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  • Rich & Janelle Nuding
    Rich & Janelle Nuding:
    Wed at 5:42 PMI’m rule is, always check twice. After hitching trailer and unhooking everything , I pull up about 20 to 25 feet. Stop, get out and do a second walk around. Checking for left items and making sure is secure and locked b fore hitting the road. Twice...  more
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    • Rich & Janelle Nuding
      David & Leslie Wed at 6:13 PM We departed from Jordan Valley, OR after dry camping for one night, and left the roof mounted satellite dish up.  About ten miles down the road I asked Leslie if she had stowed the dish.  She thought I had done it.  I stopped along the road...  more
    • Rich & Janelle Nuding
      Ray & Ann Thu at 5:45 AM I left the 10' water hose and filter on the picnic table to drain while I finished closing up. Drove about an hour before remembering it and decided the gas going back would cost more than the hose and the filter was done for the season anyhow :( There is...  more
    • Rich & Janelle Nuding
      Cajunville (John & Laurie) Thu at 9:14 AM So agree. Hubs does a walk around and then I do a walk around. It works...
    • Rich & Janelle Nuding
      LarandSus Thu at 11:51 AM When we leave a campsite, I go behind the RV to watch as my husband tests the turn signals and flashers. Then as he pulls away, I make sure the toad wheels are turning and the brake lights work. He moves out of the space and I do a walk around the site to...  more
  • Richard Greene
    Richard Greene :
    Wed at 2:18 PMIs there a checklist for specific models. I just purchased a Winnie 2008 Class C and was kinda overwhelmed by the walk through. I don't want to start a fire or die at the helm.
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    • Richard Greene
      Footloose Wed at 2:37 PM You are a wise man. I waited until if made a few costly mistakes before creating my list. Don't know of any model specific list. The RVillage list is more comprehensive.
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      • Richard Greene
        Footloose Wed at 2:40 PM Here's my list
        Exterior
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        - Bike secure
        - Porch lights out
        - Retractor pads stowed
        - compartments locked
        - Booster antenna stored
        - Retract Levelers
        - Propane off
        - Hookups stored
        -...  more
    • Richard Greene
      Walt and Bonnie (Tigerpilots) Wed at 3:48 PM Ours is much longer than that for our Monaco Camelot. Always good idea to have a check list!
    • Richard Greene
      ThundersGarage Wed at 6:46 PM I have a list in MS Excel I use. Easy to modify & rewrite for the items you want to include.
    • Richard Greene
      unmee (The Silver Haired Gentleman) Thu at 6:13 AM Should be a list in your owners manual, my Tiffin has a check list on the speedometer, great!
      I used to hang my ignition key on the crank handle for the antenna.😎🇺🇸❤️
    • Richard Greene
      OurMobileBackPack Thu at 7:48 AM When we first started out we found a list online and made it our own. I do most of the outside and wifey handles the inside and we both work on the toad hook up. When we are done we check the others work. That double check has saved a lot of grief. 
  • Halfloaf
    Halfloaf:
    Wed at 10:55 AMI would be interested to hear from some hosts why you host. I mean, I hugely appreciate it but it seems I'm getting a lot more out of the deal? I try to be entertaining to earn my keep... if I had a driveway I would totally host for the sake of seeing who...  more
    • Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) and 4 others like this.
    • Halfloaf
      Boondockers Welcome Wed at 1:03 PM Thanks for the question and especially thanks to the hosts who replied.   
    • Halfloaf
      MaritimersChasingTheSun Wed at 1:28 PM Being BW guests ourselves, we value having a safe and secure place to park. Since we are snowbirds, we are typically home all summer so it made perfect sense to offer our yard to BW guests that are passing through. I feel we are in an ideal location...jus...  more
    • Halfloaf
      Andy101 Wed at 2:04 PM I have had more than 43 guests so far. All I can tell you is I have had so much fun hosting them. Many have become friends! Sharing a good meal, learning and lots of laughs.
    • Halfloaf
      Wayne Boshier Wed at 2:27 PM We are new to this as well. We can only do this for a short time as we are selling our sticks and bricks so we would like to meet as many RV'ers as we can to heard of their travels and learn from them before we hit the road. Only had one guest so far.Just...  more
    • Halfloaf
      Packratphyls Thu at 7:56 AM We host because we like meeting people and socializing and to learn about places we have not been too! Lots of tips!
