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Mar 28, 2015

Tucson Arizona

Tucson Arizona - have we been swept into a black hole? Our Tucson, Arizona experience goes on and on and on ...

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Mar 25, 2015

Loved having you!

So great to read this post, and even better to have met you and had to my home. You guys are lovely to know, and I promise you won't have to fix my toilet

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Mar 20, 2015


Our first Escapade - what we liked and what went wrong!

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Mar 02, 2015


Jojoba Hills RV Resort- an amazing

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Feb 22, 2015

Anza Borrego

Anza Borrego Desert State Park: A favourite desert playground

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Feb 16, 2015

An Oasis:

An oasis in the desert. When you have no plan and it unfolds perfectly ...

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Feb 08, 2015

Blythe Intaglios

The Blythe Intaglios - a reminder of differences, perspectives, and preferences

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Feb 01, 2015

Nice to meet you !

I was so pleased to finally meet you !

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Jan 30, 2015


Quartzsite - really? What's the attraction? I Think we finally figured it out!

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Jan 23, 2015

Bottomless Lakes

Bottomless Lakes State Park does not disappoint.

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Jan 19, 2015


Traveling to Arizona - enjoying the journey

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Jan 18, 2015

Canadian Snowbirds

Important information for Canadian Snowbirds

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Dec 06, 2014

Recently Purchased an RV? Share the Experience on TV.

These folks requested that I share this casting call. I'm thinking the RV Manufacturers must be behind it. In case you're interested, here's the blurb:

A brand new TV show is searching for families who have recently purchased RVs. Will pay $2000 per family that is selected for the show! Email with your name, age, location, a recent photo of your family, along with a brief description of your RV history.

RV Casting Ad

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Nov 29, 2014

Fifteen Years of Boondocking

In fifteen years of boondocking we've seen a lot of changes.

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Nov 16, 2014

Canadians using Montana LLC's

We are thinking of purchasing a Class A motorhome in Nevada. We live in Eastern Canada. Does anyone have any experience or advise on how we can license

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Oct 27, 2014

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road

California's Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is NOT suitable for RV camping

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Oct 20, 2014

Solo travelers

Gosh, as usual, so much is said about my husband and I, my wife and I, it hurts. It hurts because I lost my husband, grieved and now want to head out,

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Sep 20, 2014

A Needed Resource for the Workamping Community

If you've tried workamping, please take a moment to share your experiences; add a review of your "employment" on this new web site. It's new but I predict it will become a comprehensive and most valuable resource. Started by Christian & Alayne Dunn, also known as the TheRVNomads, is an easy-to-use website that allows workampers to share their experiences. The site is free, requires no registration, and users can begin posting and searching immediately.

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Sep 09, 2014

Free Access to Federal Lands is at Risk

Free access to Federal lands is at risk with Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Modernization Act 2014

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Aug 27, 2014

Perfect-for-boondocking RV Shower Head

Enter to win this water-saving, high-pressure Oxygenics BodySpa RV shower head. The smart-pause feature is essential for those 'navy showers' when boondocking. Retails @ $44.00.

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Aug 25, 2014

In support of this restriction

I'm now a retired RVer and US Citizen and I support this bill. Why? Even before I retired there were many US National Parks I couldn't visit on vacations

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Aug 24, 2014

Federal Lands Pass

There is a bill before the US congress to limit the US annual Federal Lands Pass to be available only to American Citizens and US residents.

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Aug 07, 2014

Savings to Join or Renew Escapees RV Club

This week's Escapees RV Club newsletter announced substantial savings on membership fees (a limited time offer - valid until Oct 31). What it didn't mention is that this savings is good for renewals as well. By paying next year's fees in advance, I just saved $30.05.

For US residents, annual dues are regularly $60.00. And Canadians pay $70.00. A one-time enrollment fee of $10.00 is added the first year. But, until Oct 31, 2014, US residents pay only $29.95 and Canadians $39.95. And there's no enrollment fee.

We get great value from our Escapees membership and highly recommend it. Aside from our own club, Boondockers Welcome, Escapees is hands-down the most boondocker-friendly of all the National RV clubs.

Here is a comparison of other RV clubs.

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Jun 27, 2014

Good News at Arches National Park

Construction that closed Devil's Garden in Arches N.P. has been completed and trails reopened.

In my opinion, the park is becoming too popular and congestion a huge problem. Utah offers many opportunities off the beaten path (with equally-fabulous arches). In fact, we may give the park and much of the Moab area a pass next time we visit the state.

