Ep. 84: 10 Boondocking Do's and Don'ts | RV camping tips tricks how-to etiquette

RVers call dispersed camping, or camping outside of a campground without hookups or other facilities, “boondocking.” But if you’re new to boondocking, you might not understand that there are some unwritten rules of etiquette while camping in the backcountry. We’re here to offer 10 “dos” and “don’ts” for successful boondocking in your RV.


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  1. Bulldozer on September 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Millennials are incapable of cleaning up after themselves, mommy has done it for them their entire life and now we have to deal with the by-products of poor parenting skills .

  2. Sam Wirly on September 16, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    From what we are reading online and on this forum , we see a need for a safe quiet place to stay overnight or even a couple of days while visiting an area . Anyway we have 16 acres in Upstate South Carolina that has woods and pasture available for Boondockers passing through our area. We have no idea how to set up travelers knowing there’s a safe place while passing through. Thinking we would need Boondockers to call not only to see if there is still space for them but also for combination lock on our gate. We’d also ask then to give us their license plate number (just to protect us in case someone isn’t honest). It’s free but we are going to ask that everyone leave a donation for the use of the land. We wont be charging just only asking that our guest donate something to help us keep up the land (We plan to installing a drop box with envelopes in hopes that all our guest will help us in some way). One day we hope to be able to offer water and power and even that will be offered in hopes of donations and gifts to help offset our expense. For now if someone must have power or water, we can come offer it on a limited bases in cases of emergencies , like with generator problems or what have you. Mainly we have our pasture empty and wont be using for a few more years. And even when cows are on on the land, we only raise 2 each time, still leaving so many places to park on the pasture not being grazed. The land is very nice and no dung remains in the pasture. It’s all composted. So anyway if anyone has ideas on how to go about this please let us know. We won’t be offer this on craigs list or the like. We only want to offer it on good RV community forums. We want to keep our soon to be fellow Campers, RVers and even tent dwellers safe, where they can get a good nights sleep without worry but we also want our property respected. So however we do this we will need plate numbers , so we know who is who and if anyone disrespects us or our property , we will be able to leave feedback on forums. Please let us know what you think and give us any advice.

    I received a message to go to boondockers welcome. The problem I see with that web site and others like it is that they are all paid sites. We wanted to help those who don’t subscribe to these clubs and sites just so they can find a safe place to park. Not to mention we want to offer our property free with the hopes that each of our guests would offer something to help offset our costs. I don’t think the paid boondocker sites allow that from their registered hosts. For us a kindness should be blessed with like kindness. Nothing in life is free but if we all work together , life can be grand. So naw boondockers welcome is not for us as hosts. We want to bless others with a safe place to stay and hopefully they leave behind a little something to help with our costs. We have to mow, weed it all , maintain fences and pay taxes each year and so if we offer our property as a safe harbor we would hope each guest understands that and helps us in someway. Maybe they help my husband stack lumber , or trim the fence line or leave a donation in the drop box but all in all we help them and they return the favor. Everyone is blessed that way. A leach never feels good after draining someone, it just feels stuffed and goes on always searching for another free ride. We don’t care for leaches , we are looking for real people with real dreams in a real world. And so how we go about offering our land to like minded people is still a mystery but hopefully word of mouth will work just as it has for hundreds of years. And if our property never sees a camper, RV or tent, all is well it will see a couple of cows again and those cows use are land and then pay us back with a full freezer. ahaha So anyway if someone has ideas how to get the word out throw them our way or hey just pass along the info and soon word of mouth will do it’s thing.

  3. robert gorby on September 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    new subscriber here….LOVE you school……God Bless…happy travels …

  4. MARTIN WOOLDRIDGE on September 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Doondocking is the only way to camp . No dogs no babies and no 3am parties.

  5. hammer r on September 16, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Great video and great common sense, just wish others thought the same. Good job.

  6. Steve/Beth on September 16, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Lots of great advise here. One thing I would add though. Not everyone likes a drone buzzing by overhead. It can be an invasion of privacy never mind the noise some of them make. I do love drone footage but some care in their use needs to be observed. See you out there, but from a respectful distance!

  7. kurt schulmeyer on September 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Oh so true. I’m a hamm operatetor, i don’t want to interfere with anyone’s enjoyment.

  8. Downsizing Makes Cents on September 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    All very sensible advice, i wish all RVers took this information to heart. Much applies to RVing anywhere, not just boondocking.

  9. David Stepro on September 16, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Food for thought – Trump’s new pick to head the BLM is in favor of selling off public lands for private development which could have a big effect on boondocking.

  10. N.G. Blad on September 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Excellent insights!

  11. Andrea5065 on September 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    So sad you had to put a video out on common sense and respect of your surroundings.

  12. MARTIN WOOLDRIDGE on September 16, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Whooof whoooooof whoooof also keep the wife quiet.

