The results are in. This poll asked if true boondocking involved overnighting at a Walmart, casino, or campground. A total of 156 readers took the time to weigh in on this sometimes contentious topic. A total of 129 readers (83 percent) answered False, while just 27 readers (17 percent) answered True.
The purpose of this poll was to determine how RVers define and use this term. Being out in the boondocks or boondocking used to mean that you were out in some wild and remote location. But a small segment of the RV community, about 17 percent according to this poll, seems to think differently and have associated the word with being off the grid only. According to this group boondocking can occur anywhere including a Walmart parking lot. I don’t know about you, but I don’t associate Walmarts with boondocking. Never have, never will.
Some will say, “what does it matter what we call it? Who cares?” Well, I’m one who thinks that words mean things. Does it matter how their, they’re, and there are used in an article and how to, too, and two are used? Do you cringe when you hear Irregardless or close proximity in a conversation or when somebody says mute instead of moot? If you answered yes to all of these, then you probably care how boondocking is used. If you answered no, then you probably couldn’t care less.
I’ll never forget the time back in 2006 when a young Asian professional and his wife and pulled up in a sedan next to our campsite near Lake Ashurst in Northern Arizona. My family watched as the couple pulled out a small ice chest filled with food and drinks and sat down on a small blanket spread out on the grass. Soon thereafter the young professional got a phone call from a work associate. The wife and I smiled and looked at each other when we overheard him say that he was out camping and having a great time. It was pretty funny. It became even more so, when the couple packed up their ice chest and blanket and drove home after eating their picnic lunch. That, of course, isn’t camping. Never has been, never will.