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Boondockers Welcome Membership – a Drivin’ & Vibin’ Review

We’ve been a member of Boondockers Welcome for five months, but finally used it for the first time! In this article we’ll review our experience and discuss the membership and the perks it offers.

It is one of our many tools we use to find FREE CAMPING – learn more about our strategy in our article “The Art of Free Camping.”


What is Boondockers Welcome?

It’s a membership service that provides travelers with driveway camping options across the country. The company was founded by fellow RVers, and aims to connect like-minded people with places to camp and create shared experiences.

How much does it cost?

There are two membership categories – hosts & travelers. A host membership cost $19.95 a year, with the potential of being free if they receive positive reviews. The “Guest-Only” membership is $24.95 a year. It allows travelers easy access to the database of hosts.

What are some of the membership features?

The website has an easy to use mapping system that makes it easy to find hosts across the country. Boondockers Welcome also has a private messaging system that shows host response rate. Our favorite feature is the host reviews that are found in each profile – it gives us a good sense if we’ll be a proper fit for the host.

Is it safe?

We felt very comfortable and our host was kind and gracious. Reading host reviews can help you get a feel for each host and what the experience of other campers has been. If a host has numerous reviews, we feel more inclined to stay.

Our Experience?

We spent five nights during our first Boondockers Welcome stay. The location was ideal for our Seattle adventures. We could also walk to local coffee shops and a beautiful water front park. For us to legitimize the $25 membership, we’d like to use it at least 12 nights out of the year.

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  1. sunnyharvy says:

    LOVE Boondockers Welcome. Have stayed with hosts from Newfoundland to Texas to Alaska! Were you at Dean’s place? Great guy!

  2. We were! He is a great guy, we really enjoyed our stay!

  3. Jessica Meinhofer says:

    We are finally going to buy our membership!! We have a 6 month trek up the East Coast and trying to keep our costs as low as possible! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  4. Carol Lawson says:

    We’ve been members since the site opened….wow, quite a few years ago. I love it. We’ve hosted and we’ve been hosted. Haven’t had any bad experiences. I’m very cautious though.

  5. Sandi Meyer says:

    You have stated that the membership is $24.95 and when I try to join, they are listing a $50 fee. Do I need a coupon code?

  6. Kyle & Olivia Brady says:

    They just went up in price this January. I’ll update the article. It was written a few years ago