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Ahh, boondocking! The joys of living off the grid, free camping, enjoying our nation's great BLM lands and national forests. If this is what you love, then this is the group for yo... see more

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  • Ray & Ann
    Ray & Ann:
    Tue at 1:07 AMWe spent the night at Island Grove Winery, a Harvest Host location, other than no connections it's hard to call this boondocking when there is a streetlight overhead and wine available 100' away :)
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    • Ray & Ann
      Paul & Tanya Tue at 1:35 AM What is a Harvest host Location      Just starting to learn about boondocking.   
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      • Ray & Ann
        Ray & Ann Tue at 1:35 AM You pay Harvest Host an annual fee which just changed but its equal to about two stays and you get access to hundreds of free one night stays at farms, museums, flea markets and golf courses which let you park on their grounds. It's boondocking in that th...  more
      • Ray & Ann
        Jim O'Briant Tue at 1:35 AM Harvest hosts is a subscription service which lists about 600-700 locations where you can park overnight in your RV at farms, wineries, breweries, golf courses, etc. (The golf courses were a separate thing, but Harvest Hosts has recently acquired that com...  more
      • Ray & Ann
        SACnFrau Tue at 1:35 AM Regarding Harvest Hosts, we are big fans of the program.  We have met some great people, and made good friends, through the program.   It is boondocking in the sense hookups are usually not provided, but there is an expectation you "partici...  more
    • Ray & Ann
      Paul & Tanya Tue at 1:53 AM And where is this ?  Looks great
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      • Ray & Ann
        Russell & Linda Tue at 1:53 AM Island Grove is between Hawthorne and Ocala Florida on US 301. If you go Gainesville to Ocala on US 441 you will miss it
    • Ray & Ann
      David & Leslie Tue at 4:35 AM It's probably best called "drycamping."
    • Ray & Ann
      The Mountains Tue at 5:38 AM We stayed there two years ago & met a young couple who were Harvest Host members with whom we continue to keep in touch. It’s the only time we have ever met other members during a an overnight stay. There’s also a Harvest Hosts Group in RVillage.
  • David & Charlie Peacock
    David & Charlie Peacock:
    Mon at 11:18 AMWe are "newbies" to boondocking and always worried that we won't have enough power or hot water. We drive a class C and would love to plan more boondocking in 2019. Is there any website or books we should look into to help us on our journey?
    • David & Charlie Peacock
      Ted&Sharon Mon at 1:02 PM I'm sure the book that Ken & Sally mentioned will help educate you a lot.  As Mark Ford mentioned, learn to conserve.  If you both want to take showers every day, you certainly will run out of water quickly.  Your black & gray tanks will pr...  more
    • David & Charlie Peacock
      OldGoatMTB Mon at 2:09 PM Don't rush to go spend a lot of money upgrading your system. Just try it out and see how it goes. Worst case is you have to put off a warm shower, or skip watching TV for a while.
    • David & Charlie Peacock
      Jim & Sharon Ham Mon at 7:24 PM There are probably a dozen websites for boondock site information.  Just Google and you will get a full page.  Some apps are free, and some have charge up to $50.  OvernightRVParking, Boondockers Welcome, Harvest Hosts, and Days End Directo...  more
    • David & Charlie Peacock
      Ray & Ann Tue at 1:17 AM Our class c has enough water and dump tanks to go a few days to a week without connections. We could run the genset for power but I'd rather not. It came with one house battery which only lasted about a day. I've since added a 2nd battery, changed out the...  more
    • David & Charlie Peacock
      Nannette VanDyke-McDonald 2 hours ago First try "boondocking" in your driveway for a day or two- this will give you an idea of how much of your resources you use (as long as you don't go to the house for all needs!). Also know your rig- how much water does it hold; how big are your grey and b...  more
  • Ceci
    Ceci:
    December 16Looking for some boondocker wisdom. What tech or upgrade did you splurge on that turned out to be “all that and a bag of chips”? I’m looking at newer class b vans now and I see so many gadgets. Truma hot water, compressor refrigerator, eco trek, pure3, in...  more
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    • Ceci
      Seann ( the Canadian) December 16 They're built in Saskatoon Canada and that's a cold climate. the fancy new water heaters on demand style from everything I've read have been nothing but problems. on a class b all of the plumbing except for the tanks themselves are inside the vehicle so i...  more
    • Ceci
      SKeny December 16 I have a 2017 Pleasure Way and it is great because everything works!!! I am a full timer and I don't have any complaints regarding the systems at all.  I use my furnace when the temps are in the 30s and am very comfortable.  I don't take my Asce...  more
    • Ceci
      Pam & Ed December 16 Don't know if this qualifies as "tech" but all the solar you can afford and LiFePO4 batteries (LifeBlue) have been incredible.  After that the induction hot plate paired with good old fashion cast iron cookware would be #2, but you need that solar an...  more
    • Ceci
      Tully family December 16 the best thing we put in our fifth wheel is an inverter , we boondock almost always and we can shut off the genny and still watch a movie before bed.
