Introducing our new new Host Rewards Program! Read more here.

How It Works

This site works based on the generosity of those who can host, so if you can, please sign up as one! You don't need to be able to accommodate every possible RV size or be available 12 months a year - even if you can only host smaller Class B rigs during the summer months when you're at home, we'd love to have you as a host. Hosts get all the amazing benefits of meeting fellow travelers, plus a free membership to stay with other hosts in the Boondockers Welcome network on their own travels. Plus, as you welcome more guests, you'll earn swag, discount coupons and gift cards to share, and more. Learn more about becoming a host.

Fill in a brief profile about yourself, including photos if you wish. Potential hosts will likely look at this after you contact them, so try to share a bit about yourself without divulging any sensitive personal data. Tell others about your past travels, your favorite spots, your life before RVing; whatever you want to share that gives members an idea of who you are.

When you're ready to travel, search the listings for a host that is near your planned route. Being a bit flexible with your route will give you many more options. You can search within a radius around a particular area, or just look at the map of all our locations and see what tickles your fancy.

Read the details of the hosts that are on your route, including the size of the rig they can accommodate, their general availability, and recommendations from other RVers. See what sort of services they can provide (many have electric hookups, some even have RV dumps) and what uses are welcome on site (some have space for slide-outs and barbecues, others are more limited in space).

Once you've found a few potential hosts that look like they'll fit your needs, send them a stay request through our secure messaging system, letting them know the dates you're looking for. All messages sent through our site will result in an email notification to the member, so they'll see your request immediately.

Here are a few rules you should be aware of before requesting stays.

Once a host has accepted your request to stay and you have all the necessary driving directions, you will be able to arrive at their location knowing you have a safe, legal, free place to stop for the night. Please respect your hosts' privacy; some may be extremely friendly and invite you in for a drink, some may be busy and just have time to point you to your spot for the night. Do not overstay your welcome, most hosts only expect guests to stay for 1-3 nights. Be thankful, polite and respectful of their property.

At the end of your stay, consider leaving a token gift - something small, but appropriate. Parking is always free, but when taking advantage of electric or water hookups, offering a small amount of cash to cover the host's costs is required.

After you've said goodbye to your host, please share your experience! Confirm on the site that your stay was successful, and leave a reference for your host which will appear on their profile page for future guests to see. This is a great way to thank your hosts, as great references will help them welcome more guests and earn more status in our host rewards program.

If, by any chance, you had a negative experience, please contact us immediately with the details. We will take appropriate action and terminate memberships if necessary.

Still have questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions.