Unhooking a Travel Trailer while Boondocking
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?
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.