    • Ceci
      Ted&Sharon Mon at 9:10 AM It looks like you are getting great advice here.  A lot depends on whether you are going to be boondocking, or always hooked up to power.  I would never get the instant water heaters.  Because of their flow demands to heat water, they will ...  more
  • RaynJaniceWilder
    RaynJaniceWilder:
    December 12Hello fellow boondockers. We are headed to Bentonville Arkansas and would like to find a place/s to boondock for a few nights. The state parks near there are closed for the season.
  • Rob Ervin
    Rob Ervin:
    December 8Hi peoples. Newer here and planning a trip around Zion orbeyce canyon in Utah. Anyone got a spot whether boondocking or park camping? I have a dog and the established campgrounds have pretty strict limitations. thanks
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    • Rob Ervin
      LarandSus December 8 We stayed at Kaibab Paiute RV Park which is located near multiple National Parks, including Zion and Bryce and is right next to Pipe Spring National Monument. The rv park is very cheap but very clean and the monument tour was definitely worthwhile.
    • Rob Ervin
      Rob Ervin December 9 Thank you. I'm trying to get it all planned out along with a tow dolly for a toad. Appreciate the heads up. I'll look into it.
    • Rob Ervin
      Kay and Russ Wallace December 12 I use this site to find boondocking locations: http://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/index.php. They have an app for your phone or you can look for places on your computer.
    • Rob Ervin
      Craig & Kim December 16 If you're gonna visit both parks, we stayed at Riverside Ranch RV in Hatch UT.  It's about 1/2 way between each.  Get a spot in the back by the river.  http://www.theriversideranch.com/
  • Epic Mini Life
    Epic Mini Life :
    December 6Spending a night at Deep Creek Preserve in Arcadia, Florida. Second night ever officially boondocking. 😂
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      Suzan and Art December 6 Looks lovely!
    • Epic Mini Life
      GoneRving December 7 One of our favourite places!
    • Epic Mini Life
      Ray & Ann December 9 I wish I'd know about that one when my daughter lived near there.
    • Epic Mini Life
      Kathys outdoor adventures December 12 Do you not love it! What a great spot you found!
  • GlenM
    GlenM:
    December 6Bondocking roads
    I have following this fewd to prepare for when I retire in 18 months.
    I do have a question. How far are you willing to drive down a dirt or gravel road in your class A or longer class C to get to a good boondocking spot? Since class A'...  more
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    • GlenM
      Douglas Palosaari December 6 If possible use your tow vehicle to go check the area first that way you are prepared to go down. Dirt road
    • GlenM
      Seann ( the Canadian) December 6 Google Earth will give you a good idea of what your getting into.
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      • GlenM
        Robbie & Alice December 6 Google Earth is a great resource, but it can also get you in big trouble.  Looking from above isn't the same as being on the ground.
      • GlenM
        LarandSus December 6 Agree with R&A, especially after a significant weather event.
    • GlenM
      Robbie & Alice December 6 We ALWAYS unhook and drive the toad to look, first.  It only takes a couple of minutes to take the toad off, and a couple more to get it back on.  I once spent an hour turning my Class A around.
