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How do you Boon dock?

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TomHanlon

How do you Boon dock?
« on: December 24, 2011, 09:23:30 am »
I have always stayed in regular private campgrounds or state parks when camping. I have even stayed in a Walmart parking lot a few times. Traveling out west I have seen campers parked out in a field like they are camping but have never try it myself. So you guys and gals that do really boon dock, how do you find places to do it and what rules do you follow?  Do you get permission from the land owner before staying or do you just know that it is public land and it would be OK? What would be real helpful for me and I assume others that have not boon docked would be some sort of guide lines to follow.  What is your take on this subject?

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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2011, 10:25:30 am »
If you want to boon dock for free then some Walmarts, casinos, Flying J, rest stops, ramps off major interstates are available for pulling over.  We have never pulled over to camp on private land although it looks tempting. Finding an owner to request permission to pull over could be a challenge given the miles and miles of ranch land here in the SW and not a house in sight.  State maps usually point out public and private lands but not every public location encourages camping because of the problem of squatting. A growing issue is the large number of homeless people and families who have moved their campers onto public lands and in some cases camp in vast private lands. After a particularly long trip we pulled over in Navajo County and got a knock on our door from the Tribal Police telling us to move on.  He directed us to a beautiful park that was empty.  We boon docked there, free, for days.  Given this, we have chosen not to venture off the beaten track and be awakened in the middle of the night by the state police.  I have camped enough in the SW to have gotten used to Border Patrol agents regularly driving through every campground I have been in and also seeing them or State Police knock on camper doors parked on the side of roads.  So, we tend to stick to State/ Forest Service/BLM/Corp of Engineer campgrounds. We have also stumbled on wonderful town, county and regional parks and happily boon dock there. Those campgrounds vary in term of cost, amenities, location, size, etc. but for the most part I have found them to be in stunning locations, some have hosts, and the amenities are fine if rudimentary in some cases.  We have found we can boon dock about five days with careful use of electricity, propane and water.  Happy Holidays and Happy Camping!

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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2011, 10:41:21 am »
Have not totally Boondocked either Tom but have enjoyed the SPs, NPs, RPs, etc. (even a neighborhood street in Ventura, CA where we felt we were "intruding").  DW & I kind of like the idea of something at least being "designated" for camping.  About the most rudimentary one we've stayed in so far is Bob Scott in NV where there was a site w/fire ring, concrete picnic table, communal water spigot (gladly dropped our $5 in the honor box).  I've car-tent camped away from a hwy about 1/4 mi per Ranger's instructions; but never in the RV so far......wonder if the same rules apply [1/4mi from hwy - 100yds from water...]

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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2011, 06:43:56 pm »
Most of the boondocking in our area is in the national forest or blm land.  The national forest has recently changed their rules that limit non-campground camping, so be careful if you use them.  It's actually easy and provides some spectacular camp sites - and it's free. 

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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2011, 09:22:20 pm »
Well,  from the answers it shows to me that I am not really sure what constitutes  boon docking.  Out in the boonies is well.....out in the boonies - as in '...where in outer BF Country are we?..'  and a dock is the space next to a pier where one docks or berths

Back to the question/answer (sort of) ....In Michigan I think you can still camp on state forest land if there is no campground nearby (hence boonies) and you put up- on a tree or branch & leave- a form that the DNR gives you-fill in name etc.  You do this just off the road, I think.  At least, that is what I used to do.  I have also just driven down two tracks 'til I found a wide-ish spot or the end and just turned off the key.

I didn't know you could do it in a campground.

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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2011, 12:08:47 am »
We have spent time in Quarstzsite, no facilities at all. I have 2 five gallon water jugs with a sure-flow water pump. If we get low itís a run to the water supply to replenish ours. I did carry 2 blue-boys but for $25 there are services that will pump all your holding tanks. For $25 it just was not worth the hassle of hauling that STUFF to the dumpsite. We usually stay 2 weeks and donít need any services. We go with full fresh water and full propane and gas. I also have an 80-watt portable solar panel. If we do stay longer all I need is water.
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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2011, 02:35:07 pm »
Most of the boondocking in our area is in the national forest or blm land.  The national forest has recently changed their rules that limit non-campground camping, so be careful if you use them.  It's actually easy and provides some spectacular camp sites - and it's free. 
That is exactly what I was going to say.

We often take advantage of their designated campgrounds where smaller fees apply, just to be sure we arn't getting into trouble.  There must be a website somewhere to clarify the rules for each area.
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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 01:19:26 pm »
Hi,
First post -- we're Phoenix Cruiser wanna be's -- and appreciate the info here.  ;)

We have two names we like to use:
DRY CAMPING for us is pulling over in our travels to stop the night without hookups, in places that don't mind overnight parking.  And sometimes (in a Casino parking lot for instance) we might stay for a few days to explore an area.

BOONDOCKING on the other hand is camping off the beaten path in wilder remote country -- BLM, forest service, other similar land -- for free or nearly nothing -- using all our beefed up self-contained on board resources.  BLM Long Term Visitor Areas in places like Quartzsite and Yuma, for instance, charge about $40 for the ability to stay two weeks, and have a very inexpensive all season rate, too.

Here's a nice link to national forest service camping:
http://www.forestcamping.com/

And the author of this website has written 4-5 wonderful guides to true boodocking in the southwest states. We have them and really appreciate the research they've done.  Lots of good boondocking info on the website, too.
http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/RV-Travel-Guide.html

These are just a few of our favorites. A Google search for "boondocking" turns up LOTS more info!

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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 07:16:14 pm »
Hi Deena -

Welcome to the PC "wannabe club".

Thanks for your input.

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Re: How do you Boon dock?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012, 10:08:57 pm »
Deena, great info, thanks and welcome. We were wannabe's, sold that big bulky class a and now very happy P/C 3100 owners. Cheers     heartshower
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