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Old 10-19-2011, 12:36 PM   #57
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We're still in our first year of "camping" in our AS; so far, we've been out 16 times since we bought it last February. All but five of those trips we have dry camped--no hookups, but sometimes a water spigot and dump station somewhere nearby. We haven't really gone into remote areas as yet, but the variety of camping options available when we don't look for hookups is immense ... and usually more enjoyable ... more like really "getting away" as opposed to parking in a crowded campground. Here's a pic of one such dry camp on the CA coastline.

We typically take long weekends, so managing waste water storage is pretty easy and a 2kw generator allows us to top off the batteries daily. This life style is a combination of very genteel "roughing it" and making some minor adjustments dictated by the lack of unlimited power and water. All-in-all, we love the AS lifestyle and can hardly wait to spend more time on the road.

Hey Mr. Geez....How was Herford Ranch RV park? Did you guys make it to the Subway Caves, Lassen Park, or did you stop by to see if Rowdy Yates, (Clint Eastwood), was at his summer home at the Rising River Ranch? His Ranch is just up the road from the RV park....
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:07 AM   #58
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TRex, Hereford Ranch was very nice. We liked the remoteness of the camp and the fact that it's nested in a working ranch surrounded by fields. It was all very pastoral; cows mooing during the days and coyotes barking/yelling/...whatever at night. I think we were about the last campers there as they planned to close after this past Monday. We essentially had the entire camp to ourselves and another couple nearby. That was great for us, as we really wanted to chill out and relax. Days were mild but nights and mornings were cold, so we burnt thru a whole propane tank. We didn't do the Subway Caves, but we did visit Manzanita Lake in Lassen NP and Big Lake just north of McArthur. We also visited Burney Falls SP and Fall River a couple times. We were scouting out paddling spots to try and to plan for our next trip to the area. I think October is a really great time to visit the area; we'll be back, maybe next year again after Jackson. A couple fellow late season campers did a lot of four wheeling around the area; there seem to be a lot of dirt roads to interesting places.

I wrote a review of the campground the the AS Forum and included a few pics.

Will you be going to Casini?
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:34 AM   #59
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TRex, Hereford Ranch was very nice. We liked the remoteness of the camp and the fact that it's nested in a working ranch surrounded by fields. It was all very pastoral; cows mooing during the days and coyotes barking/yelling/...whatever at night. I think we were about the last campers there as they planned to close after this past Monday. We essentially had the entire camp to ourselves and another couple nearby. That was great for us, as we really wanted to chill out and relax. Days were mild but nights and mornings were cold, so we burnt thru a whole propane tank. We didn't do the Subway Caves, but we did visit Manzanita Lake in Lassen NP and Big Lake just north of McArthur. We also visited Burney Falls SP and Fall River a couple times. We were scouting out paddling spots to try and to plan for our next trip to the area. I think October is a really great time to visit the area; we'll be back, maybe next year again after Jackson. A couple fellow late season campers did a lot of four wheeling around the area; there seem to be a lot of dirt roads to interesting places.

I wrote a review of the campground the the AS Forum and included a few pics.

Will you be going to Casini?
The Bunny and I plan to go to Casini...yes. We had a great time at Jackson, and I posted photos on that thread. Great people and a cool mix of old and new AS's. Plus, I won $500 at the casino, so the trip was "Free".

So, if you "Checked out" the Fall River area, you got information on the self guided water tours, one can take on the Pit river..? We both love that area, and camp at Hereford Ranch once-a-year at a motorcycle campout/party. Not so quite, when we are there...those damm bikers are really loud!
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:32 AM   #60
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We didn't see anything on self guided tours. The owner of Shasta Outfitters(not sure of name?) gave us a lot of info including a map of all the waterways in the area. Some look pretty interesting. From what we could see ourselves, the water in this area both on the lakes and the rivers/streams is really FLAT and slow moving. Perfect for kayak sightseeing. I talked with a parked sheriff and he mentioned that there's a guide that works out of Burney; her phone number's on a sign by the theater in Fall River. I think I lost it somewhere between there and home ...
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:54 AM   #61
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Boon-Dockin' is......

What I hate about boon-dockin' is, it can get crowded sometimes.
Price you have to pay I guess.

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Old 10-21-2011, 09:00 AM   #62
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Now that is a great camping spot and a great picture! Where is it?

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Old 01-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #63
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how long does the generator have to run,a day ???? to keep the batteries going....one hour or more..????to run lights, maybe fridge to save propane,pump etc?,,,
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:59 AM   #64
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The last really good boondocking experience we had was in Pisgah National Forest, Western North Carolina. We had a crazy dog at the time (it's been awhile!) who was preventing us from having a good time in state parks and RV parks in the area, as he was insisting on growling like a ferocious wolf at anyone/thing that walked by...so we found a map of the forest and went as deep in as we could so he could just run free for awhile. I think he was just sick of being cooped up all the time with more traveling than dog walking (our fault...).

