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Old 08-21-2008, 01:41 PM   #1
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What other places other than rest areas, Flying J's, Wal Mart's etc are there to boondock at legally. I am new to this concept but would like to try it on occasion
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What other places other than rest areas, Flying J's, Wal Mart's etc are there to boondock at legally. I am new to this concept but would like to try it on occasion
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:15 PM   #3
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I'm not sure about Iowa but out in the West there are many places to park a 40 footer. My Wife and I have a 34 foot Class A and we never lack for a place to boondock, mostly NF or BLM land. Heck, we just parked along the North Fork of the Boise River and there were several places you could park two 40 footers and be 20 feet from the river.
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The biggest point about boondocking outside of the comfort zone of Wal-Mart and truck stops is "don't be naive".
Realize that pulling off the side of the road to sleep will probably motivate a passing state trooper to stop and make sure everything is OK - usually at 3AM! On the flip side, your nice 40 foot DP may look like easy pickings to the local felon.
Wherever you end up, be respectful, leave it cleaner than when you arrived, and realize that just because there is no sign does not make overnight parking legal.
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Old 08-23-2008, 08:44 AM   #5
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Come to the Arizona desert (in the Winter) and you will find thousands of us boondocking for free. Pretty much pull off the road and set up camp. Kind of a long way from Iowa, but its' downhill, right?
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Check out http://www.freecampgrounds.com/ you can find all kinds of places. Many towns, at least in the midwest and west, allow overnight parking (boondocking) all though some even have hookups for free.
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Many casino's also allow overnight parking. We use them often while traveling. My DW likes to play the slots some and we enjoy the buffets. Have stayed at Iowa casino's every year. As stated, free campgrounds.com is a good source covering all states.
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Southern Alberta has great boondocking areas. I just got back from 3 weeks in the mountains. I am 85 feet long with the Jeep and have no problems.



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i just got back from Beach Lake Pennsylvania
and i went for free all
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I boondock/dry camp often. What it means to me is that I have no hookups or services available. In the summer we go to the local mountains every 3rd weekend as it's about 25 degrees cooler up there. We have all the comforts of home in the middle of the forest. In the winter we go to Lake Mead every 3 weeks or so. We break up our winter weekends between several places nearby and some have hookups and some don't. That's the great advantage our rigs provide us. We can stay anywhere we want (legally that is)and be comfortable.
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Try Colorado for boondocking. If you go to the Dept of Wildlife, for $20 you can buy a pass for the two of you that will let you camp for free in designated State Wildlife areas.

The forest service also has designated "Dispersed Camping" areas where you can camp free for different periods. For example, there is one at Lizard Head Pass where you can camp free for 7 days in one of the most beautiful areas you'll find. Here's a link to more info on this area:
http://www.militarycampgrounds.us/in...per&Itemid=165

Look in the "Free and inexpensive campgrounds" section...

Key to finding these areas is research, research, research.
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i used to live in Colarado... and man it was nice....
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We use the NF parks quite a bit. We found that the internet sites and brochures many times list MH lengths at 24' or 32'. If you talk to the forest ranger they will tell you if they can accommodate a larger rig. Most NF parks have several pull through sites and can accommodate larger rigs yet they are not posted on the internet sites.
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Bearman <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> I am 85 feet long with the Jeep and have no problems. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
How do you get by with being over the legal limit for towing? Most states have a limit of 65 feet maximum.

Just curious, my brother and I were discussing this issue a couple of days ago. He was thinking about towing his boat behind his 5th wheel, but it puts hime over 65 feet also.
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