Steps to conserving and supplying power for RV boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My wife and I have boondocked a couple of times and like it, but it seems that we run out of power too soon. What are the best ways for boondockers to increase their available power supply without breaking the bank buying an expensive solar system? —Walt and…

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Coyote camping: Your RV at home on the open desert

By Bob Difley Boondocking around Quartzsite on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and called Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) is an easy and effective introduction to desert boondocking and snowbirding. Support services and supplies are plentiful, and the great gathering of veteran boondockers, much like the mountain man rendezvous of 150-200 years ago, stand ready to…

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How to find boondocking campsites in our national forests

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, How do you find places to camp in the National Forests that are not designated campgrounds? —Reggie Hi Reggie, That used to be an easy answer, which was “anywhere that is not prohibited.” But over the last few years the Forest Service has tightened down on the rules…

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Snakes in an RV? Call Samuel L. Jackson, or do this

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I read your stories every Saturday morning. My friends were traveling and found one morning they had two snakes in their camper. My questions: How could they get in, and do others have this problem? —Nancy Hi Nancy, Your question reminds me of the Samuel L. Jackson film “Snakes…

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Is it safe to camp in a desert wash?

By Bob Difley Setting up your boondocking campsite in a desert wash is considered by many RVers to be foolhardy and should be avoided. Many real-life stories circulate about hikers being washed away in flash floods, and boulders, trees and splintered RVs tumbling down washes ahead of a raging torrent. But these tales do not in themselves prove that every…

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Is Walmart ‘camping’ doomed?

By Chuck Woodbury EDITOR It’s only a matter of time, in my opinion, before Walmart pulls the plug on free overnight stays in its parking lots. Many stores already do so, and more post “no parking” signs every week. Sometimes they’re enforced, sometimes not. Or sometimes they’re enforced one day and not the next. For RVers, Walmart has been a…

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Winter boondocking – time to prepare “electrically”

By Bob Difley We’re well on the way to winter. Depending on how weird the warming planet skews the weather, you may be spending more days in the northern climes as days stay hotter longer before winding down to shorter days and a chillier autumn climate. Then again, old man weather may decide he’s tortured us with enough consecutive hot…

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Fill your free time with an interesting hobby

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about RV living.  Hi Bob, My husband and I have been full-timing for several months. When we first started we rushed to see as much of the country as we could cram into our days. But we’ve settled down now and find ourselves with an abundance of free time. It occurred to…

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