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  1. In this vlog is a sad but exciting day, we pack up leave Mt Desert Narrows RV Resort and head south to Cornish Maine to spend time with family in the area! We end up Moochdocking at our families house, from there we head to New Hampshire to Diana's Bath a hiking trail and waterfall ran by the United States Forest Service. Being so close right in New Hampshire we head over to North Conway to explore their downtown area with all the shops, I get some delicious beef jerky with a review, and of course we have to have some Moxie!!! A Maine staple have you ever tried Moxie? Make sure you watch till the very end!!!!! Loving the RV Lifestyle!
  2. 2007 NEWMAR MOUNTAIN AIRE IDEAL FOR DRY CAMPING & FULLTIMING: Net Carrying Capacity of 8990 lbs. One owner, non-smokers, meticulously main- tained 45’ w/ 450 HP Cummins and 4 slides, 10KW diesel genset w/autostart, 6 solar panels, 8 batteries. Energy Management System, inboard autotransformer and surge protector for low power campgrounds. LP/electric 4 door fridge w/ice mkr. 120v/12v basement fridge freezer. LP cook-top. Aquahot furnace/hot water. RO-UV Water Puri- fication System. Remote LP shut off. 6w cool or LED lights throughout. Sleep Number king bed. NADA Average Value is $196,000. Asking $166,000. For pictures and detailed description view online at www.rvtrader.com/listing/5007496630 or contact Bruce: BRButlerTX@aol.com NOTE: Willing to negotiate the tow vehicle c/w Airforce One braking system, Blue Ox tow bar and rock screen, plus a full set of dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, toaster, coffee pot, crock pot, BBQ pit, 50 Amp extension cord, DISH receiver, bike and kayak rack and a myriad of spare parts. 2007 Mountain Aire M-4521 Spartan ISM 450hp (196K).pdf
  3. I love boondocking,and I hate generators. Recently, I sold my 37 ft 5th wheel and bought a 29 ft Arctic Fox 27-5L, because I was fed up with being stuck in tight National Park and State Park campgrounds. When I climbed on the roof for the first time and saw how cluttered the roof was with exhaust pipes, hoods, AC unit etc, and considering a usable roof length of less than 25 ft, I all but gave up on the dream of installing a meaningful solar power plant on this roof. But after taking exact measurements of the roof and the obstacles, and realizing how far the solar panel industry has come in terms of power output per square unit, I started some serious research. And came up with the solution of installing 5 of 350W monocrystalline JA Solar panels. They are about 38"x79" big and cost me less than $200 per piece (plus freight), which is a steal deal compared with what other dealers charge.Because several roof obstacles are about 40" away from the roof edge, I was able to squeeze 5 of these panels on the roof (see attached pic). Of course, mounting them so close to the edge and to hoods etc. was pretty challenging,and I had to use slightly different methods to fix the panels to the roof, depending on their location. Since no solar mounting hardware available on the market could be used because of the tightness, I devised my own, relatively simple method by using pairs of slotted aluminum angles in each of the four corners of a panel. Each angle was about 10" long; one was screwed to the panel, the other one on the roof in a way that aligned the slotted sides of the angles so that they could be bolted together (see pic). One of the panels had to be raised about 7" above the refrigerator exhaust hood, but that was the only more complicated construction (see pic). The 10 wires from the panels are connected in a combiner box that sits atop the hole that I had to drill right above a wall that is already used as a wire raceway. I chose AWG 1 wire from the combiner box to the solar controller (that sits in the front compartment), which probably is an overkill, but the cost difference is negligible compared to the overall cost of the project. In a subsequent post, I will talk about the installation of the solar controller, a 4000W inverter, 2 Tesla battery modules, and the necessary control and protection circuitry. And, of course, about the practical experience with running the entire coach off grid, with water heater, AC, microwave, toaster, hair dryer and all the other power hungry gadgets.
