What is Moochdocking?
Moochdocking is a great option for RVers who want to spend more time with friends and family. You can visit loved ones without paying RV Park prices. It does have some risks—like ticking off grouchy neighbors or getting a citation for parking illegally-but it has some big rewards, too. To ensure you have the best experience possible when staying at your host’s place, follow these tips:
- It’s important to have a clear understanding of the rules before you decide to moochdock. Sart by figuring out whether your host’s HOA will allow you to park an RV on their property and if it’ll fit into the moochdocking site. If you are parking on the street, be sure to check city laws in order to find out if there are any restrictions.
- Ask your host for some pictures of their property so that there is no confusion when driving into their property. This will allow you to see what type of land they have available in order to find the best spot for parking.
- Make sure your site has enough room for your rig.
- Find out if the land you plan on moochdocking on is soft or sandy so that the RV won’t sink into it too much.
- Make sure you have a good sense of the road leading into and away from the property and any cables, wires, or trees that might hang down and get in your way.
- Make sure your host speaks to the neighbors.
- Find out if the land you plan on moochdocking on is prone to flooding in case it rains or snows so that when you do leave your RV, it doesn’t get stuck in a muddy mess.
- Don’t stay for too long and don’t wear out your welcome.
- You should always have a backup plan in case of complications. Camp in a nearby RV park or campground or boondock.
- Unless your host offers electric, you will need a generator or solar power source to provide electricity.
Moochdocking is a form of couch-surfing, but instead of crashing on your relative’s or friend’s couch, you sleep in your RV. This way, you can save money and visit with family and friends all while enjoying the flexibility and adventure of RV travel.
Other Moochdocking Options
Boondockers Welcome is a website with a mission to foster collaboration between RVers and property owners. The site provides campers with an opportunity to find free or low-cost camping on someone’s property. Boondockers Welcome connects people who are interested in driveway camping with homeowners who are willing to provide their property as a resting spot for weary travelers. A membership costs $50 annually and you’ll typically give a gift to the hosts in return for your stay.
Harvest Hosts offers a way for people to explore the U.S. and learn about the different cultures by visiting vineyards, wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms & local attractions. There are currently over 1,000 hosts offering accommodations all over the country.