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Unhooking a Travel Trailer while Boondocking

by Lory

Q. I will be pulling a 28' travel trailer next Fall across the country. I bought four of your books about boondocking. I am very new to this, so I was wondering: can I unhook my travel trailer to use my truck to see parts of the places you mention while boondocking. Will my travel trailer be safe?

Also, when you mention the lengths of the RV, does that include the vehicle towing the travel trailer? For instance, can a truck pulling a 28' travel trailer use the boondocking areas for that size that you talk about?

Marianne's Reply:
We often leave our b-class parked at our boondocking location for several hours while we hike in the area and, although we've never encountered a problem, our level of comfort varies from one location to another. We generally pull our curtains and make the campsite look as though someone may be inside the unit or not far away. (By putting everything away, it actually would announce that we're not likely there.)

We usually stay with the RV for the first day to get a feel for the local "traffic". If there are neighboring RVers parked nearby, you could also connect with them and ask their opinion. Let them know your plans. They may be willing to keep an eye on your unit while you're away and you can do the same for them.

The recommended RV size restrictions in my guides are for total length (including tow vehicle). In some locations it's because of the size of the parking area and, in others, due to access conditions. Often, however,there may be space to park your tow vehicle separately. These are general estimates based only on my personal opinion after visiting each camping area. Since turning radius and being able to back-up successfully will be different from one type of RV to another, I can only give you my best guess. I do try to err on the side of caution, however, since circumstances and roads can change or all the sites could be already occupied, forcing you to turn back. You may want to drive your tow vehicle in first to judge each location for yourself.

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Apr 01, 2013
Parking Boot
by: Smith

I always was concerned in this subject and still am, thankyou for posting.

Jan 16, 2013
Thank you
by: Lory

Thank you, DangRV. Was wondering if they had something like that..either a hitch lock or some kind of wheel lock. Appreciate your help.bra

Jan 16, 2013
Lock the Hitch
by: DangRV

You should buy a hitch lock if you don't have one. Don't make it easy to just hitch up and run off with it.

Jan 14, 2013
Thank you
by: Lory

Thank you so much for your information. I really appreciate it. I think boondocking adds so much more to the adventure of a trip and really seeing things that most people probably don't. I'm excited about the whole thought of it. Thanks.

Jan 14, 2013
Thank you
by: Lory

Thank you so much for answering my question. I am even more excited about my trip. I was concerned about gas and lodging, and now I really have to just be concerned about gas. Maybe there will be a miracle by then, and gas prices will drop dramatically (ha). I definitely didn't want to drive the highways, so look foward to really "seeing" the country this way. Thanks so much for your books and information.

Jan 12, 2013
Never had a problem
by: Kel

We have been boondocking for about 14 years and have never had a problem leaving our trailer to go off for the day. We generally leave out our lawn chairs and collapsible table. A few times we have left the trailer for several days to go off tent camping, and again no problems. Most of our boondocking is done in the soughtwest U.S. You will learn to love the boondocking guides. They are full of great information.

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