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

Rein in unnecessary electricity usage

  By Bob Difley One of the skills for making boondocking enjoyable if you haven’t installed solar panels is the efficient use of your available electricity, which will reduce the length of time you need to run your generator or engine to recharge batteries. Recharging batteries always takes longer than you think, and the sound of a running engine can... Read More

Your safety while boondocking — your responsibility

By Bob Difley One of the many joys associated with boondocking is finding those pristine, backwoods campsites or forest service campgrounds that have a minimal connection with civilization. Lots of birds, wildlife, trees, canyons, wild rivers and tumbling streams. And along with those amenities comes difficult access, no cell phone signal, no TV or radio reception, and little, if any,... Read More

FlagPole Buddy announces new under tire flag mount

  By Bob Difley If you’ve been to RV rallies or group campouts, you know how much RVers like flying flags, especially boondockers at Quartzsite that are scattered across the desert and use the flags to find their vehicle amid this sprawling RV parking lot. And they add color and pizazz to your campsite as well. Now the ability to fly... Read More

Wants to boondock but nervous about isolation

  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, I have always wanted to try boondocking, but my husband is nervous about being out in the “boonies” away from all support when we’ve never tried it and don’t know what to expect. Is there a way to... Read More