- Use an established road and site. It's not a good idea to just start driving through the forest in search of the perfect spot. Not only will you be causing damage to the land and vegetation, but you won't know the stability of the land and its ability to hold the weight of your vehicle and your RV.
- Make sure you find a proper dump site for both your gray and black water tanks. Dumping in the woods or in a field is not only rude but it can cause damage to the surrounding plants, animals, and water source. If that's not enough to keep you from emptying your tanks out there, getting fined may be! If caught while emptying your tanks illegally, you'll pay a hefty fine for it! Instead, plan ahead by locating a nearby dump station where you can empty your tanks safely and legally. Visit Sanidumps.com or download their app to find the nearest site to you. For 10 more RVing apps to make life easier on the road, read this.
- Be sure to clean up after yourself. Pick up your trash and don't leave anything behind. Remember, you are not camping in an established campground where park rangers maintain it. Be respectful of nature as well as the next camper who will use the site.
- If there are people camping near you, be polite. Consider your noise level, pets, and proximity. Don't park too close to another camper. You're all boondocking because you want to escape the busyness of RV parks and enjoy a peaceful location, so give everyone else the space they are looking for in the great outdoors. If you have pets, make sure to keep them at your site. Don't let them run off and potentially end up at your neighbor's campsite. Also, always clean up after them, even in the wilderness. Abide by quiet hours that most campgrounds have, which is 10PM-7AM. Nobody likes having to listen to their neighbor's music or conversations.
- Check the limit on camping in the area you are in and abide by it. In general, boondocking is limited to 14 days unless you have a special permit. Remember that there are others who would like to get out there and enjoy these free spots as well, so share the land.
With boondocking (and dry camping), your camping possibilities are endless! Truck stops, casino parking lots, sport complex parking lots, and other areas offer quick and easy dry camping when needed. Escape the busy RV parks and crowds and try boondocking for a quiet, peaceful camping experience. Do you go boondocking or dry camping? Tell us where in the comments!