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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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  • Washington Lentz's
    Washington Lentz's:
    Is there anyone who will be in Quartzite the end of January boondocking. Looking for a group to hang out with.:-W
    • 4 hours ago
    • Tim & Tina and 1 other like this.
    • Washington Lentz's
      Tim & Tina We will be there January 2019 if you can wait?
    • Washington Lentz's
      Richard and the Redhead We are in Quartzsite, but we're not boondocking. We're in an RV park in town. We're here through the end of March. Sorry! Hide 1 Reply
    • Washington Lentz's
      Curtis Check out the Quartzsite Shenanigans group here: https://www.rvillage.com/group/1829/quartzsite-shenanigans Should be ably to a great group to camp with! Hope this helps. :-)
      • 3 hours ago
    • Washington Lentz's
      Bill & Joy We are staying in Tyson Wash and will be here until March or so.
      • 3 hours ago
    • Washington Lentz's
      SJ_Cruisin We'll be there mid/late January. Probably off Plomosa Rd.
      • 3 hours ago
  • Rick and Robbie
    Rick and Robbie :
    Anybody boondock at Table Top Wilderness, West of Casa Grande? Or does anyone know of something in this area? Moving from Snyder Hill BLM.
    • Tue at 8:56 PM
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    • Kathys outdoor adventures and 1 other like this.
    • Rick and Robbie
      Grand Adventure I'm admittedly not personally familiar with Table Tops, but aren't all designated wilderness areas off limits to mechanized travel?
      • Tue at 9:11 PM
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      • Rick and Robbie
        Rick and Robbie Yeah, you might be right, found the wilderness act,  no motorized etc...found in there...
    • Rick and Robbie
      Judith & Mark We are at Buckeye Hills Recreation Area, just off of Hwy 85 about 8 mi south of Buckeye and I-10. Very nice.

      Further west is Saddleback near Tonopah. Friends have stayed there and really like it.
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      • Rick and Robbie
        Robbie & Alice Judith & Mark...Buckeye Hill Recreation area is 11 miles south of I-10.....the sign is tough to see too, just past the wildlife area sign.....and up the hill.
        • 1 hour ago
    • Rick and Robbie
      Condor We're at Saddle Mountain BLM near Tonopah. It's awesome! The hiking is great, and the view and sunsets remarkable.
      • 10 hours ago
  • Reed and Karen
    Reed and Karen :
    Looking forward to leaving Rancho Sedona RV Park (the rally ended today) and finding a boondocking site south of Sedona. We scouted out the place we stayed at in March and it now says day use only. A local told us to find the road behind the library and ...  more
    • December 10
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    • Spaceistheplacelady and 3 others like this.
    • Reed and Karen
      Kent VW I went up FR 525 the day before yesterday to Palatki and there were some open spots. I did see some notices posted by the NFS at the entrances but I didn't stop to read. I did make a mental note to myself to stay on the north side if I ever use the area a...  more
    • Reed and Karen
      Grand Adventure We stayed on FR-535 this fall, about halfway between Flagstaff and Sedona so it was convenient to both places. Easy access, 14-day stay, and beautiful: ...  more
    • Reed and Karen
      Rick and Robbie Curious, isn’t it much cooler in that area than say Phoenix? Or Tucson?  
      • Mon at 7:42 AM
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      • Reed and Karen
        Kent VW It is cooler. It's been down to 32F overnight here in Cottonwood for the past several nights. It all has to do with elevation. Phoenix is around 1000', Flagstaff is almost 7000 and here in the middle or so between them, near Sedona, its around 3000.
    • Reed and Karen
      SJ_Cruisin There's boondocking south of Cottonwood off 260 @ E Thousand Trails. Three large areas. We stayed there in March and used it as a base to visit Sedona, Jerome, etc.. Cows might come and visit.
