Boondocking is an RV term that means dry camping…camping overnight with no water, sewer, or electric hookups. Some folks actually prefer to camp this way, as it’s a no-brainer for saving money. For most RVs that are self-contained, dry camping is seldom an inconvenience, and a great way to camp while traveling or when in-between parks.
So there I was, a few nights ago, unable to secure a park reservation for a couple more days. Perfect time to experience boondocking.
There are several sites that offer dry camp information..that is, where it’s permitted and where you are taking a chance of being asked to leave in the middle of the night. Walmart parking lots are probably the most common place..but not all Walmarts are officially OK for overnight parking. It usually depends on the local ordinance..and on whether said ordinance is actually enforced.
Since being ticketed, routed out in the wee hours of the morning, or just making unnecessary poor choices are not among my favorite things, I opted for making a list, checking it twice, and then calling ahead to be sure.
Cracker Barrel restaurants seem to be very RV friendly, and I found one just off I-75 in Bradenton that said “Sure, come on down!” They even have a separate parking area for RVs, right next to this retention pond and the resident mergansers, whistling ducks, and white ibis. Peaceful enough – except for highway noise but what the heck, it’s a free spot..safe, and three other RVs there too.
And then of course there are those Cracker Barrel breakfasts.