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Jun 27, 2014

Cell Phone Signal Boosters - How to Comply with New FCC Ruling

As of May, 2014, the FCC started enforcing new rules for cell phone signal boosters. I've had a few questions about it and hope this information will help. Here's the official FCC FAQ page about the ruling:

If you already own a booster you'll want to ensure you're compliant. The folks at Technomadia have taken a lot of the mystery out of it.

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Jun 21, 2014

Important Features on a Camper Van

Q. Thank you so much for the work you've put into this website! It's absolutely fantastic. My wife and I are going to buy a (used) camper van as soon

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Jun 01, 2014

RV insurance for foreigners?

Q. I'm a foreigner who wants to tour the states in an RV I would purchase there. Clearly I need vehicle insurance for which I first need - correct me if

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Apr 27, 2014

RV Campfire Podcast

I'd like to introduce you to a new podcast for RVers. Mike is still getting his feet wet he's a natural and has a weatlh of great information to share. Thanks for the opportunity to be part of it, Mike. Maybe next time, I'll give you a chance to get a word in edgewise. LOL

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Apr 17, 2014

For Sale: An RV Built For Boondocking

This RV has just been listed for sale. It's all set up for boondocking with many added features that only boondockers can appreciate.

I don't usually post RV-for-sale ads here but this one belongs to a freind of the family so I'm vouching for his honesty (something that's difficult to be sure of with a private seller). I know most of you reading this are here because you're boondockers already and someone out there must be in the market for this one. (If you answer the ad, please mention that I sent you - he'll owe me a beer!)

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Apr 04, 2014

Empire Landing Campground

News about Empire Landing Campground - Please BLM, keep the

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Apr 01, 2014

RVillage -Amazing New Online Resource for RVers

The latest, greatest new FREE online tool for RVers. is absolutely brilliant! It's still in Beta, only two weeks old, and already has nearly 4000 members!

I'm still figuring out how it all works but I see great potential for eliminating conversations like this while we're driving: "Hey, that looked like Jim and Sheila's RV that just went by - do you think it was? Where were they planning to be this week?"

So far, I've joined, set up a profile, and created a Boondockers Welcome group. Why not sign up and friend me - it will make it so much easier to meet up with eachother on the road!

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Feb 15, 2014

Camp hosting

Just about to retire and become a full timer. We are interested in camp hosting and wondered if a Canadian can do this in the US or is a working visa

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Feb 09, 2014

RVer Health Insurance

RVer Health Insurance options for USA residents. Full-time RVers need to make important decisions when purchasing a state health insurance plan.

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Feb 09, 2014

What to Watch Through a Cold Canadian Winter

This brilliant video is a glimpse into why we RV through the southwestern states again and again and again. The whole film is amazing. We've been to all of these places!

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Jan 08, 2014

Snowbird Specials at Georgia State Parks

Seminole State Park and five other Georgia State Parks near the Florida border are offering Snowbird rates of 50 percent off campsites through Feb. 28, 2014. All sites have water and electric. Tent sites are also 50% off. A minimum 30-day stay is required. Do not book through Reserve America; instead you'll need to contact the park directly and quote promotional code: SnowBird50%. No additional reservation fee is required but a $5.00 per day park pass is. But get this: you can borrow a park pass from Georgia libraries for up to 5 days at a time (just check it out like a library book!) The parks are all highly rated and, with the discount, camping is $12.50 to $16.00 per night.

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Dec 05, 2013

Changes at Popular Arizona Boondocking Campground

Many of my readers heading to Arizona for the winter may be familiar with Jim Kortsen West Pinal County Park near Casa Grande, Arizona. It's location just south of Phoenix has made it a favorite free boondocking stop for many RVers for many years.

It seems that a few changes have been made over the summer. The county has installed a couple of portable toilets, and is in the process of installing signage and a pay station.

This news was brought to our attention by a couple who were just there and were asked for payment from two (gun-toting) men who arrived at their RV. Since there was no signage to this effect, you can imagine that the couple felt rather intimidated.

An email to Mr. Kent Taylor at Pinal County got this response:

"To answer your question, camping is still available, but it is not free of charge.

You can view this information on our website at the following link:

We are in the process of having an information kiosk and self-pay station installed at the park and I apologize that this was not in place when your friends visited.

I hope I have addressed your question, if you need any further information don't hesitate to contact me."


