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Old 02-09-2019, 04:59 PM   #15
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...but I'm sure glad I don't live in the same scary world as you. Sounds pretty stressful...
Perhaps some people do, but I do not live in any kind of fear of the world or of my fellow man, although I have experienced a couple of scary experiences with dangerous people. Being reasonably cautious is not the same as being fearful.

Having said that, I believe in evaluating risk and potential rewards. I enjoy meeting like-minded people, and although a person could go a lifetime using Boondockerswelcome.com and never have the slightest issue, I am not a particularly gregarious person, and the benefits of the Boondockerswelcome.com system versus the potential risk of one unpleasant experience aren't worth it for me.

It wasn't my aim to criticize or judge anyone who chooses to use Boondockerswelcome.com. Just go in with both eyes open. To each their own.

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Old 02-10-2019, 06:13 AM   #16
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It wasn't my aim to criticize or judge anyone who chooses to use Boondockerswelcome.com. Just go in with both eyes open. To each their own.

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I think keeping both eyes open is a great idea, if pulling into a Hosts site, things just don't feel right, just leave! No cost to you.
Not like some Reserve sites where it will cost more to cancel a reservation then it originally cost for the site.
I've joined as a host and am hopping to have nothing but good experience and I think if you use the system as directed, weather hosting or using the service by scanning the people, you can choose where and who you want to stay with, Read the reviews of other campers who used the Boondocking camp-site and the hosts bio, your planning to stay will give you a good idea of what to expect.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:01 AM   #17
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Many only allow short visits. In the case of the one I stayed at, the limit was one night. So its not a replacement for snowbirds, its more of a passing through the area or waiting for your campsite to be available.
Yes, agree. But what I was saying is that even if restricted to one night, given availability of winter accommodations in Florida, I would be inundated with “guests.” So my setup is more for the “moochdocking” type. I use that term affectionately. These are people who are close friends or people I have met and spent time with at rallies. I only once offered to host a stranger and that was when the husband of a woman had a serious medical condition requiring hospitalization and the gentleman was not expected to survive. They could not find open campsites and had to leave the ones they were in. My offer was a result off a posting on this forum requesting assistance in locating a place to stay by a relative traveling with her (there were two camping units involved and I have the space to handle that). Anyway, if I got a request from someone who frequently posts on this or the Escape forum or someone whom I have met, even in passing, I would likely accommodate them. For example, I have never met Gerry. I have read many of his posts and I know he hosts a rally in NH. I likely would accommodate him if he couldn’t find a place to camp (sorry for using you as an example, Gerry). But I’m not going to accommodate any Joe Blow of whom I know nothing about their character. As stated by others here, liability is a huge issue.
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I get it. Some of the posts were pretty strongly worded is all. But I can't discount life experience. I think most people in densely populated states are rightfully more cautious.

When I was traveling I met a guy in Bend who regularly allows couch surfers, and takes advantage of it himself when he travels. When he camps, he says hi to his neighbors, makes friends all over and therefore has places to stay all over the world with friends he's made. He approached me when I pulled into town, and let me park my camper in his driveway. He lived right downtown, with a backyard on the Deschutes river. We ended up hanging out for two weeks, and I had a great location to explore Bend from.

Then take me...when I camp, I get as far away from people as possible. Not that I'm suspicious, it's just that I'm getting out there to get away. And no, I wouldn't invite a stranger to sleep on my couch. But like Carl, it doesn't take much of an "introduction" for me to open up. I've met up with people who contacted me through this site, who were traveling through MT and wanted to check out the Bigfoot.

So I get it, but I'm not going to stress about every little "what if". Boondockers Welcome is a great idea and a great resource for those willing to use it.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:31 PM   #19
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[QUOTE=thrifty bill;731231]Got a chance to try this out a couple of weeks ago. It costs $30 to join, $15 if you offer a spot to boondock. Basic idea is to have a network of individuals providing free boon docking.

We were in the Tampa, FL area, it was a weekend night. Most campgrounds are full, KOA had a site for $112 for one night. No thanks!

We parked in someone's driveway. They provided water and 15AMP electrical. As you can see, we parked in their driveway.

From here, we headed to Cedar Key where we got a nice campsite in the county park there.


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Sounds like a nice idea full of garbage. Not everyone is as nice as you most likely. If someone shows up in a trashy unit and then won't leave you are in trouble. If they get hurt or say they got hurt you are open for a lawsuit. Drug and alcohol use is rampant in this country and you could end up with one of the abusers on your property. I think $15 for a campsite in a county park, fairgrounds or use Passport America's 1/2 price sites is a much better option. I let my friends stay on my property but not strangers.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:16 AM   #20
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Trouble campers can be anywhere.
A few years my nephew and his 12 year old son was having a "dad and son" camping weekend in a State Park, in a tent.
A big motor home pulled into site next to them on the first night and drinking and swearing was rampant but when the fellow went into the motor home to watch porn on a huge TV,,, with the shades and windows open,,,, that was it!
My nephew packed his tent and child up and was out of there.

With Boondockers ou can go and see a small bio on who will be using your site and I plan to have a "Liability Waiver" that every guest will sign before they even back into the spot.
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With Boondockers ou can go and see a small bio on who will be using your site and I plan to have a "Liability Waiver" that every guest will sign before they even back into the spot.
A liability waiver is what I call a “feel good document.” Please be aware that in many states a liability waiver isn’t worth the paper it is written on. I would strongly urge you contact an attorney and get his/her input based on the laws in effect where you live. Years back, when I was involved in the Harley Owner’s Group (HOG), we had participants in any chapter sponsored event sign a liability waiver even though we knew it would not stand up in court given certain circumstances. And any attorney (I won’t use the term “good”) will try to prove you did not take the proper precautions to avoid a condition that contributed to an “injury.” An honest person will accept responsibility if they incur an injury on your property that is a result of their own stupidity, a sleazy person will run to the closest ambulance chasing lawyer. Two key words: litigious society!
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:59 PM   #22
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Hi Folks, My 2 cents...
I have used "boondockers welcome" over the past few years including a recent trip south over Christmas and have had nothing but great experiences. We have met some interesting and lovely people that have become friends. We have never had a bad experience and I would recommend this to anyone.
Happy travels, Jorge.
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Hi Folks, My 2 cents...
I have used "boondockers welcome" over the past few years including a recent trip south over Christmas and have had nothing but great experiences. We have met some interesting and lovely people that have become friends. We have never had a bad experience and I would recommend this to anyone.
Happy travels, Jorge.

I think using a persons property would be much safer than being the one offering the property. If you get someplace and don't like it you can leave. If you let someone come and stay and they cause a problem you aren't in a great position. Most likely 99% of the places to stay and people that come to stay are wonderful. It's always the 1% that messes things up for everyone. Sounds like a fun way to meet people and save money by staying at others places.
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