Boondocking along America’s Byways

By Dave Helgeson America’s Byways is a great website for RVers and is especially useful for those of us that boondock in the western United States. The website lists National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads across America. The website offers a wealth of information to the traveling public featuring the archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities available along... Read More

Dunedocking — RVing in sand!

By Dave Helgeson Sand dunes exist throughout the western states and offer great camping opportunities for boondocking. While most of us associate sand dunes with the ocean, there are extensive inland sand dunes located throughout the west. Many of these inland dunes are administered by the boondocking-friendly Bureau of Land Management. Others may be controlled by state Department of Natural... Read More

Free camping along the Colorado River near Quartzsite

By Russ and Tiña De Maris With summer coming along soon, the snowbirds have flown their winter “coop” in Quartzsite. Yes, the weather is actually warming up, and for those who can’t stand much above 80 degrees, it is time to flee northward. But what about those who are a bit more heat tolerant? Not far west from Quartzsite, the... Read More

What can we do about vandalized public property?

Dear RV Shrink: One of the comments someone made under last week’s column caught my attention. We have not spent much time in campgrounds during the past 30 years. Now that we have retired, that has all changed. One thing we notice constantly is the disrespect to public property. We do not remember so much blatant graffiti, vandalism, defacing and... Read More

Coyote camping (boondocking) in the Southwestern deserts

By Bob (BoondockBob) Difley Of all the styles of camping, from backpacking tents to fancy RV resorts accommodating 40 foot+ motorhomes, coyote camping (ultimate boondocking) in the Southwestern deserts may be the most challenging – but also the most rewarding for lovers of nature, open space, free campsites, and solitude. Coyote camping, by my unofficial definition, is camping away from... Read More

Desolenator enables water independence: Just add sun

By Bob Difley The first paragraph you read on Desolenator’s  website states: “Desolenator is a clean technology venture that has developed and patented what’s on track to becoming the most affordable and environmentally friendly method of water purification on the market.” That’s a pretty strong statement from an idea incubator in the United Kingdom on the concept of drinkable water that... Read More

RVers must take responsibility for their own safety

By Bob Difley One of the many joys associated with boondocking is finding those pristine, backwoods campsites or forest service campgrounds that have a minimal connection with civilization but with lots of birds, wildlife, trees, canyons, wild rivers and tumbling streams. And along with those amenities comes difficult access, no cell phone signal, no TV or radio reception, and little,... Read More