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Old 04-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #43
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MStephens said: I'll have to do more looking. I am a bit cautious though about plowing down some miles long dirt road with a 25' trailer and then discovering no way to turn around!
Ha! you sound like Ricky Ricardo on the Long Long Trailer. Remember the scene on the road in the rain and the leveling jack?
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:52 PM   #44
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Boondocking

We like our AS, but the truth is it just won't fit into some of the places we would like to go. The design of most travel trailers and nearly all motor homes is such that you just can't go to the boondocks with them.
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pl n the boondocks ⇒ US Canadian slang
wild, desolate, or uninhabitable country
a remote rural or provincial area
Etymology: 20th Century: from Tagalog bundok mountain
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #45
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Since I am still T-18 months on the trailer plan, perhaps I can offer insight into why I do extended backpacking or blue water sailing; both in my view the equivalent of boondocking.

As a college kid in Tucson, we would nearly always take the full nine days of spring break in the lesser traveled trails of the Grand Canyon; or upwards of two weeks in the Wilderness of Rock off of Mt Lemmon. As an adult, when I lived in Boston, I thrived on extended blue water sailing trips with friends. In both scenarios, I would embark on each trip hyped up on technology; my psyche filled to the brim with my daily dosages of TV, music, email, online activities, etc.

And each time, about four days in, something amazing would occur. After four days of no email; no Internet sites, no music, no news of the world, I finally unplug and for the first time since the last trip, I begin to become aware of the world around me. I begin to think for and about myself, rather than for or because of a pop fad being spoon fed to me at home. I relax -- in full; mind, body and spirit.

It's amazing when you're several hundred miles off the coast, in a thirty-four foot sailboat, just how much life you begin to notice in the ocean. The phosporesence at night; the dolphins, whales, fish, sharks about the boat at day. Just as amazing to sit on a rock overlooking multiple valleys of wilderness and listen to the sound of the wind passing through hundreds of thousands of trees; the eagles and hawks lazily soaring overhead hunting for prey.

When I lived in Boston, I would head up to the Jesuit Retreat House in Gloucester twice a year for long weekends. There is a reason why the Jesuits at all their retreat houses run 7 and 21 day spiritual programs. They recognize, even before this mechanical and electronic world we live in, it would often take this long for individuals to truly find themselves spiritually.

Mid to late next year, when I take the plunge into the airstream world, I plan to order or purchase purely for boondocking. I hope to find an airstream that becomes my base station for longer trips in the Shenandoah Valley, the Smokeys, up to family or friends in Massachusetts or Maine (and yes... the antithesis of this diatribe, I will also visit Fort Wilderness -- but I'll make it to St George peninsula, Fl to counter balance that trip.) My desire at this stage of my life is to still disappear with a pack on my back for several days into the wilderness; but to have a place of warmth and comfort that is my own to return to.

Why do I intend to boondock? To find myself anew every time I do so.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:26 PM   #46
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I boondock May to October, long weekends, every weekend. I love it, i too do Irish Festivals, I stay on venue, live real simple, my favorite time is early am, get my cup of tea, quiet surroundings, time for me. Then off to work til late at night and when done, back to my cozy cottage on wheels, my own bed, bathroom, food and quiet. To me there is nothing better, I Bring my sewing machine, sew quilts, read, run my business from the computer.

My season starts soon, it is really hard work, but .i can't wait. This is my first year with an AS, little excited to see how warm it will be at the Irish Heitage Center, Chicago, I stay in a parking lot there and heat is tough. No need for hot water heater! Very rare I get a plug in and I have no generater.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #47
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We travel with our cat, so in hot weather we always go to places with electricity.

We've camped without hookups a little bit in NPS campgrounds and the like. When the weather is good, it's great!

I wouldn't know where to go around the DC area for true out-in-the-wild boondocking opportunities.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:54 AM   #48
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I'm curious too, how does one "find" places to boondock?
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:20 AM   #49
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I'm curious too, how does one "find" places to boondock?
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I travel extensively for a living, usually staying in motels due to time constraints. If I find an area that I like and want to go back and visit with the Airstream (or other camper) I ask around where is a good place to camp off the beaten path. I have been invited to stay in a variety of places over the years, ranging from small town parks, behind churches, beside mom and pop stores, fire stations, farms, lake front lots, river lots, etc. This is the same way I camp with I am bicycle touring.

I also have boondocked in the occasional WM parking lot, truck stops, Cracker Barrel lots as well as rest areas in some states. I choose my places with a bit of caution and let my intuition be my guide. If I don't feel right about a place I move on.

Probably one of the more unusual spots was on an industrial site near Mobile, AL. After Katrina, we got pitched out of the hotels and campgrounds we were using. Asked at the plant we were working at about staying on their grounds, they found us a nice tree shaded area off to one side of the plant. No power but water was available and we had a ground holding tank that the porta-let company would pump out once a week.

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I'm curious too, how does one "find" places to boondock?
Some options: If you're interested in boondocking on Forest Service land, go to this website, choose the area you want, then search for dispersed camping. You might have to be creative in your searches. It could be under recreation.
USDA Forest Service - Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness

The BLM is a little tougher as every state seems to be different. Go to this website, choose the state you want from the map at the bottom of the page. Once you get to the state office website, drill down from there. The key is the term "dispersed camping"
BLM - The Bureau of Land Management

You can also contact any of the regional offices directly. Most offices have a recreation management specialist on hand. Part of their job is to help the public.

Good luck, it just takes a little persistence
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:59 AM   #52
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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.
2X! I hate reservations. When people ask us where we are going, I give them a cardinal direction. Seems like any time you call ahead you get the same story. "We have 1 site left and 10 people in line for it. We need a credit card number to hold it." You get there and the place is a half empty dump. We really like to wing it. We'll usually check out places on Google maps satellite view while we have a data signal. I like to do 3 or 4 days of "camping" followed by a day of full service RV parking to reprovision, clean, do laundry...
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Boondocking is the ultimate experience! But finding a location involves doing some homework...making sure you are not encroaching on someone's private property and that you are in a safe area. I'm in Central Florida and concerned about boondocking here because of all the weirdos that are out in the woods.
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My question was about Boondocking

For me...Boondocking means out in the Boondocks. The middle of nowhere.
For me...Dry Camping means no hook ups.

I was thinking people in highly populated areas would enjoy getting away from people more than country folk. Just trying to understand why people want to be alone unless you want to be alone with someone.
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Silence and solitude! To be alone with your thoughts or loved ones with no "rules", "restrictions" or unruly behavior from other campers. We love state parks but nothing compares to out of the way places...
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Some options: If you're interested in boondocking on Forest Service land, go to this website, choose the area you want, then search for dispersed camping. You might have to be creative in your searches. It could be under recreation.
USDA Forest Service - Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness

The BLM is a little tougher as every state seems to be different. Go to this website, choose the state you want from the map at the bottom of the page. Once you get to the state office website, drill down from there. The key is the term "dispersed camping"
BLM - The Bureau of Land Management

You can also contact any of the regional offices directly. Most offices have a recreation management specialist on hand. Part of their job is to help the public.

Good luck, it just takes a little persistence
Thanks for the tips. It looks like there just isn't a lot in this area, so that's why the pure boondocking seems so foreign to me. To give you an idea: on the BLM page, it took me a moment to figure out what you meant by "select your state" - here in the east, there's just one office for most or all of the east coast, while I see some states out west have their own offices. The nearest Forest Service sites I found are all pretty good drives from here.
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