Is it really safe to boondock?

  By Bob Difley I’ve noticed that people who live in metropolitan areas have more uncertainty about their personal safety when boondocking than those who live in rural areas. I’m guessing that city dwellers feel more unsafe because boondocking away from any signs of civilization is a new and unknown experience. It is especially so when the sun goes down... Read More

Here’s the Quartzsite show calendar — so far

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris With Labor Day behind us, the snowbirds are beginning to shiver in their skivvies and plan for their winter travels. While this is not a complete list, already many of the big Quartzsite happenings are posting up their dates. Here’s a partial calendar of activities – and remember, if you’re a boondocker, September... Read More

Seeing through campground reservation “smoke and mirrors”

  Dear RV Shrink: We are in Yellowstone National Park and are finding our RV is too big to camp in some of the campgrounds. We tried to make a reservation today at Madison Campground and they tell us we will only fit into a 40-foot-plus site, but there are none available. They combined our total rig length (motorhome and... Read More

Find boondocking sites in British Columbia

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many U.S. boondockers are familiar enough with some of the alternative sources of finding boondocking sites in the Lower 48. Forest Service maps and BLM-provided information can yield a wealth of spots to check out. But if you’re traveling north of the border and into Canada, things can get a little sketchy. If... Read More

Dump station “engineering” comes up short

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old joke about, “Did you get your driver’s license at Walmart?” has a new variation as far as we’re concerned: “Did you buy your engineering license through Craigslist?” As RVers, you’ve probably had an experience like ours that leads to such a question. Here’s the scenario: The days of free dump stations are... Read More

Camping on Arizona state trust land

  By Dave Helgesen For active boondockers the state of Arizona has it all. The sun shines nearly all year and you have multiple climate zones in which to camp —  from cool mountains to arid deserts. ATV use is permitted practically anywhere you would like to go — from the grocery store to a remote outpost. Then, there are the thousands of... Read More

See the heavens up close at this RV park

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris When you wish upon a starmakes no difference who you areAnything your heart desiresWill come to you … If you want to wish upon a star, you first need to see it. And that’s not usually too difficult: Step outside at night, and in most places you’ll see a few. But for those who want... Read More