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pianotuna

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Posted: 12/30/20 06:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Scooper31,

Welcome to RV net!

Boondocking is not quite the same as "dry" camping.

Often boondocking is finding a site that is free and without any services.

"dry" camping can be done in a paid site.

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No boondocking in National Parks.
I have never had a reason to mark a spot when boondocking.
There is always plenty of room.
If there isn't a lot of room, camp somewhere else.

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pianotuna wrote:

Scooper31,

Welcome to RV net!

Boondocking is not quite the same as "dry" camping.

Often boondocking is finding a site that is free and without any services.

"dry" camping can be done in a paid site.

My favorite trip planer is here:

https://freecampsites.net/


agree, the OP needs to understand the differences between boondocking and dry camping. Federal Park would mean developed dry camping sites, which is not boondocking.


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Well I guess I don’t know what the difference is either. Can someone please explain?

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Diamond c wrote:

Well I guess I don’t know what the difference is either. Can someone please explain?


Dry camping: camping without water hookup, typically this would mean camping without hookups of any type and might also mean there is no water in the area. There are plenty of dry campgrounds in National Parks and Forests. Some have no water at all.

Boondock camping: camping in the middle of nowhere. The NPS or BLM typically call this dispersed camping. There may be a parking area and sometimes even a fire ring but more typically there is nothing but an open area where camping is allowed.

Another common related term is Stealth Camping. This is staying overnight in an area without showing evidence that anyone is using the RV. This is may be in compliance with the laws and local ordinances but merely helps to avoid unwanted attention.

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Diamond c wrote:

Well I guess I don’t know what the difference is either. Can someone please explain?


My definition of true boondocking is going out to the middle of nowhere and camping. There's no map to follow, there's no sign indicating where to go and there is no one else for miles. There's no established campground, no hookups of any type, no paved roads and also no neighbors other than wild animals. I do not consider dispersed camping on BLM Land Boondocking as it is on the map. If you are boondocking, there wouldn't be a need to save your spot since there is no established spot, it's just a patch of ground in the middle of nowhere.

Dry Camping is camping in an established campground without hookups. Overnighting at Walmart or other parking lot/truck stop is Dry Camping. If there is an established site to save if you leave, then it isn't boondocking. Dry Camping just means you are providing your own water, electric and sewer. You can Dry Camp in a $200/night RV Resort or on Dispersed Camping site in a National Forest.

Others will probably disagree, but that's my definition.

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And now for our ongoing lesson about boondocking vs dry camping. [emoticon]

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A lot of people seem to think boondocking is sleeping in the parking lot of a restaurant or camping at Quartzite.

If you need to mark your campsite you cannot possibly be boondocking in the traditional sense. You might be camping without hookups. It might not have designated campsites, but it is not boondocking. It is something else.

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And now for our ongoing lesson about boondocking vs dry camping. [emoticon]


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"There's no map to follow,..."

There's always a map!


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