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Old 01-29-2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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Where are the most popular boondocking places

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We are new to boondocking. We are in Quartzsite and loving the experience. Our question is, where are the most popular places to boondock during the months between November and March?
Although my wife is enjoying being off the grid she still wanted to be relatively near other campers to feel safe.
Anywhere in the southern US, we fulltime during the winter months.
Thanks in advance
Pat and Bernie
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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We did not get to make the trip west this year, but one of our favorite place is Yuma. Az. North of town out near the proving grounds. It is also BLM land same as we boondock at Quartzsite. We are normally camp west of Quartzsite out in the boonies.
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Hi
We are new to boondocking. We are in Quartzsite and loving the experience. Our question is, where are the most popular places to boondock during the months between November and March?
Although my wife is enjoying being off the grid she still wanted to be relatively near other campers to feel safe.
Anywhere in the southern US, we fulltime during the winter months.
Thanks in advance
Pat and Bernie
have you tried ''wally docking''?
ask permission from management or security and ask where you should park.
i have stayed in several walmarts overnight and a few for 3 or 4 nights.
use the search function on this forum and other forums for walmart etiquette.
i like walmarts because many are open 24 hrs and have security in the parking lots.
this website is primarily about walmart, but also shows other stores and places that allow rv parking overnight.
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Take a drive north out of Q to Parker, Az on the Az side (97). You will see a couple of our faves along the way.
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We did not get to make the trip west this year, but one of our favorite place is Yuma. Az. North of town out near the proving grounds. It is also BLM land same as we boondock at Quartzsite. We are normally camp west of Quartzsite out in the boonies.
I just pulled into the place mentioned a few hours ago. Going to be here for a few nights I expect.

Nice place, lots of RV's here, people seem very friendly. They must have some kind of a club house because when I drove in they were all dancing on an outside patio. So great !

Only drawback I'm seeing so far is that it is right off 95 and therefore traffic noise plus train noise.
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Take a drive north out of Q to Parker, Az on the Az side (97). You will see a couple of our faves along the way.
I took that drive while in Q and there are tons of boondocking places along the way.
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Anywhere you want to be. Just make sure your slides open toward the curb. My favorites are.
1. Family driveways or just on the street in front of their house.
2. Ski Resorts, if they don't have RV parking they will have Bus Parking.
These are good for summer and winter.
3. Rest areas, when traveling, especially on turnpikes.
4. State and National parks, (not always boondocking but always inexpensive).
5. Lakes, they always have lots of room in the parking lot around the launch ramp.
6. Casino's. Plenty of room and security. Plus a good deal on breakfast in the morning.
7. Churches on any day but Sunday when it gets crowded. Just ask the pastor.
8. As a last resort Store parking lots and Truck Stops. I really try to avoid Walmart or simular due to the high traffic and noise.
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I just pulled into the place mentioned a few hours ago. Going to be here for a few nights I expect.

Nice place, lots of RV's here, people seem very friendly. They must have some kind of a club house because when I drove in they were all dancing on an outside patio. So great !

Only drawback I'm seeing so far is that it is right off 95 and therefore traffic noise plus train noise.
I think the noise you hear is from I8, not all that much traffic on AZ-95. If you want to go to a nice quiet BLM site, go west to Blythe and then a short distance south of I-10 to Mule Mountain LTVA, it is a beautiful quiet site with water.
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply.
What would the weather conditions at Mule Mountain be in March? Is there water available?
Thanks again
Pat and Bernie
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply.
What would the weather conditions at Mule Mountain be in March? Is there water available?
Thanks again
Pat and Bernie
It will be nice. It is a little higher in altitude, sheltered and has a lot of trees. There is water and also pit toilets.
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Popular boondocking places means crowds, noise, generators and exhaust fumes from both vehicles and generators. UGH-POOEY.
When I boondock I want peace and quiet which means being away from people and enjoying nature undisturbed or at least as undisturbed as I can keep it.
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Assateague Island Nat'l Seashore near Ocean City, Md. Ranger's make certain no-one's genset is running during quiet times. There's always a nice ocean breeze, so A/C isn't always required.
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