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Old 05-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default Boondockers Welcome - ever tried it?

I stumbled upon this website while looking for info on something completely unrelated.
Sounds like an interesting concept, but perhaps not for everyone.
Still, it would be one way to meet other campers/boondockers, I suppose.
http://www.boondockerswelcome.com/

Maybe it should be posted on the main "general discussion forum" for exposure, I'm not sure?
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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Default Re: Boondockers Welcome - ever tried it?

I put it as one topic but it shows in both places for greater visibility.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:56 AM   #3
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Thanks.
The basic premise (I believe) is you join, and gain access to the privately owned boondock parking areas of other members. They may have a driveway, with space for an RV available (no hookups, usually), and are willing to allow folks to use it for an overnight stay, while en route. They suggest leaving a little something as a gift for the host member. Gift card to a coffee shop as an example.
If you have a space for use by other member travelers, you pay a little less for your annual membership.
You don't have to have a boondock space to join, but I think you pay a little more for your membership.
Interesting idea?
They have a map with all the member boondock locations marked on it. They are simply a general location and perhaps a first name only. To get access to the location details, you have to be a paid member.
I'm not sure if there's a down side to any of this?
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I like the idea. The problem would be incompatible personalities meeting up but that would probably be rare.
The boon-docker can easily move on but the boon-dockee could have a problem if the boon-docker is not considerate.

You have to think that it is like minded people wanting parking and offering parking so it should be fine.

The are free websites for free or low cost camping:
http://freecampgrounds.com/index.aspx
http://freecampsites.net/
http://www.casinocampgrounds.com/index.html
http://www.casinocamper.com

and pay websites:
http://www.boondockerswelcome.com/
http://www.overnightrvparking.com/index.php

I think I'd only be looking for overnight stops but Boondockers Welcome also has listings of people who don't mind if you stay a bit longer.
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I'm not too interested staying at some strangers house given the many other choices for free camping. Having said that, we did stay at the homes of two fellow B people we know that gave us a level pad and a 30 amp hookup on our recent Texas trip. We knew them from several B socials and rallies, thus, were friends. I don't think they list in any web site for boondocking.

We also have relatives in Indianapolis, IN; Midland, MI; La Crosse, WI; Parkersburg, VA and Burke, VA where we have stayed, free of course. We have had other B people stop and stay at our house that we knew from socials and rallies.
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I like the free part of any boondock website, like some of the ones you posted.
As for meeting strangers, that's how every relationship begins, isn't it? Besides, the other choices for free camping usually involve staying amongst strangers, particularly if it's a boondocking scenario. I would like to have friends all the way from where we live to where we're headed with 30 amp hookups and water. It's a nice feature of your rallies.
How did it (B-10) go by the way? Did you post any updates on this forum, by chance?
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The B10 Rally was great. There is a thread on RV.net and some postings in the BEE Social Facebook Group. The weather cooperated. There were at least 8 Canadians there with 5 Bs. Where were you?
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Sounds good, I'll have a look, see.
We had planned to attend as a maiden voyage with the new trailer (I know, but we still have our B, so technically..... ), but Dometic managed to stymie our plans. They had some assembly problems with some of their awnings, including the 9100 Power Awning model, which is the one Keystone stuck on our trailer. My cousin spotted the recall in one of his RV mags, and after doing a bit of research, we found out ours was involved. So, we had to go through the process of contacting Dometic, and then finding a local Dometic authorized service center that makes house calls. The problem description suggested the awnings could unfurl/deploy while the trailer is in motion, so we were stuck in our driveway while the repairs were scheduled, parts shipped, and then the motor replacement was done.
So, that's where we were.
When/where is B-11? (somewhere near Minneapolis/St.Paul?)

btw, Bob and Shaaron who were the organizers of B-10 live not too far from us, I just realized. They live in the same town (a suburb of Detroit) as my late aunt and uncle. I spent more than a few summers there as a kid.
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Nobody has proposed a B11 Rally yet. One couple suggested central Indiana and is looking into the possibility.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:50 AM   #10
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Saw that. Amish country? Great pastries.
I'm in.
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