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Old 07-02-2015, 09:56 AM   #29
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Have had our 22' for 8 years now with a lot of boondocking. It has larger capacity tanks and the Canadian spec running gear. Clearance is the same as our TV. Suits us fine and we don't plan on changing any time soon. Here's a picture of us in the Gunnison Nat'l Forest above 10,000' 56 miles from a paved road.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:09 AM   #30
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Ahab that looks like a lovely and welcoming campsite. Looks like you night have a small privy/shower shelter tent. Enjoy
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:00 PM   #31
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On the other hand

A 34 footer might be the best for " dry camping ".

A 19 footer might be best for " wilderness camping " ( rock docking???)

But for THE ULTIMATE BOONDOCKING MACHINE…the length of time that you could stay out should me a major focus.


Just big enough enough to have room for solar, extra batts, large tanks, maybe a water purification system for lake, river, and rain water.
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:27 PM   #32
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Long Range Matches & Boondocking

I've travelled across America (GA, OK, TX, KY, & IN) this year attending long range black powder matches with my 19' FC. I must say this is a well designed/well built trailer that also appears to be tough enough to handle questionable range approach roads. (If you've ever attended a long-range match you'll know what I'm talking about - these guys never ran out of crushed rock).
I've set mine up with a portable 100 watt solar charger (complete with controller) and my only 'wish' is for larger tank capacities. Interior is just fine for 2, fridge capacity is often supported by the Yeti cooler for liquid refreshments, and I have the full stove enabling a variety of cooking options. My only real concern is with the dump outlets as I've often thought they are a little low and may be susceptible to an outcropped rock!
As others have mentioned, approach is slow and steady. So far, so good - on to Alma, MI next week! Here's a pic of our set-up in Ashland, KY last week.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:48 PM   #33
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[QUOTE=LongShot;1645642].....
I've set mine up with a portable 100 watt solar charger (complete with controller) and my only 'wish' is for larger tank capacities. Interior is just fine for 2, fridge capacity is often supported by the Yeti cooler for liquid refreshments, and I have the full stove enabling a variety of cooking options. My only real concern is with the dump outlets as I've often thought they are a little low and may be susceptible to an outcropped rock!
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You do not realize how perfect your selection of a Trailer has been.

You get to break in your 19 footer and learn how to be frugal with water use, refrigerator stocking, storage space utility, fresh - grey - black water tank options and so on. By the time you are ready to get yourself a 23 foot or 25 foot, you will put those Boondockers to shame that started with all they could carry in a larger trailer for a first!

The solar panel has spoiled you already!

You will not know what to do with the excess space and load carrying capacity of a double axle Airstream.

All of the exposed plumbing dump valves are always a potential source of trouble if you are not careful. Those that are located in front of the axle(s) are more protected and forgiving when pulling off of a gasoline station's curb with a steep drop... and possible "drag your plumbing, hitch or bumper". Once you master the 19, it will sell used quickly when you are studying the 23 or 25 for a perfect match for your needs.

Our 25 foot has all of the capacity we will ever need and probably more. This will be our last Airstream purchase and we always look forward to make use of all the extra living space for years to come. The difference between a 23 and a 25 are more than you could imagine.

Carrying fresh water in the back of the tow vehicle gives you water for showering, if you manage the showers in the 1.5 to 2.0 gallon range. We shower only if we are heading back into civilization and the fresh water tank needs to be emptied to reduce weight. You can get a Walmart shower tent in their camping section to avoid having to dump grey water from the trailer.

Black water... use the local facilities. Your butt is no cleaner than mine or you can wipe down the lid at the Johnny on the Spot. Nobody I have known has ever contracted a disease or skin problem from public restrooms. Although, some service station restroom facilities might not be close to what you would have at home!

Ice is a luxury while camping in the Summer! I will pay more for the solid ice cubes as they last longer, or the large "clear" ice block and knock chunks off when needed. Our freezer in the 25 footer will fit a generous number of the "ice cubes" in a plastic bag using any room we have. I will make use of the available space when we get off the grid and put the ice cube trays to use when camped.
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Old 07-03-2015, 07:46 AM   #34
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Yes Ray, "Ice is a luxury while camping in the Summer!". I am truly amazed that the little freezer in my 19FC will keep ice (and food) frozen using propane. I've also found that the more you put in the freezer (and fridge), the more efficient the unit is. Marvels of modern day camping! Now if I could just figure a way to collect, filter and add rain water to my fresh water tank I'd be all set. Oh well, I suppose an Eddie Bauer may be in my future in a few years (or similar model as I really like the idea of the rear hatch). Safe travels!
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:52 AM   #35
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We do just fine for the two of us boondocking with our vintage Bambi. If we are careful and bring extra drinking water (usually a flat or two of bottled water) we can easily stay out for a week before we have to find a sewer dump site and clean drinking water for our holding tank. Naturally it is either sponge baths or large baby wipes (bath size) or super "navy" type showers. One has to be very careful and recycle any water possible. But, by that time it is usually time to find a grocery store and replenish the fresh food, ice, and adult beverages.
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:00 AM   #36
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Black water... use the local facilities. Your butt is no cleaner than mine or you can wipe down the lid at the Johnny on the Spot. Nobody I have known has ever contracted a disease or skin problem from public restrooms. Although, some service station restroom facilities might not be close to what you would have at home!
Gross. Most US public rest rooms are disgusting. There are so many nasty people out there.
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Bring along a pack of Lysol wipes and deal with the "disgusting" A full black tank and nowhere to dump it is "disgusting" too.
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Longshot, Put a bucket where the awning drains off and collect the rain. You can use it for wash water and save on the potable.
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Bring along a pack of Lysol wipes and deal with the "disgusting" A full black tank and nowhere to dump it is "disgusting" too.
If you are truly boondocking, nature is one large rest room.

As for public rest rooms, it's not just the toilet seat. It's also usually decrepit and run down stalls, filthy floors, no soap in dirty sinks, listening to other people defecate. No thanks.
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We have been having a love affair with our 2006 20 foot single axle Safari. We have towed it well over 50k miles, boondocking from coast to coast, up to two months at a time. We find the kitchen layout to be the best of all and there is an abundance of storage. Upgrades we have made include led lights and 16 inch LT tires. Solar will be our next upgrade. We don't hesitate to take it any place that we can get into as long as we don't drag the plumbing. We always travel with extra water jugs in the truck . We also keep an Engle 12 volt refrigerator/freezer in the truck to keep drinks and snacks cold. We feel that the 20 ft Safari (now FC) to be an excellent choice for rockdocking.
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:55 AM   #41
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And, then.....there is always the Interstate.

Fully self contained, go anywhere and everything you need is right there.

163,000+ miles, 8+ years. and have now camped in all of the lower 48 states.


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Old 08-01-2015, 07:47 AM   #42
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Just had an idea for rock docking

How about a backup camera mounted under the trailer?
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