Man convicted of $2M RV park fraud

  A federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man of stealing $2 million from investors to build a RV park which he hoped would bring in money from North Dakota’s oil boom. Ronald David Johnson of Corcoran, Minnesota, has been found guilty on all counts of wire fraud and money laundering.  Johnson fraudulently solicited $2.1 million dollars from his four... Read More

RV “Twilight Zone” — Eureka Dunes

  By Bob Difley If you are not a boondocker and don’t like weird, out-there locations, you need read no further. However, since you are still reading, let me suggest a place where there is only one campground, a really primitive, no-hookup, barren and desolate spot, where there are only ten campsites, not all of them with picnic tables or... Read More

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

RVer wonders if shock from RV is due to reversed polarity

  Hey Mike, I replaced the valve on my black water flush-out system today and noticed that when I touched any metal part of the frame of my trailer, I could feel an electrical current running through it! Not enough to really shock me, but certainly enough to cause some discomfort. It doesn’t matter where on the frame I touch,... Read More

Handling “needy” RV campground neighbors

  Dear RV Shrink: We have been full-time RVing for about seven years. We have met many wonderful people. However, occasionally we meet a stalker. It is usually a single person, perhaps lonely. The latest example happened in the Everglades National Park at Flamingo Campground. I called him “Ears.” My husband could not step foot out of our motorhome before... 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