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Old 01-01-2006, 10:49 PM   #1
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anybody use this guide to free campgrounds?

Hey folks, do any of you have this guide, and if you do, do you like it? Im prone to boondocking and going on the cheap so it looks like a neat book. On the other hand, I have found alot of RV type books to be a let down once I have them. It also supposedly covers campgrounds under $12. Its: Don Wrights guide to free campgrounds: western edition (March, 2005).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/093...lance&n=283155
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Old 01-02-2006, 12:07 AM   #2
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I can't answer your question directly. Member Brian Leipper has been quite involved and one of his recommendations is brought to mind by your post. Check out the top two links on Site Selection and Terry's Tips: http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/ow...ing/index.html

While you're at it back up to the main mother-lode -- http://sierranevadaairstreams.org. If you're a little lost at first take a look at the site map.

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Old 01-02-2006, 05:53 AM   #3
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Rodney -

I can't speak to the exact version you are looking at, but I did buy the eastern edition a couple of years ago. The book is very basic, there is very limited information about each spot - usually just the location, number of sites and if there are any type of hookups.

At least with the sites I checked out in the SE, there is a reason most of them are free - they are often hard to get to and once you get there they are little more than a wide spot in the road, not any type of recognized campground.

The western edition might offer more choices, as there are a lot more BLM areas out there.

If you want to spend $5, the Escapees club has a list that has been compiled by members over the years. Go to their web site and look for "Day's End". It's available by mail on disk or online. I haven't personally tried it, but it's only $5.
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Old 01-02-2006, 06:57 AM   #4
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Have you looked @
http://www.boondocking.org/

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I've never purchase this book, nor have I heard anyone to comment about it.
5 or 6 yrs ago when I was doing some Western camping-ground research, I ran into a guy name "Dutch", who had done some rather extensive traveling in the Western part of the US. I think he still has a website up that covers alot of his background infomation, plus a tie-in with a book that is promoted on his website abt camping for free. I found what's left of it..It would seem that it's changed somewhat but..
http://www.geocities.com/desert_dutch/
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Though not free camping, I typically go to each state's DNR (Department of Natural Resources) website. There are literally thousands of campgrounds in each state. Most boondocking, while others may have hookups.

Typically the places we've stayed at boondocking have cost about $10/day. Most have senior discounts too, bringing it between $5-$8/day. IMHO, the places we've been, $10/day is an absolute steal.
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Thumbs up State/national forests usually have websites

Prices vary too in national and state forests, free on up. As silvertwinkie mentioned some of these are really a steal at low prices, can't beat the views! It has been helpful for us to ask at the ranger station too, if you are in an area near the state/national forest--they can tell you if an area has been closed off, is in danger of flooding, etc.
Have a great spring camping! What a nice adventure to plan.
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Im a big fan of national forest and BLM campgrounds, and I am a long time lurker on the NFS website, I was just thinking a hard copy guide might be handy to keep in the trade wind.
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