Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Boondocking
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-29-2015, 05:56 PM   #29
Senior Member
 
cimplexsound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 762
BLM Boondocking

I in particular like La Paz county park near Parker and the sandy flats surrounding Parker and Yuma. La Paz park has electric and water hookups available. The more isolated of an area your in, the less of a problem you will likely have with theft and the more you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the dessert. I have lived in the desserts of Utah and Arizona my whole life. Rattle snakes and scorpions very from area to area. Your likely to encounter a rattle snakes during the intense summer heat this time of year, then you would in the winter months. Rattlers don't much care for the cold, and go into hiding during the winter. So seeing a snake in the winter months are rare. Scorpions are always on the loose. You have to check your rv regularly, fridge vents, furnace vents, sewer vents and so on. Although again they don't like the cold winter nights either so actually seeing a scorpions during the winter months is pretty rare. They are solitary creatures so it would be very rare to see more than one of them at a time. Flys and mosquitos are more of a problem than anything else. But doing regular pest control is always an excellent idea. A can of WD 40 is excellent, even snakes hate the stuff and it will kill most bugs on contact. A nice substitute to regular bug spray. So I agree with the other. Check out the campsite you want to stay at quite thoroughly. The more rocky the area with streams and rivers, the better chance for snakes, the more soft and sandy, they less likely you will see any kind of insect or reptile life. They like the barren dessert as much as people do. (So don't ever leave food out to attract hungry bugs and animals) Rocky areas are hard on the tires to and prove to produce a gut wrenching ride anytime you want to go anywhere, so I like areas that are easy to get in and out of even for a car. Also keep your pets supervised, coyotes do roam loose in the dessert at night and have a very good sense of smell. I keep my dog indoors at night and have no problems. Although their more afraid of you then you are of them as a general rule. Always check the long term weather forecast before you come. Life in the dessert?? All flat areas are a flood plain. In AZ an inch of rain can mean a massive flash flood, so in the shade and on high ground might be a better choice when the weather looks doughty. We had a lot of rain and a major snow storm in Lake Havasu City this last winter. very rare to see snow in this part of the world. But always expect the unexpected. the weather can be erratic even in southern AZ. This is just life in the dessert. So just a few small precautions and you will find dry camping in AZ during the winter is quite enjoyable, relaxing and very, very peaceful.


1979 Dodge Tioga Class C 24 foot. 1987 Fleetwood Bounder 34 Foot.
__________________

__________________
cimplexsound is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-29-2015, 08:11 PM   #30
Senior Member
 
cimplexsound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 762
BLM Boondocking

I forgot to mention one other thing you should keep in mind. The wind. It is constantly a problem child. If you have any light weight items you plan on keeping outdoors. Tie it down. If the wildlife doesn't carry it away Mother Nature will, that is if you don't take time to it down. That's life in the dessert LOL. Yuma and Parker are not so bad. But Lake Havasu and further north the wind is always blowing. On my way back to Utah during the spring from Havasu the wind was constantly rocking my rig around on the highway. Also during my winter time at Crazy Horse campground in Havasu I stayed on one of the beachfront rv sites. There wasn't day one when the wind wasn't blowing like a bat out of heck. So be prepare to slow down and take a little more time getting here. Because it doesn't matter what time of year it is. The wind will be your constant companion. All in all the dessert has it's flaws like any other place you live. But I love the year round sunshine, the dryer air which easier on my health and beautiful mountains. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.


1979 Dodge Tioga Class C 24 foot. 1987 Fleetwood Bounder 34 Foot.
__________________

__________________
cimplexsound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2015, 05:58 AM   #31
Senior Member
 
Alan Wilson's Avatar
 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 717
@Cimplexsound, thanks for the tips. I am not so afraid of the snakes or scorpions but I have a wife that is petrified so all the comments of them not being around are good. Helps to reduce her fears of running into them. I would much prefer being out of a flood plain. I had family that lost their motorhome to a flood. They happened to be on an excursion at the time so they were never in range but it was devastating for them to come back and see their only home sitting in a lot of water. They were full timing at the time and had been for several years. That ended soon after that. Insurance company didn't total it so the constant electrical problems were a nightmare and The warranty is only good where it was repaired. As for the wind, we spent a winter in the valley in Texas so we kind of know about the wind. It is something to tolerate for sure!