  13. David Salter on September 16, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Buy me the quiet generator, otherwise, sorry. LOL

  14. Mike L60 on September 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Great Job !

  15. Enrique LaRoche on September 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Avoid al the rules, Stay home

  16. Duane 4 on September 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I think " several hundred yards " away from the nearest neighbor is a bit too much to expect. That is 900 plus feet, Almost 2 tenths of a mile ! There are very few places that have that much space between sites, let’s be REALISTIC

  17. Ray Mason on September 16, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Lose the ugly glasses. It’s rude to address people when they can’t see your eyes.

  18. Luminous Views on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Leave No Trace is a huge start. https://lnt.org/

  19. paulag1955 on September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Wow, you have found some really beautifulspots.

  20. JMM Garza on September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    We have to share the great American outdoors. Sometimes that means more rigs camping at a beautiful location than some may like. Then again, some folks are plain selfish.

  21. Calvin Gordon on September 16, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Having respect for others privacy does not mean that if you park your RV you own all property within "several hundred yards" in each direction. That’s just greedy and self centered.

  22. Carol Erikson on September 16, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Your gear doesn’t appear to be camping.

  23. MARTIN WOOLDRIDGE on September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I hate rules period.

  24. MARTIN WOOLDRIDGE on September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Get off road with dirt bikes and ATV’s go for a rip and enjoy the forest.

  25. northerniltree on September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    When I drink excessively, I have always felt it was my right to run around nekkid, and bark at the moon.
    Other nearby campers have vehemently disagreed with my take on the matter, and some rather interesting debates have arisen on the subject.

  26. Wayne Head on September 16, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I do like what you are putting out, from what I’ve seen so far.
    This video was nicely informative, even though I have practiced these standards for a couple of decades. It’s the way I was raised …
    And yes, my beard is white now.
    You do a good job of explaining some of the most/more pragmatic practices to the overall existence, which we would hope to include some of our younger brothers and sisters.

  27. boyd taylor on September 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I hate when people park their campers in public lands all summer long and never move it. errrr

  28. Celtic Hutcheson on September 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    How do you get information on BLM / National Forest camping areas and rules?

  29. Enrique LaRoche on September 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    If established sites are every 50 yards it’s not full until they are all full

  30. MARTIN WOOLDRIDGE on September 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    If you tow a camper you will leave a trace every time something don’t kid yourself and make yourself feel good.

  31. Dietmar Wolf on September 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you sir, for sharing your experience with the novices to RV camping in the wide open! 🙌

  32. Walter Ontiveros on September 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Wonderful thank you some i never gave thought too

  33. Always-R Marketing on September 16, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Really nice drone work on the video.

  34. Bathrobe Carpenter on September 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    YES! Clean up after yourselves. Believe it or not… that plastic bag will eventually become marine debris! All rivers lead to the ocean. It’s not just that mountain you’re polluting.

  35. Suzn Knight on September 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Reflective glasses??? Seriously??

  36. Rees Fullmer on September 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Don’t be a weekend boondocker who leaves his rig for 2 or more weeks in a great site but only visits it on weekends. The rest of the time some of us would like a chance at that spot.

  37. VH_on_MY_Selah on September 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Excellent delivery of common sense practices. Just the kind of folks we love have as campsite neighbors! We’re cruisers and about the only camping we do is a few times a year, transiting back and forth to our boat but we love those trips and meeting people like you. Thanks for your channel and happy trails!

  38. warren WTF on September 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    This is aMErika you think it’s going to bet better ? Consumerism is always on the rise and so will idiots, litter and laws against the few good people left. LMFAO aMErika is ready to become 3rd world soon.

  39. cosgrove notts on September 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    What’s wrong with your eyes?

  40. Ann Weinerth on September 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    How do you find these places?

  41. Thomas Adams on September 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    you complain to much

  42. Christina Walke on September 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Boy you are pickey it’s free for everyone so if you don’t like having someone else near you bye your own land.

  43. Michael Rutledge on September 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    … and NEVER dump your black/grey tanks on the ground prior to departure. Not only is it disgusting, it’s illegal… and that’s federal on BLM/Nat’l Park lands. I’ve seen evidence of this three times, witnessing it once. I took license # and vehicle description, and reported it to the appropriate authority.

  44. Mr. Wildwood on September 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Good common sense tips appreciate it!

  45. MARTIN WOOLDRIDGE on September 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I am a 2 stroke 8000 rpm generator

  46. Rod B on September 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Great video and tips! Common sense and being respectful of our public lands are the most important.

  47. MARTIN WOOLDRIDGE on September 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Be sure to turn off your classic rock at 3am.

  48. MJ K on September 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I am so frustrated by others dogs. It’s the people who can’t control their dogs. They yell and yell and the dogs don’t respond. I do not appreciate dogs peeing on my campsite.

  49. Rick W. on September 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve been boondocking all my adult life. Never knew that was what I was doing!

  50. Bjack Jackson on September 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    You set the bar. Good on ya.

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