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So where and what are the most frequently used places on the east coast besides Walmart? State forests?

Out West, BLM and USF are plentiful and easy, for 14 days.
Not so much available back East.
How and where do you boondock?

Just blows my mind that people are doing it so easily and everywhere, they make it seem like anywhere and all the time. Can't be...
Can it?
But then, with the guy living in his toyota RV in Manhatten on the streets...
My go-to's are Walmart and Cracker Barrel. They are virtually everywhere out in the suburbs, and they have everything I need--a bathroom, wifi, food, water, and a place to sleep.

They've gotten me all over the US.


(The problem with rural boondocking in the East, of course, is that there's not much rural area to boondock in. Cities/suburbia cover most of the country.)
Yeah, Walmart is the easiest and we use it a lot. Also Sam's Club, Home Depot, Lowes, and casino lots.

  True boondocking is so much harder in the east that every place we find is a treasure.  National forests are a good place to look. Some states allow dispersed camping in state forests. Check the rules. A free pass may be required. Also look at the Water Managment Areas and Department of Natural Resources.

 I've joined a couple of sites that offer camping that may be cheaper especially in high tourist areas:   Harvest Hosts which is usually just for one night. There's s fee to join, camping is free but buying something as a thank you is suggested.  And Hipcamp which is free to join. Campsites prices vary wildely.

 Boondocker Welcome might be a good option for you. Fee to join but free camping, usually short stays only.  We've never done this but it looks like a good idea.
If you're just passing through, in most rural areas overnighting in a pullover is fine, I've had a couple knocks where they were just checking we're OK, and when asked to move they told me where I could go instead.

In fact, you can just ask a policeman (if you can find one) where's a good spot.

There are also huge areas of farming land and forests that haven't been touched for centuries.

I have had no problem making friends with locals that let me camp on their land for a while, sometimes in exchange for giving them a hand.

In winter many ski areas don't mind people using a less used spot in their huge parking lots.

Obviously all this depends on you and your rig's presentation as fine upstanding citizen type, and traveling with kids does open a lot of doors.

Visit Niagara while you're at it, and Montreal's like visiting another country 8-) has a jillion campsites listed all over the US is a site I've recently come across that is very helpful.
(07-17-2018, 01:17 PM)Cammalu Wrote: [ -> ] has a jillion campsites listed all over the US

You mean I have to go through a jillion campsites to find the answer to my question?

I won't live that long, could you give me the condensed soup version?
What has been your experience?
You can search by state or area I think. Might even have a map locator
True boondocking is so much harder in the east that every place we find is a treasure.

Share that treasure, lest we be forced to make ye walk the plank, ye scalliwags!

What, you have a blog? With all the juicy details?
Well done and with lots of pics? And no difficult posters pestering the forums?!!?


Someday I want to grow up and be just like you.
Serious doubt on the first part puts the whole sentence in question.

All we are is dust in the windddd, the wind....
Walmart, Cracker Barrel, and all the rest do not permit Boondocking. They permit overnight parking. There are many state and local parks that permit camping in wild areas. You generally need a permit, sometimes free sometimes a fee. Check Batstoe Forest in the Pinelands Preserve.
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