Travel guide book publisher i>Frommer’s, in an article recently appearing on its website, discourages the practice of boondocking, or sleeping in an RV somewhere other than an RV park or campground.
“While more than half the states permit some overnight parking in highway rest areas, except where posted, we feel there have been too many recent incidents of violence in these areas and would not consider parking overnight in our RV in a rest area, mall parking lot, truck stop, or by the side of the road,” Frommer’s reports in an article titled: Where to Sleep: Campgrounds & RV Parks. “Some of our friends do, however, and consider us money-wasting wimps for overnighting at a secure private or public campground.
“The thing that amazes us is how many owners of expensive motorhomes take the risk of sleeping free in a parking lot or by the side of the road when the cost of their vehicle advertises how much in cash, credit cards, and expensive electronics might be inside,” according to the authors of the Frommer’s article at , www.frommers.com. “All this to save $20 or $30? Campground fees are a modest-enough investment in security and peace of mind. Besides, unlike RVers, the truckers with whom you share the road have few other options when they need to rest. Why take up their space?”
The authors of the Frommer’s article added that with more than 16,000 campgrounds in the U.S. that can accommodate RVs, there should be no difficulty finding a place to stay.”
RVers can choose from campgrounds that have hookups and those for self-contained or “dry” camping, the story notes.
“A few are free, but many more are lavish resorts that may cost $50 a night and up for full hookups, cable TV, phone service, spas, swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, and miniature or par-3 golf courses.”