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  • Just Kris
    Just Kris:
    When I was looking for an RV or camper, one of the most important things to me was that it be a four-wheel-drive. I don’t need very much. I finally ended up buying a truck, an all terrain all-wheel-drive vehicle. Because I got tired of getting stuck in th...  more
    • 4 hours ago
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    • ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy and 1 other like this.
    • Just Kris
      Marctic Agree for certain. I ride a Sprinter 2500 4x and no longer get mired down.
    • Just Kris
      Just Kris If I ever go full-time on the road, I might look at a van that is four-wheel-drive. I would have to build my own I think I do not want most of the stuff in large RVs. Hide 1 Reply
      • Just Kris
        Marctic Well if you get there drop me a note. I started with a cargo van and over 2 years built out To my own specs. It is easier than you would think and customized. I agree that most of the things in the stock travel vans are just bells and whistles.
    • Just Kris
      Just Kris Thanks.  I will let you know when it happens.  I am looking at the Ram Promaster as well as the Sprinter. You have solar panels, right? I have 200 Watts on mine
      • 1 hour ago
  • T.Bison
    T.Bison:
    What the hell happened to freecampsites.net?
    This is what happens when someone who has never travelled via RV is put in charge of a website.
    If I had a time machine I would go back to yesterday when everything was perfect.
    • Mon at 9:28 AM
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    • T.Bison
      Tsu-Lin Tell us more. What's happened?
    • T.Bison
      Pianotuna The owners are full time RV'ers and have been for a LOT of years. They did a major upgrade last night and it ummmm was "less than successful". They are working on it as we speak and it will be back shortly.
      • Mon at 11:25 AM
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      • T.Bison
        T.Bison Yes, I know they are.
        That's my attempt at untranslatable humor.
        I can tell it's being worked on because it changes periodically.
        I like the new easy click satellite view.
        And they added public lands, that's nice.
        I just hope...  more
        • Mon at 12:08 PM
    • T.Bison
      Pianotuna Hi, It is up and running now. You might have to clear your data. (I had to clear cookies and data) Hide 1 Reply
      • T.Bison
        T.Bison Yeah, I've been messin' with it.
        I'll get use to the color coated system eventually.
        It's not that I don't like it, it's just different.
        For reference: I threw a minor fit in a grocery store once because Lever 2000 soap changed their packaging.
    • T.Bison
      Judith Pierce & Larry Nixon Ah, Sheldon Cooper. 
      • 2 hours ago
  • Joe Costa
    Joe Costa:
    Picked up my generator 4500 /3650 at Camping World Gas only @ $299 If I ma going to get serious about Boondocking must have a genie to run my AC & charge my electronics if nothing else Hope it can handle my small AC & tiny fridge in my 15 ft travel traile...  more
    • July 13
    • Joe Costa
      David & Leslie We have a Honda EU3000is portable gasoline generator carried in the tow vehicle.  It's rated at 57 db, is electric start, runs almost 20 hours on a fill at 1/4 load, holds 3.6 gallons, and reviews say they never fail to start.  It can be equippe...  more
      • July 13
    • Joe Costa
      Michael&Marilyn Steve, you need to buy my 30' Coachmen. It comes with a generator and is great for dry camping. You can stop anywhere anytime. It has newer tired and two new batteries. I'll make you a deal. Hide 1 Reply
      • Joe Costa
        SouthParkSteve An even trade for a 1995 Fleetwood Prowler 23' travel trailer? I can't afford much else......
    • Joe Costa
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors Honda is expensive but by far the best generator
    • Joe Costa
      Larry Holbrook I have an Onan Commercial MicroQuiet 4 KW 60 Hz gasoline genset - it's in an insulated housing with a muffler - rated at 70 dB(A) at 10 feet before installation - it is installed in a compartment under my bed - I know it's running, but I don't think it is...  more
      • Mon at 10:55 PM
    • Joe Costa
      Judith Pierce & Larry Nixon Our Onan 5500 is the same. Works great but 3 gal of propane an hour to run a/c.  We are upgrading our solar pkg next week so we can boondock when it’s hot.  We have animal companions traveling with us so need the a/c when it gets over 80. 
      • 2 hours ago
  • HippyGypsy
    HippyGypsy:
    Just joined. Still trying to decide between Class A or C or build a Tiny House on Wheels (THOW). Looking for other full time Mom & Daughter Duos to connect with and any advice, guidance or just someone willing to hold our hands.
    • July 13
    • HippyGypsy
      HippyGypsy Thank you. Very Informative. So much to think about. Is your rig an A or C?
