How often do you camp where your nearest RVer neighbor is at least a mile away?

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Many RVers who boondock swear it’s the best way to go RVing. We agree that it can be incredibly wonderful — no neighbor next door smoking a cigar or watching an action movie on his outdoor TV, the volume cranked up to savor every burst of the machine guns.

And, oh, to be one with nature — far from the crowds, often in beautiful settings. At night, there are no neighbors who light up the outside of their RVs like sleazy motels, drowning out the night sky. But, ah, to be away from that — you feel like you could reach up and grab the magnificent Milky Way! Look long enough and you’ll see a shooting star. Make a wish!

But how many of us actually camp that way? How about you? Are you more likely to be in a RV park with full hookups, your neighbor 25 feet away? Or maybe in a state park where there’s more space, but still close enough to hear your neighbors talk?

So, here’s the poll. Remember it can take a few moments to load. So stand by.

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Dalmom4
24 days ago

We are 45 feet plus a toad, it’s very difficult to try to find a place to accommodate us in most state parks, and we don’t take any chances on not knowing what we are getting into. If we are parked for a few days to see the sights then we try to find RV resorts way in advance that’s nice with grass for the dogs. When we are passing through to get to our destination we love pull throughs so we don’t have to disconnect. We vacation in ours so we want to stay in nice resorts that are safe and close to places we want to visit, eat, shop. We stayed in 2 KOA’s on this trip and they were nice for one evening of rest.

les
25 days ago

My home is in the middle of Illinois corn country and my closest neighbor is a mile away. I look out my windows and see nothing but corn.

Tom
26 days ago

Excluding in laws driveway

ReneeG
26 days ago

Good to see in the survey that very few like to camp far away from others. That means the boondocking spots are still ours for the taking!

Gene Bjerke
27 days ago

I chose Never, but that doesn’t include being parked in relative’s driveways (where the nearest RV may be several miles away).

Peg
27 days ago

We don’t usually try to but on a recent trip through Oklahoma we landed in Muskogee at Sequoia Bay State Park and practically had the place to ourselves. With full hookups! No tv because we were in the trees, but that was our choice. Could have parked anywhere. Had a hotspot for internet so it was nice and as quiet as we wanted. You just never know these days.

Mike Albert
27 days ago

I had to choose never, not because I don’t want to at some time, but never had. We just bought our B+ about one and a half months ago and have only been RVing in Florida. Planning a trip to Temecula, CA to visit our son, DIL and granddaughter. That’s probably going to be in 2021 summer nice all of the bugs are straightened out with the new rig. Can’t wait!

TJS
27 days ago

RE Poll remote camping.
Biggest problem is finding remote spots to camp!

Tommy Molnar
24 days ago
Reply to  TJS

Sounds like you might be ‘back-east’. Out west (UT, NV, AZ, ID, etc) the possibilities are endless.

Marianne Fisher
27 days ago

Where do we camp where the nearest neighbor is a mile away ?…Right in our own back yard !!

Roger
27 days ago

That’s precisely why we bought a lithium equipped van camper with everything we need to be off grid for a good while. “A mile” is a lot to ask though even in remote areas (BLM, etc) with more and more people discovering the benefits of this kind of camping. It’s getting “crowded” everywhere anymore. We do avoid campgrounds though. We do occasionally splurge for a night or two at a COE campground (beautiful lakes, large sites, low cost and the incredible luxury of a 30 amp hookup!).

Sink Jaxon
27 days ago

Sometimes getting to those kind of destinations requires us to stay at a KOA or other private RV rental spot, aka, concrete campground. But that’s ok, we can dump and fill and re-supply.

Ann
27 days ago

As often as we can, which isn’t often enough. We love wilderness camping, and have abused our rig to get to some that we probably shouldn’t have. Our limiting factor for backcountry camping is usually the ability to get our small class C into the backcountry.

Kaeleen Buckingham
27 days ago

We wouldn’t mind boondocking except for the need of power at night for my husband’s oxygen concentrator.

Robbie
27 days ago

Do some research, there are lots of simple solutions to that problem these days.

Judy
26 days ago

A woman I follow on you tube talks about how to accommodate a CPAP machine. She’s at: CreativityRV, Robin Barrett. You might go to her channel and search on that topic. Like Robbie said, there are solutions. And they’re good to know about, even for emergencies. Good luck!

Scott R. Ellis
27 days ago

If we can see (or hear) the nearest neighbor, we’re not in what we think is a very good spot. And yes, I know we’re very lucky to live in a sparsely-populated part of the west where it’s usually possible to find that kind of place. However, it’s not entirely luck: we have made choices in terms of the rig (a modestly-sized slide-in on a pickup) which cost us some comfort but allow us to follow our whims down some very sketchy roads.

P.S. Three cheers for the new “commenting rules.”

Larry C.
27 days ago

Poll needs a 4 option response: Once in awhile, but would like to do more

Ron T
27 days ago
Reply to  Larry C.

I’m with you Larry. Once in a while, but I certainly don’t “prefer” to be around others.

Judy
26 days ago
Reply to  Larry C.

Looks like lots of us agree with you!

I was also wishing for another choice: I boondock most of the time, and the nearest neighbor isn’t nearby, but often less than a mile.

Ed K
27 days ago

Hard to find remote places in Michigan where I can get my Motor Home into. Even when we canoe camped, there were other campers at the sites closer than a mile.

C.Lee
27 days ago

Boondocking is precisely the reason we purchased our travel trailer. Living in the southwest we have plenty of opportunity to set up on public land where not only is there no one else in sight, but we won’t see anyone near camp for days at a time. Just yesterday I scouted a historical area about 50 miles from home for a good dry camp site from which to explore the area. We plan on setting up there for a few days in the upcoming week.

John
27 days ago

Try a harvest host trip, where the whole purpose of the trip is to visit as many different and unique hosts as possible in your area. It’s fun, and it’s surprising what you can learn.

BrianR
27 days ago

I don’t know where that is even possible around my limited travel area in southeastern Pennsylvania. I’ll be starting full-timing very soon so I’ll be on the lookout for those spots.

Tommy Molnar
27 days ago
Reply to  BrianR

From reading comments in this newsletter, I fear that boondocking is tough “back east”. In fact, it could be non-existent.
Having grown up in Chicago, I don’t remember anywhere where you could camp in what could be considered “boondocking”. Go west young man, go west. {grin}

Seann Fox
27 days ago

My true answer would be as often as possible I don’t like being around other people