Gun-shy about boondocking near Mexico border

  Dear RV Shrink: This is our first year living in our RV. We are not looking for the next RV resort with a pickleball team; we prefer the wide-open spaces. The problem is one you have talked about before: border safety. We have never camped down near the border on boondock BLM land because of all the stories we’ve... Read More

RV too long for that site? Maybe not.

By Bob Difley When a National Park’s or forest’s campground designates a maximum length limitation, what does that mean? You’ve seen it. In campground guides and on entry kiosks: “Maximum size 27 feet,” for instance. So, driving a 28-foot Class C, or towing a 28-foot fiver, you crossed it off as a potential camping location, and a missed opportunity to... Read More

Prevent thieves from stealing your generator

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If it’s December or thereabouts, you can be sure that there’s plenty of RVers boondocking on the desert near Quartzsite. And you can also bet good money that the local police agency will be investigating reports of stolen generators from some of those same boondockers. Just what can you do to keep somebody... Read More

Overnight with prehistoric graffiti near Phoenix

  By Bob Difley Most historic or recreation sites managed by the BLM don’t get a lot of publicity and even less advertising. So you may zip on by such a location and not even know it existed, or that you’ve passed within a stone’s throw from it. Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, about 90 miles southwest of Phoenix, is typical.... Read More

Little-known Ariz. boondock land — Goldwater Air Force Range

  By Dave Helgeson Over four times the size of Rhode Island, the 2.7 million acre Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range (BMGR) in southwest Arizona is one of the largest unbroken land tracts left in the lower 48 states and is open to boondocking! Located near Yuma, you’ll find it a fascinating place to explore. The BMGR shelters one... 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