This Monday our “Word of the Week” is Moochdocking. We’ll discuss what it means to us and how & when we do it. A matter of fact, we’re moochdocking right now.
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What does Moochdocking mean?
The term moochdocking is derived from the words boondocking and moocher. Boondocking – which generally means camping for free, on public land, out in the boonies. And, moocher… well it’s a shaded term that describes a beggar or scrounger. Moochdocking is also referred to as driveway surfing.
Moochdocking is generally known as camping on a driveway of a friend or family member. In many cases, an extension cord and hose are run from the home to connect make-shift hookups to the rig.
To be clear, moochdocking is an “invite only” situation. Camping at a private residence without permission is known as trespassing.
Benefits of Moochdocking
Moochdocking has many benefits. First of all, its free! In many cases, it gives you access to amazing household amenities like hot showers, laundry machines and unlimited wifi.
We enjoy moochdocking at our family’s home because it lets us reconnect after long periods of being on the road. It allows us to have a cup of coffee with siblings and take part in family dinners.
Moochdocking can also be great for scoring the ideal urban camping location. We driveway surfed in Seattle at a perfect spot to easily explore nearby attractions.
Considerations Before Moochdocking
If you cherish your privacy, moochdocking might not be for you. Setting up camp in a driveway keeps your rig on constant display. Also, if you’re staying at a friends place, there might be extra pressure to socialize. If you’re driveway surfing at a strangers… well that can be interesting, too.
On the other side of that coin – when moochdocking, even with a gracious invite, it can feel as though you’re imposing on your host’s personal space.
Good Practices for Moochdocking
Communication is key! Have a clear understanding of the stay-limits and don’t wear out your welcome. If you’re connected to electric, discuss what appliances you’ll be able to operate with the limited shore power.
Like any boondocking site, its good to leave the place cleaner than when you arrived.
And, most importantly, show gratitude. This by no means has to be monetary; offer to cook dinner, gift your craft or simply share in quality conversation and connection.
If you have no family or friends in a certain area, fear not! There are a few resources available to allow you to connect with thousands of driveways across the country.
Boondockers Welcome – this is a membership program ($44/year) that gives you access to a huge database of people willing to share their driveway. We’ve enjoyed our experience with this service and have friends who are both hosts & guests.
Harvest Hosts – this is a membership program (44/year) that also has a large, nationwide database. Unlike Boondockers Welcome, many Harvest Hosts locations are rural businesses (vineyards & farms). However, we have camped at some locations with HH that were residences.
We recommend both of these programs and have used them numerous times throughout our travels.
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