pp. Parking a recreational vehicle in a remote or secluded area to avoid paying campground or RV park charges.
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2015 is devoted to the art of “boondocking,” which is all about finding free, off-the-beaten-path places for camping. The site is compiled by an active boondocker who maintains a database of free camping spots nationwide.
—Trent Hamm, “4 Ways to Find Free and Cheap Camping Sites,” U.S. News & World Report, July 21, 2015
This…allows me to do urban boondocking should I choose. Right now, I've been parking at night on the street in a safe area of San Francisco. The cheapest RV parks in the area offer few amenities, and cost a minimum of $65 a night. They are not a good value. But I'm not paying a cent 4-5 days a week.
—Vanessa Donley, “What Does it Feel Like to Live Year Round in an RV?,” The Huffington Post, October 22, 2014
Campgrounds with full hookups can cost $30 to $40 a night, and the McIntyres have learned to do more "boondocking'' — camping free at sites without hookups, including Wal-Mart parking lots.
—Doug Smith, “Minneapolis couple finds the good life: Retirement in an RV,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis), February 06, 2013
1997 (earliest)
And if this sounds too tranquil, there's always the adventure of boondocking — camping free in "primitive" sites at rest areas, beaches, parking lots, deserts, or fairgrounds.
—Kim Baker & Sunny Baker, The RVer's Bible, Simon and Schuster, April 16, 1997