It’s hard to believe we’ve been camping at the Slabs for nearly two months. Time is flying and each free, glorious day out here in the desert reminds me why we love this lifestyle so much.
You don’t have to be rich to go full-time RVing, just creative in how you pay for it. Take camping fees. In our earliest days on the road we budgeted for RV parks and campgrounds at an average cost of about $25 a night. But now we know; if we had stuck with that terrible plan, our road trip would have ended seven years ago!
We rarely pay that much for a night and when we do it’s because we have no choice. Instead, we take a Chinese menu a-la-carte approach to paying for camp sites which includes:
- Getting half-off RV park stays by using our Passport America club membership
- Boondocking on BLM lands like Quartzsite
- and now, adding Boondockers Welcome into the mix
What’s Boondocker’s Welcome?
Boondockers Welcome is a low-key club geared just for frugal RVers like us. Created by boondocking expert Marianne Marianne Edwards, author of The Frugal Shunpikers Guides, a popular series of in-depth free RV camping travel e-books, Boondockiers Welcome is for people who want to meet friendly RVers that have overnight parking spaces for other RVers.
Here’s how you can add free camping into your fulltiming budget:
- 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
- If you have property where others can stay, even if it’s vacant land in the mountains, you can join for just $19.95.
- Every member who fills out a profile can allow other members to “meet” them online: from their age group to their rig size, the property owner’s camping accommodations and even if pets are welcome at that spot. All bases are covered before two parties ever agree on meeting up.
- One yearly membership gives members you the ability to access free camping areas whether they’re in big cities or rural towns near famous natural attractions.
What makes Boondockers Welcome better than any free camping website is that the locations are completely discrete until two paying members agree to meet up. Even after an arrangement is made, that location never gets broadcast over the Internet, thus keeping cool boondocking parking spots a secret from the non-paying public.
We really like this service. Take a tour of the Boondockers Welcome club’s brand new website and learn more, then add it into your RVing budget for more affordable journeys, whether they’re for a whole season or just a few days.