Are you new to RVing? Do you keep hearing the term “boondocking” being used by other “in the know” RVers, but aren’t really sure of what it means? It means different things to different people. I will share my opinion at the end of the post and I hope others will share too.
|The Boondocks Without a Doubt|
Webster defines it as:\
Main Entry: boon·docks
Pronunciation: 'bün-ˌdäks Function: noun plural Etymology: Tagalog bundok mountain Date: 1930 1 : rough country filled with dense brush
2 : a rural area : sticks
From Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia:
The term boondocks refers to a remote, usually brushy rural area; or to a remote city or town that is considered unsophisticated. The expression was introduced to English by American military personnel serving in the Philippines during the early years of the 20th century. It derives from the Tagalog word "bundok", meaning "mountain". The term has evolved into American slang used to refer to the countryside or any implicitly isolated rural/wilderness area, regardless of topography or vegetation.
Finally, the thesaurus in my computer (programmed by experts I assume) gives the following alternatives for the word boondocks; wilds, rough country, backwoods, wasteland.
Now for a look at how others define boondocking:
http://www.rv-life-and-travel.com/rv-boondocking.html defines it as, “RV boondocking means RVing without electric, water, sewer, or telephone hookups. Boondockers use the utilities the RV provides, rather than hooking up to external utilities.”
“Boondocking is not really a good term, but has somehow come into common use. Dry Camping (parking anywhere without or with limited amenities) is more accurate. Independent Parking is the preferred term. It means that you are prepared to dry camp but make use of amenities when they're available. Being prepared to live independently is what it's all about, then you're free to do what you want to do.”
http://www.campingroadtrip.com/outdoor-living-newsletter-december-2009/how-to-boondock-safely states, “Boondocks used to be a place you didn't want to go - "don't go too far or you'll end up in the boondocks!" Boondocking, otherwise known as dry camping, typically involves parking up in a place with limited amenities. RVers may sometimes find themselves having to boondock in parking lots or public lands, especially in remote areas or long stretches of interstate where getting to a campground or RV park may take you too far off course.”
http://cheaprvliving.com/Boondocking.html outlines boondocking as,
“What is Boondocking? The RV community adopted the word to use it to describe
remote camping in rural areas. So if you were going fishing in your truck
camper to a remote National or State Park, when you got there you were
camping in the boondocks. Since you had no hook-ups, but were self-
sufficient, you were boondocking. Then some people noticed that while
they were driving for several days to get to the boondocks, they could
save some money by staying overnight in the parking lot of a WalMart.
Since they had no hook-ups and were self-sufficient, they said they were
boondocking. After awhile people saw that they could save a lot of money
by not staying in RV parks and so they started planning their trips around
WalMart stores, staying in their parking lots most nights of their trip.“
http://www.rv-camping.org/Boondocking.html definition is,
“The term "boondocking" means different things to different people. Free camping, overnight RV parking at places such as Wal-Mart or truck stops, and any time RV hookups are not available (dry camping) have been referred to as boondocking. www.rv-camping.org defines boondocking as remote location dispersed camping. With this in mind, you might call boondocking advanced RV camping. This type of camping isn't for everyone. Dispersed camping in remote areas requires research, exploration, and a sense of adventure to find great campsites.”
|Not Boondocking by my Definition|
Given the definitions the first four websites use to describe boondocking; anywhere but a full hookup space in a RV park could qualify as boondocking. In my mind only the last website defines boondocking correctly when it defines boondocking as, “remote location dispersed camping.”
I don’t believe dry camping in a developed campground within a local, state, national park or forest qualifies as boondocking, neither does staying the night in a Wal-Mart or a Cabela’s parking lot.
Am I completely mistaken?
What are you thoughts?