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Boondockers Welcome (3,768 members)

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  • Boondockers Welcome
    Boondockers Welcome:
    Fri at 8:27 AMHi Boondockers Welcome Fans! We know most of you are BW members, but if you are not, now is the time to join! On November 15th, our prices will increase. However, if you join today you can join for just $30 a year for life. You can view more info and sign...  more
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      PeterRenee Fri at 8:49 AM Could someone please clue us in on what the benefits are to joining.  We just purchased our RV.  One trip only so far.  Thanks
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        Boondockers Welcome Fri at 8:57 AM Hi PeterRenee, of course! You can find all of the information about becoming a guest here -  https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/become-a-guest/ Essentially, for $30/year (USD) you get access to all of our 2,000 hosts from all over the world. Y...  more
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      Born free Fri at 11:05 AM What is the difference between BW and harvest host ???
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      • Boondockers Welcome
        LarandSus Fri at 12:40 PM BW is staying with people who are typically other RVrs and have extra space at home and optionally at golf courses.
        HH is staying at businesses like farms, wineries, museums...
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      Born free Fri at 2:30 PM Thank you
  • VintageWanderer
    VintageWanderer:
    Fri at 6:10 AMJust added my location to Host list on Boondockers Welcome!!
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    • Packratphyls and 10 others like this.
    • VintageWanderer
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors Fri at 6:34 AM Great
    • VintageWanderer
      Bluecat-NOLA Fri at 7:20 AM I will add you to my favorites at BW.
    • VintageWanderer
      Patte M 9 hours ago That is great.  I read your profile and I bet you can do some awesome leatherwork. I would love to see some of your work when you can post. Welcome to the Village.
  • Packratphyls
    Packratphyls :
    Thu at 6:10 AMPackratphyls wants to thank all our Boondockers and Harvest Hosts and RVillage guests for a wonderful summer in Maine! We are on our way to Florida( amidst a few engine problems). It was an awesome summer!
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    • Brad Marianne Wills and 8 others like this.
    • Packratphyls
      Brad Marianne Wills Thu at 6:31 AM Just jealous!! Lol Brad
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      Packratphyls Thu at 6:57 AM Thanks
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      Rob and Kim Witt Thu at 9:55 AM What part of FL are you coming to? We are in Orlando.
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        Packratphyls Fri at 5:50 AM We are going to Christmas resort campground in Christmas, Fl. Not that far from Orlando and then our house is in Port St Lucie
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      Queen Flamingo Thu at 6:12 PM Did you like Harvest Host? I have a van. Will they let me use their program?
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        Brad Marianne Wills Thu at 11:55 PM I like H/H I haven’t figured out how it works completely yet. I don’t see why not?? Brad
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        Packratphyls Fri at 5:52 AM I love Harvest Hosts. Several of my friends have used HH and they have vans. Self contained is what is required. I am a Harvest Host. Host in Maine .I let vans come in.
  • Mike and Donna Wagner
    Mike and Donna Wagner :
    Tue at 8:14 PMWe have enjoyed hosting our first four couples this summer - and it has definitely been a great experience. Our most recent guests are a wonderful family from France. How else would we get to become friends with a French family without traveling to France...  more
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    • Elaina and Shane and 21 others like this.
    • Mike and Donna Wagner
      LauraandMark Wed at 8:03 AM How wonderful!! It’s for similar reasons that we have been involved with exchange students for many years. We have hosted students from so many countries, and sometimes get to know their families, too. We are also local coordinators so we su...  more
    • Mike and Donna Wagner
      Patte M Thu at 7:03 PM Just love the red hair and freckles!  Looks a lot like my granddaughter!
  • LarandSus
    LarandSus :
    October 13I understand that BW sites are intended to be non-hookup sites. However, the first two rules that we are now supposed to agree to seem to be contradictory and could put pets in danger.

    "1. I agree to offer to compensate hosts (following these guidelines...  more
    • John & Sandy C and 1 other like this.
    • LarandSus
      dennis/becky tuchalski Mon at 8:01 AM We are a BW host and gladly provide electric and water. The idea of BW is to provide boondocking sites for basically free. It is up to the host if they wish/can provide anything else. As such, it is polite to ask to give a token. We rarely ask for anythin...  more
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      • LarandSus
        Perry & Ginny Welch Wed at 12:23 PM We agree with dennis/becky except that we never ask for for any thing- we love to have guests and always offer to serve dinner the night of their arrival(one nite or 1 week) and we have met 64  guest so far and all  have wonderful!. Wgy not just...  more
    • LarandSus
      Boondockers Welcome Mon at 8:28 AM LarandSus   -  Although we didn't anticipate it when we started the service, it turns out that a lot of our hosts do offer electric hookups. Thus the reason for hookups being discussed in our courtesy contract.

      If you have pets and the weather is such that they would be unsafe in the rig without A/C, then obviously you need to make arrangements. That may be choosing a campground over a Boondocker host so you can be sure to have power, running your generator instead of using the host's electricity if they allow that, taking your pet with you if you're leaving the rig for a long stretch, or having a conversation with your host about whether they'd be okay with you running the AC while away, and discussing in advance what costs will be incurred and that you'll compensate the host for it.


