Can gray water be dumped into a pit toilet?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Is dumping sewage and grey water into pit toilets permissible? Thanks. —Jim E. Hi Jim, This is another hard question on the hard topic of dumping waste water. The question is so hard that officials can’t even decide on a uniform definition of what gray, black, sewage, and... Read More

Phantom electrical loads can spoil your dry-camping adventure

  By Bob Difley Phantom loads are electrical connections to your batteries that continually draw power, however small. Loads that are run off the house batteries will not be a problem as they are slight. Since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to keep up with... Read More

More on the gray (legal) area of dumping the gray tank

  In last Saturday’s Ask BoondockBob in the RV Travel newsletter a reader asked about dumping gray water onto or into the ground rather than driving to a dump station when boondocking. Judging from the response to the question and having written about this practice before, it appears that the question (and lack of good answers) is still paramount in many... Read More

VIDEO: Which big box stores allow overnight RV ‘camping’?

  Jim O’Briant of Overnight RV Parking runs down the list of popular big box stores (and a restaurant chain) that do or don’t allow overnight stays. Most RVers know that Walmart is usually accommodating, but what about the other big chain stores? In this short video, learn which ones are RV friendly. And be sure to check out Jim’s... Read More

Take your RV on the road less traveled

  By Bob Difley Many of America’s most scenic drives wind across and through remote public lands, such as our national forests (NF) and land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Though not receiving the same publicity as our National Parks and Monuments, the National Scenic Byways (NSB) and the especially notable All-American Roads are mostly low-traveled, two-lane... Read More

Where can I boondock and see California condors

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My wife and I are RVers from the Midwest and would like to see the California condors that have been introduced into the wild in California. Are there any places to boondock where we can see them? —Bernie Hi Bernie, Here’s a worthwhile choice, not only to see... Read More

RV “Twilight Zone” — Eureka Dunes

  By Bob Difley If you are not a boondocker and don’t like weird, out-there locations, you need read no further. However, since you are still reading, let me suggest a place where there is only one campground, a really primitive, no-hookup, barren and desolate spot, where there are only ten campsites, not all of them with picnic tables or... Read More

Definition of “boondocking” stumps experts

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Last month we polled readers on what constituted “boondocking.” Last week we published the full results and many comments on the subject. To recap the poll results, here they are again: “In which of these circumstances would you be “boondocking?” 21%   Staying free on public lands (desert, forest, etc.) 14%   Staying anywhere... Read More