Boondocking involves parking RVs in a remote location that's free to use, but comes with few or no amenities (sometimes called "dispersed camping" or "dry camping" because of the lack of water hookups). If you're interested, you're not alone, according to Bob Hamilton, founder of RVDream. "This is really the trend in RVing," he says.
The movement reflects how a niche hobby has become a crowded industry, leading to very crowded RV parks. "People try to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, only to be jammed 4 feet away from RVs on both sides with diesel trucks running early in the morning and kids screaming all day at the top of their lungs," he says. "And to make the RV Park experience complete, the prices have risen drastically as record RV sales continue year after year. It's not uncommon to pay $100 a night, with some parks going over $200 a night and more. RVers today are looking for more peace and less cost, and boondocking is an ever-growing alternative." If more peace and less cost sound good to you, here are some places where you can boondock and park your RV for free.