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Old 01-26-2013, 08:35 PM   #211
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Originally Posted by honkytonkinn View Post
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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Old 01-27-2013, 12:20 AM   #212
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This is exactly what I am talking about. Can the Ford F250 towing the Cougar make it?

We are planning a trip to NZ next northern hemisphere winter. Probably an ocean going cruise but would love to do a caravan tour of one or the other of the islands. PM me, New Zealand guy, if you have an idea a about how we can do this...


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Old 01-27-2013, 08:03 AM   #213
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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.
Great post and my sentiments exactly. And let me add to each their own, no one is right and no one is wrong. Do what's right for you and I'll do what's right for me. Don't judge my ways and I won't judge yours.
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Originally Posted by GrassShack View Post

Great post and my sentiments exactly. And let me add to each their own, no one is right and no one is wrong. Do what's right for you and I'll do what's right for me. Don't judge my ways and I won't judge yours.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:28 PM   #215
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Where to boondock

I've never done this before and wonder how to find places to stay. We are going Houston to Phiadelphia, seeing all historical sites along the way. Would love to save $$ but have no idea how to locate places.
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If you consider boondocking to be primative sites that are not developed at all or very little National Parks and Forest Service campgrounds may have something for you. We use State Parks and County Parks a lot and they will have varying levels of site amenities.

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Old 02-15-2013, 04:03 PM   #217
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I've never done this before and wonder how to find places to stay. We are going Houston to Phiadelphia, seeing all historical sites along the way. Would love to save $$ but have no idea how to locate places.
Driving anywhere cross country requires a little planning. Wal Mart is an obvious answer and works very well. I have driven 45,000 miles areound the country and have spent countless nights in Wal Marts. Having said that, I recommend that you get a list of those that do not allow parking, and there are a few, by googling "no parking Wal Marts". Then, get the Wal Mart road atlas with all the addresses of the Wal Marts across the country. And finally, don't use a Wal Mart as a campground. No awnings, picnic tables or folding chairs, as few slides as necessary and NO JACKS...they tend to tear up the pavement if the weather is warm. And finally, be kind to your fellow campers...shut down excessive noise, and don't crank up the generator at 5am to get on the road. Just be as considerate as you can and you will love using the Wal Marts.
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Hi barbbezub,

Here is a url to help find inexpensive (under $12) and free places to stay. Free Campsites

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I've never done this before and wonder how to find places to stay. We are going Houston to Phiadelphia, seeing all historical sites along the way. Would love to save $$ but have no idea how to locate places.
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Walmarts, Lowes. Home Depot, KMart, all allow overnighters. The others just don't advertise it as much as Walmart but I've been personally told by store managers at each of those that "corporate" does welcome overnighters. The main reason for denying overnighting is if they have a small parking lot or it's a high crime area or local city ordinances outlaw overnighting in parking lots.
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Other choices for free or cheap can be found using Passport America, join Escapees and then subscribe to Days End web site, search our BLM land, National Forest, county parks.

Our free list includes Bass Pro, Cabellas, the occasional religious institution if we are affiliated and not when the congregation will be using the parking lot, unpaved lots near truck stops. Try to be creative. If there is a store/shop adjacent to the lot, I will stop in and ask if the land is theirs and if they would object to my parking there overnight.

Don't expect much availability in the northeast beyond the stores. There is very little government land and space is limited generally. Around Philadelphia there are not even campgrounds close in, it can be a challenge to visit any big city with an RV bigger than a RoadTrek.
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I am considering purchasing a 33 foot motorhome because I want a W/Dryer AND, I think, I shouldn't have too much trouble driving this size camper. I currently have a 20 foot 1993 motorhome that the wife NOW complains is too small--In '93 she was thrilled with it. Their is a message here somewhere!!

Anyway, I've been told that National Parks are restricting motorhomes to 30 foot lengths. Am I restricting myself simply because of w W/Dryer? I am also struggling with a gas/desel engine? Can you find desel oil just any where in the country? How much learning is required to own a desel because I know nothing about desel.

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There aren't many 33' motor homes with a washer/dryer, usually you have to go to 37' to 38'. We have a 38' motor home. We haven't found that we couldn't go where we wanted to yet. Some parks may not have long enough spaces, but most do. We really enjoy the extra length.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:15 AM   #223
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We will be boondocking for the first time, since going full-time, this winter and plan to start at the Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma. Does anyone have any good tips for newbie's? Also, if anyone has been in that area, can you recommend a cell phone provider that might work in the area. We plan to by a burner while down there in case of emergencies back home in Alberta
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I enjoy campgrounds... Since I've only owned my motor home for about 110 days+/- I haven't and probably will not take my Bounder off the beaten path.

Boondocking for me is in my Lance 1120 that sits on my 4x4 Ford F550, towing my 1974 CJ5 and its off into the boonies we go. These days I prefer the luxury of my motor home with at least an electrical hook up...but when push comes to shove I enjoy camping in whatever form it takes...that's why I invested so heavily in recreation...

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