  4. Hi all, I'm a passionate novice to Boondocking and new to this group. Could any of you offer advice/help on the best type of motorhome I should buy for cross-country, 100% off-grid, Boondock traveling? I've done a good amount of research but I'm having trouble putting all the "pieces" together to make the best-informed decision possible for what motorhome, preferably used, I should be looking to buy. Here's what I've put together so far in an attempt to meet my needs. Goal: Easily boondock cross-country and into the mountains in my motorhome. Budget: Maximum, all-inclusive cost - $100,000 Requirements: Class C Motor Home (This seems the best class for my needs, let me know if otherwise!) Maximum length to still allow for city street parking Sleeps a minimum 2 people, preferably 4 Heavy duty 4x4 transmission to handle off-road driving up into the mountains Motor Home Design: Easily provide 100% off-grid capability e.g. easy to add solar, water collection/distillation, efficient system for disposal of grey & dark water waste, etc. So, does such a motorhome exist or will I have to have one custom built that will probably put me way over budget? From my research, here are two motorhomes that appear to accomplish what I'm looking for, but it's over my budget e.g. $125,00 - $150,000. Is there any mainstream make & model out there that offers similar features compared to these custom build? 2018 Unity FX https://leisurevans.com/serenity/videos/?video=serenity-video 2018 Pleasure-Way Plateau XLTS Tour http://pleasureway.com/the-plateau-xlts/ Thanks in advance for any help on my quest to find the best, affordable, motorhome for this 61-year-old "wannabe" full-time boondocker ?
  5. We've been searching high and low for the best method to brew a perfect cup of camping coffee while boondocking, without using any electricity whatsoever, and we've finally found it! No generator, no battery/inverter use, and cleanup is a breeze using little to no water:
  6. A little bit about us. I’m Patty, from Chicago originally. I’ve done a lot of car camping but never in an RV. My husband, Esam, is mechanically inclined. He has never been to America and it's going to be amazing to see America again through his eyes! I’m right now in Egypt and will be on my way to New York in a few weeks to help my best friend, Sue, when she is released from the nursing home where she is recovering in after getting her leg amputated from a rare bone disease. My husband will follow at the end of the year hopefully. We’re all between 48-56. My stuff is all in storage in Idaho and Sue’s stuff is in storage in Maryland. It seems a perfect time to take off because we don’t have a house or an apartment. We hope to downsize both our storages and get rid of what we don’t need. Our budget is about 40,000 to 50,000 with some room for fixes and our combined monthly resources will not be that high so we will want to boondock often and consider my husband and I working seasonally. Sue and I make jewelry that we plan to make and sell on the road at festivals and other venues. Sue is an artist making jewelry from paper. She’s been busy making beads the whole time she has been in the hospital. She is doing phenomenal at walking again. The physical therapist said she has begun walking faster than any other person he helped! She has a great attitude and spirit and I think it’s going to be just fine for her to RV with us with a few modifications. I am very partial to 5th wheels. I thought we could buy a used 5th wheel and a used truck to pull it. The problem is that we can’t use the truck to sightsee because Sue needs a wheelchair and a scooter and hand controls. The wheelchair and scooter can’t get wet. It would be hard for her to get in and out of the truck also. What we want to do is get a 5th wheel that my husband tows while Sue and I follow behind in our 2015 Subaru Forester. I’m afraid that many campgrounds don’t allow you to have a third unit. For us, it really is a need and not a want to have a car that Sue can be comfortable in as a passenger or driver. Are we forced to get a Class A or C? Is it possible to talk to people at parks to let us park our truck somewhere while we are using the Subaru to get around? But if it’s going to be a huge hassle we’ll have to consider an A or C. I guess we could also consider a travel trailer and a van that could hold her scooter and wheel chair. Any advice is welcome! One extra issue with getting an RV to consider is that we want to have a table in the RV that we can have 2 office chairs at to make jewelry. I was thinking this could be done by removing a bunk bed, moving a dining booth or a couch. But we also need 2 beds for the 3 of us. Does anyone have any suggestions? We’d like to stay under 35 feet. So I’m hoping for answers and suggestions! Thank you so much!
  7. It's been a while since I posted one of our video TRs here, but Mesa Verde is such a special place that I feel compelled to do so. We found stellar boondocking on USFS land for just about any size rig on Madden Peak Road in Mancos, just 15 minutes from the main entrance to Mesa Verde. For those who may be unaware, Mesa Verde is a collection of ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and we tour Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America that dates back to 1190 AD. The craftsmanship that these people exhibited in building these small villages is nothing short of remarkable, and it's a testament to that craftsmanship that these residences are largely still standing over 800 years later. If you do visit Mesa Verde, by all means sign up for one of the tours. That way you get to view the dwellings up close, rather than just from a distance from the canyon rim. You also gain fascinating insight from the explanations the ranger gives during your one-hour tour. OK, without further ado here's the video:
  8. If you're going to travel to the Salt Lake City/Park City area, one of our favorite go-to spots is the whole Heber Mountain/Duchesne Ridge area of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, a spectacular 100,000-acre boondocking paradise. My latest video explores this wonderful area for those looking for prime camping near Salt Lake City.