    • GlenM
      Suzan and Art December 6 With our fifth wheel we also try to get in with just the truck first.   Just had that experience last week. A highly rated boon docking spot in Texas. We left the fifth wheel at a state park day use area and went to look.  It would have been a w...  more
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    • GlenM
      LarandSus December 6 Not far, one of us has a low risk tolerance.
  • Roy and Evelyn
    Roy and Evelyn:
    December 5Good morning all ...Need some advice on our fresh water tank.. What is the best way to sanitize our tank and system...Thank you in advance for your help!
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    • Roy and Evelyn
      Ray & Ann December 5 I've been bleaching mine every fall. The bonus is flushing the system out much of it goes into the black water tank and cleans the sensor of TP so I get a better reading for a while  :)
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      • Roy and Evelyn
        wannabervin December 5 Just curious, how does flushing water get from the fresh water tank to the black tank? Seems to me that shouldn’t happen. It could go both ways.?
      • Roy and Evelyn
        David & Leslie December 5 On our coach, we attached a hose from the shore water faucet directly to the black tank flushing system.  We drain the black tank, turn on the water to the flushing system and let it run for a for a few minutes, close the black tank gate valve to all...  more
    • Roy and Evelyn
      Roy and Evelyn December 5 Thank you all for your help. It is nice to learn new tricks. We are just loving living the RV life 🍷🍷
    • Roy and Evelyn
      francis young December 5 Ah, if you have fresh water in your water tank and flush the  toilet,  I bet the water will go into the black tank.
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      • Roy and Evelyn
        Ray & Ann December 5 That and when I'm flushing the bleach out of the shower till it runs fresh I catch the water in a bucket and dump it down the toilet :)
    • Roy and Evelyn
      wannabervin December 5 I would certainly hope so!!
    • Roy and Evelyn
      Suzan and Art December 6 Bleach.... just regular washing stuff but there is a certain percentage you are supposed to use that you will have to look up.
  • Bobby & Beverly Young
    Bobby & Beverly Young:
    December 4Is there a book or web site that list boondocking sites? Looking for safe places to stay while traveling.
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    • Bobby & Beverly Young
      Kay and Russ Wallace December 4 This is my favorite site for boondocking: www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/uc3/index.php. There are a lot more resources out there and a lot of blogs sharing boondocking tips. Personally, I would say that it would be prudent to checkout boondocking area...  more
    • Bobby & Beverly Young
      Jim O'Briant December 4 I use the Overnight RV Parking website. Not free, but the map-based search results are FAR easier to use than scrolling through page after page of Days End listings. Listings include free places and "$20/night or less" listings, as well as Elks, Moose & E...  more
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      • Bobby & Beverly Young
        Dwight Thomas December 4 Jim’s drumming up business for his own website. And lying to boot daysend web site while not free has a search engine which can be used for a single area or for a route that you can put in. It’s not the only good site but it is one I use frequently with g...  more
    • Bobby & Beverly Young
      RambleOn December 5 Check Ultimate Campgrounds website of over 39,000 sites all low budget ($20 or less) but a vast resource of boondocking sites, all categorized BLM, COE, USFS, etc You can also buy the app for $4 to download it to ipad or phone
      www.ultimateca...  more
    • Bobby & Beverly Young
      Ken & Sally December 5 I have "Guide to Free Campgrounds" and my Road Atlas to identify BLM and National Forest Lands to camp in for free or very low cost campsites. Also, each states DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer has BLM and National Forest Lands.
    • Bobby & Beverly Young
      SACnFrau December 7 I use freecampsites.net most often, and casinocamper.com
  • James Hancock
    James Hancock:
    December 3Does any one use a smith generator while boondocking
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    • James Hancock
      Pam & Ed December 3 I had never heard of this, didn't know if it was a brand of generator or what.  What I have found is confusing.  I can not figure out what the point of the thing is.  Some seem to suggest it is a form of "perpetual motion" or "free energy"....  more
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        Larry Holbrook December 3 Confuses me too - its sorta like dark energy & dark mattert
    • James Hancock
      Michael & Dena December 3 I googled it and watched a few U tube videos it appears to be viable if one has an electrical engineering degree to build it