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Old 09-12-2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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boondocking

Can someone describe for me what "boondocking" actually means? My impression is that it refers to going backwoods where there are no resources except for what you bring with you. Who's property is being camped on? The logistics of this type of camping is fairly obvious... There is a song by Buddy Wasisname & the other fellers...

"It's the 24th of May & we likes to get away
Up in the woods or goin' out the bay
There's all kindsa places but the place we like to get
Is up behind the highway in the gravel pit"

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Old 09-12-2012, 11:07 PM   #12
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You'll get a lot of varying answers on that one - to some it is camping in a Walmart parking lot - to others it is the state park with no hookups - some will say it's only raw, open wilderness.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:32 PM   #13
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My vote is boondocking is out in wilderness, on your own, no services. I'm not sure about the East coast but in the West most federal land can be camped on without fee, so that is where we do our boondocking.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:06 AM   #14
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If you do a search for your mountain area, key words "dispersed camping" , you should be able to find where you can camp for free.
For California : Stanislaus National Forest - Camping & Cabinsispersed Camping

I also like this guy's blog, it's all about boondocking: Goin' RV boondocking

You get the idea.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:07 AM   #15
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I boondock camped on 99% of my trips this summer. And I was not in a campground and near nobody. Out in the middle of nowhere I guess you could say. I have a 106 gallons of fresh water and a generator built in my toy hauler so it's easy camping for me and the wife. This is the only kind of camping we prefer. I am not a fan of campgrounds at all. To noisy and to many people and cost money to stay in them. Not our style of camping. We will always prefer to boon dock. The only thing that kinda sucked boon docking this year is we couldn't have a camp fire. Camp fires were only aloud in camp grounds here in Wyoming.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:01 AM   #16
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there are two terms that sometimes get interchanged.

first is dry camping. generally this means camping in developed campgrounds with no hookups.
this is how most Calif. State Park campgrounds are. developed sites with a picnic table, fire ring, paved pad and a number for the site.

second is boondocking. generally this means camping in non-developed areas. also can be called dispersed camping.
this usually in areas like National or State Forests, Wilderness or Recreation Areas.
just pick a spot you like and set up camp. many times the camping is free.
no toilets, no showers, no campsite numbers.
camping in deserts are usually boondocking.
personally, i don't consider spending the night in a Walmart parking lot as boondocking. i call it sleeping overnite in a Walmart parking lot.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:43 AM   #17
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personally, i don't consider spending the night in a Walmart parking lot as boondocking. i call it sleeping overnite in a Walmart parking lot.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:59 PM   #18
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Switch to 6 volt batteries hooked up to make 12 volts.
paper plates and cups.
to refill the fresh water, I use either a 20 gallon blue food grade barrel or a 64 qt ice chest. I fill either a gallon at a time from a spring about 4 miles from our Elk Camp. then I use a bilge pump to pump it into the fresh water tank.
We use a outdoor toilet that we dug ourselves, with a little hut we built so minimal use of the black water tank. The grey water we run out into the forest, into a 4x4x4 gravel sump that we also dug ourselves.
This is in a camp that we used for the last 5 years, and we stay at least 4 weeks during archery season. If need be, we pull out after two weeks to drain the black tank, but that is rare. We can usually go a full month and still only be 3/4 full.
We use solar panels, and a generator depending on demand. If we are up late cleaning up game, we also run two quartz shop lights on a portable stand, for plenty of light. The generator runs that and charges the batteries.
A thought about charging up: I usually hook up the battery charger directly from the gen set to the battery. It takes a fast and heavy charge that way, rather than trickling it in through the converter.
As to TV, microwave, etc, we don't use them in the field.
Propane usually lasts fine, but we have an extra 5 gal tank for the barbecue so I cook most main entrees outside.
A friend with a toy hauler also has plumbed in a gas line to the side of his trailer that he can hook up his triple burner cooker to for outdoor cooking.
Changing to LED's is downright expensive. Unless someone knows where to get them for the same price as an incandescent bulb? 30+ dollars per light is going to run into money. Shoulda heard my wife squawk when I brought home two LED lights for the bedroom reading lights.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:15 PM   #19
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I bought 12 of these 921-30-3528-BW+ and there great.

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Old 09-17-2012, 04:27 PM   #20
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I bought 12 of these 921-30-3528-BW+ and there great.

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Good info and pricing.

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