes further, water stretches and tends to not be used out of the tap as often. More blankets are thrown on the beds so the heaters run less and generators aren’t needed as much. It reduces the carbon footprint on the world to camp “in the boondocks”.

*Saving money has something to do with it as well. There are people who prefer to save the space rent and those on a fixed income who have no choice. Fees from fifteen to thirty dollars a night add up quickly. Camping on public grounds is free, with the exception of park areas, and is compared to paradise by many.

If you do adventure out to find a new place to hunker down, reusing an old campsite is smiled upon. Inventing your own site is allowed but may not have essential items like a fire ring. Be certain to do the least amount of damage to the land and create a fire ring if you intend on having a fire. When placing the ring, do not place under the widest branch of any tree. The heat from a blaze can travel up a tree’s roots and still cause a forest fire. If you find that an existing ring is in a bad place, move it.

No matter where you stay, if you pack it in, pack it out. Keep all food and human waste undetectable by the local wildlife. Bear proof food lockers are available since the number of bears breaking into cars has increased. It is an age old rule, follow it.

When camping be water, set up 200 feet from it to avoid contaminating one of our greatest natural resources. Be mindful of your distance unless specific sites are already there.

Once you find your perfect place in the wild, you will want to return again and again. It will be like your own personal paradise in your RV trailer, your summer home away from home.





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