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The Frugal RV Traveler Newsletter, Issue #017 -California Guide Updated
April 07, 2019

Newly Updated Guide Finally Available

You've been waiting for it - and here it is

Here's good news for those of you who have been patiently waiting for the return of my Frugal Shunpiker's Guide to boondocking on Southern California's coast and mountain routes: It's back!

I removed the guide from my virtual shelf (my sales page) about 18 months ago. It needed to be updated. I've had a lot of requests for it since - some begging me to sell the old guide even though I told them it was too far out of date for me to feel comfortable doing so.

We had hoped to review the routes in this guide ourselves back in 2017 when I updated the Desert and Eastern Sierras guide. For various reasons that plan fell through. But that set the stage for a friend of ours to introduce me to someone who was keen to review the route for us.

We owe this new fully revised and updated edition to Louise Fiolek, an adventurous fellow Canadian, who drove every mile of the route, reported the accuracy of each detail, and did an amazing job of it, too.

So, if you've been waiting for it, California Boondocking: The Sierra Nevada Mountains and Coast - A Frugal Shunpiker's Guide is again available. Hopefully, in time for your summer travel plans.

If you already purchased the first edition of this guide at any time in the past, PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS SECOND EDITION.

As always, all future updates are free with your initial purchase of that guide. So you should have already received your free download link by email. If you bought it but didn't get your update email last week, please contact me with the email address you used for your purchase.

Is there Actually any Boondocking Left in Southern California?

I'm happy to report that the Sierra Nevada Mountain route in the guide still offers plenty of great boondocking. And, although some of the campgrounds that were previously free have begun charging a fee, almost all the boondocking that was listed in the original guide, is still available, including those precious spots near national park entrances.

The coastal route is becoming less RV-friendly all the time, however. There are new rules and passes required for camping or even just parking to take a picture or hike a trail. And it's becoming more expensive and more difficult to secure a campsite anywhere, even when you're willing to pay. Yet we managed and so did Louise.

We've traveled this coastal route three times personally, and now again through Louise's eyes. I always swear that this time may be the last. Yet we keep coming back and probably always will. It's expensive, and crazy busy and there is really no such thing as an "off season". But it's also so stunningly beautiful that it's addictive.

If it's on your bucket list - you've gotta do it - at least once. If this guide can save you time or money with a few camping options that you may not have considered, it will have met its goal.

Inspiring People

Jack's Blog Already an accomplished writer and photographer, upon retirement Jack Huber hit the road and is using his talents to describe his journey and insights about life on the road.

RV Wannabes A family of five pursuing a life of full time RV travel created this blog as a resource for RV wannabes. Their posts concentrate on traveling with kids and ways to earn an income on the road.

The Traveling Sitcom Here's proof you can earn a living while traveling, even if you do NOT want to do it through online activities. Dave and Suzy Myers hit the road full time in 2010 support their adventures with a variety of workamping experiences.

The Rolling Steel Tent A glimpse into the life of a nomadic van-dweller. I appreciate that he always finds something of interest to report on, is often somewhat philosophical, and his posts are seldom very long - an easy blogger to follow.

Wishing you an amazing summer camping season, safe travels, and fun new adventures!


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