Veteran RVer asks the “how to” of boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Dear Bob, I’ve been RVing for about 8 years and have boondocked only three times because — I’m a little embarrassed to say — I’m not really sure “how to.” Can you give me some of the basics, that is, what accessories can I use when the only power is... Read More

Visitor regrets mouthing off to rude park ranger

  Dear RV Shrink: During our recent travels to several national parks we have noticed a difference in Park Ranger attitude. Many of them seem burned out and annoyed that we were asking questions about park features, policy, directions and programs. I know they get asked the same questions a million times, but I would think it comes with the... Read More

BLM boondocking tips to keep you out of trouble

  By Bob Difley Most boondockers know about the BLM’s Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) near popular snowbird locations in Southern California and Arizona. But boondocking is also permitted on most BLM land, even if it is not a designated camping or dispersed camping area. The rule as it now exists allows you to camp/boondock anywhere on BLM land unless... Read More

BLM fees for boondocking in the Southwest explained

  Here’s a question from a reader(s) of RVtravel.com about boondocking. Do you have a question for Bob? Email him at bob.rvtravel (at) gmail.com . Hi, Bob, We are new to full-timing and trying to learn about boondocking in the southwest BLM lands. Some people say you need a permit while others say there are time restrictions.  Where do we go to learn more? Thanks. —Mark... Read More

Is it boondocking, dry-camping or blacktop boondocking?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi, Bob, I’m confused. I’ve heard the terms boondocking, dry-camping, blacktop boondocking, and others. Do they all mean the same thing or is there a difference?  —Alan F. Hi, Alan, You’re not the only one confused. There don’t seem to be any widely accepted definitions separating those terms. Most of... Read More

A reason to boondock: The value of personal space

By Bob Difley There are two primary motivations why RVers boondock. Possibly a third. One is financial. With campground fees reaching into the lower end of motel prices, staying every night in a private campground can take big chunks out of your budget month after month. While most boondocking is free, except for the lower fees paid at primitive dry-camping... Read More

Ask BoondockBob: Do you leave your porch light on?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking. Do you have a question for Bob? Email him at bob.rvtravel (at) gmail.com . Hi, Bob, In last Saturday’s RV Travel newsletter, Chuck mentioned that his neighbor leaves his RV’s outside lights on. He commented, “I don’t think he had given any thought to other campers who might enjoy something at night other than... Read More