  9. Hi everyone, I am new to the community. I’m going to be moving into my small RV in the next few months. The refrigerator is not working and it will cost to much to be replaced. I am trying to keep the spending down as much as possible. What are your thoughts on putting in a small garage/patio type unit like cubic 3 ft. A/C freezer refrigerator in its place? They vary in electric usage from $26 to $13 a year and from 197 kWh so 138 k a year. And I will be Boondocking probably 90% of the time for 6 months of the year and on my property with electricity the other six months. I have only one large marine battery, but I do have a generator. Another concern is will it hold up to the shaking and jarring that the RV will have driving on unpaved roads Boondocking?
  10. This is more of a research question for rig owners that do a lot of dry camping. How much water do you think goes down the drain before before your shower water gets hot?
  11. I headed out to explore Utah's West Desert this past weekend with my buddy Bob, and aside from a flat tire (!) we couldn't have been more pleased with the weekend. The West Desert comprises a lonely series of mountain ranges and extraordinarily flat valleys, stretching from the Wasatch Front to the Nevada border. It's home to such curiosities as the original Pony Express route, a herd of wild horses, and the military's Utah Test & Training Range. We found and filmed the herd, explored a preserved Pony Express station at Simpson Springs, and checked out the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge. There's no shortage of camping opportunities out there on BLM land. We found a cozy spot nestled among the junipers at the foot of the Sheeprock Mountains. For those insisting upon a marked site, there's a small primitive BLM campground at Simpson Springs that offers pit toilets, water, fire rings and picnic tables. Here's our video from the weekend:
  12. We will be purchasing a Tiffin 2018 Phaeton (40 ft.) this year and riding off into the sunset! When we come back to the Philadelphia area to visit family, we’d like to find someone or someplace that we can stay on the property in our motorhome while visiting. Of course we’d be willing to pay, especially if we can connect to electricity (water and dump is not necessary). I don’t think there are many overnight campgrounds in the Philadelphia area. Is it possible to find someone with a bit of land who would let us park for a bit? Are there township restrictions? What do others do in a similar situation? Would love to hear from others about this. Thanks.
  13. There seems to be a huge thirst for backcountry boondocking within the RV community, yet too it appears that many have a hard time figuring out where they can and can't go to camp. Earlier this fall I put together a video that shows how to find that perfect spot before you even leave home, and today it's still the most-watched video on Grand Adventure. If you want to boondock, but need help figuring out where you can, this video shares my secrets behind finding that perfect spot: Hope it helps someone!
  14. At the end of November we made a quick stop in the Kanab area en route back to Salt Lake City from Lake Powell (http://www.rvnetwork.com/topic/130000-video-tr-lake-powell-antelope-canyon/).We boondocked right off Hancock Road north of town, which is a terrific spot on BLM land situated right in between Kanab, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and the east entrance to Zion National Park. Our campsite off Hancock RoadKanabCoral Pink Sand Dunes State ParkOur campsite was also right next door to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation's largest no-kill shelter that's not just for dogs and cats, but also horses and mules, small animals, reptiles and more. We lacked the time to take a complimentary tour of Best Friends, so we filmed our own self-guided tour through their facility in Angel Canyon. It's a spectacular and emotionally moving place, and I highly recommend a visit if you're in the Kanab area.Best Friends Animal SanctuaryBest Friends Animal SanctuaryBest Friends Animal SanctuaryThe whole Kanab stop is wrapped up in Episode 15 of Grand Adventure:
  15. Two questions we often see on RV forums and Facebook groups both relate to boondocking water: where to find it, and how to refill it while staying long term. My new video today shows how we deal with both issues: I welcome your feedback! If you've got other solutions I'd love to hear them.
