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agesilaus

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Posted: 10/28/19 05:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are in Florida be sure to check out the State Park springs, fantastic camping sites. That would be Manatee Springs, Rainbow Springs, Silver Springs and Blue Springs. The one near Defuniak north of Orlando. Oddly FL has 4 parks with Blue Springs in their name. Homasassa State park is well worth the visit but no camping. If I was going to pick one, I would pick Manatee.

Florida Parks apparently just won their fourth gold medal in a national park competition. We take parks seriously down here, I think they are up to around 200 parks now.


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Tara, if you want a relatively quiet experience and better security, think about RV parks, believe it or not. Unlike campgrounds, there are no generators in RV parks. And because the perimeter is usually secure, the crime rate tends to be low (except, of course, in urban areas).

I know this sounds like heresy, coming from a die-hard boondocker like me, but there are times when ordinary campgrounds are less than wonderful. Especially around Spring Break!


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caysea7254 wrote:

We would love to boondock but we have a very hard time finding places that we feel secure at. We have solar and generator but want to try and find blm or forest land out west in texas new mexico arizona and california for winter time that have designated campsites. Last April we tried our 1st Blm location which was Craggy Wash just outside of Lake Havasu City and a very bad encounter with a very unkind man. The place was full of homeless people lurking at us like why are we here!! so we turned around and left and needless to say havent tried any others!! So suggestion on places that are not to isolated, that is not our cup of tea! Thanks Tara


You may have picked a particular spot that is frequented by homeless people. There are many, many snowbirds boondocking around Lake Havasu that don't encounter any problems. Choose your spots wisely, if the people around look sketchy, go somewhere else.





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We like spending time in the LaPosa South LTVA about 2 miles south of Quartzsite. There's plenty of room to find a site far enough from your neighbors you won't bother them and they've never bothered us. Their is a fee requirement to stay here - $40 for two weeks or spend the whole season from the middle of September through the middle of April for $180. That fee covers your stay, use of the dump station. fresh water and trash dumpsters. Access to a dump, water and trash receptacles makes our stay so much easier. We spend a week boondocking outside the LTVA with a group before we go there but we make sure to arrive with empty tanks and leave their ready to dump before doing anything else. If we use one of the facilities in town to empty and refill, it costs as much as our stay in the LTVA.

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If you come into Southern California try Anza Borrego State park. It's huge and it's dispersed camping. I've been camping there every winter since 1984 and have never felt unsafe or threatened. But it is true boondocking as in drive slowly off the paved road onto the dirt road. Pick a nice looking bush or hillside or whatever and camp next to it. Here's a picture from one of my trips. Nearest neighbor was 1/2 mile away and yes that is a curious coyote looking to see if I left any treats out.
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In AZ you could try Coyote Howls East. Very large, sites spread out. They do have water at each site and a small laundry in 1 building.

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Thanks everyone!Appreciate all the great information!


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We too like the Long Term Areas around Quartzsite. There are great mountain views all around a 360 degree view to watch the sunrise or sunset. And you can get some great ideas on how to set up your rig for the ultimate boondocking experience. There are all types of rigs their from $400,000 coaches to older cobbled together RV's, buses and what nots.


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2oldman wrote:

Boondock (BLM,forest) places don't have designated sites. For that you need dry campgrounds, like state or Federal parks.


Designated, no, but there are most definitely already-established sites in most of these areas that rangers can recommend.



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caysea7254 wrote:

We would love to boondock but we have a very hard time finding places that we feel secure at. We have solar and generator but want to try and find blm or forest land out west in texas new mexico arizona and california for winter time that have designated campsites. Last April we tried our 1st Blm location which was Craggy Wash just outside of Lake Havasu City and a very bad encounter with a very unkind man. The place was full of homeless people lurking at us like why are we here!! so we turned around and left and needless to say havent tried any others!! So suggestion on places that are not to isolated, that is not our cup of tea! Thanks Tara


We like the area around Quartzsite, specfically Scadden Wash area. We've also enjoyed some time off of American Girl Mine road down near Yuma.


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