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Old 10-03-2015, 11:54 PM   #15
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Absolutely. I can't speak for North Carolina, unfortunately. In the western states, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands are a great source of small "primitive" desert campgrounds plus pretty much unlimited boondocking anywhere you care to camp, except where otherwise posted. (Watch out for cow pies, though-- most of these lands are grazed.) Once you identify your region, the BLM website should direct you to the website of the nearest district office. It should list camping opportunities. For further info just phone or email them and ask to speak to their recreation specialist.

National Park campgrounds generally have some vegetation screening between sites, unless it's real desert country. The popular parks can get crowded during high season, though. Ditto for what Dexterpix said about US Forest Service campgrounds.

State and Canadian provincial parks are a real mixture, from more developed to decently wild. It may take some research to learn which is which.

Once you've got your general destination area figured out, you can ask around, including on this site, about less developed places to camp.

In terms of lengthy boondocking, we travel with a generator, full water tank, gas and water jerry cans, and we try to get water and battery conservation down to a science. Where available, we'd use the campground restroom/pit toilet facilities during the day to save water.

We've been 'streaming with some frequency now for 9 years, including several trips of 6 weeks out, and have never stayed in a Walmart parking lot.

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Old 10-04-2015, 09:20 AM   #16
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I wouldn't discount the Walmart parking lot, it's a valuable resource if you need a spot to stay between destinations with nothing worth paying for. Not to mention, it can be convenient to stop in, load up and head out the next morning.

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Old 10-04-2015, 10:55 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Popcycle View Post
What us the best way to rig a 25' for extended periods without a dump station? We don't want resorts. We want to camp. All over the continent.
How do like minded folks do it?
With our 25' -
We use one 2000w generator, for charging, microwave, and DW's hair dryer, that uses about one quart of fuel per day for about 2 hours of use. (no AC since we try to go where it is near an average of 70 degrees summer or winter)
We use portable water containers for extra water capacity.
We added a 12 volt television (a must for DW)
When we can, gray water gets dumped on the ground. For those times it can't, we carry 2 blue boy tanks. We generate 9-10 gallons of gray per day with 2 showers, cooking, washing dishes, etc.
With just two of us, we can go 3 weeks plus without dumping the black tank. Though, I usually dump every 4-5 days since we move more often than stay.

My favorite publicly used camping spots are state/national parks, state/national forests, and Corp of Engineers campgrounds. Private land is great, but only if the owner gives permission.

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