      At the end of the day, we're not trying to create rules that make life impossible or exceedingly difficult for any of our guests or hosts. We just want to make sure that our guests are always mindful of how the choices they're making might affect their hosts, who are not making money off of the stay. We never want hosts to be out of pocket for extensive electric usage, or left wondering if a guest who runs their AC constantly for 3 days will leave at the end of their stay leaving nothing but a "thank you".
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      • LarandSus
        LarandSus Mon at 9:52 AM I get all of that and realize that there are those who take advantage. We have in fact compensated a BW host who had hookups even though we didn't use AC. They donated the money to their favorite cause because that's how generous they are. It's the ...  more
    • LarandSus
      Cheryl & Ken Mon at 9:05 AM As a host, I too, was surprised at the A/C comment as it seemed restrictive and not considering that some would be running their own generator to support the A/C.  Maybe rewording the rule to say We agree to shut it off OR have verbal confirmation fr...  more
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      • LarandSus
        LarandSus Mon at 9:55 AM That I can agree to. Or even switching the order of rules 1 and 2 with an "or" in between. The host profile can add any restrictions that they have so everyone knows up front.
    • LarandSus
      Boondockers Welcome Mon at 3:12 PM @LarandSus Thank you for your feedback, it is always appreciated. We will look at the wording and consider making it clearer. Boondockers Welcome was set up for only boondocking (dry camping with no hook-ups) but as our hosts started offering amenities we...  more
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    • LarandSus
      dennis/becky tuchalski Mon at 4:29 PM We generally like to be a good host. If we can provided a needed service, we do. If the guest wishes to repay in some way, great. We had one guest who did some work on our rig, at his offer, which I felt more than covered any expenses of electricity. Anot...  more
  • Kyrila
    Kyrila:
    October 13Boondockers might be getting busier in the future. It seems the government is wanting to privatize the National Parks. I don't know what that will mean for us who have lifetime memberships to camp at the parks for free for 30 days at a time.
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    • Kyrila
      Carl and Brenda Mon at 7:40 AM I read an article on Woodall’s page about this. Part of the proposal is to not allow use of the Access Pass during high usage months/parks. That will be sad but we avoid the super busy summers anyway.
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      • Kyrila
        LarandSus Mon at 12:10 PM Completely avoiding parks during high usage would be difficult for seniors. Not too many of us want to risk driving in places like Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains or the Dakotas in winter.
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      hammer55 Mark & Annette Mon at 8:11 AM still waiting on the camping for thirty days free info, never heard of that at a NP
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      • Kyrila
        LarandSus Mon at 12:10 PM Bottom line, the comment about free camping was incorrect.
    • Kyrila
      Kyrila Mon at 10:31 AM Other people already answered your question.  You have to be 65 or older to qualify for the lifetime membership Senior pass.  I was able to get it before the price went up to $80.  Speak to a clerk at any National Parks office for more information.
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      • Kyrila
        MstrBill. & Nancy Tue at 5:25 AM Thank you. I have also heard (true or not) that if your doctor will state in writing that you have a disability (if true) that you are entitled to a pass.
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      Kyrila Tue at 7:52 AM I don't know about that.  Nobody mentioned it to me at the park office and I'm obviously disabled.  I walk with a Rollator.
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      hammer55 Mark & Annette Wed at 7:03 AM I'm disabled and got my pass for free,
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      • Kyrila
        Kyrila Wed at 8:30 AM Mine was only $10 so it's no skin off my nose that I had to pay.
  • Pierre Cossette
    Pierre Cossette:
    October 12I'd rather prefer blue sea of south Florida but your spot is awesome ...
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      Bunny Moore October 13 Florida is 1 of my spots to check out soon
    • Pierre Cossette
      Kyrila October 13 I'm currently in South Florida, trying to find a permanent roommate to take over my share of the lease so I can hit the road.  I have lived in South Florida most of my life, and it's great in the winter.  I love the beach but rarely get to go th...  more
  • Kate & Dave
    Kate & Dave :
    October 12Here we are, just south of Albuquerque
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    • Kate & Dave
      LarandSus October 12 You both look relaxed and comfy.
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      Rickanddoretta Wheeler October 12 Nice
    • Kate & Dave
      Mike and Donna Wagner October 12 So you're staying with a Boondockers Welcome host? It looks pretty remote. ~Donna
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      • Kate & Dave
        MyDestiny October 13 I love to be in remote places - so peaceful - and what a view!! 
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        Robbie & Alice October 13 Donna, I think the posts on "Boondockers Welcome" usually doesn't apply to the intention of the group mission statement.
    • Kate & Dave
      Mike and Donna Wagner October 13 That’s right - often newer members don’t read the group mission statement of a group before posting in it. There are several other groups about boondocking that are not intended to be for the BW website, like this group is. ~Donna
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  • Bruce Pfender
    Bruce Pfender:
    October 11Pardon my ignorance but being new to RV life I must ask. How do you locate a boondocking site? Do you look for a typical campground or any public land?
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    • Bruce Pfender
      Bunny Moore October 11 I'm new to this too. That's a good question. Looks like your getting a lot of good advice on it. Looks like we'll about learn soon.
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      Michael Marana October 11 Try freecamp.net
    • Bruce Pfender
      Michael Marana October 11 Sorry it is freecampsite.net
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      • Bruce Pfender
        Mike and Donna Wagner October 11 Here's a little handy tip - you can edit your post - click on the little down pointed triangle in the upper right corner of any post or comment that you make and several choices appear. ~Donna
    • Bruce Pfender
      Joan Hazelgrove October 11 Bruce, the app FreeCampsites.net will show you free camp sites and low cost sites. Also, it depends on what part of the country you are in. The west has tons of land that is open but the east not so much. You can search BLM land (bureau of land management...  more
    • Bruce Pfender
      Queen Flamingo October 11 There is a website called free camping. I have just discovered caravans. You go to Meet up.com/caravans. These people are with Homes on Wheels Alliance. Good people. There are groups of campers that move from one free site to another every 24 days.
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  • Travelin'Om
    Travelin'Om:
    October 11I just left Hyde Memorial SP. Lovely! No ATT service, which is typical of these canyons.
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      ThatCrazyGrandma October 11 Gorgeous photo and scene!
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      Andy101 October 11 Santa Fe N.M.