There is a national restaurant chain whose most recent marketing campaign features the slogan: “No rules, just right”. That slogan pretty much sums up the appeal of boondocking for my wife and I. While there are regulations regarding boondocking on public land, they are not presented to you each time you “check in” nor are you required to sign a document acknowledging them like you would in a private RV park. Boondocking allows you to check in when you want, check out when you want, run your generator when you want, let your kids be kids, hang towels from your awning to dry and even perform maintenance on your vehicle if you like. Plus, there is no cancellation fee if you show up and don’t care for your surroundings. So when we recently checked into a well kept private RV park in Eastern Washington and were handed the “list”, I was quickly reminded on why we hadn’t stayed in a private park for many months. However, wanting to be a good tenant and neighbor, I read the list of park rules. Most of the standard items were present (quiet hours, bag your garbage, pet waste, etc.), but when I got to number 10 I took notice. It stated, “Use only access gates provided for park guests. DO NOT enter the bull pasture. They do not play well with others.” Well, I have to admit that in all my years of RVing I have never read or seen that stated in any other campgrounds’ rules. Being gored by a bull is one adventure in RVing I can do without!Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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