Boondocking threatened at two Utah National Monuments?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I read in the news that Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments will be downsized. We haven’t visited them, but are thinking we might visit before their size is reduced. Is boondocking allowed on either one? —Howard and Grace Hi Howard and Grace, As of right now... Read More

Is a surge protector enough to protect an RV?

By Mike Sokol Hey Mike, I’ve recently purchased the top Progressive EMS 30 Amp surge protector which seems to work great. I now have several extra test gadgets (the Fluke Non-Contact Voltage Detector, as a example) and wonder if I need to hold on to them. Can I now just plug into pedestal power and not worry about extra electrical testing?... Read More

Rusty’s RV Ranch will keep you in the dark – perfect for stargazing

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Visit a truly dark sky location in southwest New Mexico. If you own an RV, and a telescope, you must visit Rusty’s RV Ranch, a Bortle 2, “truly dark sky” location. This park is located in the boot heel of New Mexico, at GPS coordinates N 31*55’43.30 W 109*02’10.02, or address 854 State Highway... Read More

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