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Old 01-08-2013, 10:49 PM   #197
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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?

Not a chance, but I have two generators to recharge the batteries.


How long is it possible for members of your party to go without a "real" shower before mutiny breaks out?

I'm the worst one for that, I need water to rejuvenate me but 70 gal. can last for a while if it's just the 2 of us. We don't stay at one place too long , at least not yet.
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Two generators? That's just not right! That said: more power to you (seriously, no pun intended). But if you are next to us is the boonies we will string some wire between us and you can share out solar power. We got amps running off the roof!
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Now, you see, here's where we get to something I just don't get- that whole electricity thing. There's light in the boondocks I go to, at least for the part of the day when I'm awake...isn't that true everywhere???

What's all the electricity for, anyway???
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Now, you see, here's where we get to something I just don't get- that whole electricity thing. There's light in the boondocks I go to, at least for the part of the day when I'm awake...isn't that true everywhere???

What's all the electricity for, anyway???
Stuff people do in the dark. Watch tv, use a light for reading, surf the net on a computer, listen to the radio, stay warm if it is cold, run the refrigerator.......
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Stuff people do in the dark. Watch tv, use a light for reading, surf the net on a computer, listen to the radio, stay warm if it is cold, run the refrigerator.......
But...why go to the boondocks if you're going to do the same things you do at home?

Where, I might add, it's a lot more comfortable.
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I don't mind spending a night or two at Walmart while traveling but this practice has nothing to do with boondocking , parking by a nice lake or river for a few days camping in the desert for a week without any services now thats my kind of life
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What if the RV IS YOUR HOME?
Well, that's a horse of a different color!

Carry on...
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I sure have gotten a chuckle or two out of the posts on this subject

I just couldn't resist putting my little bit in too. I've done it all; paid, un-paid, back yard, Wally-World, rest stops, back of gas stations, curbside, clubs, so forth and so on. When I need to stop I find a spot, not fond of paying for a few hours to park so as long as I'm safe and legal it is okay with me. I actually like being at truck stops.
Once I get were I'm going I prefer to have some separation from other rigs. Why? I don't like a lot of rules, and I don't want to know intimate details of other people's lives and if you're to close you hear stuff and see stuff that I don't want to know. I also don't like it when people cut through your space or stand beside your rig late at night and have loud conversations or even yell at each other!

I have solar and I can last two weeks in the boonies easy or if careful three weeks then it is time to dump tanks and get fresh veggies, do laundry, etc. I enjoy other RV'rs company from time to time just don't want to get that crowded feeling. A campfire with amiable folks is enjoyable once in a while. "Everything in moderation".
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We do it all. There is no wrong or right way.

Tourist: do the CG
Weekend Getaway: we have (own) our permanent site in a private CG. Only see people if we want to. Some of the lots are on top of each other and others like ours is surrounded by trees.
Meandering: we look for CG on secondary roads that are scenic by-ways. They may only have water and electric and the sites are grass.
Military Bases (a privilege): can be a mixture of boondocking to full-service.
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I got in enough trouble with the WM thread so I'll stay out of this one too!
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Each to his/her own. I feel it depends on your needs at that particular time. We live in California and when camping inland in summer having power is a must to run the AC units as I don't want to run the generator 24 hours a day. We have not had the chance to boondock yet but intend to do so when the opportunity arises. I, like a lot other people here enjoy the solitude and not having to have my dogs on a leash at all times. I can see the advantages of both. Again I think it comes down to what work for you.

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I got in enough trouble with the WM thread so I'll stay out of this one too!
TOO LATE!

YUP - if Walmart ever shuts down, we'll loose over half of our "RV boondocking" community!
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My wife and I spent 5 years full time on the road in my home country of New Zealand.
We boondocked 99% of the time, occasionaly we might go to a GC if I needed lots of power to carry some maintenence.
We didnt have a gen set, we had plenty of Solar which is far more common in MH circles in NZ, than what it is here in the US and it also appears to be cheaper to set up, which is a bit of a surprise.

Boondocking what we in NZ call "Freecamping" is very very easy to do in NZ with lots of beachside stop overs right on the ocean door.
Almost without exception golf courses allow you to stop over and we have thousands of those.
If you belong to the NZMCA "New Zealand Motor Caravan association" they have a net work of "POP" stops across the country.
Feel free to vist the NZMCA website www.nzmca.org.nz lots of fun info.
The POP's are normally another members property or farm where you can stop over for up to 3 nights.
They may also be any property or land that someone has made available to the POP system operated by the NZMCA club.
Or you can just do your own thing, which is what we did most of the time, we soon located our favorite beach of forest locations as we moved around the country.

We also enjoyed spending time on big dairy farms, where you could get permission to park in some remote corner of the farm near a river or creek.
I would often pick up work with the farmer fixing gear or helping out around the farm, milking, mending fences, feeding stock or what ever.

It seems more folks are becoming interested in Boondocking here, its a great way to go, you just have to be prepared and self reliant.
You very quickly work out what works and what does not, how to conserve water, power and minimize rubbish.
We always used the pack in pack out rule and often left a site cleaner than when we had found it.

Its not for everybody, but if you an independent or adventurous sort and have not tried boondocking, I would encourage you to do so.

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