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Overnight Parking

What is Boondocking?
Boondocking means wilderness camping out in the "boondocks." This type of camping, usually on public lands (state and national forests, BLM lands, etc.), is free or very low cost. Since boondock is defined as slang for rough backwoods or bush country, most boondocking opportunities are away from cities, blacktop, and civilization in general. In many boondocking areas, you just find a place and park, making sure there are no signs in the area prohibiting camping or overnight parking.

How Does Dry-Camping Differ?
Dry-camping means no water, electricity, or sewer hookups and may be free or paid. You might dry-camp in a city park, a state or federal campground, a private RV park, or a parking lot. Overnight stops at Wal-Mart and Flying J's are examples of dry camping.

Parking Etiquette
Escapees members should abide by certain etiquette standards when boondocking in urban areas. We’ve outlined these standards and have provided them in letter or card form. If you see fellow RVers who appear to be abusing the boondocking privilege, please share our etiquette standards with them. We feel that enforcement of this code will ensure that RVers retain this privilege. While RV parks and campgrounds are typically the best accommodations for RVers, sometimes commercial parks are full, or perhaps the RVer simply cannot find a local park, especially if it is late in the evening. Knowing that RVers are welcome to pull into a parking lot and get a few hours rest anytime of the day or night is an enormous safety net for the traveler.

Download the Boondocking Etiquette Cards

Download the Good Neighbor Policy letter

A Study on the Economic Effects in Nova Scotia of the RV Overnight Parking Ban, and Aspects of Campground Minimum Standards. By Andrew Cornwall

This authoritative study was undertaken by Andrew Cornwall, SKP#74972, a former government economist, as a policy review of the economic consequences of a ban on RVers staying overnight in parking lots and on aspects of minimum campground standards. Using the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, as a case study, the report examines the negative impact on RV tourism of a jurisdiction banning RVers staying overnight in parking lots, etc. The study also considers the effects of undue government standards on private campgrounds in Nova Scotia that can deter new private campground investment and stifle innovation. The report contains the results of on-line surveys and other information regarding RVers' practices and opinions on staying overnight in parking lots, etc., and includes wide-ranging information on RVers and the RV tourism market in North America generally.

Download the RV Overnight Parking Study
Download comments by survey respondents