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thoms

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Posted: 07/15/21 07:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all, Just asking, does anyone belong to Boondockerswelcome? I have never boondocked and thought this might be a way to start. I know this is not true BD but it might be a start. the reviews I read seem like a pretty good program. Is anyone a member and is it fairly safe to stay at a strangers place? Sounds like a nice way to get off the beaten path and meet fellow rvers. Any thoughts ?
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Have never used them but am a member of Harvest Hosts. Have found them a great way to "boondock".

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We are new fulltimers (3 months) and have already used BW 5 times. They have merged with Harvest Hosts but pledge to keep separate. Our experience has been nothing but positive. As is the norm in the RV community, the people (hosts) have been amazing. More than helpful, anxious to provide a positive experience. So far, we prefer BW to HH due to the availability of more than one night (sometimes up to 5). Also, more and more BW have some type of hookups. Some have 50amp, some even have sewer hookups.

We do our best to adhere to the '3' rule. No more than 300 miles, and/or done by 3pm. So, when traveling from Washington to Wisconsin at the end of August, we will take our time, staying in various BW for a night or two (or more) along the way.


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agesilaus

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I am a lifetime member, I think. Not too sure, I may have gotten a request to join when they first got started years ago. I don't recall any more. But I have never used it, or been tempted. Camping in some strangers back yard just does not appeal. But I get an occasional ,essage from them that makes it seem like they think I am a member.
You should be aware that they have been bought out by Harvest Hosts and even tho they say otherwise big changes will probably occur including rate annual jumps. So think about that before making any sort of long term commitment


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We have been BW hosts almost since the beginning, we are in striking range to a big attraction and so we have a lot of traffic. It is a great way to meet interesting people.

We have been HH since the beginning and due to strange events have yet to take advantage of this. We are hoping to this year, but it looks kind of grim actually. Not HH's issue, but things just have not worked out.

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agesilaus wrote:

Camping in some strangers back yard just does not appeal.

I agree.. Something about that just isn't what I want to do. Heck, I don't even think I would enjoy a bed&breakfast where Im staying at someone's house.

Interesting concept though.

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Do you have electric hookups and is it boondocking??? Just curious.

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NamMedevac 70 wrote:

Do you have electric hookups and is it boondocking??? Just curious.
If you have electric hook up, it's Not boondocking.


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bukhrn wrote:

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

Do you have electric hookups and is it boondocking??? Just curious.
If you have electric hook up, it's Not boondocking.


Hmmm .... isn't "boondocking" camping out in the boondocks? IAW, it's about the location where you're campng .... not about how your getting your power and water and septic.

As an extreme example just to make clear the real definition of it being about location - suppose a ranch owner installs a septic tank, a solar powered well, and a 3000 watt solar array way out in the middle of nowhere on their ranch and then spends a day here and there chilling out back there in an RV.

In that location they are "boondock" camping in an RV, but with full hookups for the RV. [emoticon]

* This post was edited 07/25/21 12:26am by pnichols *


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Have been a host since Boondockers welcome started. Have had over 30 campers stay with us some from foreign countries. Have enjoyed every one of them . Will stay a member even after we stop camping. Had one couple say with us for three days.

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