10 Boondocking Tips for the Inexperienced Boondocker
This is our top 10 boondocking tips we recommend for the inexperienced boondocker, We used these tips on our 2600 mile journey this past Spring, on our road-trip to Georgia and back to Michigan. Not once were we asked to leave our parking spot.
Here is our list:
1: Ask permission – Just don’t assume it is legal for you t to park in any public parking lot. Ask the management of the anchor store if they would allow you to park overnight. Many times they will agree and direct you to the best area in the parking lot to park.
2: Don’t lie about why you are there – Be honest about your need to park. We were never told no, even when it was posted “no overnight camping”. We were just honest about it.
3: Never set up camp in the parking lot – We have seen campers take advantage of the kindness of store manager and their parking rules. Don’t pull out your grills and chairs as you would if you were at a campsite. It’s rude and just plain tacky.
4: Never overstay your welcome – One or two days stay at best. You don’t want to attract attention to yourself and ruin other traveler’s chances to boondock at the same location. Share the love.
5: Spend a little money – Even if it just a gallon of water or a bag of ice. Patron the store will make the manager more willing to let you stay longer. It’s also being considerate of the situation.
6: Keep it clean – Pick up your trash and clean up your surrounding. It’s very sad to see full trash bag and tons of litter surrounding the parking lots. Be a good guest and pick up after yourself. It will make management happy too.
7: Be quiet – This is not a time to have a party. Keep your noise level down, again don’t attract attention, it’s rude and you may get a visit from the police.
8: Vehicle Presentation – You don’t have to have a new camper to be overlooked while boondocking. Keep your rig clean and in good working order. It draws less suspicion.
9: Consideration parking habits – Plan your parking on the outskirts of the parking lot. Don’t park up front and take up multiple spaces. You’ll only make management and customers angry. Be considerate of the space your rig will use.
10: No major repairs while parking – Many stores have a policy that states no repairing of vehicles in parking lot. If you have major repairs in the future, plan accordingly and drive your rig where you can repair it or have it repaired without harassment.
Live by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have done to you” (Luke 6:31) and you should have no problems boondocking on your travels. You can also save money on the way too.