Saturday, May 12, 2012

Adventures In Boondocking

Most of my boondocking has been on friend's property though I have camped at truck stops and commercial parking lots by permission. I know many folks do the Walmart boondocking, while others do the federal lands where free dispersed camping is allowed. Of course boondocking most often means you are camping fully self contained, but can also mean you might have access to utilities but you are parked unconventionally, such as in someone's driveway. 


boondocking by DearMissMermaid.com




Boondocking  can be a creative quest to places unknown. 


Two new adventurous options for different types of boondocking are:


http://www.boondockerswelcome.com/


This is a new group that is still forming with founding members getting special benefits.  Sign up if you like what they have to offer. 


Excerpt from their website:



At Boondockers Welcome you can connect with other RVers who have a location for you to dry camp for the night; it might be in their driveway or a field on their farm. The view may be of amber waves of grain or of the McDonald's parking lot... but it will be a free place to park where you don't have to worry about idling truck engines, security, or that dreaded knock on the window at 2 am.
Join the Boondockers Welcome online community to make new friends and save money while you see the world from a local's perspective. You'll have access to fellow members, be able to correspond with them securely, and accept their invitation to spend a night (or two) parked on their property. Ideally, you'll return the favor, extending a similar invitation to other travelers but, even if you don't have a place to offer in return, you'll be able to take advantage of the hospitality of others, saving hundreds of dollars in campground fees.
Join our community, share your stories, learn from other RVers, save money, and make some lasting friends.


Another unique boondocking site is  
http://www.harvesthosts.com/

They feature boondocking on farms and wineries. The theory being that what you save on camping fees, you can splurge on local wines and harvest. Sounds like a great plan to me.  We all need food and spirits.


Now these two websites gave me an idea to start my own organization for boondocking with others. I will be attracting craft folks, artists, musicians, intellectuals and senior citizens who have room for you to overnight on their property.  In this way you might buy some art or music, enjoy cerebral conversation or  the camaraderie of the senior crowd. 


I figured this is a great way for the arts and crafts folks to peddle their wares. Many often live in remote places, ditto for musicians, scholars and let's not forget the seniors who might enjoy the vagabond company of RV-ers. 


I thought I would call it Smart Arts and Farts.  What do you think of that?


You can join now for free!

More information can be found in these interesting books all about boondocking, some are available on Kindle

The Complete Book of Boondock RVing: Camping Off the Beaten Path The Tiniest Mansion - How To Live In Luxury on the Side of the Road in an RV BOONDOCKING: Finding a Perfect Campsite on America's Public Lands RV Boondocking Basics: A Guide to Living Without Hookups
The
Complete Book of Boondock RVing: Camping Off the Beaten Path
The
Tiniest Mansion - How To Live In Luxury on the Side of the Road in an RV
BOONDOCKING:
Finding a Perfect Campsite on America's Public Lands
RV
Boondocking Basics: A Guide to Living Without Hookups

1 comment:

  1. I had found the Harvest Hosts site some time ago but just found the boondocking site a couple weeks ago. I put both of them in my blog gadget for noting "Links of RVing Interest." I try to use this for those sites that might be helpful when, not if, we hit the road full timing. I can always check it and so can others that might choose to read my blog.

    I think both are excellent options to help with keeping expenses down and finding interesting new places to stay as you travel down the road.

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