      • July 13
    • HippyGypsy
      SouthParkSteve I would be VERY cautious about a Tiny House--there are a lot of places that will not accept them.  You are not nearly as free to travel with a THOW as you would be with an RV, plus, a lot of Tiny Homes are not self-contained, so you HAVE to find a sp...  more
      • July 13
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      • HippyGypsy
        HippyGypsy Cautious Indeed. I like the idea of a towable too and was the original idea and pretty much for most of the same reasons as yours. But recently started becoming interested in bus conversions as a possible way to have more space with shorter total length a...  more
        • July 13
      • HippyGypsy
        SouthParkSteve I don't have experience with bus conversions, so I can't help you there.  But remember, if you have a Class A or a Class C and don't tow another vehicle, if you are parked at a campground and want to go see the local area, you are going to have to di...  more
      • HippyGypsy
        HippyGypsy Will definitely take that into consideration consideration. Thank you for all the info
    • HippyGypsy
      Suzan and Art I walked through a demonstration of a dozen or so tiny houses in Montreal last summer.  We have lived now for 15 years in our 30 foot RV, and I can say that not one of the tiny houses had as much living space or storage possibilities as we have. &nbs...  more
      • July 13
    • HippyGypsy
      rvKnight (Doug) Don't forget to look into Class "Super C's" they are similar to Class A's but built on a diesel truck frame, so the engine is up front instead of under the bed like a Class A bus. They are generally 30 to 40 feet in length, can have 2,3, or 4 slide outs a...  more
      • July 13
    • HippyGypsy
      John Carignan Bought a 2016 sunseeker23010ds class c brand new as our first rv and loved it but quickly out grew it. Upgraded to a 2018 mirada select 37tb class a in April and love it. Just started a 3week trip to Fla
      • July 13
  • Joe Costa
    Joe Costa:
    R all state Federal and gov campgrounds first come first serve? I would need a back up place just in case it is filled ?
    • July 12
    • Joe Costa
      David & Leslie No.  We have stayed in NPS campgrounds after getting reservations.
      • July 12
    • Joe Costa
      Mark Ford Many are first come first serve but some do offer reservations. You have to check with each one.
    • Joe Costa
      Dee davis Lots of the parks have reservations and keep a certain amount of walk ups so both options are available for you
    • Joe Costa
      Jim & Sharon Ham Most Gov-owned campgrounds either use reserveamerica.com or recreation.gov if they offer advance reservations. The maps on the booking sites are helpful to see how the campground is laid out, but it does not tell you the topography of the location, so som...  more
      • July 12
    • Joe Costa
      Dave_n_Sue More and more of them are going online reservations.
      • July 12
  • DJ Steph
    DJ Steph:
    Hi, Everyone, I'm not officially on the road yet. My camper needs a little more TLC but very close...
    New Jersey
    So Boon docking ... Definition? Camping for free or all most free...

    Public lands at least here in NJ, from the research I've seen so far, t...  more
    • July 10
    • Michelle Pallozzi and 2 others like this.
    • DJ Steph
      Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable Look into Boondockers Welcome, thousands of hosts offer a safe haven. We are hosts in NH, look for Able Acres.
    • DJ Steph
      DJ Steph Thank you. I will.
    • DJ Steph
      Kay and Russ Wallace There are a lot of sites for finding boondocking locations. This is my favorite: http://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/index.php
      • July 11
    • DJ Steph
      Judith & Mark My first "go to" is always Campendium.com -- I enter Free and one $ for free or nearly free campsites.  Then I look at the location on Google Satellite. Hide 1 Reply
    • DJ Steph
      Dave_n_Sue Quite a bit of the national forests in Colorado offer "dispersal camping", although a lot of that is too small for most RVs. You can find those on Recreation.gov and ReserveAmerica.com
      • July 12
  • Sue Miner
    Sue Miner :
    Heading up to towards I-70 in Denver from Deming NM next weekend via 285, and looking for places to boondock and ride ATV’s. Anyone have any suggestions.
    • July 8
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    • Barry & Millie-Ambassadors and 1 other like this.
    • Sue Miner
      Eric Moffitt Do not go that route. Huge 100,000 acre fire in Southern Colorado,  Get over to I-25.
    • Sue Miner
      Frank and EJ Putnam Hiway 285 is now open again. However there is a large fire south of Fairplay, CO that is making very smoky conditions.
    • Sue Miner
      SouthParkSteve I live about 8 miles north of Fairplay.  US285 is open, but there is about a 5 mile stretch where they have lowered the speed limit to 50mph due to fire activity.  The smoke had been bad a few days ago, but I was in Fairplay today and you couldn...  more
  • ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy
    ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy :
    I got home this morning from 4 nights boondocking in the White Pass, on the Alaska/BC border north of Skagway, Alaska. The off-trail hiking was incredible (as was the canoeing on Summit Lake), and we had temperatures into the 80s and virtually no bugs. Th...  more
    • July 7
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    • ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy
      Tim & Tina I will try to position my MH in that spot this time next year. Thanks for sharing. Safe travels 
    • ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy
      voy108 Fantastic!!!!  Maybe, just maybe.
    • ExploreNorth - Murray & Cathy
      Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable Just love the Land of the Midnight Sun and we were only there 35 days!  Could definitely live there May thru Oct...and hope to some day!
  • Franksjunke
    Franksjunke:
    Any ideas about free camping in Myrtle Beach ,SC ??
    • July 6
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    • Franksjunke
      Kay and Russ Wallace Here’s a resource that should help you find something. http://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/index.php.
  • Marcus Caldwell
    Marcus Caldwell:
    I am at the southern tip of Seattle in a town called Puyallup and headed to Birch Bay and looking for a spot in between for 2 days. . .Thnx
    • June 27
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    • Marcus Caldwell
      Judith & Mark We are currently at Riverside Park, a city park in Sedro-Woolley -- not exactly half way between, but is along the way.  Call first, the park appears to be pretty full right now... Hide 1 Reply
    • Marcus Caldwell
      Glenn Eva Hamakawa Tulalip Casino in Marysville has free dry camping. Right off the I5. Easy access.