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Old 01-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Summer Boondocking Ideas

Hi everyone! We are planning this years six month trip away from Florida. As you can guess we're seeking cooler weather. Two years ago we spent the summer in Alaska, last summer we visited Nova Scotia.

We're thinking about Colorado this year. Our itinerary is made in jello, we have no set plans. We're not limiting ourselves to Colorado, but it's a place to start.

Having said all that, anyone have any ideas on summer boon docking locations?

We have a 34 foot class A diesel pusher, so we are a little limited in access, but dirt roads don't bother us at all.

Any and all ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 01-11-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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There is a great deal of Crown land in Canada that is fantastic for boondocking. This is what I designed our teardrop trailer for specifically.

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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If you have an iPhone there are a couple of apps that might be useful. One is BoonDocking and the other is BLM and USFC campgrrounds. They are .99 each. I just downloaded them and they seem promising.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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We tried Canada last summer. Entered at Sault Ste. Marie in mid July. Stayed in Canada traveling east to Nova Scotia. They weather didn't get cool enough for us until September.

So we're looking for higher elevations in the states this time.

I've been looking at some web sites that have information about BLM and USFS camping areas but it's not always clear if they are accessible in a class "A".

I was hoping for some advice from those that had experienced some of these camping areas.

It's interesting that there is lot's of information about where folks go in the winter to stay warm. But where they go in the summer to stay cool, not so much.

We've spent one summer in Northern New Mexico - Southern Colorado and still needed A/C during the day to be comfortable when we were inside. We're looking for places where daytime A/C is not needed.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:28 PM   #5
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We've been several summers to CO with our 40 foot class A. We find we need to get above 8000 feet to be cool enough. We usually target National Forest campgrounds, plus state parks but not all can fit us. One of our fav places is the Lizard Head Wilderness just south of Telluride CO. We stayed at a wonderful NFS campground (Cayton) there. Feel free to look at my blog (in my signature) for pics and reviews of the campground. There is some "true" boondocking around that area (if you can fit) and also just east in Silverton on the Million Dollar Hwy.
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I dont know if Maine has boondocking, but the summer weather is great along the "Down East" shore. But dont just stop at Bah Hawbah. The Real Maine is beyond
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:31 PM   #7
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Colorado and New Mexico are two adjacent areas that are less crowded during the summer months than most parts of the western USA. Both have high elevation areas that are cool this time of the year. Colorado in the high country with the afternoon thunderstorms is one of my favorite areas in the USA for summer camping.

Higher elevations reduce the power of your engine and may interfere with the propane powered equipment and you will want to allow time to acclimate as well in planning your itinerary.

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