  • Mike & Pat and Chris
    Mike & Pat and Chris :
    Tue at 4:33 PMWe had our first guest last weekend. Hopefully there will be more.

    Mike
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      Cece Higgins Tue at 4:56 PM Where are you located?
    • Mike & Pat and Chris
      Art & Gail Carignan Tue at 5:08 PM We are in Springhill, Nova Scotia. Coming to Ontario in June
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      • Mike & Pat and Chris
        Cece Higgins Tue at 5:25 PM I don't think we will make it to Nova Scotia this summer, but hope to go east next summer. We are located in Ontario
    • Mike & Pat and Chris
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors Tue at 5:46 PM Great
  • Mike and Donna Wagner
    Mike and Donna Wagner :
    Tue at 2:05 PMTwo days ago we joined Boondockers Welcome as both a Host and as a Guest. We’re looking forward to trying out our Guest privileges in May when we head for Oregon to have solar installed in Springfield OR. ~Donna
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    • Mike and Donna Wagner
      Rich & Janelle Nuding Tue at 2:20 PM We love Boondockers Welcome as both a host and guest. It a great organization
    • Mike and Donna Wagner
      Boondockers Welcome Tue at 2:25 PM Thank you! and welcome!!!! 
    • Mike and Donna Wagner
      Bluecat-NOLA Tue at 2:29 PM I have enjoyed being both Host and Guest. Being Host while at Home Base is like being in a camp ground making new friends.
    • Mike and Donna Wagner
      Texas_Nomads (Michael&Joan) Tue at 2:36 PM Welcome aboard. we have stayed at a number of BW host sites during our travels and everyone has been excellent.  PS: we have installed a Victron 1200w solar, dual MPPT, Multiplus, and 600a of Lithium which has done us extremely well in an off/no grid...  more
    • Mike and Donna Wagner
      MaritimersChasingTheSun Tue at 2:49 PM That's awesome news guys! I love to see new hosts/guests sign up! The more, the merrier 😀
      We are also both a guest and a host for anyone passing through Saint John, New Brunswick! The city with the distinction of being the first incorporated city in...  more
  • Steve r
    Steve r:
    April 12I do not understand how people can leave a place in such a mess. A couple of weeks age we were at a Walmart for the night. There was one couple that set up a table and barbecue. This I would not do. But at the end they cleaned up. Few of us walked around ...  more
    • Cliff and Sue and 11 others like this.
    • Steve r
      Hetken April 12 "out of the melting pot emerges a race which hates beauty."  
      The Libido for the Ugly" by H. L. Mencken 1920
      Ever since I read this essay in high school, I have continued to be unhappily amazed at the ignorance of s...  more
    • Steve r
      Packratphyls April 12 I agree. We were behind a mcDonalds with permission and it was so filled with garbage near bushes and needles
    • Steve r
      Troy & Roxane April 13 We have a nice Boondocking area near our home base, that I’m sure will eventually be closed to camping because of the few that don’t care about keeping it looking nice and won’t pack out their garbage. A couple of years ago in early spring before it was o...  more
    • Steve r
      Rich & Janelle Nuding Tue at 2:22 PM That the people who have spoiled it for everyone.
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      • Steve r
        Hetken Tue at 3:26 PM Somewhere around 1972 we went to the Olympic Panincilia (from NYC) to experience the wonder and beauty of the space and the hot springs.  When hiking to the “most western point of America” (forget the name) I looked down from the overlook to look at,...  more
  • HerbNKathyRV
    HerbNKathyRV :
    April 12With our Boondockers Welcome membership, we find some "different" boondocking sites and meet the most interesting people.
    Camping at School – RV'ing with Herb & Kathy
  • Boondockers Welcome
    Boondockers Welcome:
    April 12What a shame. A few will ruin it for all.
    One of our favorite dispersed camping areas in Sequoia NF was closed indefinitely last year for similar reasons. Do you know of others? ktvl.com/news/local/us-forest-service-sign-alarms-camper-dealing-wit...  more
    • MaritimersChasingTheSun and 2 others like this.
