Over a year ago when we started this process of RV living, I had to Google the word “boondocking”. After hitting the road in an RV full time, this word kept coming up and I finally had to see what all the fuss was about. Essentially Boondocking, also referred to as “dry camping” or “dispersed camping”, is when hookups are not available.
Yes, you read that right. No Hookups! After reading the definition I think what came to my mind was, “Why in the world would anyone want to do that?”
Camping without a water, electric, or sewer hookup did not sound like my idea of fun at the time. Now, over a a year later, I have became very familiar with this word and I’ve actually grown to like Boondocking. Why you might ask? If you are not limited to needing hookups, you can stay in some really cool areas. Not only does this allow you to camp off the beaten path at times, but it is also a great way to save money for other things such as activities and donuts to name a few.
All joking aside, although I am somewhat serious about donuts, saving money is one of the best features of RVing. We get the question a lot if we spend more or less money living full time in an RV and traveling verses a house. All that depends on what style of camping you are partaking in and boondocking is a great way to save some serious money.
Boondocking is also a great way to camp in nature and in some areas gain privacy if that is something you are looking for. Some campgrounds in State and National Parks and Forests do not offer hookups, so this is what first attracted us to this type of camping. We wanted to be a part of these parks and immerse ourselves in the landscape and save on driving time in and out of the parks we were exploring.
Another advantage of boondocking is camping in BLM land which is free government land. This is by far the cheapest option, but having to find places to dump and refill your tanks which is usually not provided, can get time consuming and frustrating at times.