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Old 07-31-2016, 10:03 AM   #1
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Am I weird?

Good morning. Been stalking the site a bit, but finally signed up.

Purely in the 'research' phase.

What I'm curious of, and have not had much success in looking for....

Are there any RV parks with MUCH larger lots?

or Spots that are very secluded. Is there some sort of directory of single spots.

When traveling.. the idea of a large park with amenities and activities is not what I'm looking for at all.

I envision a power, and garden hose hookup attached to the barn in the back corner of some farmers field.

The more remote, the better.

I'm trying to think up ways this might happen. Like 'house sitting' for someone without using their house. Rural properties only.

Like I said.. still just planning. Not sure of the term of what I'm even looking for. My job allows me to work from about anywhere in the country. I'd like to try a couple months at a time on the road. Looking at older Prevost busses.

I'm sure there's a ton I don't even know to ask.. just trying to find out what you'd call camping not in a crowd.. but not boondocking.

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The best luck we've had in your thought process was to find very off the beaten path corp of engineer grounds or off the path state parks. You could get some relative privacy, sometimes absolute privacy, there. There's quite a few off the path places that people simply don't flock to - finding them is like finding gems, and they aren't always spoken about a lot.

certainly the best privacy is found when on BLM land, but without services.

Most privately owned RV parks I've ever seen try to cram as many units as possible in the place. Not all, but most.

It could totally be possible on a town by town basis, to find a place to hook up on someone's property. I don't know how many 50 amp plugs you'll find just hanging around small towns, but you never know. Asking at the small town store might be a good starting place.
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What I'm curious of, and have not had much success in looking for....
Are there any RV parks with MUCH larger lots?
Spots that are very secluded.
When traveling.. the idea of a large park with amenities and activities is not what I'm looking for at all.
I envision power, and garden hose hookup attached to the barn in the back corner of some farmers field.

Not sure of the term of what I'm even looking for..
I'm sure there's a ton I don't even know to ask..
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If you can do without the barn...methinks you will like U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (COE), campgrounds:
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I'm with you JP. We like State Parks, BLM's, NF, and a few NP's. They have more real estate than the private campgrounds and are not as money driven to utilize every square foot. Haven't tried COE's yet but I know we will in the future.
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looked at federal lands around me. some camping, but not many hookups.

there's got to be a way to figure out where to find a guy that's got a hookup on his land that's unused.

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First of all,

Yours is a very interesting question. Unfortunately, I don't have an answer for you but I will be watching this thread for all possible solutions.

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looked at federal lands around me. some camping, but not many hookups.

there's got to be a way to figure out where to find a guy that's got a hookup on his land that's unused.

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Again, I think asking at the local level is probably the best way.

There's not much that I've found in the way of online resources or books for this.

However, you might want to reach out to the owners of campendium.com , I would think they would have the very best bead on this sort of information - the owners are really nice, full time, and really love their privacy and off the beaten path travels.

Not only do they operate www.campendium.com , but they also operate the following blog, which might be a quicker way to reach them...

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You might consider moving off grid. You can follow the temperature gauge and seldom need air conditioning or furnace. Then load up on solar and lithium batteries and not need to look for shore power, at least most of the time. Then winter in south Arizona on BLM lands and summer near Pacific Ocean in northern California or Oregon or Washington. On up in elevation in national forests. Think outside the (electrical) box.

Check out technomadia.com

Happy trails.

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looked at federal lands around me. some camping, but not many hookups.

there's got to be a way to figure out where to find a guy that's got a hookup on his land that's unused.

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There's the Boondockers Welcome organization, that pretty much describes the type of land you are looking for. Have you run across that yet?
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Like I said.. still just planning. Not sure of the term of what I'm even looking for. My job allows me to work from about anywhere in the country. I'd like to try a couple months at a time on the road. Looking at older Prevost busses.
If your job requires Internet you may not be able to go to far from cell towers. Unless you plan on using satellite Internet.
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Good question. I've seen trailer park spots so tight you could not open your awning, and wooded spots so large you couldn't see your neighbors. My only advice would be to check reviews of cgs in the areas you want to go. Often, you can email review writers on the site and ask for personal observations.
They are out there. Big secluded spots. Hope you find some.
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There's the Boondockers Welcome organization, that pretty much describes the type of land you are looking for. Have you run across that yet?
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You might consider moving off grid. You can follow the temperature gauge and seldom need air conditioning or furnace. Then load up on solar and lithium batteries and not need to look for shore power, at least most of the time. Then winter in south Arizona on BLM lands and summer near Pacific Ocean in northern California or Oregon or Washington. On up in elevation in national forests. Think outside the (electrical) box.

Check out technomadia.com

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We've been RVing for roughly 18 months. We travel in a large diesel pusher. With the exception of a single 2 month trip to Florida - most of our travels have been 3-10 day jaunts in and around Michigan. While Michigan has a pretty good inventory of public land - we haven't found many places where we'd consider boondocking at. Isolated areas are simply a challenge to get into (I've got little interest in trying to take a 43,000 lb coach very far off the beaten path). Urban/suburban "camping" holds no interest for us ... Walmart parking lots (and the like) are great for an occasional overnight while we're on the way to somewhere else - but are never a destination it their own right for us.

Like lots of folks, we're happiest when we've got full hookups - but have learned that since we rarely staying put for much longer than 5-7 days - we're not really inconvenienced in a big way to go without a water and sewer hookup as long as we've got shore power - and access to a dump station on the way out.

We look to stay in "public" facilities first (i.e., State, County, COE Campgrounds, etc.) because they typically provide shore power - and tend to be provide the largest sites and in pretty good locations. When they're not available - private campgrounds are our next choice. We've made our peace that when we "go private" ... we're likely going to pay more, and be packed in tight - but will likely have full hookups. It simply is what it is.
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