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BuffaloRose

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Boon docking questions
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:53:14 pm »
Now that we are no longer towing, we plan to take "the roads less traveled" and explore this great country.  We hope to leave the interstate highways and try some scenic byways. In the past, we spent weeks plotting our route, finding and reserving campsites to ensure our ability to have a safe, accessible place to park.  We would appreciate any suggestions or tips from folks  who have learned how to avoid problems.  An example, say we choose a NFS site with no host, and we want to stay a few nights; How do we ensure that our site won't be taken if we take our PC to go touring during the day?  If we want to try dispersed camping, how do we know it's ok to stay in a likely looking spot?  Any resources you can recommend?  Also are there places that a knowledgable, prudent person might want to avoid?  Please jump in with your thoughts. 
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Pax

Re: Boon docking questions
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 08:43:12 am »
Not a lot of experience with boondocking (yet), buy I have some interesting resources:

Harvest Hosts (small annual fee, stay free at wineries and farms): www.harvesthosts.com
RV Golf Club (small annual fee, stay free at golf courses/resorts): www.rvgolfclub.com

Overnight RV Parking: www.overnightrvparking.com
Boondockers Welcome: www.boodockerswelcome.com

Many Cabelas,  Cracker Barrel Restaurants, Walmarts.

The AllStays iPhone/iPad app shows many places in different areas to boondock.  There is a very nice city park not far from me that allows 4 RVs to park overnight (one night only) and is right next to the River and a very nice little town.

  - Mike


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Re: Boon docking questions
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2014, 11:58:43 am »
During our trip out west last year 2013, we went without a tow vehicle.  To mark our sites, we left our pair of camping chairs around the fire pit as well as the usual registration tag on the campsite post.  When we returned late that night, our chairs were gone.  I was bummed out.  The next morning we went to report the chairs stolen.  Before we got our first sentence in, the ranger lifted our two chairs up from behind the counter.  Someone thought we mistakenly left them behind, the chairs slated for the Lost & Found.

Now I think an orange cone with "This Site Paid For" left on the parking pad would be a better object to leave behind.

And to think we almost didn't go to the ranger station to report the stolen chairs.
« Last Edit: April 08, 2014, 12:01:03 pm by ron.dittmer »
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Re: Boon docking questions
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2014, 01:12:34 pm »
We had the same experience with chairs. Left them and when we came back a guy brought them back saying he thought we had left them. We now use a small wooden sign with our name on it. I know you have seen them. It even has a dog bone with his name hanging under it. I use a small garden flag holder to hold the sign next to the driveway.

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Re: Boon docking questions
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2014, 06:52:00 pm »
Love the allstays app, great for rest areas as well.  Wondered about our chairs getting "lifted".  The sign idea sound good for us.  Guess we'll try that, no room for the cone in our storage.  Had a hard time putting in our Coleman lantern this afternoon.   Heading out for a few days to pisgah national forest week after next.  It is near the blue ridge parkway in North Carolina.   Weirdly excited about camping without electric or water connections.  Have done it some in the Tetons and Madison in yellowstone.  Thanks for the info!
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Re: Boon docking questions
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014, 07:32:21 pm »
Weirdly excited about camping without electric or water connections.
It is funny you mention that.  It's my feeling too.  It feels different in a good way.  As soon as we hook up somewhere which is rare, it feels less adventurous.  But we do it for weeks at a time.  Nothing like many here who spend months in their PC.
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Re: Boon docking questions
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2014, 07:09:10 am »
Pisgah will be beautiful in the spring with the waterfalls and wildflowers. There is a Cradle of Forestry exhibit there that is very good. If you get a chance to run up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah Inn has awesome views from their dining room. Check with the Ranger when you go in to see if it is hunting season for anything. If so, and you like to hike our on the trails, they recommend you wear orange vests. We happened to roll in one time on the first day of deer season. At the recommendation of the Ranger, we rolled right back out to pick up a couple of inexpensive vests from Wal-Mart. We carry them in our day pack to this day. Better dorky than dead.
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Re: Boon docking questions
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2014, 02:29:11 pm »
Love the various shades and hues of green in early spring.  We are always  careful to wear bright colored shirts, even out in our yard.  Our house sits in the middle of sixteen acres on the border of a creek in upstate SC about 15 miles from the nearest town adjoining a hunt club.  We always say ours is the best campground we ever stay in.  :-D.  Turkey's are the only thing the hunters are after right now. Hummm don't tell my husband, but he could be in danger. I'm always telling him he's such a turkey.  But vests could be a good addition to our PC. Thanks for that idea!
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