Alan Wilson

2001 HR Scepter 38 PBD
__________________
Counting down the days until our next great adventure!
Alan Wilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2015, 09:46 AM   #32
Senior Member
 
Alan Wilson's Avatar
 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 717
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reed Cundiff View Post
Elaine is the bold one in our family. We would never have gone to Alaska, Baja, and Yucatan/Belize/Guatemala with our 5th wheel had it been up to me. They were the best trips we have ever taken.

Reed and Elaine

I would be very interested to hear how those trips came about and how they went. Especially the trip down south to the Yucatan. I like adventure but I'm not sure I could do that one. Alaska would be a great trip but it s a little too adventurous for my other half. Maybe you could tell by my posts! Lol!


Alan Wilson

2001 HR Scepter 38 PBD
__________________
Counting down the days until our next great adventure!
Alan Wilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 08:26 PM   #33
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Big Bear Lake, Ca
Posts: 886
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbridinger View Post
I agree with Reed's comments. Quartsite is not an option. I have lived in AZ for 40+ years and there is always somewhere cool in the state. When it is 115 in Phx I spend time near Flagstaff, Williams, Showlow or pinetop area. A toad is a must for exploring and seeking out a better spot to park. I always camp in National forest service, state parks, national parks. I have not tried BLM, Yet! last week I was in flagstaff and it rained for 16 hours and it took 24 hours to dry out. I have 100 galllons of water, 130 amps of solar and have stayed out for 10 days so far. Do not worry about snakes and for the ones with 2 legs there are no laws in AZ preventing you from carrying a firearm. It is legal to carry a concealed weapon with no permit. This is the wild west!

AZ is an open carry state, you need a permit for concealed carry.
__________________
2004 CRV TOAD/1990 WRANGLER TOAD ROCK BUILT
Forest Grump is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2015, 01:56 PM   #34
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Sedona, AZ
Posts: 709
Quote:
Originally Posted by Forest Grump View Post
AZ is an open carry state, you need a permit for concealed carry.
Your info may be a little dated. As of July, 2010, AZ allows concealed carry in most places without a permit.

From Wikipedia:
In Arizona, a person over age 21 may legally carry a concealed firearm or deadly weapon without a permit within the state, except for certain prohibited locations, and must disclose the fact to a law enforcement officer if questioned.
__________________
Tim, Tara and Canyon - 'TnT' (& C now...)
2015 Thor Outlaw 37LS w/FJ Cruiser Toad
Columbia 400, 1967 Corvette, KTM 350 EXC-f, TTR 125 LE, XR50 for toys
MonkeyClaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2015, 02:41 PM   #35
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Big Bear Lake, Ca
Posts: 886
My bad, I have an AZ CCW TOO,
__________________
2004 CRV TOAD/1990 WRANGLER TOAD ROCK BUILT
Forest Grump is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2015, 04:50 PM   #36
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Sedona, AZ
Posts: 709
As to BLM land and guns, I've stayed in the BLM land just North of Lake Pleasant several times (at 'The Old Airstrip'). I've had people drive by very late at night and shoot off into the distance for no apparent reason on more than one occasion. I'll admit, it's made me a little nervous. Not because of the guns, but I have no idea what they are shooting at and a stray bullet or ricochet could really ruin the day.
__________________
Tim, Tara and Canyon - 'TnT' (& C now...)
2015 Thor Outlaw 37LS w/FJ Cruiser Toad
Columbia 400, 1967 Corvette, KTM 350 EXC-f, TTR 125 LE, XR50 for toys
MonkeyClaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2015, 05:03 PM   #37
Senior Member
 
dsbike's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Hampstead, NC
Posts: 1,391
I realize you want to get away from it all, but there are some places that are not off the grid But are still BLM land near Tucson Mountain Park in west Tucson. If you are trying to see just how well your rv will do without hookups you could try casino parking, several will allow several days stay at a time.
__________________
Dan Sees, Full Timing in the MH & Part timing in a S&B In Hampstead, NC
2013 Winnebago Journey 42e, 2014 Featherlite Car Hauler 3110 17.5', 2008 Mazda MX5,
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
dsbike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2015, 06:13 PM   #38
Senior Member
 
Nomad Mike's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Nomadic - Currently Near Lassen NF
Posts: 674
In addition to sat radio's, and SPOT there is also Delomre's inReach. Last time I checked, there was a $10/month service fee. Cheaper than a sat radio, less bulky and has navigation.

