In Chuck Woodbury’s editorial in a recent RV Travel newsletter he wrote, among other things, about the growing lack of enough campsites in America’s campgrounds to accommodate RVers, and often you must reserve months in advance. He wrote:
…with close to a half million new RVers on the road each year, there just might be a crisis in campsite availability? I just researched reserving a campsite next week for five nights at the popular Watchman Campground in Zion National Park. Of course, I was dreaming: there was nothing available for five months! The last time I visited (it was years ago), I showed up and easily found a space. Somehow, with 1,200 new RVs rolling off the assembly lines each and every DAY, the RV and camping industries must find a way to increase camping opportunities!
And just as more campsites are needed, KOA, the largest chain of campgrounds, is removing campsites to put in cabins. Why? It’s more profitable to rent a cabin than a campsite! Net result: fewer campsites for you and me. I don’t blame KOA franchise owners for doing this: It makes business sense. But it’s not helping you and me find campsites any easier.
And to get an idea of campsite availability. Consider that KOA, with 500 locations, has a total of only 70,000 campsites. And now consider that about 550,000 new RVs are projected to be sold in 2017. Where will they (and you and me) stay?”
A lot of RVers still do not boondock, citing reasons like not knowing how to do it, liking the convenience of hookups, not wanting to upgrade their systems to accommodate boondocking, ease of finding campgrounds vs. finding boondocking campsites, and worry about holding tank limitations and battery longevity.
Any boondocker will confirm that these are concerns, but they are not deal breakers for boondocking. All can be dealt with effectively with a few changes to your lifestyle and gaining confidence in actually doing it – which is no different than other skills that have to be learned and adapted to.
The campsite scarcity and learning how to boondock – and being comfortable with it, not just as an emergency Plan B – could not only open up new horizons to your RV Lifestyle, but also serve as that emergency Plan B when you are unable to find a campground with an available space.
Once you become comfortable with boondocking for a few days, and you discover all the possibilities awaiting you for camping on our vast public lands (National Forests, BLM land, Army Corps of Engineers properties, and others), you will not have to dread finding a campground or having to always plan your agenda months in advance. And when you start to realize the other advantages to boondocking, like no campground fees, no crowded campgrounds with neighbors within 10 feet, and a campsite with a view and surrounded by natural landscapes, you may wonder why it took you so long to start boondocking.