This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Arlington, VA
Max Rig Size
< 25 (ft)
Same Day Requests
We are generally very flexible on arrival times, but please keep us updated. Private suburban home. STEEP drive and crowned street. This creates a deep dip which can cause RVs with rear overhangs to scrape. Maximum 1M/3Ft. rear overhang, please! (Don't ask how we know this!) Most suited to Class B vans or high ground clearance expedition vehicles. You may be able to use leveling blocks bridge the gap for conventional (low) RV's. English, French, Spanish, and limited German spoken. NOTE: Washington is famous as a Malarial swamp! From May to September you may encounter: -- Warm, sunny weather with highs between 90F/30C and 100F/38C. -- 100% humidity and tropical rains. -- Swarms of "Tiger" (a form of Aedes albopictus) mosquitos. They are very aggressive and attack all day, not just at dusk. Suggested Local Attractions: Washington is a Capitol City! (tm) 30 minute walk to Metro, 10 minutes to bus lines, bike to the Metro or to the downtown. Beyond the Mall and its museums, don't overlook suburban sights like Mount Vernon (visit the distillery) and Udvar-Hazy, both easy drives with RV parking. DC/Mall Parking: The short answer is "impossible." That said, there are a few commercial lots that will accommodate RV's. This site may be helpful: https://dcparking.org/national-mall/ Specifically mentioned: -- Commercial Lot behind Union Station - will let you purchase multiple spaces. -- National Mall Parking at the Tidal Basin - 1540 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 (Look up on Google.) Great base for bicycle exploration. We are within ten minutes of the Custis Bicycle Trail that goes into the District and continues on to Mount Vernon or 50 miles out to Purcellville. Download bicycle and Metro maps here: https://arlingtontransportationpartners.com/services/brochure-services/ Note: Bicycles are not permitted in Arlington Cemetery. 15 minute walk: Lebanese, Thai, American Bistro, Ice Cream, Coffee, Drug Store, Grocery, Italian Store, Hardware, Barbers, Post Office, Sunday Farmer's market (Good meat, eggs, vegetables, etc.). 1 mile walk/bike/drive: Thai, Japanese, Gourmet Chinese, Mexican, Wood oven pizza, Thai Ice Cream, Starbucks, Italian, Drug Store, Pet Store, Auto Parts, 2 Supermarkets, Parcel Shipping. Under 1.5 miles: (Bike or drive) Afghan, Bangladeshi, Caribbean Chicken/Bolivian, BBQ, Tacos, Turkish, Diner. The Lebanese is the original Lebanese Taverna, the Mexican consistently wins the "Best Margarita in DC," the Afghan is great, and the Chinese is run by the former Chef at the Chinese Embassy. BBQ is rated in the "top ten for DC" and has great brisket. Turkish is very good and an interesting change from more common Greek/Lebanese. Newly opened Charga Grill just won top place in a newspaper review. Great food is not a problem. There is a superb RV repair facility about one hour away, near the junction of I-81 and I-66. Highly, highly recommended: https://www.rvservicellc.com/ Also good commercial RV dealer with decent service department in Manassas: https://www.restlesswheels.com/ And, of course, Camping World. If we are away, there is a National Park Service campground in Greenbelt, Maryland with access to the Metro. https://www.nps.gov/gree/planyourvisit/campground.htm
Vehicle Suitability Information
Outdoor Cooking Allowed
Electric Hookup: 15A
Offleash Area for Pets
No smoking please and keep dogs under control. We do have a fenced yard your dog may enjoy. No generators - we have neighbors. WiFi may not reach unless you have an antenna.
Access Road Conditions: Residential street with steep driveway. Tow Vehicle Parking Details: No - Cannot accept trailers
Hosted By DiploStrat
Retired Foreign Service couple and longtime overlanders See more at: https://diplostrat.net/ Home Town: Arlington, Virginia Skills or Expertise to Share: Love travel and photography and give classes on camper electrical systems.
Availability for RV Camping
References for this location from other RVers
3 months ago
Back in Holland we are still enjoying our eastcoast roadtrip. We stayed at Fred's and Denise's place for one night and felt more than welcome. Fred helped and brought us to the subway. We had a great day in DC. The next morning Denisebhad baked a bananabread for us and we went to the farmersmarket in the neighbourhood. Thanks again. Matina en Jan
9 months ago
What a brilliant place to stay. Fred and Denise were wonderful, they couldn't do enough for us and gave us ideas on what to see and do. Arlington is a beautiful area, lovely to walk around and so easy to get to Washington DC, 30 min walk, 20 min train ride and you are at the Smithsonian metro. We really enjoyed our stay here, thank you
10 months ago
Excellent hosts. Very eager to help. Accomodating, kind and helpful. The description of their site was spot on.
11 months ago
Wonderful hosts. We had a great stay at this beautiful and conveniently located property. Highly recommend
1 year ago
this was our first stay at a Boondockers and it was perfect. Fred got us setup quickly and he was very an excellent host and tour guide. He pointed out all the local restaurants and shopping areas and explained the bike trails into Washington. We never had to move the van. Fred has a true overlander camper and has real world knowledge of the LIFEPO4 batteries and how to build and install them. He also provided emergency refrigeration support when our fridge died in our van. Would highly recommend this location for anyone visiting Washington. Make sure Fred guides you up the driveway as the angle is steep as the start and you don't want to hit bottom.