boondocking difficulty?

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by Arlyn Aronson, May 23, 2018.

  1. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2014
    Location:
    Houghton, MI
    I'd like to suggest that "boondock" camping is quite easy and fun to do. This is how we normally use our camper. We are not at all unsocial but to get out and do the various things we'd like to be doing, that just happens to be at more remote sites. Our dogs are also trained to not bark and obey us in general. Point is boon-docking is not difficult to do, nor does it require a ton of special equipment.
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2018
    KamperKel and gladecreekwy like this.
  2. Dan from Troup

    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    810
    Likes Received:
    496
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    Location:
    Troup, Texas
    Being new to this form of camping can you share more about how you do it and where do you go? I'm all ears mate.
     
    KamperKel likes this.
  3. gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,009
    Likes Received:
    1,358
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2016
    Location:
    Jackson Hole
    Nothing to it. Find good spot. Park camper. Enjoy. I never knew it even had a name. We just call it camping. The only difficult part is finding a spot if you live east of the Mississippi. After that it's much simpler than camping with hook ups. Less to fail.
     
    Arlyn Aronson likes this.
  4. gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,009
    Likes Received:
    1,358
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2016
    Location:
    Jackson Hole
    Absolutely right. It requires less equipment.
     
    Arlyn Aronson likes this.
  5. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2014
    Location:
    Houghton, MI
    Same as glade creek stats, this is normal camping to us. We go to various locations, which is normally on state or national forests. Yes its legal to do here. Depending on the duration of the stay, bring enough water for that. A little cooler with ice and some good food. We do like to eat well! No generator, no extra batteries, no solar panels, no big screen TV or hot tub. Nothing fancy at all. Do we live the simple life? And we are east of the Mississippi :)
     
    Sharkdude and gladecreekwy like this.
  6. soft 17

    soft 17 Active Member

    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    110
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2017
    Location:
    San Luis Obispo
    Im jealous of you guys that have lots of forest and BL&M land around you!
     
  7. gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,009
    Likes Received:
    1,358
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2016
    Location:
    Jackson Hole
    We are very lucky. Our town is basically surrounded by over 15 million acres of public land, not counting the national parks.
     
    soft 17 likes this.
  8. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2014
    Location:
    Houghton, MI
    We have some, but not a high volume of national/state forest near us. We do have a 31,700 square mile pond, we reside on the shore of. Here is a fishing boat we went past a few years ago while out there.

    IR trip fishing boat.II.jpg
     
    gladecreekwy likes this.
  9. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2014
    Location:
    Houghton, MI
    For anyone who'd care to see what the little ponds in the middle of this great nation we reside in, look like. Below is a nice video about shipping that was shot in the St Mary's river area. Not a lake, but traffic between them. This is a ways east of us, but the boats and coming and going from our little Lake, Superior.



    Or this spring at the Soo locks. These folks sure do a nice job making these films. Our buddy worked on American Century for a summer.

     
  10. joet

    joet Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,997
    Likes Received:
    1,070
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011
    Location:
    Elkins WV area
    In West Virginia there are thousands of national forest acres, with lots of forest service roads, not to mention the primitive GC'S. We rarely use a GC, 99% of our camping is boon docking along a stream or river
     
    gladecreekwy and Arlyn Aronson like this.
  11. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2014
    Location:
    Houghton, MI
    Nice to hear a few people east of the Mississippi are!
     
  12. bobinfleet

    bobinfleet Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,145
    Likes Received:
    479
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2011
    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    Spare a thought for us on our little island [GBR]:grin:
     
  13. Dingit

    Dingit Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,085
    Likes Received:
    582
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2017
    But Soft, California (and Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona) has huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge swaths of National Forest, National Preserves, and BLM stuff. You can do it! :p
     
    soft 17 likes this.
  14. soft 17

    soft 17 Active Member

    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    110
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2017
    Location:
    San Luis Obispo

    Our issue in my area is that the BLM land is fenced off and the fence is private property. No gated public access. Its also hard to find flat public land here.
     
  15. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2014
    Location:
    Houghton, MI
    Whatever that case, I just wanted folks to know you can camp, and not be stay a KOA and do it without a generator and various paraphernalia. Hope that helps!
     
  16. PaThacker

    PaThacker Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,343
    Likes Received:
    259
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2010
    Location:
    Poconos
    Happy Memorial Day Weekend 2018. Boondocking in State Land in Pennsylvania. Yup east of the Mississippi Yup required gear. Fully setup to go offgrid where ever when ever. Screw camp grounds and the KOA.
     
  17. themanfromvan

    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

    Messages:
    2,109
    Likes Received:
    54
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2004
    Location:
    Van, Pennsylvania
    [​IMG]

    My best advice for boondocking and/or stealth camping is don't share your spots with every person who asks, "Where is this place at?" or before too long you won't get within 5 miles of it.
     
    Katskamper and Adam H like this.
  18. PaThacker

    PaThacker Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,343
    Likes Received:
    259
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2010
    Location:
    Poconos
    Required gear check:
    Full boondock ready pup features heat, hot water and 26 gallons fresh.
    Black/grey water: grey water aquataner, sink trap/vent connection
    Black water, thetford campa pottie 5 gallon pee and cat hole poop
    Shower, outside legal off grid but capture system for established campground

    Battery/recharging group 31 and Yamaha 2000 watt inverter generator

    Technology/ recharging
    Shumacher jump box power pack

    Fresh Water Carry extra totes full or boil it

    Cooking gear full kit kiss chuckbox , grill, skillet and removable 2 burner stove

    Comfort. Popup gizmos and fantastic fan 2AF425F7-B4DA-4B74-A21E-8F45BA05AE0E.jpeg 0614BFD1-3A3B-4D73-8576-DB6237705E89.jpeg 2AF425F7-B4DA-4B74-A21E-8F45BA05AE0E.jpeg
     
    jnc and KamperKel like this.
  19. Dan from Troup

    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    810
    Likes Received:
    496
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    Location:
    Troup, Texas
    Question: If you're boondocking do you feel comfortable leaving your camper in the middle of no where if you have to leave for ice, supplies, etc. Are you concerned about vandalism or theft?
     
  20. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2014
    Location:
    Houghton, MI
    No, We're gone for much of the time when we camp. We don't lock da truck either and leave the keys somewhere.....
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2018

Share This Page