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Old 06-18-2016, 01:44 PM   #15
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We have traveled all over the country and have averaged about $8 per night for lodging with our Scamp.
We don't really Boondock per se but we nearly always stay at free places while in transit. These include WalMart, truck stops, rest areas, Crackerbarrel, etc. That brings the average way down when paying to stay when we arrive at our destination.
For those over 62 there is the Senior Pass for Federal facilities and many states offer big discounts for residents who are seniors, disabled, or some even offer yearly passes which could result in a nice discount for all residents.
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"Camping is allowed anyplace in national forests unless specifically posted against it. At least that's unless things have changed."

I think that's still true. I have only seen "no camping" signs at day-use areas. That gives you millions of acres of public land to enjoy.

However, the National Park Service is a much different animal.

The Jenny Lake campground in Grand Teton is "tents only". Since I was traveling in a VW pop-up at that time, I asked at the visitors center if the bus might qualify as a single vehicle with a tent on top . Nope. No expandables allowed. As it turned out, that campground was full anyway, and I found a nice campground with privacy just down the road.

So, what's the point? National Parks are incredibly popular and rules must be followed, for better or worse. The National Forests are more "self-service", in some ways. Just be responsible. Police yourself. Have fun. If your needs are simple, the camping opportunities are nearly unlimited.

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I don't qualify but my parents have one. I'm not sure though if I would be able to use their card or not.
No you cannot use it unless your parents are camping with you. It provides discounts only to those who qualify.
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:54 PM   #19
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I think this is a good thread . . . especially for full time rving

Maybe boondockers could give examples of some specific places? I'm not very keen on camping at Walmart . . . what's the point?

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Maybe boondockers could give examples of some specific places? I'm not very keen on camping at Walmart . . . what's the point?

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I think the point is that camping at a Walmart (and many other parking lots) is safe, legal, and a place to rest overnight when you're going from point A (home) to point B (insert favorite camping spot here). In many parts of the continent, hopping from one campground to the next isn't easy.

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I think the point is that camping at a Walmart (and many other parking lots) is safe, legal, and a place to rest overnight when you're going from point A (home) to point B (insert favorite camping spot here). In many parts of the continent, hopping from one campground to the next isn't easy.

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I have chemical sensitivities and a few health issues, so fumes etc. might not be so good for me, but I think I could do it once in awhile.

Also, not sure where dogs would go to the bathroom in a Walmart lot!

What about hopping from one Natl Forest to the next?

Some Natl Recreational areas also allow boondocking.

Also would love some specific examples of good places throughout the country.

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Old 06-18-2016, 04:34 PM   #22
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Maybe boondockers could give examples of some specific places? I'm not very keen on camping at Walmart . . . what's the point?

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It's because you are not camping, in that sense of the word. These types of parking lot places are for overnight respite and are used to go between other places as Gordon mentioned.
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Also, not sure where dogs would go to the bathroom in a Walmart lot!


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That's one reason we've never stayed at a Walmart or a Cracker Barrel, or a truck stop. We like being in a campground where we can go for a walk with the dog, take a shower, meet people, etc. A parking lot doesn't really do it for us. Most places we stay are $20 or less. There are many apps, Allstays is one that comes to mind, that identify local town or county campgrounds that can be quite reasonable. While state parks are getting pricey, NFS and Army Corp campground can be a bargain aswell. Raz
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"What about hopping from one Natl Forest to the next?"

Maybe you could, Margaret. Take a look at this map:
National Forest Locator Map

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Wal-mart boondocking

We have been on the road for 3 weeks now, traveling from Michigan to Vancouver, BC. Over half the nights were spent in Wal-mart parking lots. Of course you don't want to do it every night. But this makes it possible for us to be gone so long. National Park, National Forest and 1 private campground along with friends and relatives made it all possible and we're not done yet. 15 days to go. I just read on this about the Cracker Barrels. Hooray! Another choice. We don't stop until evening. We can go into Wal-mart, get a $5.00 deli chicken and have a hot meal with a cold beer before crashing. We feel very lucky to be having this adventure!
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"What about hopping from one Natl Forest to the next?"

Maybe you could, Margaret. Take a look at this map:
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A lot of the times SP and NF are way off the beaten pass, which makes it harder, more time to get from point A to B. The big box stores are mostly on your way, right off your route. carl
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A lot of the times SP and NF are way off the beaten pass, which makes it harder, more time to get from point A to B. The big box stores are mostly on your way, right off your route. carl
It might be worth it; I don't know, having never done it (at least yet).

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Unfortunately all the free campsites are all about 2hrs+ from me so it doesn't make sense to drive that far and use more gas to get a free site. When we go out west in the future I'll hope we have more luck.

We were also planning to go out east to the New England states, is free camping just as scarce out there? There is so much unused land around here that it makes me wonder, unless more people willing to pay for sites around here?
here is a video about some free camping opportunities in Ohio
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