  16. DW, the dogs and I headed south the Saturday before Thanksgiving to boondock outside of Zion National Park.Arriving in Virgin, Utah right at dark, we first scouted Guacamole Mesa via Dalton Wash Road, but finding the last half mile to be steep and rough but nevertheless negotiable, but without cell service, we opted to check out North Creek area but that was pretty much full. In the end, we headed out onto Sheep Bridge Road in total darkness and nevertheless scored a stellar spot. Our camp on Sheep Bridge Road Report this image Our spot on Sheep Bridge RoadScouting around the region in the daytime, I would've preferred the place we found at Gooseberry Mesa, but I'll save that for another trip. The site we found on Gooseberry Mesa Although the scenery was spectacular, to be honest Zion National Park left me wanting. It was simply too crowded to enjoy, even in late November. Available parking was non-existent, and it was tough to even squeeze my pickup down Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. A series of unfortunate situations nixed my hiking plans, too. In the end I decided to push on to Lake Powell to celebrate Thanksgiving on the beach there, instead of fight what would assuredly be thicker crowds once the long holiday weekend arrived.Here's the video:
  17. Anyone else using Verizon Unlimited and liking it? Yeah it's not truly unlimited in every way, but it still is a home internet replacement for me without issue. I made this video in my apartment, but I am weekender currently when it comes to RVing, and am out every weekend primarily at the same campground, but out to different parts of the country around me regularly.
  18. Gooseneck length Custom building our full time gooseneck (first rig ever). w8' h10'6" but length... 28, 29, 29.5, 30 or 32???? Some details: truck- 2002 f350 7.3 we want to be able to camp at as many campgrounds, or boondocking sites as reasonably possible without being too cramped. We are building for full off grid capability we are wanting it to be built starting in feb 2018 and finish interior and systems in that year and head down for the next 3 years of rebuild after these lovely storms. I am researching as much as I can. But length and height are hard to find info on. We chose 8' to be sure to be legal no mater where we go. We chose 10'6"on height due to UPS using that for their box trucks, they must have found that the best compromise. But length!! 28' is the minimum. 32' the maximum. I have heard under 30' gets you into the most places without being tiny. We are planning 8-10" of spray foam insulation on ceiling,4" on walls and 6" on floor and all wiring pluming and tanks inside, so we want as much space as possible (who doesn't I guess). Any wisdom in this regard anyone would be willing to share would be treasured, I have very little experience!
  19. 3 contiguous lots for sale in Apache County, AZ Woodland Valley Ranch (Unit IV), lot numbers 465, 466, 467 Prefer to sell together: $45,000 117 total acres; bordered on one side by AZ State Trust Land Quiet off-grid living with mountain views; vegetation is grass & juniper Located 15 miles northeast of St. Johns, AZ; elevation 6,000' Great location for RVers or tent campers equipped to boondock Use as a getaway property or build a home Road maintenance provided both by the County & the HOA Solar powered well in WVR accessible to all property owners: 500 gallons per week per owner AZ Department of Water Resources reports water aquifer at 170-475’ Land surveyed in 2000; corners have metal survey markers 2016 taxes were $160-180 per lot HOA dues $200 per lot per year (paid for 2017) Horses & non-commercial ranching of cattle allowed Contact Lew, travelindoc@gmail.com
  20. I found this group called rvgolfclub.com while searching the net. Sounds similar to the Harvest Host model. The way it works you pay an annual membership fee of $99 then receive access to over 400 golf courses through out the U.S.A. You get to boondock overnight at the golf course parking lot and also receive discounts on meals, green fees, lessons etc. I have not been able to find much in the way of independent reviews, just quotes from "satisfied" customers on their website. Would appreciate hearing from anyone that has first hand experience with this organization. Thanks, Kelly
  21. Hi all, I am brand new to RVing. I spent 4 days and 3 nights in a 22 foot travel trailer in February to see if I liked it (I did) and so I hatched a plan to free myself from rentals! It is just me and my 2 small dogs, Bug and Bean, here in Northern CA. My TT arrived yesterday. It is a 2014 Northwoods Snow River 246RKS and I am in love with it:) I have learned a lot in 3 days but the learning curve is steep and I have a gazillion questions! At some point, I will sit down and just read articles, threads, blogs and books but I dove in, the trailer is here and I have to be out of my rental by Saturday! The TT is parked in my neighborhood, no access to power and the batteries are already at 3/4 bc I ran the fantastic fan. it was boiling hot in there yesterday so I am trying to quickly move stuff in now while it is still cool. Here come the questions: Q - how to power a fan with mo power and no generator (not gonna do that to my neighbors!) The only solution I've come up with in the short term is a 12V fan bought at an RV supply