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Old 04-21-2013, 10:21 PM   #57
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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 Thalweg. I see it does take a little work and have had to bookmark both sites. I actually tried looking at this while traveling to purchase my Caravel yesterday; hoping to boondock with it the first night. Needless to say it requires good planning; at least until I get the hang of it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:28 PM   #58
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Thanks Thalweg. I see it does take a little work and have had to bookmark both sites. I actually tried looking at this while traveling to purchase my Caravel yesterday; hoping to boondock with it the first night. Needless to say it requires good planning; at least until I get the hang of it.
Honestly, if you can identify what office manages the area you want to go, it's probably easiest if you call the recreation specialist at that office and ask for advice. I actually work for one of these agencies, but I'm not the rec specialist, but we've got a good one who loves to help folks out.

Oh, and Skater is right. There is very little (I'm not aware of any off the top of my head) BLM land back east
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:55 AM   #59
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:20 PM   #60
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Extreme boondocking -- Just curious, has anyone been boondocking on this road?

nissan patrol with trailer attempting gunshot - YouTube

Note: Check other related links for more boondocking roads (looks like these are in Australia & New Zealand.

Still not sure about WD and anti-sway hitch; but looks like 4WD might be a good idea, at least if you ever want to go home. (Some friends with a winch might help, too.)
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:45 PM   #61
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Understand that I have been alone lately.
I have a place in suburbia. ( people pretty much keep to themselves )
I have a place in the country ( no people, no night life ). I love both places. At my country place, I can build a campfire and sing as loud as I want, let the dogs run wild, sleep as long as I can, and do whatever I want whenever I want.
I avoid campgrounds ( too many rowdies, too many rules, too much money )
But I like to be with and meet people. Music festivals are my choice.

So.....Why do you like to Boondock???

#1 To get away from people ?
#2 To be outdoors ?
#3 To get out of the city?
#4 To spend quality time with your camper?
#5 To spend quality time with your loved ones?
#6 To sight see?

I did't want to make a poll with click on replies.
1, 2, 5 and 6. Also, solitude is refreshing to the soul and you can properly reflect and meditate.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:38 PM   #62
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Boondocking is the place to be

Our answer is YES YES YES on 1 through 6 as we do live in a city.

Boondocking seems natural to us coming from backpacking and car camping. The question of where and how do you find boondocking is what we find intriguing as it is very easy but you do have to leave the paved roads. When we are on road trips we often pass pretty places with forest roads or town signs and wonder where they lead to. We used to try a couple of them out and have to watch our time schedule. Nowadays with Google earth we just make a note of where we are and the forest service road number and look those ups later to see where it goes. With regards to your Airstream just because comes with electricity doesn't mean you have to use it.

Camping on the ACTUAL beach is one of our trailer bucket items and the previous photo of Padre Islands is very exciting. We recently took the (FREE) Galveston Ferry from Galveston to the Bolivar Peninsula and drove into a stilt neighborhood and saw an access road to the beach. A small sign said you needed a permit but there were lots of tire tracks and it looked like you could drive right onto it. The ferry and that beach are on our “go back to list” which is growing every day I read this forum and look at your blogs and pictures.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:29 AM   #63
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:37 AM   #64
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Maybe it was a trick question.

Here are some of my favorite answers

from RyanH " to find the soul of the planet and to listen to her heartbeat."

from Airchief "solitude is refreshing to the soul and you can properly reflect and meditate."

Carl said, "To see how many days you can survive alone. A type of challenge."
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:08 AM   #65
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My answer...I get enough alone time

Do I need to be alone to find myself, who I was, who I am, who I want to be?

It's not to get away from people, but to meet people that I don't want to get away from.

Have to play the Wally card .....Wally did the caravan thing. I think of camping to be social event. I do like the social event to be a change of scenery.

Yeah, I don't like campgrounds. I think lots of folks try to hard to bring the city with them when they camp.

But that's just me. Sorry for going all philosophical on you.
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Ditto Robert Cross.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:27 PM   #67
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Ha! you sound like Ricky Ricardo on the Long Long Trailer. Remember the scene on the road in the rain and the leveling jack?
That happened to me on my very first trip. We saw a somewhat abandoned Airstream down a road. Pulled in to look at it, then went down the street to get back on the highway. nope. no exit. I did a doughnut in someone's side yard. We were somewhat in hillbilly country at the time. I was just waiting for the shotgun to go off.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:43 PM   #68
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Understand that I have been alone lately.
I have a place in suburbia. ( people pretty much keep to themselves )
I have a place in the country ( no people, no night life ). I love both places. At my country place, I can build a campfire and sing as loud as I want, let the dogs run wild, sleep as long as I can, and do whatever I want whenever I want.
I avoid campgrounds ( too many rowdies, too many rules, too much money )
But I like to be with and meet people. Music festivals are my choice.

So.....Why do you like to Boondock???

#1 To get away from people ?
#2 To be outdoors ?
#3 To get out of the city?
#4 To spend quality time with your camper?
#5 To spend quality time with your loved ones?
#6 To sight see?

I did't want to make a poll with click on replies.
I think for people living away from the city only #6 matters.

As retirees spending months on the road, we like active senior RV parks immensely as well as boondocking and sightseeing to and from, taking the long way around. Some would be surprised the by the high level of activity, sports, hobbies, games, dances, dinners, fellowship, arts, music, and having a hell of a good time these folks enjoy everyday.
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I would agree. We recently went to a well know website that provides reviews of camping spots. After 15 hrs of travel, we found ourselves in a trailer park with about 3ft between neighbors with a paved parkway, no grass, no trees, and no privacy in beautiful Colorado. What a waste.
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