A Boondocking Guide specifying
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A boondocking guide of camping etiquette has to be followed by all boondockers.

Since boondocking is a privilege given to RVers, it is important to respect a "good neighbor" set of rules. If it is abused, privileges may disappear.

In urban settings, municipalities receive pressure from commercial campgrounds stating that as tax payers, councils should not allow overnight camping of RVs on streets or private parking lots since it affects their business.

Also, the misconduct of some RVers give weight to arguments from business people to forbid boondocking at their premises.

A boondocking guide stipulates some camping etiquette to follow.


1) in NATURAL or COUNTRY settings

  • carry out your trash. It shows respect for the land, the owners, and others who come to enjoy the same site after you.
  • if you see trash on the ground, pick it up! Authorities will be less likely to impose charges for littering to cover the extra expense of paying employees to clean up.
  • do not empty your holding tanks waste on the ground. Gray water and black water are high in pollutants.
  • do not collect plants or minerals.
  • do not hike outside designated trails. This is to avoid tramping plants and disturbing wildlife.
  • if using motorized equipment, make sure you leave minimal impact on the ground (ruts in mud left by ATVs or trail motorcycles).
  • build fires in the designated area only. Never leave a fire unattended. Take the precaution of putting it out properly before leaving the site.
  • if a fire is not allowed due to dry weather, follow the rules.
  • use downed wood on the ground for firewood instead of cutting branches and damaging trees.
  • respect wildlife. Do not feed wild animals or practice fishing or hunting during off-season. * Be aware of the danger of the area (bear, cougar).
  • respect other boondockers. Limit all noise. Do not run a generator at late hours or play loud music, especially outdoors. People choose the RV boondocking lifestyle for tranquility.
  • without interfering, keep an eye out for your neighbors welfare and safety (in the case of absence, as a theft deterrent for example). You would appreciate the same.
  • be considerate of employees working at the site. A "thank you" note in person or left at the office is always appreciated.

2) in URBAN settings

  • first, make sure you are given official permission from proper authorities to dry camp on the premises.
  • obey all regulations and restrictions of the site (i.e. sign: No overnight camping).
  • always leave the place as clean or even cleaner than it was when you arrived. Remember, it is a privilege extended to you.
  • support the establishment by purchasing goods or services from them (gas, grocery, other supplies, gambling, etc.). This is a form of "thank you".
  • park your RV in a location furthest away from the activity of customers and away from residences. Do not disrupt customer traffic or the residents' quality of life.
  • avoid extending the RV slide outs when there is commercial activity around.
  • do not damage property. For example, using hydraulic jacks to level the RV may damage the pavement.
  • do not practice boondocking anywhere on commercial premises for extended periods, or otherwise abuse goodwill. Stay one night only and relocate.
  • do not use awnings and bring items outside your RV such as barbecues, lawn chairs, etc. It is not your yard.
  • do not let your dog outside if it barks, or in any way scares people or causes a disturbance. Remember, what may seem cute behaviour to you, may be judged an annoyance by others.

A boondocking guide is only a question of simple judgment and good manners.

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