Kent A. Taylor, DirectorPinal CountyOpen Space and Trails
PO Box 2973Florence, AZ 85132

Dec 03, 2013

Are There Sites for Boondocking with a 40' RV?

Q: What is the percentage, would you say, in all your books that this size of RV pulling a tow can get in and out of without difficulty? My other question

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Sep 02, 2013

Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park falls to pressure to increase camping rates

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Aug 23, 2013

Vehicle Insurance

I was shocked to find out about this restriction in my vehicle insurance policy.

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Jul 26, 2013

RV Boondocking in Southern Texas - Revised and Updated

I just sent out a new, completely revised and updated version of my e-book: RV Boondocking in Southern Texas - A Frugal Shunpiker's Guide. It went to all 426 people who purchased this guide over the past six years. More than 50 of these came back deliverable.

If you own this ebook and did not receive your free update, please contact me, providing the email address you registered with me or other proof of purchase.

Future updates of all my e-book guides are free with purchase and sent out automatically if I have a current email address on file.

(Note: The updated French translation of the Texas guide is still in progress.)

Jul 07, 2013

Cross - Border Warranty Coverage

We just discovered the hard way that the warranty on a costly repair we had on our Roadtrek (Dodge chassis) while in the USA is not honored by Chrysler/Dodge in Canada.

Thought I'd share this list of vehicle manufacturers who will and won't honor warranties across the border. Although it mentions vehicle purchase, the same applies to parts and labor on a repair.

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Jul 07, 2013

RV tv antenna

This RV tv antenna meets our needs for many reasons. Why we like our Winegard Rayzar

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Jul 07, 2013

Valley Fever

Just want to share this New York Times article since I know many of you travel to these areas.

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Jul 02, 2013

School Bus Conversion

Considering a school bus conversion to an RV? Know what you're getting into.

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May 29, 2013

Casting call

Thought I'd share this interesting email we just received from a producer at RAW TV ( Sounds like it might be a fun experience!

Hello. My name is Josh and I’m a Producer at Raw TV ( After reading your Boondocker's Welcome forums, I thought a show we are casting for might be of interest to your followers and members. Although I am sure many of your forum members would never consider giving up their RV lifestyle, the ideas of simplification and self-reliance may appeal to some as an adventure and break from the norm. If you like the idea of the show I would be very grateful if you would be kind enough to forward the casting call on, or even better post it on your forum. I’m not sure if this is the sort of request you usually accommodate on your site however drop me a line and we can start a dialogue from there. Also please feel free to pass on the casting call to any friends, colleagues or organisations you think might be suitable.

The basic premise of the show is that we will be providing a homestead for an American family to live in completely off the grid. The resources and systems they require will not be set up for them, so they will have to work a lot of things out by themselves or form relationships with the surrounding self-sufficient homesteads to ask their advice. Ultimately we want to prove that self-sufficient solutions can be simple and achievable, however by demonstrating the family’s hands-on difficulties, we would also like to draw attention to the wider ranging issues that face people who choose this lifestyle. Through this we hope to help and inspire other families to live great lives and transform neighbourhoods into real-self-sufficient communities.

The official casting call is as follows:

Sick of working for the man? Done with society? Want to leave taxes, rules and your boss behind? Want to spend time with your family rather than your co-workers? Do you have the family that could show America how to start again? Do you have what it takes to leave the regular grind behind in search of a simpler, freer and more rewarding life? Then it’s time to get out of the rat race.

The makers of GOLD RUSH are looking for a family with big personalities who are ready for a big challenge. No gadgets, no junk food, no neighbours. Just land, space, fresh air and freedom. If you want to grab this chance to prove yourself then get in contact.

We are looking for families or couples, ideally with children between the ages of 10 and 17 to show that Americans still have what it takes to live from the land. Please send pictures or even video. Let us know why we should pick you and how great a show featuring you will be.Contact for more details!

Kind RegardsJosh

May 23, 2013

Canyonlands and Arches

Saved the best for last? Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

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May 16, 2013

House on Fire Ruins

Directions and geographic coordinates for House on Fire Ruins. This amazing cliff dwelling in southeast Utah is surprisingly easy to get to - once you know where it is.

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May 07, 2013

Unique Motorhomes

Over the years we have encountered some strange and unique motorhomes.

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May 01, 2013

Grand Circle

Page, Arizona is the hub of a wheel called the Grand Circle - an area that inculdes the National Parks and Monuments that dot the varied terrain of northern Arizona and southern Utah and Colorado.

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