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. We have enjoyed our membership and always recommend it to folks as they start thinking about RV boondocking.
So, what is Boondockers Welcome and why should you join? Keep reading to find out.
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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.
Now let’s talk about why you should join!
Membership is Inexpensive:
A yearly membership for Boondockers Welcome guests and hosts is only $30. BUT HURRY! Rates go up by $20 starting November 15, 2019!! Find out more about why this is happening on how you can lock in your pricing today!! Click here.
There are no additional fees, you don’t have to pay your hosts for your stay. However, if you find yourself staying with someone offering water and electricity, it is courteous to offer to pay a nominal fee for your water and electrical use. Some hosts will ask for an extra $5-$10 for electricity, but you will know this ahead of time and decide on another host or just go and not use the electricity.
There are very few, if any, yearly memberships that are so inexpensive and that have no additional fees. This is really great opportunity for anyone that is RVing on a budget.
Depending on your RV lifestyle, you may be able to RV full time and pay only $30 per year for your RV site!!
Boondockers Welcome is a safe way to Boondock
If you are new to boondocking, this is a fantastic way to get started.
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.).
With Boondockers Welcome, you don’t have to worry about staying in parking lots. I’m not saying Walmart isn’t a safe place to overnight, but staying at someone’s house or on their land, someone you have chatted with and feel comfortable with always feels safer.
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 we love this membership.
We have made friends in Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Maine.
Boondockers Welcome simply gives you a safe place to park with welcoming folks.
In our experience, Boondockers Welcome Hosts have always offered us many wonderful experiences:
- We were greeted by friendly 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
- Taken to local attractions and treated to dinner
It reminded us of the good that is out there and proved that the RV community is warm and welcoming.
It’s wonderful to feel such camaraderie and love when you are so far from home.
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 Boondockers Welcome parking spots are owned by individuals and not campgrounds, each host provides something 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. You have many opportunities to communicate with your host before you show up. This way you know your hosts, their expectations, and they know you and your expectations. During this communication, both you and your host can make sure it’s a good fit for everyone’s needs.
Along with all the awesome things I have already mentioned, there are some bonuses you get as members!!
You can get discounts for the following:
- RVillage Rallies
- RV Boondocking e-book
- Harvest Host Membership
- RV Trader
- RV Mobile Internet Aficionados
- Fulltime Families Membership
- RV Health
So are you ready to join?
Boondockers Welcome is inexpensive, safe, and a great way to meet new RVers. Remember, if you sign up now, you can lock-in the $30/year rate. Rates go up November 15th!
I have nothing but positive things to say about Boondockers Welcome.
One day, when we have land again, we will be honored to provide a place for RVers to stay. Until then, we will collect memories and friends visiting hosts across the country!
Are you interested in other ways that we have to 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!