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Boondocking america - al fresco


Boondocking is fun! Boondockers go everywhere they want, at any time they want and at any speed they want! If you are a affiliate of Loners on Wheels (LoW) or any other lone RV'ing group you will want to boondock at least some of the time.

Boondocking provides an more or less complete way to see America for barely housing costs. I have parked on streets in small towns and explored all the town had to offer. (Get me to tell you about the two weeks I spent in Williams, Arizona, one night!) I've enjoyed libraries, bars, restaurants, parks and who knows how many retail stores. The towns allowance from my costs and I charity performance by being able to see the out-of-the-way spots athwart this country.

Boondocking does take some planning, however.

Electricity is the first need. Most of us have solar panels on the roofs of our RVs. These panels serve one drive and one drive only - to renew our house batteries. As a broad-spectrum rule you must plan on one solar panel for each house array in your rig. Be sure you do not add batteries exclusive of adding up solar panels. If you do, your panels will not endow with adequate recharging and you'll at all times have low batteries.

In adding to solar panels, many of us have a generator in the back of the pick-up or installed in our rigs. This makes it doable to every so often run the air conditioner or microwave and to revitalize batteries. The problem, of course, is that generators are noisy and drive your co-campers nuts.

After you have portable electrical output, you need propane for the space heater, water heater, stove and refrigerator. All rigs are equipped with the compulsory propane tanks and most have a refrigerator that runs on electricity when you are associated to a land line and on gas when not connected. Check the propane often. You'll find that you only run out of propane on the coldest of nights at 1:00 A. M.

Finally, water must be carried. Many full-timers try to go with a least amount of water to save weight. I desire to have a full tank when I pull off the highway for an incalculable dot of time.

Now, where will you camp?

Almost everywhere you want! K-Mart or Wal-Mart parking lots are my beloved on the road RV stop-overs. Some cities have ordinances anti the use of such lots but the provisions themselves in the main like to have us. They have the space and don't like empty parking lots. We all spend a bunch of money in them when we stop and we afford an unofficial guard ceremony for the stores. Please, if parking in one of their lots, don't release your rig or continue your slide-outs.

I often spend a night or two at a truck stop. They at all times have adequate of parking space but my conundrum is that I continually park next to a diesel whose driver, for some anonymous reason, keeps the damn truck in a row all night. (If any person knows why they do that, entertain let me know. ) If you can put up with the noise, there's continually good food in their restaurants and a lot of air, water and fuel for your travels.

Roadside rest areas are also good stopping places. I've talked to lots of boondocking women and more or less all have spoken fear of rest areas but none has ever skilled a problem. After trying the rest areas they all found that they enjoyed the fact that other travelers are about for circle and protection. Clean restrooms and nice spaces to walk their dogs are high on their list of reasons for using highway rest stops.

Many of us are members of fraternal organizations which give easy on the pocket camping for members. The Elks, Moose Lodge and VFW are a few of many such organizations. Use them! They want to meet you and have your demean their clubs.

Finding a place to dump can be a badly behaved for some. Not me, though! I have many times pulled into an RV park and asked if I could dump. I've never been crooked down! Commonly they charge about $5 to dump and fill up the water asset tank. One dump a week is plenty.

Finally, I enjoy caravanning when I travel. Sunsets are prettier when you share them! I like the band and the armor of having associates with me when I'm peripatetic or staying overnight at some far aloof spot. Get with some fellow LoWs and try boondocking for a week or two.

You'll love it!

Jack Matlock is a boss and free full time RVer who is actively endorsing the RVing lifestyle. He on track his RVing with a small pick-up and a Coleman tent camper. He presently has a 33 foot 5th wheel with three slide outs.

As a definite Jack briefly educated that we live in a mated society. Even the RVing citizens was based on couples. He sought after to avoidance into a world where he could entertain with other singles. He looked for a group of distinct campers who would share his chocolate hours and fishing trips. He found Loners on Wheels, a singles only RVing club enthusiastic to enjoying the lone lifestyle and retaining the autonomy and pass through each RVer enjoys. For the past seven years he has enjoyed this group. He plans to enjoy it for the rest of his life! http://www. lonersonwheels. com/


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