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Old 04-15-2013, 01:49 PM   #29
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Maggie,

I am working on a similar setup. For true boondocking in remote areas, it will help with ground clearance, traction, backing, and maneuverability.

More often, we will use it for the many times when it would be a great convenience to spend the night in a driveway or parking lot incidental to whatever else we are doing.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #30
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Where? It's on the other side of town across the tracks... Once we left Chicago we have always tried to live out in the boondocks. Rural nirvana?

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Old 04-15-2013, 03:53 PM   #31
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Maggie,

I am working on a similar setup. For true boondocking in remote areas, it will help with ground clearance, traction, backing, and maneuverability.

More often, we will use it for the many times when it would be a great convenience to spend the night in a driveway or parking lot incidental to whatever else we are doing.
Yep, Moosetags and his wife go out on forest service roads, etc., in search of wildlife. .

Must be such a peaceful experience, out in the middle of nowhere.


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Old 04-15-2013, 03:57 PM   #32
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Being ready to boondock means that you can camp without any hookups. Many state and county parks don't offer utilities, but they are great places to stay if prepared. There are few places you can just pull off the road and park for the night, without getting a knock on the door, at least in the midwest.
That knock usually comes at 3 in the morning

To us boondocking is to travel without reservations, they are like wearing a watch when retired, hate deadlines and forced driving because we have reservations. Campgrounds serve a purpose and boondocking is not using utilities from CG, and being parked within arms length of 25 other campers.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:58 PM   #33
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Now that beachfront is some boondocking I can definitely get into!!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:22 PM   #34
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Padre Island NS on the Gulf in Texas. Absolutely beautiful.


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Old 04-15-2013, 04:52 PM   #35
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I think you need to get to a less populated state in order to really appreciate Boondocking. Of course there's less of it near Portland, OR, but it only takes an hour to get out to the "woods" which are mostly state forests. You can drive down any forest service road and find breathtaking sites. Many times the best spots are where a logging operation set up a tower to yard trees up.

Most people like to boondock so they don't have to listen to other people. I, on the other hand, like to boondock so I don't bother anyone else! I guess it started when I was in my 20's. We'd bring guitars/drums, maybe a motorcycle or two, plink cans with a .22. Stay up late drinking beer, laughing, telling jokes and stories way too loud. Just do whatever we wanted without anyone to bother. Now that I'm in my 40's with kids, it's still mostly the same environment, just a little safer for 5yr olds. And we go to bed earlier.

This picture is not the Tillamook Rainforest, but the other way, East, in Central Oregon. Pick any road, find the spot you like, call it yours for the night or weekend. One of the nice things about living in one of the less populated states.

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Old 04-15-2013, 10:52 PM   #36
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so how do you find places to boondock? I thought it was more difficult now versus when our trailer was new (64), "no overnight parking" or more uptight private land owners. Or, where we are, a lot of pot growers and it's scary to park in the wrong place.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:38 AM   #38
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Yes, the rest is just variation.

Self-contained means just that. Doesn't matter if one is parked at the back of a truckstop or with a million-dollar view.

How long and how well are where the hang-ups occur.

The crap about "no-access/restricted" is just the rich using government to their ends . . having kicked Americans off the land from the 1890's thru the 1950's, this is just part of a longer, deeper trend of disenfranchisement. Screw 'em.

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Because sometimes the views are the best where there are no facilities!
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:19 AM   #40
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Don't forget that some Airstreamers already live in some nice places and offer courtesy parking! Remember to call ahead....or does that violate the whole thing?
http://wbcci.org/club-information/co...sy-parking-map
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:27 PM   #41
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For the past few winters I meet up with friends in Quartzsite AZ. We park on BLM land, and it is almost cost-free. The group we meet up with move from one place another, always boondocking. We're not camped on top of one another, but close enough to enjoy the company. Cowboy coffee is cooked on a fire almost every morning (just toss some change into the jar to replenish either the coffee or the wood). We've got a chalk board set up, so if someone has an idea of an event, others can join in as well. The group are generally members of the Escapees, and many are Airstreamers. A newsletter gives us a heads up for places to meet. For example:

Schedule 2013 - 2014 Western Group
Mar 15th Safford, AZ/Haekel Road *see directions for
craft locations. N32 48.289 W109 34.787 (turn off Hwy
70) (N32.8048 W109.57978)
March 23 – April 5 Joshua Tree, CA
N33 40.443 W115 48.129 (N33.67405 W115.80215)
Washington – In honor or the Washington State Parks’
100th birthday all Washington State Parks will have free
admission! No discover Pass required!
August 19 - 25 – Goldie Ward Long Beach, WA
Dates above are the International Kite Festival exact
dates and directions will be in August issue.
Aug ?? &Sept ? Pembroke Fiddling& dancing, Labor Day
week end. Ontario, Canada
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*Dates have not been updated on this site yet for 2013.
Oct 5th Englewood, KS
N37’ 2’9” W99’ 59’18” (N37.0483 W99.9863)
See special note in directions about groceries supplies
Nov 1 or later (there is no cell phone signal at this
location) –Death Valley Pre Rendezvous
N36 20.3857 W116 35.9717 apx (N36.33875 W116.59977)
Nov 6 – 10 Death Valley Encampment Sunset CG
overflow N36 27.562 W116 51.895 (N36.45936
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Nov 20 (or before) – ??? Anza-Borrego, CA - MM 27 –
S22 N33 17.795 W116 16.838 (turn)
(N33.29658 W116.28063)
Dec 20th Mabel’s rendezvous, Sidewinder Rd, I-8 to
Ogilby Road (S34) to Blythe, CA-near Yuma. Drive
north on Ogilby Road to just past the railroad tracks
and turn right onto Sidewinder Road at GPS
Coordinates N32 49.000 W114 50.259 (N32.8166
W114.83765), a dirt road go 1.1 miles turn left or north (at
turn off) N32 49.031 W114 49.075 This area is very firm
but we have longer to travel on dusty roads so be prepared
to drive slowly. Suggested fire ring which might change:
N32 49.185 W114 49.029 (N32.81975 W114.81715).
Jan 2nd Ehrenberg, AZ – approximate GPS
N33 34.99 W114 29.25 (N33.58316 W114.4875)
Only a couple of people showed up-this may be canceled
Jan 15th Quartzsite, AZ – Freddie’s Rendezvous
BE FLEXIBLE WITH GPS – FOLLOW PRINTED
DIRECTIONS NOT THE ROAD GPS INDICATES
N33 45.246 W114 11.432 (N33.7541 W114.1905)
Feb 1 - ?? Ajo, AZ –Location is Roping arena Fee $3
daily or $20 wkly W&D. Fiddler’s contest Feb, 2014 &
other activities for early Arrivals. See Directions. Approx
GPS N32 26.27 W112 50.36 (N32.43783 W112.8393)

The group is very warm and welcoming.
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I am still tethered to a job that allows for short bits of time off so my experiences are limited but I will chime in on this one. Recently, I stayed at a show where the only choice was to boondock. Also, I just learned that the parks in the Smokies do not have hook ups. Those are just a few of the situations that I have learned about already that require "fully capable" camping even if they are not, way out and alone.
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