Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.
I read one of your Ask BoondockBob columns recently where you said some parks and campgrounds allow staying for one night even when there are no campsites available. Where do they put these people and how do we find such campgrounds? —Jerry
It’s not going to be easy, since every park is different and no one policy fits all. It depends primarily on the ranger, park manager or campground manager. Sometimes these officials find it just another headache to deal with, and they are often right.
Campers, when this option is available, often complain that they shouldn’t have to pay the campground fee (or at least should only have to pay a reduced fee), try to run a long electric cable to the nearest electrical hookup, and don’t leave when they are required to.
But if you find a park manager or ranger that is willing, they would also have to have a day use area with parking to accommodate RVs, be willing to explain the rules, as well as explain why you will not likely be able to park at individual picnic sites with a table. Most will require that you not set up camp until after most day use people have left, and also leave early in the morning – by 8:00 or 9:00 – unless you are waiting for a campsite to open up. Usually, though, you will be at the head of the line before they allow new people in if you are waiting for a site.
And remember this: They are busy people and don’t have to let you stay in the day use or parking area if they don’t want to and you are a potential problem, so you should be polite and on your best behavior if you want a space. It wouldn’t even hurt if you offered to pick up trash around the campground as the price of a spot.
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