Each year in January brings a huge attraction for RVers from all over the country to the eclectic little desert town of Quartzsite, Arizona: the famous “Big Tent RV Show”. This year, the 2024 Quartzsite RV Show and Big Tent event starts on January 20th and runs until January 28th. In this guide, we share
DRY CAMPING / BOONDOCKING
It’s known by many names – dry camping, boondocking, free camping and wild camping – so we’ve rounded up all posts related to ‘camping without hookups’ here. Whether you’re parked on BLM land (Bureau of Land Management) for a couple of weeks, spending the night in a Walmart parking lot during a long cross country drive, or pulling up at a truck stop, you’ll find all of our posts and experiences here.
Just a few weeks after purchasing our 40′ 1999 Country Coach motorhome “CC”, we took her out on an RV shakedown boondocking adventure. We wanted to test out the systems and capacities, start getting organized and begin making our first few interior mods and upgrades. Already located in Phoenix Arizona, we decided on a one-week
We learned a lot during our first boondocking experience in Arizona, staying in Yuma, Quartzsite and Lake Havasu City over 9 days. And we’ve learned even more over the past 9 years! So we pulled together 29 handy dry camping tips and tricks that helped us, working with what we had. That means… no solar, no composting toilet, no fancy
Now that we’ve completed our first big boondocking trip, let’s look at our usage and overall costs as we finally get the answers to many of the questions we had before we started! Questions like…How many gallons of water did we use? How many days did it last us? How many hours did we put on the
Days 8–9: Lake Havasu. On Friday afternoon, we left Quartzsite for the final stretch of our boondocking adventure in Lake Havasu – which we now refer to as Lake Havoc-su, after the challenges and the breakdown we encountered there. No, it wasn’t the best way to end our first boondocking adventure, but we made the
Part 3 of our boondocking adventure continues in Quartzsite, Arizona where we got a taste of the town that is famous for attracting the largest gathering of RVers in the world. We dropped in to see what it’s all about and ended up discovering two very unusual highlights. All will be revealed – literally – in this post
Our first boondocking adventure continues here in Part 2. Join us as we find a free place to park near Yuma, Arizona where we can run our generator during the day without annoying anyone. Plus, we get answers to some questions and concerns as shared in Part 1, like whether we’d feel lonely or isolated. Serendipity is alive and well in the desert
After 8 months on the road staying mostly in campgrounds with full hook-ups (electricity, water and sewer) we decided it was time to mix things up and try a stint of boondocking. Also known as dry camping, free camping or wild camping, boondocking is basically camping without hook-ups. The idea of being able to camp “off-the-grid” (OTG), immerse ourselves fully into
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