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All your Boondockers Welcome questions, answered!

This past May, Boondockers Welcome was invited to sponsor one of four "villages" at the inaugural RVillage Rally in Elkhart, Indiana. Members Larry and Rose Ann, amazing Boondockers Welcome members and ambassadors, attended the rally to host this wonderful seminar where panelists answered questions about boondocking in general, and Boondockers Welcome in particular. It's a long video, but a great way to get a real in-depth understanding about why our members, both guests and hosts, are so incredibly passionate about Boondockers Welcome, and why people say that it's actually changed their lives!

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You may be one, you may have met one, or you may be pondering becoming or hosting one. But the question still may remain: who are all these people using Boondockers Welcome? We've put together a quick infographic to let you know a bit about who Boondockers Welcome guests are. It's clear that they're a diverse group! Does anything in here surprise you? (Click on the image to see it full screen and zoom in as needed.)

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A Welcome Box for Guests

Hosting Boondockers Welcome members is an amazing experience almost every time, but there are always ways to improve the experience for both guests and hosts. We'd like to thank two host members for allowing us to share their tips for ensuring guests feel welcome, and enjoy their stay.

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Image adapted from Larry and Teddy Page
Image adapted from Larry and Teddy Page

Buying your first RV involves a lot of decisions, the first of which will probably be deciding what kind of rig is right for you. While there are may different options, they can generally be divided into two different camps: Motorized (a.k.a. "motorhomes") and non-motorized (a.k.a. trailers and fifth wheels). Here's a quick rundown of some of the pros and cons of the two.

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Member Stories: We Love Hosting

Thank you to SmokinSoleResort, who sent us this story and the photos to go with it.
As you read it, I'd like to draw your attention to this line: "It's different each time you host. Some guests like to hang out with the hosts for part of the time while others just park and say thank you and then go do their own thing." 

(We wouldn't want guests to expect this level of hospitality from every host or, in fact, from this host on every occasion).

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Image: "Chevrolet 1956 210 Townsman Station Wagon Pulling Trailer" by bespha, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Image: "Chevrolet 1956 210 Townsman Station Wagon Pulling Trailer" by bespha, licensed under CC BY 2.0

RVing can work for almost any budget. You can buy a brand new diesel pusher bus for half a million dollars… or you can buy a used pop-up trailer for $1000 and tow it with the family minivan. If you’re looking to get started RVing on a budget, then a trailer will definitely be your cheapest option, but if you don’t currently own something that you can tow a trailer with, buying a second hand tow vehicle may also be in the cards.

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Anna Buys her First RV

For those of you who’ve followed along, you know that Boondockers Welcome is the brainchild of Marianne, who has been RVing for 18 years now along with her husband Randy. Marianne knows the ins and outs of boondocking, RVing on a budget, and getting the absolute best experience when travelling across North America in your RV.

And then there’s me.

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