Letter to editor: Protect Walmart overnight privilege

Walmart and other “free” stay places Dear Chuck, It’s time to go on the offensive. As more people join us full-timers, there are more and more people taking advantage of free overnight stays at Walmart, Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc. Unfortunately, quite a few do not have any respect or thankfulness for those places that graciously allow us to spend a... Read More

Do “Campground Full” signs really mean it?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Are there any alternatives when road-tripping without reservations if boondocking spots are either not available or not permitted? —Alex Hi Alex, Boondockers don’t make reservations – because they can’t – so most of the time they do not know exactly where they will plop their heads on the pillow... Read More

The Columbia River Gorge from Washington state’s scenic Hwy. 14

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’re visiting friends in Portland then on to Idaho. What can you recommend for a route where it won’t be so crowded and maybe with some boondocking along the way? Thanks, Bev and Matt Hi Bev and Matt, The Columbia River Gorge is not to be skipped if you’ve never... Read More

Oregon changes rules, hikes fees on forest camping

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers and other outdoor recreationists may find a few changes if they favor overnight visits to Oregon State Forests. To clarify, we mean lands overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry, not by the U.S. Forest Service. The state authorities are bringing new rules online that will affect fees paid by campers on these... Read More

When campgrounds fill, boondock. lt’s not as difficult as you think

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I’ve been reading Chuck Woodbury’s concerns that the number of RVs being manufactured are vastly outnumbering the number of new campsites being created each year. It is already difficult to find campsites without first making a reservation and my concern is that more RVers will start to use primitive... Read More

National Scenic Byways – magnificent scenery and camping

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We like boondocking whenever possible, especially in scenic areas. But when we’re traveling through a new area we don’t always know where to look. I’ll bet you have some good ideas you could pass on to us boondockers – without, of course, giving away your favorite secret spots. —Marcia and Dick... Read More

Web page makes finding British Columbia camping a snap

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many U.S. boondockers are familiar enough with some of the alternative sources of finding boondocking sites in the Lower 48. Forest Service maps and BLM-provided information can yield a wealth of spots to check out. But if you’re traveling north of the border and into Canada, things can get a little sketchy. If your... Read More