Cheap RV Boondocking Guides for Frugal Campers

After several awesome reunions with friends and family in Northern California (and too many nights paying for RV park campsites), we’re headed to the SoCal deserts and looking forward to some sunshine and free camping.

UPDATE: The Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides are no longer available.

After 15 years with revised editions every five years, I am closing down the sales of my ebook series, the Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides to RV Boondocking. 

— From the Publisher, October 2022

The weather report isn’t looking too promising this week as an epic winter storm moves across North America, but we’ll be staying in my parent’s L.A. home until New Year’s so we’re safe for a while. Once we’re back on the move you can bet we’ll be consulting our Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides to Boondocking.

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What’s a Shunpike?

shun·pike [shuhn-pahyk] : noun, verb, shun·piked, shun·pik·ing.

  1. noun: a side road taken instead of a turnpike or expressway to avoid tolls or to travel at a leisurely pace. verb (used without object)
  2. verb: to drive on a shunpike.
Frugal Shunpiker Cheap RV Travel Guides

Written by experts at, the Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides come in SO handy for us as we roam around the west in search of unforgettable boondocking places to camp.

Here are just a few reasons why we consult these downloadable PDF guides every chance we get:

Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides At A Glance

The Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides will help you find free and cheap places to camp in six regions around the U.S.:

  • RV Boondocking in Southern Texas
  • RV Boondocking in Arizona
  • RV Boondocking in Southern Utah
  • RV Boondocking in New Mexico
  • California Boondocking: The Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Coast
  • California Boondocking: The Desert and Eastern Sierra

The guides are in PDF format, so you can read them offline without any need for an internet connection. This is handy when you’re roaming around without any cell service for miles, as often happens in our off-grid adventures.

Campsite descriptions include important access details in addition to GPS coordinates. You’ll also know ahead of time which areas are safe for rigs like yours and which ones to avoid.

But that’s not all! They also include helpful trip-planning information, fabulous details about dispersed camping, regional restrictions, public lands, park passes, local attractions, fishing, and much more.

Free camping websites are great, but you won’t find this level of personal experience in most free boondocking directories on the web. We especially like how guides provide tips on what to see, where to shop, where to eat, where to find free water, free RV dump stations, propane, laundromats, and more.

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Frugal Guides, Frugal Price

If you prefer to camp for free in the most scenic locations, would rather travel around instead of staying in one place, and are looking for affordable adventures and variety in your RV travels, you need these guides.

With your purchase you will receive, free of charge, the 23-page Frugal Shunpiker’s Guide: Basic Boondocking. This handy 23-page guide includes tons of tips about how to live off the grid and make the most of your home on wheels.

If you’re as frugal as we are, you’re probably wondering if these boondocking guides are worth it. Well, the authors are frugal too, so they have a 100 percent money-back, no questions asked guarantee if you don’t think the books are worthwhile and saving you money.

Chances are, you’ll agree that that the Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides are indispensable for your off-the-beaten-path camping adventures!

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