Camping on Arizona state trust land

  By Dave Helgesen For active boondockers the state of Arizona has it all. The sun shines nearly all year and you have multiple climate zones in which to camp —  from cool mountains to arid deserts. ATV use is permitted practically anywhere you would like to go — from the grocery store to a remote outpost. Then, there are the thousands of... Read More

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

Nevada alternatives to “Camp Walmart”

By Dave Helgeson With only around a dozen municipalities containing a Walmart or two within their city limits, finding a suitable parking lot for a complimentary overnight stay in Nevada is not as easily done as the more populous states. Conveniently, NDOT (Nevada Department of Transportation) stockpiles gravel about every ten miles or so along many of its highways. These... Read More

Why boondock?

By Dave Helgeson I once believed boondocking was just about saving the cost of a campground. However, after becoming a boondocker out of necessity (lack of campgrounds in the backcountry areas I like to explore) I discovered it was much more than just saving a buck. So why do RVers boondock? Necessity: · Yes, cost does play into it for... Read More

Generators: Less is more

By Dave Helgeson When it comes to boondocking I subscribe to the “less is more” philosophy. The majority of boondockers own a generator for one reason: to keep their 12 volt batteries charged. Unfortunately, many don’t understand that bigger is not better when it comes to generators and battery charging. Most converter chargers in an RV can operate on 1,000... Read More

Floor or wall heat registers – which are best for you?

By Dave Helgeson There are many items to consider when purchasing an RV. Type, length, floor plan, color scheme, number of beds, tank capacity, etc. However, few people ever take into consideration the type of heat register the RV is equipped with and some later regret their decision. Typically, manufacturers will use either wall registers or floor registers. Let’s take... Read More