    • Reed and Karen
      Judith & Mark Depending on how far south you are thinking, Cherry Creek, just outside of Camp Verde is easily accessible and very nice. Hide 3 Replies
      • Reed and Karen
        Kerry707 Please provide directions to cherry creek. tia
        • 10 hours ago
      • Reed and Karen
        Kent VW https://www.campendium.com/cherry-creek-road 
      • Reed and Karen
        Judith & Mark There are notes in the Campendium reviews about the detour... It is clearly marked and very easily accessible. You will go past Cherry Creek Rd (when driving away from the freeway), turn and go past "Out of Africa", then rejoin Cherry Creek Rd.
  • Matthew Cowen
    Matthew Cowen:
    Can anyone recommend somewhere to park overnight near Miami Beach please? :-)
    • December 8
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    • Matthew Cowen
      Ken & Sally Gator Park is really inexpensive and is on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. We only paid $30 a night. The park has gator wrestling and air boat rides in the Everglades. It also has a restaurant and gift shop with native american crafts and other camping...  more
  • Reed and Karen
    Reed and Karen :
    Boondocked on BLM land last night just past Kingman, AZ. Great views and quiet!
    • December 7
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    • Russ and Terri Roddy and 13 others like this.
    • Reed and Karen
      Robbie & Alice We're in Bullhead......should be the kite capital !
    • Reed and Karen
      Erwin n Monica We're at lake Havasu State Park, heading south to boondock on BMP land.
    • Reed and Karen
      Elaine Cundiff Reed and Karen
      Well, not to made Reeds out there
      Reed and Elaine
      • December 8
    • Reed and Karen
      Ron and Libby It would be interesting to know where around Kingman the BLM land is,  Coordinates? Hide 2 Replies
      • Reed and Karen
        Grand Adventure Ron and Libby, that one's easy. Here's a public lands map I created using publicly available data layers: http://arcg.is/10XquO  That map is nationwide, and shows not only BLM but also USFS, state land, DOD (off limits), NRAs, Bureau of Reclamat...  more
      • Reed and Karen
        Reed and Karen Blake Ranch Rd and Old Hwy 93 off 40. Great spot, great veiws.
    • Reed and Karen
      Robbie & Alice Grand Adventure, thank you! Hide 2 Replies
      • Reed and Karen
        Suzan and Art Grand Adventure:  Looks like a great map for federally controlled lands.  Doesn't have the state ones though. Just checked for Babcock/Webb WMA in Florida held by Fish and Wildlife of Florida near Punta Gorda.  That would be a nice addition.....
      • Reed and Karen
        Grand Adventure Susan and Art, I appreciate you pointing that out. It does include our state lands here in Utah and in our neighboring states that I travel in. Unfortunately, I didn't create the layer, I just used it. So I don't have a way to add it.
  • Kepouros
    Kepouros:
    Just joined this group. Staying at Telephone Cove near Laughlin, NV. The wind has been 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph FOR 4 DAYS! I love boondocking, but this was planned to be a 1 night stay. Not willing to risk being gusted off the road with everythi...  more
    • December 7
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    • Kent VW and 13 others like this.
    • Kepouros
      Grand Adventure Not a bad spot to be hunkered down!
    • Kepouros
      tlong Sounds like us at Fort Clinch SP, Fernandina Beach, FL last March. It's nice to be camped right out from the ocean, but then those high winds and sand make it less desirable.
    • Kepouros
      John Yellowolf I hate to be the one to tell you, but the wind almost never stops in that area. I've never been there when the wind wasn't blowing - it will drive you insane after a while. Your best shot is to wait until it slows down a little, and then hightail it outta there! :P
    • Kepouros
      Kepouros Thank you! That's exactly what we did this afternoon! There are a number of BLM sites near Lake Havasu. Any suggestions on which one would be the best? Hide 1 Reply
      • Kepouros
        Kent VW Drivin' and Vibin' recently put up a video of a free site near Havasu.
        ;
  • Jim and Liru
    Jim and Liru :
    Currently, in Ehrenberg BLM area, this area is unpatrolled, so you can stay as long as you wish. No fees, no trash bins, no water. But within a short 10 min. drive all of those are available including propane and diesel. Laundromat and showers are als...  more
    • December 2
    • Richard and the Redhead and 23 others like this.
