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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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: http://wireless.fcc.gov/signal-boosters/faq.html
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.
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
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
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
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!)
News about Empire Landing Campground - Please BLM, keep the
The latest, greatest new FREE online tool for RVers. RVillage.com 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!
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
RVer Health Insurance options for USA residents. Full-time RVers need to make important decisions when purchasing a state health insurance plan.
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!
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.
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: http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/OpenSpaceTrails/Pages/Home.aspx
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
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
Congaree National Park falls to pressure to increase camping rates
I was shocked to find out about this restriction in my vehicle insurance policy.
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.)
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.
This RV tv antenna meets our needs for many reasons. Why we like our Winegard Rayzar
Just want to share this New York Times article since I know many of you travel to these areas.
Considering a school bus conversion to an RV? Know what you're getting into.
Thought I'd share this interesting email we just received from a producer at RAW TV (http://www.raw.co.uk/). Sounds like it might be a fun experience!
Hello. My name is Josh and I’m a Producer at Raw TV (www.raw.co.uk). 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 email@example.com for more details!
Saved the best for last? Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
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.
Over the years we have encountered some strange and unique motorhomes.
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.
Sedona to Grand Canyon - pretty rocks to a big hole in the ground
Camping along Apache Trail in the Superstition Mountains with stunning scenery.
We know quite a few Tucson boondocking options but, despite best-laid plans, ended
Big Bend National Park never disapoints. It's still our favorite camping in Texas.
We had heard about the Texas drought but it only became real when we saw it in person.
We were all about Tex-Mex this week - a day trip to Mexico and to our favorite Texas city, San Antonio.
The Texas Gulf Coast is always inviting. With free boondocking on many of its beaches, why don't we spend the entire winter here?
It's February and we're overdue for some Texas time.
Free camping on Florida's Gulf Coast, from Naples to Homossasa, thanks to the hospitality of Boondockers Welcome members
Are there alligators everywhere in the Everglades? If so, how can we feel safe walking or camping there?
Marianne on "Road Rebelles" Radio!
This evening, Sunday, Jan 20th at 9pm EST, I will be the guest on the "Road Rebelles" online radio show. You can listen to the show LIVE or after it airs here.
This is a call-in show, so listen live and get a chance to chat with me, ask your questions, or tell your stories about Boondockers Welcome or boondocking in general!
Casting Call for a new reality TV series on TLC!
We recently received this casting call and wanted to pass it on to all RVers:
RV Owners: Major TV Network Wants to Hear Your Story!Major cable TV network is currently seeking RV owners for an upcoming pilot.
If you live in any type of home-on-wheels and love the open road, we want to hear from you! Seeking all personalities and lifestyles.
Whether you have a unique story to tell, or have an RV like no other, please tell us a bit about yourself by emailing: RVcastingUSA@gmail.com.
Can we see Florida on our usual tight RVing budget? So far, the answer is, yes we can!
Jaimie at RVLifestyleExperts.com just shared this information about Van Horn, Texas. I just thought I'd pass it on. (We've stopped there for gas and groceries on past trips but won't in future - I'm emailing to let them know why.)
You may want to send an email about parking in Van Horn, TX. If you are traveling through west Texas, Van Horn is a place you might be tempted to stop. And, you might get a ticket. Alternative towns are Balmorhea or Fort Stockton. From friends in an RV group we belong to:
“The ordinance wording allows Law Enforcement to assume all stops, any time of day or night are for sleeping, allowing an $85 ticket to be issued. Stays over 4 hours are mentioned, but it is much easier to avoid RV unfriendly towns than to argue over a sheriff's stopwatch accuracy.
“We understand that there are no signs on the recent ordinance that target RVers and not trucks. An RVer stated they pulled into the truck stop parking area, where they have stayed many times before, right behind McDonalds for a nap and breakfast. When they awoke several hours later, there was a ticket taped to the windshield. ‘Violation of City of Van Horn ordinance 12/2010. Fine of $85 payable by money order only.’ The City Manager has said she was pressured by the RV parks in her city to enforce the ordinance.
“It may be time to send emails to the City of Van Horn, TX telling them of our displeasure. Our feeling is that since Van Horn, TX is RV unfriendly we will just not give them our business. See the ordinance 12.12."
Here are Van Horn email addresses:
City Manager: firstname.lastname@example.orgMayor: email@example.comPublisher, Van Horn Advocate: firstname.lastname@example.orgVan Horn Economic Development: email@example.com 432-283-7494Van Horn Visitor's Bureau: firstname.lastname@example.org 866-424-6939
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTORS: 432-283-2043Sooky Borrego, PresidentLarry Simpson, Vice PresidentPatricia Golden, Secretary/Treasurer
We've had quite the summer - and winter is shaping up to include fun adventures with a new (to us) Roadtrek camper!
The long-awaited Frugal Shunpiker's Guide to California Boondocking on the Coast and in the Sierra Mountains is now available!
This second California guide covers two routes: one into the state's high country - the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the second following the coast from Ventura to Fort Bragg. Both are prime and much desired summer destinations.
A first for me: a mainstream radio interview!
Craig Lederhouse of CBC Radio Regina has asked me to be part of his Afternoon Edition show today! It airs live from an RV in Wascana Park from 4pm to 6pm (CDT).
To listen in live go to www.cbc.ca/sask and click on"listen live" in the top right corner. My interview is scheduled for 5:50pm. And after that, Rae Crothers of Travels with Miranda will be interviewed about Fulltime RVing.
I've often said, I'm a writer, not a speaker. Wish me luck - I'm slightly nervous...
The buzz about Boondockers Welcome is getting louder. For the past two weeks, the word has been spreading quietly but steadily around the RV community. As of this morning, we have 75 driveway-parking invitations spread across 8 Canadian provinces and 30 USA states.
All that, even before the first official press release which is now hot off the wires - just published this morning. Here is the link:
If you'd like to help grow the club, a link to the above press release is an easy way to do so. You can also go to www.boondockerswelcome.com and use the icons (on the left) to "like us" on Facebook, "tweet about us", or share the site on your own favorite social network.
A big thank you to the entire RV community for your warm enthusiastic response to this project! We promise to do our best to make this one of the strongest, most helpful, and fun RV communities on the web. We'll live up to the comment from one reviewer who said, " I think this is the best idea to come down the pike in a long time."
Keeping this project "under my hat" has not been easy. Finally, after nearly two years, I can announce: Boondockers Welcome
Brand New! A membership site where RVers connect with eachother to offer dry-camping for a night or two on their private property. This club will only get better - join now to have free membership for life!
How did this come about? I owe it all to my genius daughter, Anna; she made my dream a reality (check the site's About Us page).
I was recently introduced to the Western Slope No-Fee Coalition. There's a very interesting movement going on to stop the federal agencies who manage America's public lands (Forest and BLM) from collecting fees that, by law, they have no right to collect.
Don't automatically feed that iron ranger - read on...
For this, I thank all my loyal followers! Why not become one of them?
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