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Old 08-25-2015, 12:05 AM   #1
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First boondocking trip ends with thumbs up!

We just did our first trip in the Mark Twain National forest at Red Bluff Campground. Some of you may call this just dry camping, especially you guys out west, but I will call it boondocking for our 1st time with no hookups.
My Champion generator performed flawlessly, we didn't run out of water, and had one of the best weekends out ever.
I just bought two six volt golf cart batteries, but my boxes didn't arrive in time for me to get them installed before the trip. So I had to use the group 24 interstate battery that came with my trailer. We turned the generator off a night since the weather was perfect, and slept with a 12VDC Fan-Tastic endless breeze fan on all night. I wouldn't have thought the battery would have had a problem, but it was almost dead each morning. I would guess after I get my GC batts installed, that I should have plenty of power.
After the trip, my wife and I both felt we had no inconveniences leaving our norm of having full hookups, and look forward to finding more adventures. And the dogs loved it, since the got to run around without their leashes some of the time.
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:43 AM   #2
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Thanks for sharing your experience. Sounds like a great trip
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:03 AM   #3
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Now that you've had an enjoyable boondockin' trip you'll be able to find many neat places to camp that are off the grid!!!

Try carrying a couple of 7 gallon blue Aqua Tainers. I use them to tie down my EZ Up canopy and have them as a back up water supply if needed.
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Experience speaking...just be sure to check out where you are driving as you go boondocking. Can sure tear up a trailer in a hurry if you're not careful!!

Glad you had a great time! That's what its all about!!

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Yea this out west RVer would call it dry camping. Doesn't matter anyway. You now know there are all kinds of spots to enjoy RVing in. NP, BLM & NF campgrounds have all kinds of spots out there. As you found they are low priced & have great views.
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Very cool, I need to get my wife on board with this. Where did you dump your tanks??


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Most all NP, BLM & NF campgrounds I have been to have dump stations.
There are also County Campgrounds that have the same set-up.
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Most all NP, BLM & NF campgrounds I have been to have dump stations.
There are also County Campgrounds that have the same set-up.
I missed that it was at a campground, I assumed he was really camping.


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I missed that it was at a campground, I assumed he was really camping.
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He was REALLY camping just didn't have hook ups.
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He was REALLY camping just didn't have hook ups.
LOL, ok I stand corrected... I was dry camping not Boondocking. I may have had a fire pit and table, but I was completely self contained for the weekend. No water, electric or sewer was provided. Water was available about 1/2 mille away if we had needed it. Dawnie, it was camping!
Not only was it a beautiful spot, but we had the place almost to ourselves (two gals tent camping). Prior to this it was always at state parks, and commercial campgrounds. Here in Missouri, to get a decent spot in a state park, reservations have be made months in advanced, and the parks are usually completely full on the weekends. This trip truly gave us our sense of being out in nature away from it all.
Anyway, by trying it out successfully, we will try to venture to more primitive sites if we can find them. I lived in Las Vegas for 12 years, didn't RV then, but rode quads on BLM land. I can tell you that out here in the Midwest, it is a lot harder to find private areas to get to safely and legally then it is in the state of Nevada with I believe 85% of the state is BLM land. But if the opportunities are there, I will find them!
To sum up my point of the OP, with a small amount of planning, being able to be self contained, there is so much more out there that I have been missing out on....
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Very cool, I need to get my wife on board with this. Where did you dump your tanks??


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We stopped at a flying J truck stop, it cost $5.
Google RV dump stations, and there are a few sites that have maps and listings of places.
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We stopped at a flying J truck stop, it cost $5.
Google RV dump stations, and there are a few sites that have maps and listings of places.
Don't know if I would dump in a gas station parking lot. I'm not pee shy, but may be poop dumping shy.
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Don't know if I would dump in a gas station parking lot. I'm not pee shy, but may be poop dumping shy.
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actually, its a good setup. I didn't have anyone behind me so I was able to Flush my tanks for about a hour. I flush until I have pure water with no floater of any kind if I have time. I do all three tanks that way so I never have any odors. They had a water connection with a lot of volume and pressure, making the task a breeze. (still a crappy task though)
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actually, its a good setup. I didn't have anyone behind me so I was able to Flush my tanks for about a hour. I flush until I have pure water with no floater of any kind if I have time. I do all three tanks that way so I never have any odors. They had a water connection with a lot of volume and pressure, making the task a breeze. (still a crappy task though)

Wait till you plug one up. Then you'll know what a crappy job is.
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