Living and dying at the Walmart parking lot

by Deanna Tolliver As if Walmart needed another excuse to ban overnighters, most of whom these days stay in RVs. But it should have been expected: as people are living in their vehicles in Walmart, they are also dying.  It’s happening in all areas of the country. Often they are homeless, living in tents behind the store or in their…

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Boondocking (and non-campground) campsites that take reservations

I’m straying from the usual Ask BoondockBob question to talk about something now that RVers will eventually be asking about. I’m just beating them to it. That “something” is a unique new concept that could turn out to be an effective – and adventuresome – way to camp/boondock. With the cost of campground spaces continuing to rise as the construction…

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Letter to editor: Protect Walmart overnight privilege

Walmart and other “free” stay places Dear Chuck, It’s time to go on the offensive. As more people join us full-timers, there are more and more people taking advantage of free overnight stays at Walmart, Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc. Unfortunately, quite a few do not have any respect or thankfulness for those places that graciously allow us to spend a…

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Do “Campground Full” signs really mean it?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Are there any alternatives when road-tripping without reservations if boondocking spots are either not available or not permitted? —Alex Hi Alex, Boondockers don’t make reservations – because they can’t – so most of the time they do not know exactly where they will plop their heads on the pillow…

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Oregon changes rules, hikes fees on forest camping

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers and other outdoor recreationists may find a few changes if they favor overnight visits to Oregon State Forests. To clarify, we mean lands overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry, not by the U.S. Forest Service. The state authorities are bringing new rules online that will affect fees paid by campers on these…

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When campgrounds fill, boondock. lt’s not as difficult as you think

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I’ve been reading Chuck Woodbury’s concerns that the number of RVs being manufactured are vastly outnumbering the number of new campsites being created each year. It is already difficult to find campsites without first making a reservation and my concern is that more RVers will start to use primitive…

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National Scenic Byways – magnificent scenery and camping

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We like boondocking whenever possible, especially in scenic areas. But when we’re traveling through a new area we don’t always know where to look. I’ll bet you have some good ideas you could pass on to us boondockers – without, of course, giving away your favorite secret spots. —Marcia and Dick…

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