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BizmarksMom

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Posted: 01/13/18 10:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see having my trailer set up for boondocking as opening up the maximum possibilities. Sure, I can pull into a full service site and hook up. It's equally easy for me to pull off into a dry lake bed and join my friends for a boondocking Thanksgiving. In between are the vast array of forest service campgrounds, COE campgrounds, state and national parks, and random pull outs on dirt roads.

Why limit yourself? Learn to use your rig as the amazing self contained vehicle it is, and enjoy.


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I do like having different terms for sightseeing travel with an RV (RVing) and camping with an RV (camping) if only because it helps to know how a person is planning on using the RV when offering advice and/suggestions. Same with "dry camping" and "hookups".

I know my use of my RV makes many suggestions and recommendations by some posters not necessary or particularly beneficial for me. But if I used my RV differently, those suggestions abd recommendations would be spot on.

So definitions are helpful when they are defining a way of usage.

They are not so helpful when they have no purpose other than to separate this group from that group.


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Posted: 01/13/18 10:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I had a tent I used to camp, now that I have a trailer I boondock. [emoticon]

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Ahhh, very true toedtoes....I like that. WHY and HOW do ya want to camp can make a huge diff. in the rig ya buy so that 'definition' of what do you personally want to do makes sense in a way to me.

good post cause 'helping some thru their seen definitions of how to camp' can draw them to the right rig or such and then ya hit the nail on the head, why limit or define after that point? [emoticon] cool post~!

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azdryheat wrote:

Frankly, I like meeting new people. Boondocking, to me, is for the anti-social loner. Not my style.

I'm rather insulted by this. I love boondocking because it gets me closer to nature than any site in an RV park ever could. I have many interactions with people in my everyday life, but not enough contact with all the things nature has in store for me like birds, flowers, the sound of the wind in the trees, the clouds, the sound of a babbling brook. No cell service? No big deal. We often have found ourselves places where no one could reach us. Ahhhh! [emoticon]

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I've always looked at it as 2 basic definitions:

Camping - the purpose is to be out in the wilderness
RVing - the purpose is to travel and see the sights


Gee, and here we've been camping all these years to see the sights. [emoticon] Every summer, we travel all over the western US to see various National Parks or other scenic attractions. We try to camp in those parks when possible and in NFS CG's in between.

Actually we rarely boondock anymore when we are travelling more than 200 or 300 miles away from home, unless we know the area well. In recent years, we've had a variety of experiences boondocking and found ourselves near groups intent on partying all night. Or having neighbors closer than we do at home. There are so many people boondocking here in Colorado and in nearby Utah, seemingly everyone knows the good spots to go. Yeah, I have a few places many haven't found yet, but every year, that list shrinks. [emoticon] NFS CG's have gotten to be our go to camping spots.

I will say that we have only stayed at a private RV park twice in all our years, only because there were no other options.


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4runnerguy wrote:



toedtoes wrote:

I've always looked at it as 2 basic definitions:

Camping - the purpose is to be out in the wilderness
RVing - the purpose is to travel and see the sights


Gee, and here we've been camping all these years to see the sights. [emoticon] Every summer, we travel all over the western US to see various National Parks or other scenic attractions. We try to camp in those parks when possible and in NFS CG's in between.


Actually, I find that rather fits in my definitions. You're camping to see the sights of the wilderness rather than to see the sights of a city or urban area. [emoticon]

Seriously, my only purpose for my definitions is to provide a way to differentiate between how the use of the RV might differ between users not to tell someone they're doing it wrong. Over the years, I've had a lot of folks make suggestions as to what I need for my RV - and many of those things are not of use to me because my use of my RV differs from their use of their RV. Realizing that people want different things can help fine tune to what will be useful for you.

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One thing this thread proves is we are all a little different with varying styles and opinions.

The absurdity of this thread is that some people are offended that others are different. [emoticon]


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beemerphile1 wrote:

The absurdity of this thread is that some people are offended that others are different.
Things have been that way my entire life.

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I find boondocking much less work and much more enjoyable.


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Boondocking is considered weird? That's a new one on me. I've been "camping" on public lands for over 40 years and always referred to it as boondocking if we were not in a FS CG. Besides, who cares what other's think. I'm rather proud to camp in such wonderful locations free of charge.


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