We had nothing...our phones died after a night of playing music, we had food that could keep, no generator, plenty of beers (and were happy to drink them warm), and a fire anytime we wanted to build one. We didn't see anyone up there for over a week...until some other folks with their horse trailer and RV train combination rolled up and, politely/annoyingly asked us if we could keep our dog on a leash.

I wondered if they had brought leashes for all of the black bears that would be roaming through their campsite that night.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:11 PM   #65
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Wow, thanks for sharing the pictures - Beautiful job! So roomy looking.

How many hours did that remodel take?

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Old 08-16-2014, 09:39 AM   #67
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Seeing as this is a "sticky", and not going anywhere, I thought I would add something to it.

Back in the early '70s I lived in a company owned house right next to the plant where I worked. I was on call 24/7. The only way to get away was to go away.

My 23' Airstream was my real home. Whenever we could we hitched up to the Grand Prix and headed "out". Tom Selek may have coined "away" but back then we lived it every chance we got.

No campgrounds for us. They cost money, which we needed for gasoline. We lived on the trailer battery and propane. If we stayed in the same spot longer than a couple of days, I would plug in to the car and run it for an hour or so to charge the trailer's battery. (yeah, I know, a big V8 battery charger uses a lot of gasoline)

That was also before grey water tanks. Grey water simply drained on the ground. If you needed to dump the holding tank (black water) while boondocking, you dug a hole in the ground and dumped into it, then put the dirt back on top. Yes, perfectly acceptable back then.

Down in the piney woods of East Texas, on a deer hunt, Joyce got up to make breakfast one morning. She woke me up to tell me that the lights were dim, and I should charge the battery. So, I went out and hooked up the cord and started the Grand Prix, and came back for breakfast.

A little later she went outside for something and started yelling the car was on fire. The grass under the car had dried to where the cat converter started it ablaze.

We dumped all of our water jugs on the fire to put it out, and then I drove 70 miles to the nearest Pontiac dealer to have my car fixed. While I was there, I went to Sears and bought a 1500 watt generator. (That was the smallest one they had, and it weighed 75 or 80 lbs.)

Portable generators have gotten much smaller, quieter, and cheaper since those days. It doesn't take much of a generator to charge your batteries, and I never go "away" without one. (BTW, I like Yamaha.)
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I might add my nickels worth here-am going to try the next trip with no genny, and one 100w solar panel. Have it set up like a sandwich board so it can stand outside, 25 foot extension. Bought a big enough regulator so can add up to three more panels, and as many deep cycles as I need to carry. Starting with the single coach battery and one extra will sit on the ground. Have converted all the lights to 12v LED's. Gas countertop stove, gas water heater, gas or 110v refrigerator, gas heater with a 12v fan, gas Humphry light in the front room. Two gas 30's on the tongue. Built the biggest aluminum black water tank I could get between the frame rails, and built a aluminum grey water tank right behind the axles. Standard water tank in the front. Almost done, hopefully take it out West this fall. Am trying to keep it as light as I can, (It's a 1967 30 footer, not the strongest frame they made) and am hoping for some national park time in NM. Boondocking is great if you don't have to carry too much extra stuff, and better yet if you can do it without making any noise. I started doing this in 1970, and it is not as simple as it was, there are more people out there, but it is still fun! Rolland 5953


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What is boondocking?

I have some real questions about boo docking. I tried to read the articles someone write and posted in an earlier but they kept crashing.

What are the legalities? Do we have a right to park and spend the night? Do folks come along and tell you to leave?

We haven't only used our 23' a few times so we still have a lot to learn. I just need to know what kind of places to try and stay at. Do we have the right to park at national forests?

What is the deal with stopping at rest stops. Can you sleep there or will someone usually tell you to move?

We like to drive at random and not pan ahead but I fear we'll have to just take turns driving on the interstate because we can't find a place to stop.

I need some basics please. I read this whole thread and saw Lots of questions but no answers. Mostly just random comments. Perhaps I need to go to another place for answers.


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Old 04-30-2015, 12:07 PM   #70
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I have some real questions about boo docking. I tried to read the articles someone write and posted in an earlier but they kept crashing.

What are the legalities? Do we have a right to park and spend the night? Do folks come along and tell you to leave?

We haven't only used our 23' a few times so we still have a lot to learn. I just need to know what kind of places to try and stay at. Do we have the right to park at national forests?

What is the deal with stopping at rest stops. Can you sleep there or will someone usually tell you to move?

We like to drive at random and not pan ahead but I fear we'll have to just take turns driving on the interstate because we can't find a place to stop.

I need some basics please. I read this whole thread and saw Lots of questions but no answers. Mostly just random comments. Perhaps I need to go to another place for answers.


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