Out West: Full Time RV Boondocking

Do you love spending time in the great outdoors, getting in touch with nature and enjoying a freer more relaxed way of life? Perhaps it has always been your dream to just hit the road and live out in the middle of the nowhere. If you are bored of living the humdrum of a busy 9 to 5 life and are looking for a way to break free from the routine, you should consider the prospect of full time boondocking. If you are scratching your head because the only time you’ve ever heard the term boondocks is in reference to a out of the way, backwater town or city, then this post is for you. In it we will discuss exactly what boondocking is and why you might want to try it.

What Exactly Is Boondocking?

First things first, let’s cut to the chase. Boondocking or dry camping as it is sometimes referred to is basically camping in an RV without any electrical hook-ups or the usual convenient amenities that come with staying at a campground. The interesting this is the wide spectrum of what the name actually encapsulates. Boondocking could mean parking up and setting up camp with your RV in the middle of nowhere or parking in the local supermarket’s parking lot.

Why Would Anyone Want To Go Boondocking?

Now that you have a better understanding of what the name actually means, you might be wondering ‘Why would anyone go camping without all those useful amenities?’ In many ways, boondocking is actually a simpler and easier way to camp.

How can we say that? Well, it takes away the need to book reservations for spots at campgrounds and hookups and also means you do not have to pay a camping ground’s fees. It also helps you to detach from the modern world and its many stresses.

For many people full time boondocking is now their way of life. Many make a living online, becoming what is often called ‘digital nomads’ and use solar paneling and solar energy to get round the issue of no electricity.

However, for some other people, boondocking is more of a means to an end – an easy and cost effective way to travel a long distance from point a to point b.

Where Can You Boondock?

This is the really fun part of boondocking – there are a wide variety of options for where you can stop and benefit from free camping. For instance, BLM or Bureau of Land Management sites and lots of national forests throughout the country have campsites that have no amenities or hookups. As a general rule of thumb – if there is no signs stipulating otherwise, you are free to camp up in a national forest.

Anther option, that we hinted at above, is to use rest stops and even supermarket and other store parking lots. For instance, if you have ever seen a number of RVS in your local Wall-Mart that is because they offer free overnight parking. While it is not ideal if you are looking for somewhere to stay for a few days, it does help on those longer journeys to know that this is an option.

Now that you know a little more about boondocking, you are able to make the decision about whether it is right for you or not. There is no shame if it isn’t – some people prefer camping and RVing where they can benefit from hookups and full amenities. However, if you want to reconnect with nature and try simplifying your life – boondocking is a great way to go about it.


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