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Old 01-07-2013, 05:38 PM   #183
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Hmmmm...

Since you and I are making the rules, what think you of the following:

First,the term "camping" is henceforth to be limited to those that do so in (shudder) tents and is therefore permanently banished from the RV Lexicon.

That having been settled:
I propose that there are only three ways to "RV", and they are: paidparking, freeparking, and boondocking.

The definitions thereof are to be as follows:

Paidparking is any place of abodement that charges a fee.
Freeparking is any place of abodement that does NOT charge a fee, but is on pavement, and is usually used for quick overnights.
Boondocking is any place of abodement that is
a) Out in the boonies. Duh!
and
b) In use for the purpose of being out in the boonies.

Your thoughts?


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We'll touch upon the various degrees of boondocking later...



I'm with you except I'd have to split "Paidparking" so it differentiates between "sardine can camping" and FS/BLM for fee sites. There is way too many differences between the two to be grouped in the same lump even though they both require the separation of money from pocket.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:48 PM   #184
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I'm with you except I'd have to split "Paidparking" so it differentiates between "sardine can camping" and FS/BLM for fee sites. There is way too many differences between the two to be grouped in the same lump even though they both require the separation of money from pocket.
Hmmm. First - Francesca - what's the penalty for using the word camping.

Second - I agree that BLM is a definite distinction of paid - almost paid boondocking in many cases. Try souther NM for example.

There may need to be levels of paid - as resorts are not always just paid parking lots - and many overnight places have all the charm of a Walmart parking lot with full hookups. Clearly you pay for them - but the experiences are vastly different. Just a thought - like the King Ranch edition or XL, XE designations of many cars.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:01 PM   #185
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It is unfortunate, there are those that still think there is only one way to do something correct and that is their way. I'd be very cautious when reading posts like bgc44a's post #176. There are as many ways and reasons to enjoy RVing as there are different RVs. Stating how you do something or what you enjoy is information for this or any forum. Disparaging comments about those who enjoy RVing different than you is inappropriate.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #186
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Hmmm. First - Francesca - what's the penalty for using the word camping.
You'll be forced to endure a lecture from an English Major, subject:
"Can English survive? Of course not, and you are to blame!!!! "

As to suggestions re. subcategories:
All are being noted and will be taken under consideration for publication in the next set of rules.

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I would like to do both, I week by the river, mountain, desert, then 1 or 2 days at a campground, to dump, fill water, do laundry, and get a really good charge on my batteries. I know there are people who say they NEVER go to a campground. They break camp to go somewhere and dump, and fill water, then they go somewhere to do laundry. If you can stretch out to ten days, all the better.

I think the best answer is both, or what you enjoy most. Isn't this just supposed to be fun, and a great way to live?
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #188
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We do all the of the above and then some. We are RVers. We seldom "camp" which we define as late night around a campfire whether it is so cold you need a heavy coat or so hot you are sitting in tank top and shorts, in other words "sitting around a campfire." Please note the use of the word seldom, we do that sometimes because it can be fun.

We dry camp in the desert near Imperial Dam and we stay overnight in at WalMarts. As I write we are in a KOA because we had a gathering of our clan and boys 9 to 13 find KOA a fun place to run around and let off steam. Tomorrow, with them gone, we will move on to an Escapee CG because we will be doing things that are best accomplished from that venue. We have no idea where we will land after that, but boondocking in Texas is really hard because there is so little open land (not privately owned and fenced).
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We love boondocking... for the freedom, the independence and the spectacular views...

For us, if we couldn't boondock, we wouldn't go RVing!

It is such a thrill to find a beautiful place on this country's stunning public lands to call our own for a while. We've stayed in countless spots with multi-million dollar views out our windows. What a thrill it is to look outside and see deer bounding past, to overlook a gorgeous lake, or pretty stream, or towering mountains...

Boondocking makes our travels exciting, unpredictable and totally fun!
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I grew up playing/camping all over the Deserts of So Cal and learned how camp that way . It's real easy to learn to Boondock when there isn't any services for miles and miles. I've taken that knowledge and have been a Motorhome owner now over 30+ years. I love camping without hooks ups , more space, better views, wildlife ,cheaper etc and the power never goes out, the water never leaks...
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Hmmmm...

Since you and I are making the rules, what think you of the following:

First,the term "camping" is henceforth to be limited to those that do so in (shudder) tents and is therefore permanently banished from the RV Lexicon.

That having been settled:
I propose that there are only three ways to "RV", and they are: paidparking, freeparking, and boondocking.

The definitions thereof are to be as follows:

Paidparking is any place of abodement that charges a fee.
Freeparking is any place of abodement that does NOT charge a fee, but is on pavement, and is usually used for quick overnights.
Boondocking is any place of abodement that is
a) Out in the boonies. Duh!
and
b) In use for the purpose of being out in the boonies.

Your thoughts?


P.S.

We'll touch upon the various degrees of boondocking later...
I go along with a "Paid Parking, Free Parking and Boonedocking"
Now , let's move right along to the various degrees of boondocking.


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And how about two forms of boon docking: with generator and without?

We prefer the quiet life. Just say solar baby!

We were in Quartzsite today. Things are revving up. Rocks this week and RVs in a couple. All of you that get to go, have a blast. The weather here is about perfect.

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In my experience there are two kinds of MH owners, those who go from campground to campground, and the most important thing to them is Monday night football, and being seen around the campfire or whatever passes for that in their mind. The other kind is the type who enjoys the wonder of this great country, and the beauty that God created. This type would just as soon stay at a rest stop or a Walmart, or anywhere along the road, and is not afraid to be alone with their own thoughts.
Well, please color us happy.

Happy to go from fine campground to fine campground until we reach our selected RV resort.

The security (and sound sleep, far from door bangers and horn honkers at store lots and such; been there-done that) and the amenities (that do not require the cash for battery banks, solar panels, hi-end inverter/converters, water bladders, going somewhere to dump and get water, et al) gives us piece of mind and provides plenty of fun!
We get dirty and see stuff the tourists cant dream of when we go off-road.
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I go along with a "Paid Parking, Free Parking and Boonedocking"
Now , let's move right along to the various degrees of boondocking.
Hmmm....impressive...and yet...I wonder if yours is the purest form of boondocking, that is, "the way I do it": also known as "the only right way".

We'll delve deeper:

Can you stay "out in the boonies" for at least a week without generating more electricity than you brought stored in your batteries?

Also:

How long is it possible for members of your party to go without a "real" shower before mutiny breaks out?
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We seem to be straying in some cases from the intent of the original post
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Hmmm....impressive...and yet...I wonder if yours is the purest form of boondocking, that is, "the way I do it": also known as "the only right way".

We'll delve deeper:

Can you stay "out in the boonies" for at least a week without generating more electricity than you brought stored in your batteries?

Also:

How long is it possible for members of your party to go without a "real" shower before mutiny breaks out?
Francesca, you are a pip. And I mean that as a compliment!

"Boonies" like to be out and totally away. And that's fine!
But they do it with solar and gen power and such, so they are "away" and yet not totally. They have a cagillion bucks in all of the technology to not only be out there, but to not miss a football game and play video games, etc.
So, all of the comforts of home, but at a price. That's all! Easy peasy.
But you really LOLed my on the "real shower mutiny" bit. Yeah, how long before before they are too gamey for each other or the local critters?
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