Was reading todays RV Travel Newsletter Issue 586
. There was a short mention of something they call "Freedom Camping" in New Zealand. It seems to be similar to what is called Boondocking in the US.
I think Freedom Camping is a wonderful name for staying with out being tethered to hookups. I have been taken to task SEVERAL TIMES for using the term "boondocking" in a manner that does not conform to the boondocking nazi's definition of boondocking. Apparently it is incorrect to call parking in a designated campground that has no hookups or facilities "boondocking".
As New Zealand has their own definition of Freedom Camping, I will modify the term just slightly to create my own term that I claim as mine to define as I see fit and that better describes what we do when we are not in a full hookup campground or RV Park. The "Rules of Conduct" are based on actual things that we were allowed and/or encouraged to do by the store managers of the parking lots, etc that we have stayed in. Other groups have their definitions of commonly used terms... so why can't I?
So here is the now Official Definition of Freedom Parking per Me as of 05/18/2013 4:24PM MST!
"Freedom Camping" is any time that one parks their Residential Vehicle in a place and they remain self contained and do not hook up to any utilities and/or do not use any facilities. This can be in any no facility campground, the side of any road, any paved parking lot, any store parking lot, any rest area, shoreline of any water (lake, creek, river, ocean, bay, reservoir), any vacant land either public or private.
Freedom Parking Rules of Conduct:
-- Don't be a sheeple... park away from others.
-- Open an awning.
-- Put your lawn chair out side and sit in it (watch the bats at dusk do their acro-bat-ics).
-- Fire up the gas grill and cook on it, preferably with something from the place you are parked at (gas grills cool down fast and can be packed up shortly after being turned off)
-- Run your generator, no matter what kind it is, if you need to.
-- Stay as long as you are allowed to stay.
-- Do not leave anything outside, unattended. Unattended stuff tends to wander off if you aren't watching it.
-- Use a block of wood under your leveling jacks as it keeps your "feet" clean and from sinking into asphalt or sand/mud.
-- Open your slide outs,if you have them but not where some one can hit them.
-- Park in a manner that will allow you to leave quickly if the need arises (and the reason you shouldn't put out slides or use leveling jacks in parking lots).
-- But do not block any traffic lanes unless you are told to park in that location.
-- Keep a cellphone ON and your current location written down next to your cell phone in case you need to call 911. Remember, even a cell phone that has no current service plan can be used to call 911! If you do not feel safe, then by all means LEAVE! Just because the fools in their sticks-&-staples are staying doesn't mean it's a safe place. After all they did spend tons of money on sticks-&-staples or rather foam-&-fiberglass
-- Pick up after your LEASHED pets.
-- Pick up after your kids.
-- If there are rules posted, then please observe them.
-- Leave your Freedom Parking site as clean or cleaner than you found it.
-- If pulling in late or leaving out early, try to do so quietly.
-- Do a walk around your set up after you pull in (while it's still daylight) AND before you leave out. Some RVers aren't adverse to liberating an item if they need it. Also they are now advocating destruction of personal property of folks who do not adhere to their rules... A friend told me about this thread on Escapees
-- If on private property, you MUST ask permission from a person in charge to park and to do the above mentioned things and ask how long you can stay and where they prefer that you park. And always say thank you for allowing you to park there. If you are turned down, say thank you anyway. Ask if they know of some place that will allow it. You may find a really great place to Freedom Park at.
Never, never call Freedom Parking "boondocking", "wallydocking" or "pavement parking"!!!
I need to design a bumper sticker for the bus advocating Freedom Parking!
If I get some fool that insists that I follow their rules, I will say, I have my own rules... and give them a copy of them all printed out.