    • Jim and Liru
      dan2849 thanks for the info
    • Jim and Liru
      Doug & LuAnne Keller FYI  we was just in that area and they open up a Family Dollar last week in Erhrenburg  on the main drag for some fast supplies.
    • Jim and Liru
      Reed and Karen We need to check this site out, thanks. Maybe after we leave Sedona next week, who knows where we will end up before the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. Hide 3 Replies
      • Jim and Liru
        WyomingDebbie What is rubber tramp rendezvous?
        • Mon at 3:53 AM
      • Jim and Liru
        SJ_Cruisin http://www.cheaprvliving.com/gatherings/ Mostly FT van dwellers etc as far as I know
        • Mon at 9:37 AM
      • Jim and Liru
        Reed and Karen We have a trailer and will be attending the RTR
        • Mon at 8:47 PM
    • Jim and Liru
      SJ_Cruisin Thanks for the site info. I saw that road last winter but didn't know what was down there. We usually spend some time off Plomosa Rd.
      • December 8
    • Jim and Liru
      Jim and Liru We are also attending RTR,  this spot I listed is where Bob spends his winter.
  • rvKnight
    rvKnight :
    Planning a Total Solar RV solution

    The first step is to determine the total wattage your RV can consume using shore power.
    In my case, my intended Class C purchase has a 30 amp shore connection.
    120 volts x 30 amps = 3600 watts [volts x amps = power...  more
    • November 28
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    • rvKnight
      Jim and Liru We full time and 90 percent of the time we boondock with no hookups,  my intent when designing our system was to make it so we never worried about our consumption.  When viewing my setup bear in mind we have a 10.7 cu ft residential fridge.&nbsp...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • rvKnight
        Jim and Liru meant to say CALB 180 ah, for a total of 360 ah.
        • December 2
    • rvKnight
      Robbie & Alice We have about $12K in our solar system, and have used it for 5 years.  Have a residential refrigerator, 3 TV's, a couple of computers that never go off.....and boondock every single chance...We average about $200/yr for RV Parks....pretty simple to d...  more Hide 1 Reply
    • rvKnight
      Elaine Cundiff Problem with a residential fridge (Stirling cycle) is that you might have a week or more of rain/clouds/snow. Absorption is far less efficient but works great with propane Hide 2 Replies
      • rvKnight
        Pianotuna Elaine I'm no fan of Absorption fridges--but I certainly will wait until mine fails to replace it.
        • December 2
      • rvKnight
        Robbie & Alice Been there, done that, no thanks....like the convenience of a large fridge and a large freezer....yes, it does cost more, but absorption (propane) wasn't an option for our coach, and we're very happy with the results.
    • rvKnight
      rvKnight Wow I can't believe I started this conversation, but I'm glad I did. A lot of great information gleaned here.
    • rvKnight
      Judith & Mark One aspect of this which has Not been addressed - how far North will you be when boondocking? Latitude and sun cover are huge factors, especially in the winter - as is the choice of tilt, no tilt. Check out https://www.renewables.ninja You can see what ...  more
  • Bonnie Thiele
    Bonnie Thiele :
    Any boondocking in Niceville, Florida?
    • November 27
  • Suzan and Art
    Suzan and Art:
    We will be arriving at Cecil Webb WMA near Punta Gorda in Florida tomorrow. The Florida WMA's are $27 for the annual permit to camp during their season. Each season is different. We will probably be there for at least 2 weeks.
    • November 26
    • Becca Ray and 4 others like this.
    • Suzan and Art
      Chari 'n Steve Where do you buy the passes? Available online? Hide 1 Reply
      • Suzan and Art
        Suzan and Art Wal-Mart in Florida.  Ask for Management Passes. You do not need the hunter's license.
        • November 28
    • Suzan and Art
      Chari 'n Steve Thanks!
      • November 28
    • Suzan and Art
      Barbara and Chris Walker What is WMA?
      • December 4
    • Suzan and Art
      Suzan and Art wildlife Management Area - It is boondocking in areas set aside for hunters, bird watchers etc. 
      • December 4