There are also PLB's (Personal Locator Beacons) which have no monthly fees but no communications other than "Send Rescue Now to My Location". The kind that send GPS signals are best, otherwise they get a general location and use the beacons homing signal to find you. You register them every two years with NOAA for free and they give precise GPS locations(on GPS enabled PLB). When you register, add a note that says your an RVer on adventures in the wild. They get other info in the registraion such as medical needs. These PLB's are monitored by NOAA and AFRCC(Air Force Rescue Coordination Center) and are first responder and they also delegate to closest rescue services. They are not really for getting a tow truck though, but lost or medical emergencies where self-rescue is not possible.

Edit: Wow the Delorme pricing went through the roof with the recreation plan $25 a month and a limit of 40 texts and .50 cents each after that. I will stick with my cell phone and a PLB.
__________________
Luna was born in 2005 and is a Winnebago Journey 34H w/ CAT C7 350
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Nomad Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2015, 08:55 PM   #39
Senior Member
 
Alan Wilson's Avatar
 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 717
Everyone I appreciate all the input from everyone but my other half I am finding out after 43 years of wedded bliss that she has no sense of adventure. At all. It looks like we will be staying in a crowded RV park where she feels safe. I give.


Thanks,

Alan

2001 HR Scepter 38PBD 330 Cummins
__________________
Counting down the days until our next great adventure!
Alan Wilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2015, 12:00 AM   #40
Senior Member
 
UncleBilly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 551
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alan Wilson View Post
Everyone I appreciate all the input from everyone but my other half I am finding out after 43 years of wedded bliss that she has no sense of adventure. At all. It looks like we will be staying in a crowded RV park where she feels safe. I give.


Thanks,

Alan

2001 HR Scepter 38PBD 330 Cummins

Shame too hear that Alan. My sister in law thinks I'm nuts for looking forward too staying out in the New Mexico deserts later on this year. She goes "Nope, I won't do it" 😜 My brother says they will do it when he retires. Sometimes you just have to drag them out of their comfort zone, so they can learn new things...


1996 Country Coach Intrigue 😜
__________________
UncleBilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2015, 12:18 AM   #41
Senior Member
 
Nomad Mike's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Nomadic - Currently Near Lassen NF
Posts: 674
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alan Wilson View Post
Everyone I appreciate all the input from everyone but my other half I am finding out after 43 years of wedded bliss that she has no sense of adventure. At all. It looks like we will be staying in a crowded RV park where she feels safe. I give.


Thanks,

Alan

2001 HR Scepter 38PBD 330 Cummins

Nooooooooooooooooo! This thread must continue, I'm taking notes. Please

__________________
Luna was born in 2005 and is a Winnebago Journey 34H w/ CAT C7 350
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Nomad Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2015, 06:43 AM   #42
Senior Member
 
Alan Wilson's Avatar
 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 717
Quote:
Originally Posted by UncleBilly View Post
Shame too hear that Alan. My sister in law thinks I'm nuts for looking forward too staying out in the New Mexico deserts later on this year. She goes "Nope, I won't do it" 😜 My brother says they will do it when he retires. Sometimes you just have to drag them out of their comfort zone, so they can learn new things...


1996 Country Coach Intrigue 😜

I've been thinking and I think you're right that some people have to be drug from their comfort zone. I have done that on occasion in the past. Many times I have paid dearly for it as well!! LOL! I am getting so much resistance ATM that I felt it better to stop trying to convince her how much fun it might be, could be or should be. I think I will need to do something she wants to do and THEN I can ask her to return the favor and do what I want to do. Even if only a couple of nights. 😎


Alan Wilson

2001 HR Scepter 38 PBD
__________________

__________________
Counting down the days until our next great adventure!
Alan Wilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
boondocking



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Suggestions for boondocking in CO? bigben7728 Boondocking 9 06-28-2015 10:25 AM
Boondocking vs. 'Boondocking' MonkeyClaw Boondocking 73 05-15-2015 08:25 AM
BLM LTVA for Summer JimnDawn Boondocking 3 10-14-2014 06:48 AM
Boondocking Report: Feedback Requested RussOnTheRoad Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11 05-29-2014 10:51 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.