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

Furnace gobbles electricity when boondocking: Try this instead

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Our RV’s furnace, though powerful and keeps us warm, uses a lot of electricity while booondocking. Is there a better way to stay warm? —Karen and Thelma Hi Karen and Thelma, I remember having the same question when I first started boondocking many years ago. Today, a lot... Read More

Bureau of Reclamation camping — an RVing win-win

  By Bob Difley The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s mission is to “manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American Public.” This mission encompasses 289 developed recreation areas on 6.5 million acres of land and water in 17 western states, mainly for water-based outdoor recreation including camping... Read More

Beyond Forest Service and BLM public lands for boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I’ve just begun boondocking on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands and enjoy it very much. But I’m wondering if there are other public or private lands where boondocking is permitted. —Oscar G.  Hi Oscar, There sure are, though the BLM, with 247.3 million acres –... Read More

Get free, but valuable, RV info from the Forest Service

  By Bob Difley Summer is almost here, and boondockers will soon be looking for campsites in the national forests. These tips may help make your camping trip more efficient and more pleasurable. Plan to reach the Forest Service (FS) office or visitor center before it closes, but also allow enough time to dump, fill water, and shop for food... Read More

What is boondocking? The readers speak

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris “To the beatnik It’s his beard, beard, beard To the monster Something weird, weird, weird To a night owl It’s a good days sleep To the Yankee’s It’s a four game sweep Happiness is Different things to different people!” So ran the 1960’s tune made popular by Ray Conniff*. Yeah, everyone wants... Read More

Hubby wants to confront Walmart camper misfits; wife worried

  Dear RV Shrink: We have been using Walmart parking lots for overnight stays while traveling between destinations. We think this is a wonderful opportunity offered by Walmart. We call them our “Pit Stops.” We do our shopping, laundry nearby and rent a movie from Red Box. They always have an out-of-the-way area that is not too noisy or bright.... Read More

Try this Oregon Coast nesty forest service campground

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We will be traveling down the coast of Oregon this summer and though I know that lots of RVers want to have an ocean view, I thought there might be some interesting campgrounds/boondocking places along the route that don’t have an ocean view but are equally interesting. Can you... Read More