    • Boondockers Welcome
      Jim O'Briant April 12 For years, Overnight RV Parking was allowed at the Bastendorff Beach Jetty Parking Lot near Charleston, OR, which is a BLM location. But as of May 1, 2018, an RVer reported to a major overnight RV parking resource website that BLM had banned overnight RV ...  more
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      Randy & Susan April 12 More of the same people making our major cities such dumps are moving into rv's. Thanks to those doing clean-up.
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      Richard Greene April 12 Some folks will foul their own nests rather than take moment pick up and remove their own filth.  Such a shame.  Thanks to those who helped pick up.
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      Robbie & Alice April 12 Found this in Coconino National Forest in 2017.
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      DK4Nature April 12 Do these people have a conscience?
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        Robbie & Alice April 12 No, they do not have an conscience, and I wonder why they need to go to these peaceful liter free areas.  We are almost full time boondockers and find this disgrace everywhere.  Our public lands are going to be shut down to dispersed camping if ...  more
  • Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri
    Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri :
    April 9I've seen several hosts on BW who display a yard sign with the BW logo and tagline. Does anyone have a source for these signs? I checked the BW website and didn't find anything there.
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    • Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri
      Boondockers Welcome April 9 We don't have a store set up (yet) but when we do, a simple yard sign is definitely one of the items we'll make available. The problem we're having is finding a supplier who will ship direct and not have it cost an arm and leg plus shipping. So far, we're...  more
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      • Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri
        Mark and Carrie April 9 Vista Print !!
      • Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri
        Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) April 11 BW - Check with Curtis and find out who RVillage is using for their store items.  My understanding is the company prints everything on demand and ships it direct, so no warehousing of inventory and you never have to handle the product.

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      • Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri
        unmee (The Silver Haired Gentleman) April 12 I just bought a sign through ENTZ
    • Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri
      Irvin & Nancy just outside of normal April 9 Had mine custom painted by a talented BW guest who is a artist.
    • Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri
      Boondockers Welcome April 12 We know it needs to be printed on demand and shipped direct. We've already looked at a few options (including Vista Print) and thanks for the idea to check who RVillage is using. Maybe we're out of touch but I'm disappointed to see how much the cost for s...  more
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    • Lollar’s Roost: Bill & Sheri
      Dan (dadesigns4u) Wed at 6:52 PM Here's mine :-) --  It helps to own a sign shop.
  • Richard Greene
    Richard Greene :
    April 9Is there a book that lists places and descriptions of such places that accept boondockers. Any recommendations ?
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    • Richard Greene
      Jim O'Briant April 9 Any book that attempts to do this (and there have been a number of them) is out of date before it leaves the print shop. Things change so often and so fast -- particularly with regard to which businesses will allow "blacktop boondocking" -- that only a we...  more
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      • Richard Greene
        Richard Greene April 9 That makes sense.  Thanks.
      • Richard Greene
        OldMan April 9 Or a smartphone app.
      • Richard Greene
        Jim O'Briant April 9 And the major smartphone apps also have websites, where the data is stored, and from which the app captures it.
    • Richard Greene
      Maggie Deigh April 9 I can personally recommend Karrer Park in McCook Nebraska. It's a 3 day/night limit but there are electric hookups and a dump station for the blackwater, and water spigots. At the right times of year the bathroom is open and I'm told they have showers in ...  more
    • Richard Greene
      LarandSus April 9 Just so you know, this group is specific to Boondockers Welcome which is a paid membership program. There are other RVillage groups that are for general boondocking discussions.
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      • Richard Greene
        Maggie Deigh April 9 I did not know that. Very sorry.
      • Richard Greene
        LarandSus April 9 Maggie, this was not a response to your comment and there is no need to apologize. But to be sure posts are in the most appropriate place to get the best responses, the mission description is at the top of each group.
    • Richard Greene
      Mark and Carrie April 9 At the rally I heard the term “Mooch-docking”. It’s like couch surfing with an RV! 😁
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    • Richard Greene
      MaritimersChasingTheSun April 11 Yup, mooch-docking or driveway-surfing, when you park in a friend or family member's yard 😁