The sharing economy has helped transform the travel industry in many ways. Both Uber and Airbnb changed how many people took vacations by providing alternatives to rental cars and hotels. Websites like RVShare and Outdoorsy have made it easier to rent an RV instead of purchasing one. And now, RV owners are enjoying various new options for where to park their campers for vacations or overnight stops. This blog post will share information on how the sharing economy helps Boondocking in your RV unique and the most exciting places to park your RVs for glamping that go beyond the typical state park or campground.
The Joy of Boondocking in Your RV
Suppose you are the owner of a self-contained RV unit (equipped with a generator, sewer, and water reserves). In that case, you can now quickly expand your camping destinations beyond the traditional RV campsites. Dry camping, also known as boondocking, is not new. However, several websites now make it easier to find a spot to take your RV boondocking. If you are the type of camper who wants to experience a secluded, natural environment while retaining the comforts of home in your RV, you can find the perfect place to do just that.
Websites like Hipcamp, Home Camper, and Harvest Hosts have made it easier than ever to find private land on which to park your RV away from the crowds. Not only can you access sights and experiences that might otherwise be off-limits, but you might also meet like-minded people and make new friends. Depending on your host and whether they live on the site where you are parking, you might have the opportunity to help with farm chores, gain local insight on the area’s attractions, or enjoy an evening around the campfire with your hosts if you are feeling social.
Resources to Find Unique RV Parking for glamping
Hipcamp offers a full list of experiences, including cabins, treehouses, and glamping experiences. However, most of the listings provide the ability to rent campsites for RVs or tents in unique places. Some locations offer peaceful solitude and stunning views where you can enjoy a dry camping vacation and stay for several days to several weeks that makes a perfect glamping spot. Others lean toward being more functional and intended for overnight stays so that you can stop for the night somewhere a bit more private than a rest area or Walmart.
Home Camper is a worldwide directory. Most of the locations are in Europe, but you can find some great listings in the United States for RV owners. You can filter your search based on the type of camping accommodations you need, whether you have a tent or a variety of sizes of RVs. You can also filter to include whether or not the site is animal-friendly. This site is also a fun way to look for glamping and alternative accommodations for travel abroad, where you cannot take your RV but still want to enjoy the camping lifestyle and outdoorsy vibe.
Harvest Hosts lets you search for locations to park your RV at venues like wineries, breweries, farms, golf courses, and other attractions like museums, a gator ranch, and more. You must be a member to view their full list of host partners, but their blog offers insight into some of their unique places to park your RV. In South Carolina, check out Animal Sanctuary Camping. You can stay at the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch, A Stroka Gene-Us Alpacas, or the BB King Museum, and other exciting destinations in Mississippi.
Boondockers Welcome is a site for RV owners who need a place to stop for the night on their way to their destination. Hosts are usually other RV owners who have room for one or two RVs in their driveway or land. Instead of paying per stay, RV owners pay an annual fee. Hosts earn a free membership so that they can utilize the service when they are traveling.
Tips for Dog Owners when Boondocking in your RV
You can use filters to narrow down your search criteria to include dog-friendly RV sites at the websites listed in this blog. The same dog etiquette rules apply when camping on private land as in RV parks and national parks. Although you should always keep your dogs leashed or cordoned off in a fenced-in area by your RV unit, some of the property owners offer off-leash areas for dogs. This is an excellent perk that your dogs will love so they can play a much-needed game of fetch or run some zoomies. They might even make some new friends if your hosts live on-site and if all the dogs are friendly and well-socialized.
Of course, as with any camping site, it is proper etiquette to pick up your dog’s solid waste each time they go to the bathroom. Even in too remote locations, dog poop can pose an environmental hazard due to the bacteria, phosphorous, and nitrogen in a modern dog’s excrement. Unlike larger campgrounds or RV parks, you are not likely to have dog waste trash cans or dumpsters available for dog poop disposal. As a result, you will most likely need to take your dog’s waste with you when you leave. Depending on the size of your dog and the duration of your stay, you might invest in the Kurgo Tailgate Dumpster for Dog Poop Bags or a trash can that you can secure outside of your RV while driving.