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Old 07-30-2005, 03:00 PM   #29
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The views

A picture is worth a thousand words...these views are only a few of the reasons why we boondock (but, we also live it up with full hookups!)

Life is short, might as well live in luxury while we can.
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Old 08-05-2005, 02:34 PM   #30
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Why you like Boondocking

I don't

But, it does give you the flexibility to go to those out of the way places where at times you can find solitude, and beauty.
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Old 08-05-2005, 06:25 PM   #31
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Boondocking allows me to access my favorite swimming hole. It is peaceful and refreshing. I have the place all to myself.
Where the heck is that place...it looks great!
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Old 08-05-2005, 09:35 PM   #32
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My Avatar shows my favorite boondocking spot as of yet. Unmolested beachfront camping right at the Sea of Cortez.
To me and my wife, that's boondocking at it's finest.
We have made special provisions in the planning and restoration of the 1963 Overlander to increase our water, waste, battery and fridge capacity for just this reason.
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Old 08-06-2005, 09:31 AM   #33
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Boondocking

Boondocking makes deer hunting a dream. After years of primitive camping in leantos and teepees from Tennessee to Montana, our hunting is now quite comfortable. We don't need an air conditioner that time of year and all other systems work fine on 12 volt or gas. Comfortable beds, showers, nice kitchen... even though the Safari is 34 years old. Plus, no other campers for miles. We have camped for four or five days without draining the batteries.
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:56 AM   #34
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UWE,

Say, Is your TT permanently down in Baja or do you take it across each time you visit. If you do take it across, what kind of hassles (if any) do you have to go through both coming and going?

I hear the horror stories of people (just in cars), complaining about how long it takes getting back to US not to mention Customs wanting to tear apart some TT's.

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Old 08-09-2005, 10:03 AM   #35
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UWE,

Say, Is your TT permanently down in Baja or do you take it across each time you visit. If you do take it across, what kind of hassles (if any) do you have to go through both coming and going?

I hear the horror stories of people (just in cars), complaining about how long it takes getting back to US not to mention Customs wanting to tear apart some TT's.

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Rick,

We go in and out, not leaving the trailer there.
Going in is pretty easy. We use the border crossing at Calexico, since this is the closest to San Felipe, where we boondock in the late fall, winter and early spring sometimes.
Driving there is very easy, especially once you're out of Mexicali, heading south through the desert. We take our time, pull over for faster traffic, and pay attention to our surroundings.
Going back is a bit of a hassle, but I must say that it has never been a problem for us. US customs will make you open your trailer, send a drug sniffing puppy through it, and confiscate your fruits, vegetables, eggs, Meats, etc. They will also confiscate your stash of illegal drugs and weapons, if you carry such items.
If you pick a Sunday afternoon for your return trip, then you can expect long lines and brutal heat while in line. The longest line we have experienced was about 75 min, the shortest about 10min. The customs ordeal can take up to 25min, depending on who's working it.
Very little changed from pre911 to post911,btw.
The people with the horror stories are often ( not always) spoiled mass consumers of the want it now, can't wait, park up front variety. Of course there's a procedure to enter our country, yes, there's a wait, and yes, RV's have been torn apart for searches. The dogs are usually right on!
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Old 08-16-2005, 02:58 PM   #36
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We have a 1985 345 classic and have taken it down to San Felipe several times. The last trip the alternator sheared a bolt and we lost all our belts 20 miles north of San Felipe. Our cell phone would not get out the federales stopped by to help and let us use their cell phone to call the campground we were going to, they sent a mechanic out and we were on the road in 2 hours. Never had a problem with the border crossing at Calexico, we go to the II crossing--the lines are shorter, searches have all been brief. The trip is best done during daylight--much easier drive.
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Old 08-16-2005, 04:51 PM   #37
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Each year in the fall, we attend a special function way up north in New Hampshire.... The Great Northeast Poodle Party and Homecoming. This is three to four days of intense people and poodle activities! I got tired of having to schlep back and forth from the nearest motel, and always felt like I was missing out on some things!
Since we bought the Airstream, I no longer feel that way! We boondock in the back bowl shaped meadow overlooking a sizeable pond and bordered by apple grove. Now we miss out on nothing! And during breaks, we're close enough to our quarters to slip off for a nap, take a quiet moment, or grab a sandwich. We find we are entertaining a lot, too! always someone dropping in for a visit, a cold drink, or just to check out our unit! Over time, our stays have extended... we're up to eight days now! It's great! No amenities, no fuss, we can come and go as we please! The dogs can romp on our friend's eighty acres... and the best thing is..... even our cell phones don't work here! If you can wait for pictures, I'll make sure we get some shots of our Airstream surrounded by hoards of wild poodles! LOL!!

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We have a 1985 345 classic and have taken it down to San Felipe several times. The last trip the alternator sheared a bolt and we lost all our belts 20 miles north of San Felipe. Our cell phone would not get out the federales stopped by to help and let us use their cell phone to call the campground we were going to, they sent a mechanic out and we were on the road in 2 hours. Never had a problem with the border crossing at Calexico, we go to the II crossing--the lines are shorter, searches have all been brief. The trip is best done during daylight--much easier drive.
Which campground in San Felipe do you go to? Does it have hookups and is it by the water? Always interested in options...
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Old 08-16-2005, 08:22 PM   #39
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A bunch of us get together in someones field. It's an easy way to enable
us to camp together as a group ( but no hook ups ). Sometimes I boondock
so I can be with a bunch of friends, but sometimes I boondock to get away from people. It's very satisfying to be alone and self sufficient for a while.
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Old 01-31-2006, 04:41 PM   #40
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Thanks again, everybody!! The article was just

published in the Winter 2006 issue of Airstream Life. Thanks again to those who contributed statements and pics for the article. For those who didn't make it in the finished piece, your contributions helped shape the article and its overall direction.

Thanks again,
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Actually, we would like to boondock (so defined), but we generally take four to five days in a location in order to do what we want to do (hike, read, hike, read, hike, read). Alas, that much time is just a bit more than we can manage in the Airstream without any kind of hookups, particularly since our vacations are restricted to fall or spring, when you do wind up running the heater for a bit.


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