Safety vs Seclusion: Can Campers Have Both?
RV campgrounds offer little to no privacy and no seclusion. Boondocking can be secluded, but is it safe? Can campers have both safety and seclusion, or is that just a pipe dream?
Let’s take a closer look at boondocking and your safest RV camping options that don’t sacrifice the need for privacy and seclusion.
Is Boondocking A Safe Camping Option?
Yes, boondocking is safe.
Boondocking can even be safer than camping in a campground. This is because boondocking usually takes place in remote areas with very few people. Crime typically happens in populated, busy areas. The main threats you might face while boondocking is severe weather and vehicle breakdowns.
Granted, there is buzz about spotting feral people in National Parks. We think it’s more myth than fact.
Is Camping in Campgrounds Safer than Boondocking?
This depends on what kind of campground you’re staying in. You’re more likely to become a victim of theft or vandalism in an RV park or campground full of people.
We’re not saying that campgrounds are unsafe or full of criminals.
But anytime you camp in a heavily populated area, you take that risk. This is why it’s a good idea to never leave valuables unattended outside your RV. You never know who might wander by and steal something.
Benefits of Boondocking
Boondocking is an exciting way to camp. There are many benefits to wild camping. Here are our favorites.
Seclusion is one of the top benefits of boondocking. There are boondocking campsites close to towns or full of people, but the beauty is that you get to choose. You can be as secluded or as surrounded by people as you want.
Inexpensive or Free
Most wild camping spots are free. If there is a fee, it’s usually less than $15 per night. We like the free spots but will gladly pay a fee to boondock if it means supporting the area and local land management.
The views you’ll find at a remote boondocking spot beat the views in a campground any day. Whether you want beachside views, canyon views, wide-open spaces, or mountains, you can find it all.
Benefits of Campgrounds
There are many benefits to campground camping, too. Boondocking is beautiful, but campgrounds come with perks.
It’s hard to beat a developed campsite. Full hookups are an RVer’s best friend. It’s nice to be able to use your RV like a sticks-and-bricks house. Many campsites even include a fire ring and picnic table.
Amenities like on-site convenience stores, pools, wifi, and laundry rooms can feel like a luxury to an RVer. Campground amenities are the best parts of camping at campgrounds.
Close Proximity to Other Campers and Staff
If boondocking feels scary because you’re all alone, being near other campers and campground staff is a major benefit. In a campground, you can rest assured that there are people nearby if you have an emergency.
Close Proximity to Civilization
Campgrounds are usually close to stores, entertainment, delicious food, fun activities, and more. Everything you could ever want to see or do is generally within a few minute’s drive.
Safety Versus Seclusion: Can Campers Have Both?
You really can have both. Boondocking is a safe and fun way to camp. Campgrounds have benefits, but seclusion isn’t one of them. If you’re ready to try boondocking, check out our official boondocking guide here. Have you ever boondocked before? What’s your favorite part?
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M Bruce Parker
Tuesday 15th of June 2021
We have enjoyed undisturbed boondocking this season: Muley Point, UT: a dirt road just east of the view points has ~100? campsites which must be busy during peak season. We saw no one May 20. Just east of Bears Ears Pass, there is a south facing dirt view point into Natural Arches Canyon. Again, no traffic. Usually green area. North up Elk Ridge Road toward Canyonlands had many plausible campsites; none were occupied. One truck/day. Just east of Gateway CO there is a forest service road. ~halfway up there was a perfect campsite. We looked no further. We passed a riverside park just south of Gateway but did not stop. No signs.
Cynthia B Martina
Tuesday 15th of June 2021
My husband and I boondock most of the time as we travel the states. We have saved thousands of dollars boondocking. Many locations are only 5 to 20 miles from a town, so you can make easy runs to the town if you need something. Boondocking allows you to pick your very own spot and privacy. We have never experienced any safety issues and quite often, we will spot a ranger making the rounds.