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Discussion in 'Boondocking' started by Arlyn Aronson, Mar 31, 2020.
Fishing works for us. Doesn’t hurt that we lose cell and internet 10 miles after leaving home
If you're in the middle of nowhere, a quiet generator wouldn't bother anyone but you.
We'll likely be spending time at camp-driveway this summer
How about camping where you don't beed AC. Or maybe I should ask, why do you need the generator along?
I don't think we'll be heading out to parks and campgrounds this summer. It's not about AC or generators for us(although the wife wont summer camp w/o AC) but more about staying away from crowds.
Just to let you know that at this time, the northern boarder is closed. Canada is not letting any personal traffic in. Only commercial traffic is allowed. The US is doing likewise. I'm not sure how long this will be in effect.
I think that most campgrounds will be open this summer. We typically don't go camping till after school is out in late June. We have a trip booked for July 4th. I would bet we will be camping this summer.
I have 700 watts of solar panels (300w on roof and 400w of suitcases) and 510ah (6.5kWh) of LifePo4 batteries (and another 220ah worth that I could steal from my shed at home) when I camp.
On a hot and sunny day, I can run my AC unit for a couple of hours and it will recharge fully on its own.
I even am planning on testing out using an induction cooktop and the fridge on 12v (or on AC through my inverter) so I can do away with propane completely. I'd rather add another 300ah of battery instead, since I can use it for a lot more things
As a resident og the U.P. the wife and will be boon-docking camping along the big lake this summer no matter what. Hopefully the state forest campgrounds will be open but if not, we will do the dispersed camping.
That's a mega trip DW and I are planning for 2029 when I retire and the boys are out of school. If things are still shut down in nine years I'm going to start a revolution.
We of course are inviting anyone and everyone up to camp with us. Weather booning or at a NFS campground. Seems things will have been loosened up in the next month or two. Good food, brews and people is a plus while camping.
Yup a little fishing helps a lot. No cell service here either:
We'll be out camping in some fashion in the next month or so. Of course, our camper is still in winter storage. Nonetheless I'd guess the NFS will keep the CG's officially closed for a while but we'll get out to boon-dock when summer kicks in. And we'll not infect anyone on the way there, or back.
I'm curious how you find places to boondock. I'm in East TN, about 1 hour from the GSMNP, and when the leaves are down, often see 4 wheel drive paths. Do you just follow one and set up camp? I'm sure not everyone wants to give up their good secret site, but curious how you start this journey!
It depends on the area you're in. In many places, boondocking is allowed on public lands such as national forests, but not national parks. Often there are restrictions, such as distance from roads, etc. You have to check out the various jurisdictions. While we do not boondock for a number of reasons (not counting backpacking, which is sort of boondocking++), we're used to it being allowed here in the west. Many places on USFS and BLM lands allow boondocking, but checking on current restrictions is necessary - for instance, at the moment there are fire bans on all of the national forests in NM.
We've only ever done this on State and National forests. We have lots on NF land around here which it is legal to do with certain restrictions.
In these are logging roads that are used to harvest woods from which will have landings. These are wide spots to temporarily store logs at which can be good camp, but all you really need is a wide enough spot to get off the RD. If the logging RD looks underused, then we'll check them out. Sometime we leave the camper, sometimes we take it along to check spots out.
No secret spots for us, if you get to the UP* this summer, we'll give you some suggestions or go camping with you. We still have snow on the ground here!
*the upper peninsula of MI. This is located above Wisconson.
I love the tip to unhook the camper and drive a little. Very smart. We would be comfortable dry camping as long as we aren't trespassing! So far focusing on weekend trips, so won't be as far north as you... Maybe next summer post pandemic!♥️
I'm glad you got a few idea's but I should add some minor details. When we are close to wherever we'd like to camp in the NF and note a logging road that's weedy (not used), we usually just walk in and look for a camp site. In our forest, its normal to not go in very far and be out of sight from the the road you drove in on. Our goal is to not be very far in anyway, just far enough to be out of sight and our camp smoke not be visible at the main road as well.. In our camper we bring one of the those cheesy, folding, camp fire rings. I'll post a list "special" things we have with us. Walking should tell you the condition of the road. Here unused logging roads get weedy fast and hard to see what the road surface is like. I'm sure where you live its different.
Here is a few things we have long for Boon-Docking. This list is rather short because you should already have many items in your camper. Right?
Things to consider having along for Boon-docking. Of course your forest, weather and situation is different.
Enough water, and we bring a filtering system along as well.
Folding fire ring, and we also bring enough wood along to have one fire with us.
Rake, axe and shovel. This is for fire control and a forest bathroom. We normally have many wood cutting tools with is.
Bug control. We usually have a HD weed whacker with us to knock grass down, some fogging bug spray and deterrent chemical for your arms and face.
Folding table and chairs.
What else do you need?