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Old 09-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Hi all, Her I come to the experts again! Please tell me about your first boon-docking experience? I will be traveling from Seattle,wa to New Mexico and want to boondock, but how do you pick a place? I want to stay at least a few days at a time. This will be my first boondocking experience, not dry camping thanks pals

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Old 09-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #2
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Most of our early "RVing" was boondocking and that was long before our internet days. We picked up local pamphlets on what is now listed below.

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Old 09-23-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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True boondocking takes some scouting to find the places you like. It is hard to do this when you are traveling. Go on the internet to the web site : Free or almost free camp grounds. This will help. I am a full timer. I will stop for the night almost anywhere but off the beaten path. Staying a few days requires you to know it is OK to stay there. Check out Fairgrounds. They usually have RV sites and are inexpensive. Many small towns have places you can stay for up to 3 days. City parks, County parks etc. I also have The Gypsie Journal's free or almost free publication.

My road atlas looks like it has the measles as I have highlighted all these places on it in pink for all of the states. It was a chore but worth it.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:08 PM   #4
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To me boondocking implies dry camping.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:18 AM   #5
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To Boondock, you have to be in the boondocks, that means away from civilization in a remote spot where, of course, there are no facilities to hook up to.

You can "Dry Camp" anywhere, but facilities are probably near by if you want to take that route. For instance, is you pull into a rest area and park, but then decide to spend the night, you are dry camping.

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I am originally from northern MN (60 miles to a stop light or single theater, we have a mickyD)(should have seen the wife after a 'just down the road'). I have been told by those here from the east coast that is the boondocks, my contention is that somewhere like Wyoming or Alaska (out side the cities) would be the boon docks.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:38 PM   #7
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Forestry Service have formal campgrounds or dispersed camping that is either free or low cost and nearly always in some very nice locations. You will also find municipal campgrounds well away from towns and they are also very good value.
Both these places have widely separated sites so you are not jammed in close together, and access is usually not a problem except for having to watch overhead branches.

The purists may not regard it as true boondocking, but at the other end of the spectrum, many rVers consider Walmarts to be a perfect spot too so to each his own.

First trip to the US we spent 4 months on the west coast and adjacent states and didn't ever use a commercial campground.
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If you drive down 40 miles of gravel road to a developed campground that has no hook-ups, but has Potable Water spigots, and vault toiltets, are you boondocking, or just dry camping! Some will say that boondocking is what you do in the Long Term or Dispersed Camping areas in Quartzsite. Just stop somewhere in the middle of nowhere on a patch of dirt and set up camp, the only services you have are the ones that you bring with you. Others consider an overnight in the Walmart Parking Lot boondocking. What comes first "the chicken or the egg" ?

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Dry camping (boondocking)Dry camping (boondocking) is camping in a campground or any area without water, electricity and sewage hookups, including parking lots or driveways. In the USA, most campgrounds operated by the US Department of the Interior (BLM, National Park Service, National Monuments, National Wildlife Areas, National Forests) and most state and county campgrounds do not have full hookups for water, sewage or electricity. Dry camping is made more comfortable by having:
  1. A supply of potable water storage within the RV
  2. Enough house-battery power to supply basic camping needs (low voltage lights, water pump, control portion of refrigerator, etc.)
  3. A means of recharging the house battery(s), such as solar panels or generators
  4. Enough wastewater tank capacity to contain the wastewater for several days of camping
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The way I read your post is you want to travel across the country and find places to pull off safely and spend the night, maybe pick up a few necessities or get a cooked breakfast and hit the road again.
Mo and I do just that and manage to stay within our travel budget easily. We use;
and also daysend from the Gypsy Journal (Subscription required)
The allstays website gives the best info for us and other then staying at a local shooting range, we have never had a bad experience.
We'll be leaving in a couple of weeks to travel from the CA Sierra Nevada Mtns to south AL and will boondock all the way... .
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