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Posted: 06/16/12 09:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the worse thing that ever happened when Boondocking or sneak camping? Did you get into trouble with the police?

I got asked to leave one morning after sleeping in our rv in our daughters college dorm parking lot. They weren't very nice about it but, let us finish our breakfast before we had to go

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No but it seems reasonable.


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Posted: 06/16/12 10:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would think asking permission before parking would avoid this from happening.


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Posted: 06/16/12 10:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

'Sneak' camping....pretty much says it


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Posted: 06/16/12 10:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We wouldn't have the nerve to try it. That is a parking lot for registered student use, not a campsite.

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^^^I would never have tried that in a dorm parking lot. Campus parking is usually very tight and highly restricted.

The only place we've ever overnighted like that is a WM, and we have always asked permission first.


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Posted: 06/16/12 11:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You seem to have found an official that was in a good mood. got lucky that time but those signs are legally enforceable. For what it's worth, boondocking has NOTHING to do with sneak camping (parking in a no parking area)


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Posted: 06/16/12 11:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My brother does this sneak camping all the time. He's like he does not even care where he parks. He'll pull off in any area that looks unattended and never worries about the consequences. He thinks I'm crazy for worrying too much.

In the college dorm parking area it was an overflow graveled area way off by itself. It was very dark with no lights in this undeveloped area. We were lucky, I know because, I talked with an RVr that got a $120 dollar fine for sleeping near the campus waiting for the graduation ceremony in the morning. He heard of many others that were caught that night and were fined the same. Makes it tough when a college town gets full of overnighters.

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#1. I agree with the folks who've failed to see the humor in this, and who point out correctly that this isn't boondocking (the topic DOES, however, belong on this forum).

#2. I've done this. I've attempted it repeatedly on the roads and streets around Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and been rousted many times (no fines). "Slightly" different situation, because after the winter rush they DO allow camping on the roads (but I wasn't interested in waiting).

#3. Colleges should be a red flag to everyone, parents included. Take a moment to consider the occasional troubles (and tragedies) that they've had on campuses, and you'll understand that the security people can have zero tolerance for trespassing.

In a perfect world, every camper would have NF within a short drive, and the patriotic desire to experience it. But in the real world some people prefer Walmarts.

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covered wagon wrote:

My brother does this sneak camping all the time. He's like he does not even care where he parks. He'll pull off in any area that looks unattended and never worries about the consequences. He thinks I'm crazy for worrying too much.

In the college dorm parking area it was an overflow graveled area way off by itself. It was very dark with no lights in this undeveloped area. We were lucky, I know because, I talked with an RVr that got a $120 dollar fine for sleeping near the campus waiting for the graduation ceremony in the morning. He heard of many others that were caught that night and were fined the same. Makes it tough when a college town gets full of overnighters.


$120 might have been cheaper than a hotel and two restaurant meals


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