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Old 08-25-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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Difference between Dry Camping & Boondocking

Not that I'm at expert but here's my take on it.

Dry Camping......... you are using all the self contained items on you RV. ie water pump, gray & black tanks, propane, batteries, might also have solar and or generator.
The spot you are in is laid out, may have table, BBQ, or fire ring. Water may or maynot be around but would need to hand carry back to you spot. Has outside bathrooms, but could be pit toilets. Might also have a dump station. There is a small cost to stay there. Most likely the sight is a National Park, National Forrest, BLM campground. Could also be at a County Campground.

Boondocking........... like dry camping you are using all the self contained items.
Difference is spot isn't laid out. Could be in a parking lot, rest stop, out in the desert, in the mountains, down by the beach. No services unless in a WM, or truck stop parking lot. Most are way off the beaten path. No cost to stay there.

What have I done more of............... Dry Camping but every year for the past 20 or so we go out to Quartzsite & boondock. Did that for Thanksgiving last year. Thinking we will do it again this year.
Also do it in the middle part of January when the desert is packed with RV's from all over the US & Canada.
Not sure how true but we have heard that Quartzsite becomes the fourth largest city in Arizona at that time.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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Very good definition!
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:27 AM   #3
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Excellent definition. I'm impressed with your expertise.

Not sure about the 4th largest city in Arizona, but it seems like it come January.

Where do you boondock when in Quartzsite. We live in a sub development at the end of cholla and pipe line road. It's just out of town limits but it's still definitely Quartzsite.

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For years we went out to the site on Plamosa Road. Last January we went with our church group that stays out on Dome Rock Road. I think this will be our new site to stay from now on.
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Here are some additional definitions I posted on another site...

I'm mainly a Weekend Boon-docking Tailgater, however, right now I'm a Fulltimer with a job and no house.

What kinda camper are you?
I’m sure the RV industry has this down to a science, but for an informal survey just ask… What kinda camper are you?
It seems there are two basic categories, Fulltimers or Weekenders. Break these down a little further and if you need to create your own.

FULLTIMER Retired - No job, no house
FULLTIMER w/ Job – no house
ANYTIMER – house, goes out for weeks at a time
MOSTTIMER – house, goes out for months at a time

WEEKENDER Family Camper – school age children
WEEKENDER Motorsports – Motorcycle / Dune buggy / ATV
WEEKENDER Outdoors-man – Hiking / Rock Climbing / Spelunking
WEEKENDER Tailgater – Event spectator, Sports / Racing / Festivals
WEEKENDER Sportsman – Hunting / Fishing
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Horned Toad, I like that, I fall into a couple places....Most timer(Travel the US), Weekender (with my Truck Camper, and Weekender ?? with camper and Jet Skis
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:25 AM   #7
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For years we went out to the site on Plamosa Road. Last January we went with our church group that stays out on Dome Rock Road. I think this will be our new site to stay from now on.
Then your camping in my backyard. I like it over off Dome Rock Road. Sure are allot of fire rings build there.

We ride ATV's all over out here. Some really outstanding ATV riding to be had. There is talk about BLM closing trails but I don't think I will follow any of their stupid Rules.

Just a little tidbit here if you didn't know. That peak that everyone calls Dome Rock is actually Sugar Loaf Peak. Took me years to find that out but on the USGS maps, that what it is. I don't know why I had to say that but it's a fact.

Perhaps we will meet come winter time and if you are posting about your travels.

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I'm heading out to "camp" with water, electricity, sewer and a Hotel with restaurant and golf course 2 miles away, i'll let you know how I survive.
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I'm a "WEEKENDER Family Camper – school age children" except the kids we take are grown and so the grand-kids come too. Oh yea... I'm not really a "weekender", I camp during the week. I don't go anywhere on weekends or holidays.
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I guess I would fall under "Weekender adventurer". We take a two week long trip every year and get out about every other weekend from March to November. Hike, fish, float, and have lots of cocktails. Our dogs love it as much as us and wont let us get out of the house without them.
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