In an age when free BLM campsites could disappear, the Boondockers Welcome frugal camping community is more vital than ever for RVers seeking free overnight RV camping spots.

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Boondockers Welcome Builds Free Camping Community

Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides

The Boondockers Welcome resource is a place for budget-minded RV travelers to find free places to camp, and private property owners willing to offer free overnight parking accommodations to fellow RVing members.

This indispensable free camping guide is the creation of Marianne Edwards, author of The Frugal Shunpikers Guides, a popular series of in-depth RVing and camping travel e-books listing  free and low-cost scenic boondocking locations in the Western United States.

Not just Another Free Camping Website

Boondockers Welcome isn’t just another free camping website. Here’s why you need to join this worldwide, dues-based community:

  • Boondockers Welcome - Be My Guest RV ParkingIt operates similar to couch surfing or vacation home swap arrangements.
  • For $24,95, less than the cost of one night in a full-hookup RV park, you can search the growing database of available free RV parking opportunities
  • Members can learn every aspect about other RVers who want to meet up: from their age group to their rig size, the property owner’s camping accommodations and even if pets are welcome at that spot.
  • One yearly membership gives members you the ability to access free camping areas whether they’re in an urban setting or on a gorgeous rural lot in a prime tourist destination.
  • Those who offer overnight RV parking on their property get a discounted membership.
  • Everyone who joins gets a free gift, the Frugal Shunpiker’s Guide to RV Boondocking in New Mexico ($17.00 value)

Best of all, Boondockers Welcome offers a 90-day, no-questions-asked, 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!

Connect with Your Frugal RVing Tribe

Whether you’re a full-timer or a part-timer, Boondockers Welcome builds community through its online discussion forums where members can talk about all things RVing, from workamping to the price of propane.

Members can fill out profiles as much as or as little as they want, which allows both hosts and guests to acquaint themselves with each other before committing to meet up. Marianne reiterates that privacy and security is her community’s number one concern and “At Boondockers you are in control.”

Driveway boondocking in Troy, NY

As more free campsites disappear from the public landscape, the RVing lifestyle costs a little more each year. By joining this free RV camping resource, you can ease the hit on your RVing budget and meet cool people in your travels too. Learn more at Boondockers Welcome!

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Life And Death On The Ranch

“Gruesome” is a poor choice of words, actually, at least for anyone actually interested in workamping on a ranch.

NOTE: My intention with this post is neither to be gratuitous nor grotesque. In fact, Rene spared us all by not taking any truly gruesome pictures.

I’m only sharing this to inform potential workampers that not all workamping jobs are alike, and that when ranch workamping you may be asked to do certain things you’d rather not.

dead horse disposal ranch workamping

The first time Rene wrote about life and death on the farm, we had nothing to do with the disposal of the dead livestock. This time was different.

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With one week left of our final year workamping at Vicker’s Ranch, our second annual Eat, Shop Local Lake City Challenge was another huge success. We haven’t left this little town or purchased a single gallon of diesel fuel since we got here in June, and we’re eating really well.

With distances like this between us and the nearest “real” grocery stores, you may be asking: How do you do it?

High Country Market Lake City Colorado

Shopping local isn’t expensive, but driving to a “real” grocery store sure is!

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There is something deeply gratifying about doing real ranch work when workamping on a ranch.

Vickers Ranch Workamping Mending Fences

It sure beats fixing toilets! Though as a workamper at a working guest ranch, you will likely find that both need to be done on a regular basis! Read the rest of this entry »

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In honor of Charles Bukowski’s birthday on August 16:

“We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our education system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” — Charles Bukowski, 1988

Nobody said it better.

It was for Bukowski. Sort of.



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