Boondocking, dry camping and parking lot overnight stays all have one thing in common: no hookups. Otherwise they can mean different things to different RVers, thereby resulting in confusion. In this article we'll talk about how they are different and why using the right terminology can be helpful.
Let's start with some rather specific definitions for these terms. For many RVers boondocking means camping out on public lands where facilities are very rudimentary or non-existent. The word boondocks means rural country, the backwoods, a remote and undeveloped area. And it is the source of our term boondocking. Essentially, boondocking means staying at an undesignated and fairly remote site. Dry camping generally means no hookups, but in the context of this discussion, it specifically refers to camping without hookups in a designated area, such as an RV park, state park, or forest service campground.
Spending the night in casino or WalMart parking lots or highway rest areas doesn't really have a specific term in common use. That's probably why some folks have taken to calling it boondocking. But for those who are searching for suggestions for nice places to camp in the wilderness, it can be frustrating to find casinos and WalMarts listed as if they were in the same category. Likewise, if you are planning a route and want to know of good places to stop for an overnight stay, it isn't very helpful to find references to remote dispersed camping sites.
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