Dusty Quartzsite is winter haven for sun-seeking RVers

By Chuck Woodbury You must visit Quartzsite. It’s in the middle of nowhere in the Arizona desert. Technically it’s where I-10 and state route 95 intersect, about 20 miles east of Blythe, California. It’s no place to be in the blazing hot summer unless you’re a lizard. It’s home to 3,600 year-round residents. In the winter, with its abundant sunshine and mild temps,... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Town’s RV parks are booked solid with pipeline workers

By Chuck Woodbury, editor Below is a letter I received from reader Randy Peterson that illustrates once again the problem with crowding in RV parks. In this case it’s not just about vacationers and full-timers taking up campsites but workers on temporary assignments occupying entire parks, sometimes every site in the local area (try to get a space in the... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

RVing to the stars – McDonald Observatory, West Texas

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory RVing to the stars – Visiting an astronomical destination: McDonald Observatory I am starting another recurring theme with this article, so buckle up, buttercup. We are about to hit the road. All around this great country there are many wonderful destinations that include interesting astronomical-related features. Telescopes, Dark Sky sites, planetariums, museums and historical... Read More

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... Read More

It’s Quartzsite boondocking time

By Bob Difley It’s snowbird time again – when we RVers leave the cold, rainy weather behind for the sunny and warmer regions of the country. And snowbirds, like all RVers, have different ideas on how and where to spend the winter. Arizona is one of the most popular destinations for Western RVers, with Yuma, Tucson, and the greater Phoenix... Read More