- Drive our house to wherever we want to go
- Park (with 40ft behind us, this *may occasionally* be a trick!)
- Plug in our house – if not available at the site, use generator or solar power for electricity needs
- Hook up our septic drain – if not available at site, monitor “fullness” and empty when needed at dump stations typically found at most campgrounds)
- Hook up our water – if not available, we have to fill up our 100 gallon water tank at a water station typically found at most campgrounds
- Extend the slide outs and awnings
- Set up our “front yard”
- Live and explore from our new place for a while!
2) Farms/Wineries – enter Harvest Hosts, a network of wineries, farms, and agri-tourism sites that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight for free!
The program is about having unique experiences and supporting local business, not just free camping.
3) Boondocking/Wild Camping on public land – terms used for “off-grid” camping or “roughing it” – no hookups or amenities. So you need to either have a generator or solar energy if you want to have power, and you have to consider the place to drain the septic…which you can usually dump at a nearby park for a nominal fee. Some RVers use composting toilets to enable even more off-grid time.
4) “Driveway Surfing” – visiting friends and family along the way, and hopefully being able to stay in their driveways for a while 🙂 There is also Boondockers Welcome so you can park in “new friends'” driveways.
5) “Parking Lot Surfing” – Probably not the most ideal option, but will work for quick over-nights or to check out a location before committing to a campground/other arrangement. Includes Wal-marts, truck stops, rest stops, and other business or parking lots that will give permission.
2) Long-term camping rates – from season passes to monthly and yearly rates that are far cheaper than the daily rates.
3) Workamping/volunteer – There are many opportunities that provide afree/discounted campsite in return for a given minimal number of work hours. Can range from nature preservation, to camp hosting, orcleaning the bathrooms.
4) Other free camping – Harvest Hosts, public land boon docking, etc – we are going to be doing this whenever we can! (granted we can get an internet connection 🙂 )
5) Clubs – Camping clubs that offer membership camping and discounted rates for a yearly subscription.
If we really do it right, we’ve heard of full-timers getting their “lodging” for as little as $500/year! Worst case scenario, we could end up spending $60+/night.
Luckily, the choice is completely up to us: if we are looking to cut back on our expenses one month, we will be looking into the Harvest Hosts and public lands, consciously making the decisions to be on-the-road more and make it work off-grid. Conversely, if things are going really well and we want to sit back and enjoy ourselves in a luxurious park with full-hookups for a month, we can do that too!
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