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Old 05-13-2005, 09:57 PM   #29
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Our idea of the perfect spot is and open field with a great view, although we enjoy our time with fellow Alpiners, friends, and campers too.
But self contained means we can be home almost anywhere. I don't think you can boondock on asphalt. Patty and I both work long hours and we use boondocking to escape when we neeed it, even if I can meet 20 people taking the garbage out in an RV park, and be gone for an hour. Good thing Patty understands.

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Old 05-31-2005, 05:26 PM   #30
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To me, boondocking is reminiscent of my back packing days. Usually camped by a gurgling mountain creek or crystal blue lake, with no resources other than what I had packed on my back. No camping fees. Smoky campfire. Lots and lots of stars.

Usually involved hiking along a remote well marked trail, following the topo map as you went. Setting up camp, breaking camp, setting up a new camp 2-5 miles on down the trail.

Anyway, there is wallydocking, and there is boondocking. They are not the same. Boondocking is remote camping in the more or less "wilds", and wallydocking is camping in the suburbs (imho).

I think in the western states, the term boondocking is better understood. Wallydocking is done while you are on your way to somewhere else (perhaps the boonies ) Boondocking is a destination. If you can't see the stars at night you are not boondocking.

Well, time goes by. My legs have been replaced by a big 4x4 truck and my backpack has been replaced by a modern travel trailer complete with microwave, but I still boondock.

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Old 05-31-2005, 06:53 PM   #31
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I think boondocking is when you camp for FREE somewhere with NO hookups and NOT in a campground or wallyworld. No generator either!
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:39 PM   #32
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No generator!
Why that is positively primitive!!!!!

Gotta have my A/C and Sat dish!

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Old 06-18-2005, 10:37 AM   #33
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I would agree; you always need a generator and a backup generator.

Even with 7 solar panels and a wind generator I still need to charge the batteries to full capacity once in a while. I am thinking about trying to make a simple waterwheel and electric generator for the times I am near a moving stream.

As far as Sat TV goes, I have had mine turned off since January. I do not need it and there is very little of interest on it anymore. I have a very large collection of DVDs, CDs and CD Roms. I am thinking of turning off my Verizon Wireless unlimited and going on the net nights and weekends. The dang net keeps me tied up and away from finishing all the work I have to do on this rig. Two things that compound my workload are shopping and Hamfests.

As far as boondocking, a definition: I would say parking on BLM or National Forest land with no hookups at all. Take what ever you want in your RV but you are totally dependent on yourself. However, if their just happened to be a well or a tap there in the boondocks go ahead and use it; it would still be boondocking. I found a water tap on BLM land from an old mine north of Wickenburg.
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Old 06-21-2005, 09:39 AM   #34
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I've gotta get my dog into this fight. The term obviously derived from the US Army presence in the Phillipines between the Spanish- American War and 1942. See earlier dictionary reference. I personally first remember hearing the term used by Marines, about 1943, referring to their field training in "the Boondocks" of Camp Pendleton,near Oceanside, CA. Thru the 60's and 70's I camped with many backpacking Boy Scouts, who used the term freely, and knew exactly what they meant. Now the term has been adopted by the RV community ( who can't even agree on what is the best kind of anything), and will be the source of endless debate. Viva le Diference. I'm sure each participant knows exactly what the term means to her/him(politically correct), and is ready to defend his/her position. Let the games go on, without divisiveness or rancor.
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Old 07-12-2005, 05:36 PM   #35
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According to my bride ( Broom Hilda) and she is pretty smart, boondocking is any place the racoons got better bathing facilities than she does! Scotty.
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Old 07-13-2005, 05:29 AM   #36
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Come on folks-is it really boondocking when you have a rig that has a tankfull of water,a satellite tv,a frig full of food a soft bed to sleep in and all the comforts of home.
I think we get free camping mixed up with boondocking.

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Always thought it meant without any services i.e. water, electric or sewer. We run our generator for a short while in the morning to do coffee, hear the news and again at night for the news. Always cook out on the grill. Our water, stove and refrig can be on propane so it is not really roughing it but not something I would want to do all the time. We are full timers.
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Think you need the generator for a short while. I want the news at the very least in case something is going on I need to know. You still have your cell in most places but some of the parks they will not work at all. It has gotten better over the past few years since we started full timing. I also like my shower.
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Old 11-16-2005, 02:07 PM   #39
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I think "Boondocking" is becoming a relative term. I, myself, think of boondocking as dry camping as far away from civilization as I can get because I like the outdoors and wildlife. I am limited, however, in that I need internet access wherever I camp. I tried the satellite access with a dish mounted on a portable tripod and found that wireless makes more sense for me. If I had the 5K to shell out for an auto-homing dish mounted on top of my RV, things would be different, but right now I'm happy with the way wireless is going.
I know others who wouldn't be happy unless they were within minutes of shopping centers, movie theaters, etc.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:27 AM   #40
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Some years ago in Northern California I was camped on a creek (tent). There was a small road that let to the clearing I was set up in and a small class C, maybe 18 feet came in.

The guy said he liked to camp where other RVs couldn't get to. He had a connection off his water pump that he connected to a hose which he ran down to the creek. Used it to get plenty of water for showers, saved his water tank for drinking and cooking. Now thats boondocking...
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Old 11-27-2005, 03:57 AM   #41
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I'm with the crowd that says way out there, preferably where no one has camped for some time.

Boondocks, I have two dictionaries which give the language tagalog, bundock, as origin. So. WWII could be correct for how and when we started using it.

Wally World types are just overnighting.

With TV, well, no, not really out there, if you're watching TV, unless you're full timing, that is.

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Hi, I agree. We boondocked four years ago before my accident and We did it with one, yes I said One battery!Our old coach has one battery box and room for two batterys.One for the engine and One for the coach! I would love to find a way to make it two. I measured that box and had room for a 29/30 series battery.somehow we did it. We plan to do it again. We love that kind of lifestyle.The trouble is you can't do it very easy on one battery. We have a79 coachman President 25 and I have a space I found under the coach under the kitchen and I'm wondering what is required to put in say four of those 29/30 series batteries.

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