We are always looking for ways to RV frugally and uniquely. We stay in RV parks, but sometimes we want to get away from it all and have a different kind of experience. Boondockers Welcome is one of the best ways to accomplish this. Over the past 5 months, we have been using the membership and enjoying it’s benefits. So, what is it and why should you join? Keep reading to find out.

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updated December 2017

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A little background

Marianne Edwards and her husband boondocked a lot and they would meet other RVers during their travels.

They found themselves inviting these RVers to stay on their property…and those same RVers would then invite Marianne and her husband to also stay with them.

After years of this, Marianne and her daughter Anna created Boondockers Welcome in the hopes of creating a network and community of like-minded RVers. It would be a place where RVers could meet, exchange information, and provide one another a place to stay.

So why should you join Boondockers Welcome?

Membership is Inexpensive:

A yearly membership for Boondockers Welcome guests and hosts, is $30.

There are no additional fees, you don’t have to pay your hosts for your stay.

There are very few, if any, yearly memberships that are so inexpensive and that have no additional fees.

This is really a great thing for anyone that is RVing on a budget.

Depending on where you are going, you may be able to RV full time and pay only $30 per year for your RV site!!

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Boondockers Welcome is a safe way to Boondock

If you are new to boondocking, this is a fantastic way to start.

You are staying on your host’s private property. If you run into any emergencies, you have nearby help.

Hosts with Boondockers Welcome are locals, they know the area and they can help you find recommended places to visit and where to get any needed items (groceries, fuel, doctors, etc.).

It’s a great way to make new friends

We use Boondockers Welcome whenever we can for the reasons we have already mentioned, but being able to get to know other RVers and to make new friends is yet another reason with love this membership.

We have made friends in Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Maine.

Boondockers Welcome simply gives you a place to park.

However, on our various stays, we were greeted by horses in the morning, invited to local events and hiking trails on 60 acres, given kayaks to use during our stay, provided with hookups and babysitting, and taken to local attractions and treated to dinner – all things we didn’t expect!

It reminded us of the good that is out there.

People are amazing, and the RV community is filled with warm and kind people.

It’s wonderful to feel such camaraderie and love when you are so far from home.


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A few of the beautiful memories we made and shared with our hosts.

Sometimes you get extras

For the most part, Boondockers Welcome is dry camping – camping without water, sewer, or electricity.

Sometimes though, the hosts provide some hookups.

Since these are individuals providing a place for RVers to stay, they are all different. Some can only accommodate very small units on the street, while others can have 40 ft motorhomes with hookups.

The Boondockers Welcome website allows hosts the option to provide information regarding the available amenities. This way guests can decide if the accommodations will work for them.

So are you ready to join? If you are, please click on the image below.


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Final Thoughts

I have nothing but positive things to say about Boondockers Welcome.

It is cost effective, safe, and a great way to meet others in the RVing community.

One day, when we have land again, we will be honored to provide a place for RVers to stay.

Are you interested in other ways that we have save on RV sites? Check out this post: How to Save on RV Parks and Campgrounds. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and what your experience has been if you are already a member. Thank you!

I’m a blogging, YouTubing, RVing, roadschooling mama of two who is married to the fantastic Robert (the other half of Exploring the Local Life).

Jessica – who has written posts on Exploring the Local Life.

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6 thoughts on “Boondockers Welcome – 4 Reasons to Join

  1. I have a converted bus (very nice). 2005 Ford Corbeil E450, 23 feet long, self contained. I am 62 and a solo traveler most of the time. Would Boondockers Welcome hosts accept me?

    Thank you for your time,


    1. Hi Debbie, Each Boondockers Welcome host is different. Your bus sounds like it would easily fit most locations. I think you would definitely find hosts along your route. There will be some, especially those in urban areas, that may not be able to accommodate anything longer than 20 feet. Our RV is 26 ft and we found hosts from Virginia to Maine and back.

        1. Debbie, there are hosts all over the world, including the SW and West Coast. So far, we have only stayed with folks on the East Coast, but when we head out west we will definitely be looking for hosts.

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