Don’t let Death Valley be the death of you

By Bob Difley When I was in the RV rental business a majority of our summer rental business came from Europe – Germany and England primarily. The Germans were especially interested in traveling to Death Valley and no amount of persuasion could dissuade them from visiting – even advising them that travel in Death Valley voided their insurance because of…

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Free public lands resources, great for planning

By Bob Difley You’ve probably read about camping and boondocking on public lands, or maybe you even bought my e-book, BOONDOCKING: Finding the Perfect Campsite on America’s Public Lands  (that’s a hint). I’ve long been an advocate of using the millions of acres of public lands that are available to everybody for many forms of outdoor recreation, including camping and boondocking, most of…

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Choosing a generator for a fifth wheel

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I have a question about generators. We have a 40 ft. fifth wheel and would like to purchase a generator. What would you suggest that would be quiet yet affordable? —Debbie S. Hi Debbie, I copied the following from the Generator Power Source:   Portable Vs Permanent Another important consideration is whether or…

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Visit one of the West’s earliest buildings still in use

Mission San Xavier del Bac By Bob Difley If you are a history buff, you know that in the Western states, unlike along the eastern seaboard or New England, you don’t see many historic sites chronicling European exploration with dates in the early 1500s, 1600s and early 1700s, when the Europeans were settling what would eventually become the United States…

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Solar charging in a shady spot?

By Bob Difley Boondocking in the national and state forests in summer and using solar power to provide your electricity presents different challenges than found when snowbirding in the southwestern deserts. In the desert, because most campsites are open to the sky, you get charging from your panels from the first glint of sun over the morning horizon until it…

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Holiday weekends are coming – Plan ahead!

By Bob Difley Although we may quibble about the definitions of boondocking, blacktop boondocking, Walmart boondocking, and dry-camping, we’re talking about essentially the same thing – camping without hook-ups. It is where we do it that alters the definition. But wherever you do your boondocking, you most likely don’t look too far ahead, preferring to camp where your RV leads…

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