Membership

Answering any questions about how membership works.

What's the cost to join?

There's no cost to join as a host. If you can offer overnight RV parking, even just for a small camper van, you may join as a host. You'll earn 3 months of guest privileges for every guest who stays with you, and you can activate these (3 months at a time) whenever you choose - usually when you're ready to travel yourself. Hosts who have not yet accumulated credits can purchase a 1-year guest privileges subscription at half price.

A guest privileges subscription is required to contact and stay with hosts. The annual fee is less than a single night in a campground. See our page with details on becoming a guest for pricing.

I have property to share but can't host anyone for the next few months. Can I still register as a host member?

As long as you currently have a property that you can describe on your profile, you may join as a host and restrict the availability until you're ready to receive guests. If your situation changes, you can update that calendar any time.

Is Boondockers Welcome only for RVers?

To use guest privileges on the site you must be traveling in a self-contained RV. See definition of self-contained below.

Most hosts are also RVers, but others join for a variety of reasons: They may be considering buying an RV, retired from RVing, enjoy meeting and introducing travelers to their region, have a property they enjoy sharing, enjoy hearing traveler's stories, or own a small business and, like Walmart, hope to gain a customer.

What is an RV (Recreational Vehicle)? Do all types qualify for guest privileges?

From Wikipedia:
"The term recreational vehicle (RV) is often used as a broad category of motor vehicles and trailers which include living quarters designed for temporary accommodation. Types of RVs include motorhomes, campervans, caravans (also known as travel trailers and camper trailers), fifth-wheel trailers, popup campers and truck campers."

All the above categories of RV can qualify for Boondockers Welcome guest privileges - But only if the RV is also self-contained.

What does "self-contained" mean? And why is this a requirement for guests?

A self-contained RV is one that is set up to allow all functions of living (sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation) to be handled completely while inside the RV. A toilet system, including a holding tank is an absolute requirement. Confirmation that you'll be traveling in a self-contained RV is required to purchase or activate guest privileges.

This requirement is in place to honor our promise to hosts that they'll only get requests from travelers who are prepared to be totally self-sufficient and, if necessary, as inconspicuous as possible.

Do home made or custom built RVs qualify for guest privileges?

Yes. But, if a custom-built unit is not easily recognizable as an RV (a regular van, windowless cube van, or utility trailer are examples), we highly recommend you add a detailed description of your RV interior on your guest profile to ensure the best chance of success with hosts.

If you have received our permission to qualify for privileges with a portable toilet (composting or other), describe that set up, too. Potential hosts want to know how your rig meets our requirement as a self-contained RV.

Hosts receive a link to your guest profile with your stay request. They'll view that and see a photo of your rig before deciding to accept or decline. Although you may qualify for membership, in the end, it's up to each host what type or RV they will accept.

What if I carry a portable or composting toilet? Will that qualify me for guest privileges?

Maybe. We may allow it, but you MUST contact us before joining. We'll determine eligibility based on other factors as well. (A mattress and a bucket in the back of a van or car won't cut it). Use the "Contact Us" link to send us a full description and photos of your set up.

May I use the site as a traveler if I don't have an RV? What about a tent or a pop-up tent trailer?

Guests must be traveling in a self-contained RV to use our site. If you plan on tent-camping or sleeping in a passenger vehicle - car, SUV, or van - this club is not for you. Travelers need to be able to function entirely inside the RV, and not need to set up sleeping, cooking, sanitation, or toilet stations outside.

In an urban setting, hosts may be concerned about neighbors and appearances. For this reason, self-contained pop-up tent trailers may be rejected by some hosts, even if the guest has met our qualifications for guest privileges.

If you don't have an RV, we suggest you try these platforms that may better suit your needs: couchsurfing.com/ or youcamp.com/

I operate a small campground. Can I list it as a host location on this web site?

Yes, as long as you let members camp for free for at least one night with no requirement to stay longer or purchase additional services. You may ask to be compensated for electric (maximum $10 per night if they use it) but must offer a dry-camping option for free.

This is a great way to introduce travellers to your property. If you like, you can limit availability and get requests only for the dates you want: perhaps low season or weekdays. You can also screen each guest's profile before deciding whether to accept their request.

Can I join to find a place to stay while I work in the area?

Although some hosts don't mind providing parking for the first night you arrive in their area and perhaps recommending a campground you can move to, others may turn down your request. If you are seeking accommodation while in the area to earn a living, please look for another alternative than our hosts.

May I join as a host and list a public location near me where I know RV parking is permitted?

No. This site is only for locations on private property - ones that are privately owned or controlled by the members who list them. Feel free to share that information on our forums or on several other web sites intended for sharing such discoveries.

Does Boondockers Welcome sell or share my personal details?

No. All of your details are required solely to allow the site to function and for informational feedback for the web site administrators alone. That's us, Marianne Edwards and Anna Maste. Other members will only see your chosen user name (and your approximate location if you are a host). All account information is only for our eyes and will not be shared or exploited for any reason.

We do, however, share full names, physical address, and phone numbers between a specific host and guest once a stay request has been formally submitted and accepted through the web site.