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Saturday, March 17, 2012

How Do You Find a Boondocking Spot?

I came across the boondocking video below the other day. (Note: There is no narration on the video, only screen text, so feel free to turn off the sound if you find the sound track annoying).

This person demonstrates how they park their RV in a campground for the evening then scout the surrounding area with their tow vehicle seeking a boondocking location. After finding a boondocking location they check out of the campground and tow their RV to their newly discovered campsite. While long, the video offers some good back road driving tips such as taking it slow and easy on single lane roads, watching where your wheels are to avoid dropping off the road, etc. Once camped, they highlight one of the big benefits of boondocking, which is letting your dogs run and play. I have heard of others that locate boondocking locations in a similar fashion.

However, what happens when you arrive in an area with no campground to leave your RV while searching the surrounding countryside for a suitable boondocking location? My preferred method is using Google Earth. Google Earth provides a birds eye view of the area in which you wish to boondock before arriving.  Take the video mentioned above filmed somewhere in Montana. While I don’t know the exact area, I picked a forested area within the state at random and quickly located three boondocking areas. How do I know these areas are suitable for RVs? In two of the three spots RVs can be seen camped there! The third shows signs of vehicle activity and looking at the access roads and checking their grades via Google Earth, I can surmise that they can be safely traveled in a RV.
Red Arrow Points to RV

Remember the old saying, ”A picture is worth a thousand words”? This statement couldn’t be more true than when locating a boondocking site.

Check back next week as I share more on using Google Earth to locate boondocking sites.

Lower Arrow Shows a RV, Upper a Potential Campsite

So how do you locate a boondocking location?

Please do share!
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  1. Enjoyed your U-tube of going up the road to your remote campsite. Spring is here and I am getting the urge to "hit the road" again. Although addicted to "hookups, " your film clip makes me was to do "drydocking."
    Where was this? Looks like it might be Washington state ..just a guess. Thanks for letting have a trip up the road with you. John from Texas

    1. You need to break your hookup addiction and try RVing unplugged!

  2. It is good to see that someone else uses Google Earth to research a camp spot and the roads to get to them. I've been doing this for several years. I also use GE to view anywhere I'm going to stop. That way I have a mental picture of the road trip and the camp spot.

    Before I use GE, I find commercial RV Parks, Military FamCamps and Forest Service campgrounds using several campgroud search programs I have on my computer.

    1. I look over a good portion of our route via GE before hitting the road and you're right, I have a mental picture of the area upon arrival. It is like I have been there before! Thanks for sharing.