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Old 06-15-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
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Where can you Boondock?

I'm new to trailer camping so boondocking is new to me. Cost of actual camping spots around me is expensive so I am wanting to cut my costs and camp for free but where do I find a place to boondock?

I'm pretty sure most of the forests around me are state parks that charge for camping spots, are all state parks like this or do you basically just have to find a forest or lake in the middle of nowhere and set up camp in the woods? Provided obviously there's a road to get the camper down there.
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Old 06-15-2016, 01:19 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if you have to register, but RV.net has a subforum on boon docking.


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Old 06-15-2016, 02:06 PM   #4
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I know I've looked at freecampsites but the other one I haven't. Freecampsites.net gives me maybe 10 or less sites in all of Ohio, I was thinking there'd be more but I guess it is what it is
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I know I've looked at freecampsites but the other one I haven't. Freecampsites.net gives me maybe 10 or less sites in all of Ohio, I was thinking there'd be more but I guess it is what it is
The further west you go, the more opportunities you will find. Lots of National Forest and BLM land west if the Rockies. Visit Utah and Arizona if you can. In jut Moab, Utah and the surrounding area (150 miles) I could spend the rest of my life boondocking and never run out of new places to visit.
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Some call free camping boondocking. Others call limited facilities (i.e.no hook ups) boondocking. Most state parks in the northeast fall under the second definition. Because of the heat, the further south you go, the more likely you are to find electric sites. Most NPS and NFS campgrounds meet the no hook definition. Many national forests allow dispersed camping which really fits both definitions. And then there's Walmart.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:21 PM   #7
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In the future I definitely plan on going out west, hopefully by then I will have a solar panel setup.

I guess depending on the definition we did go boondock over the weekend to a local state park. It was $30 no hookups or $32 with electric, we opted for no hookups as I don't have an extension cord yet.

We drove through the park picking out spot and first we drove through the sites with hookups and it was filled with big rv's, no views and a bunch of empty rv's that just sit there until someone comes for the weekend. Then we drove out on the peninsula and there were 3 campers setup through this area which was a very nice area so we picked a spot right on the lake. The next morning we are looking over the paper work and it says it's a tent only site, lol. Obviously they didn't care because no one said anything but it seems like they are trying to keep all the nice sites at that park for tents.
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If you are in Ohio be sure to check to see if you qualify for a "Golden Buckeye Card". That will give you discounts at the state parks.
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In the future I definitely plan on going out west, hopefully by then I will have a solar panel setup.

I guess depending on the definition we did go boondock over the weekend to a local state park. It was $30 no hookups or $32 with electric, we opted for no hookups as I don't have an extension cord yet.

We drove through the park picking out spot and first we drove through the sites with hookups and it was filled with big rv's, no views and a bunch of empty rv's that just sit there until someone comes for the weekend. Then we drove out on the peninsula and there were 3 campers setup through this area which was a very nice area so we picked a spot right on the lake. The next morning we are looking over the paper work and it says it's a tent only site, lol. Obviously they didn't care because no one said anything but it seems like they are trying to keep all the nice sites at that park for tents.
Tent camping sites are not always for tents only. Those sites do not have utilities and generally are of limited length. However some of the tent sites do permit vans, little motorhomes and small trailers if they are under a certain length. I just camped in a spot like that in Oregon, we just needed to be less than 31' overall for that particular "tent site". So sometimes a site that says tent site is only for tents because it is does not have a parking spot for car or the length of the parking area is not suitable for anything larger than a car and other times they do allow small trailers and a small car into them. Basically it is on a case by case situation and hopefully the website for the campground or the literature at the entrance will tell you what is what.
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If you are in Ohio be sure to check to see if you qualify for a "Golden Buckeye Card". That will give you discounts at the state parks.
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.
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Tent camping sites are not always for tents only. Those sites do not have utilities and generally are of limited length. However some of the tent sites do permit vans, little motorhomes and small trailers if they are under a certain length. I just camped in a spot like that in Oregon, we just needed to be less than 31' overall for that particular "tent site". So sometimes a site that says tent site is only for tents because it is does not have a parking spot suitable for anything larger than a car and other times they do allow small trailers and a small car into them.
Ok good to know, I have to slowly familiarize myself with these kinds of things.
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Camping is allowed anyplace in national forests unless specifically posted against it. At least that's unless things have changed.


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It's tough in the east. Your options are Walmart or nice landowners, pretty much.

https://www.boondockerswelcome.com

The west is a whole different deal.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:25 PM   #14
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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?
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