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steelhunter

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Posted: 06/23/19 04:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The best camping spots are free.

I HATE rv parks. I can't stand to be jammed into those campgrounds with other rvs.

With experience and a sharp eye a person can find safe, peaceful and private camp spots for free nearly anywhere away from big cities.

Smaller rvs have the best chance....thats why I have a class C.

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I can count on one hand the number of times we've stayed at an rv park in the last 20 years
Have to admit the one was really nice but it was $61 a night

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Posted: 06/23/19 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't know about 'anywhere', but I know I've found a bunch WAY away from cities.


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At the end of a trip I will sometimes spring for a coin-operated self-serve car/RV wash and an RV park to dump, rinse and dump again. Otherwise I hate RV parks too.


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Much harder to come by on the East Coast. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic ocean. Places you can just stop and camp are few, and far between. Not much land that is not in use around here.


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Thanks steelhunter.
I left the East Coast almost 50 years because it was hard to find a place to camp.
Now I have a million acre backyard of public land and can camp on all of it.

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In the last 10 years, have stayed at 2 RV resorts. The last time 2 nights ago. Spent a week at the North Rim Grand Canyon dry camping. On the way to the Grand Canyon we stayed overnight on BLM land about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. Ran generator and A/C all night to keep the RV about 79 degrees. Next morning was hot, and the bees - OMG the bees looking for water, we were on the road by 7:30AM. Had a wonderful time on the North Rim, traveled all over in the RZR going to hard to get to lookouts over the Canyon. On the way home we stayed at an RV resort in Las Vegas at $57. Not our kind of thing to do. Wasn't sure what to do while there, so we sat outside, drank wine, BBQ'd, then went to bed with the A/C on but without the Generator. Next morning, no bees, emptied the trash, dumped the 2 full tanks from the previous 7 days of dry camping (black and gray), and headed home. I preferred the RV resort, to the BLM boondocking the week before.

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Terryallan wrote:

Much harder to come by on the East Coast. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic ocean. Places you can just stop and camp are few, and far between. Not much land that is not in use around here.


X2 ... Michigan isn't part of "the East" but it's a very old state, almost all the land is privately owned. See a clearing off a road, 9 out of 10 it's private. Will you get caught? Maybe not especially in the UP.


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Terryallan wrote:

Much harder to come by on the East Coast. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic ocean. Places you can just stop and camp are few, and far between. Not much land that is not in use around here.


I find that most of the dispersed camping that shows up on the MVUF maps from the USDA are pretty accurate, and lightly used. Have you tried FS camping in the National Forests? (Pisgah, Cherokee, Uwharrie, etc. in NC)


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A third Michigander here, and I am also a refugee from the east coast megopolis. That band used to be from navigable water 100 miles inland and it now is more like 150. That still leaves some of NY, but I try to avoid that as it is now a police state. It does leave a some of New Hampshire, a lot of Vermont and a big portion of Maine. There are also areas of Pennsylvania that are usable. There are national forest areas in all those states and some allow camping.

Even in these areas, if you want to bivouac for a week outside of a national forest, there may be a problem, but one or two nights can usually get by.

We just don't go there because I'm sure I would be breaking some law I never heard of. I just don't need that.

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