store. Q - How to research, buy and install an inverter to switch from battery (2 12V pos/pos/neg/neg) to 120V. I plan on living off-grid sometimes and I am off-grid all this week and I'd like to be able to work in the TT and not die of dehydration. I plan on getting portable solar panels to keep my batteries charged and at some point will get a gennie to run AC but I'd prefer to use the solar/battery for as much as possible, especially box fans and maybe the microwave. It is hot where I live (90's) and I doubt I will do much cooking indoors so toaster oven and microwave all summer. Q - I am moving into my TT and then will have it hauled to an RV site for a few days. When I go to move the TT, I assume everything needs to be off the countertops? how secure will everything be if every cabinet is full? If I am packing it like a house, how heavy could it possibly get? I will be moving it quite a bit in the month of July while I secure a more permanent, temporary spot to park it... Sheesh, I am going to stop there! Thanks in advance! peace, Maria B (MM) and Bug n Bean (BnB)
  22. I found this on rubbertrampartist.com - a blog by Blaize Sun, a full-time rubber tramp. For $180 a year, New Mexico residents can buy this pass allowing them free developed (non-electric/no sewer) camping at any New Mexico state park. (The cost of the pass for residents of other states is $225.) The pass is good for 12 months from the month of purchase. (Learn more about the New Mexico State Parks Pass and/or order one here: https://newmexicostateparks.reserveamerica.com/showPage.do?name=common&commonPath=/htm/NM_AnnualPasses.html.)
  23. My girlfriend and I will be disperse camping (boondocking) in our travel trailer near Fort Hunter - Liggett in the Los Padres National Forest (North) at the end of June. Does anyone have any suggestions? Ideally I would like to be as close to Lake Nacimiento and/or Lake San Antonio as possible. Any information on areas to camp, dump stations, potable water, activities, day trips, things to see or general suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I do have and use most of the camping/travel apps but nothing beats local knowledge and/or personal experiences. Thanks in Advance, Hendo
  24. I'm curious if anyone has ever had issues boondocking along I-8 near Gila Bend or around Ajo, AZ. We pulled over onto state land/BLM area last night and within an hour a BLM ranger came by to warn us that it's a drug trafficking area, that we may see people wandering through at night and they might even approach our RV. Then he says "And I hope you have a big gun with you too." Then I asked, "Well would you consider Ajo to be just as dangerous?" and he says "Without a doubt." Knowing that many SKPs go there (and we have too), at that point I realized he might have been slightly overstating the risk. We've stayed in Southern AZ & TX areas with signs warning about illegal activity and never had an issue before. Just wondering if anything has changed recently?
  25. Not sure where to put this so I will start in the General area. We have been living fulltime in our 38' 5er for about 6 years. In saying that we have only moved it 3 times. We are now getting ready to start traveling. Over the next two years we plan on visiting at least 25 states. On many of our stops we plan on volunteering and or workamping for at least a month. Maybe some places up to 4 or 5 months. I am making sure that the 5er and truck are all ready to make the trip, but I have some questions. I have only two 6 volt batteries in my 5er, I am thinking of changing them up, making them 12 Volt batteries. Yes they will be deep cycle batteries. Several question come to mind about this up grade. All thing being equal why do they use 6 volt batteries, is it just the cost? IF 2 - 6V batteries are at 75 Amps you have to run them in series = 12 V at 75 A 900 W 2 - 12V Batteries at 75Amps you then run them in parallel = 12V at 75A 1800W So all things being equal it would seem you get more bang for your buck running 12 volt batteries. I do understand the cost will be much different for 12V batteries over the 6V batteries. What am I missing. Next issue I am wrestling with is should I get a generator or two? Questions that come to mind are: Noise? Thinking about going with two Honda 2000W running them in parallel How often would I use them? We are not big fans of boondocking so my thought is we would most likely use them over night while traveling between locations. So if that is the case is it worth spend $2000 buck, I know only I can answer that question but I am wrestling with is up to 3 or 4 night on the road once a month would I use them that much? While no one is going to have an answer what I want can you at least share with me your experiences? Would I be better off getting a much bigger generator which would make quite a bit more noise and try to install a muffler and extend it down below the bed of the truck as well as maybe building a Noise hampering box, One concerns about the box is allowing heat to dissipate and also access for refueling and maintenance. I guess the last question is with all of this is it worth it to try to get any expanded fuel take for my truck? I have been trying to consider all my options and I don't want to get a lot of nice stuff just because I can. I currently have a 24 gal tank on my truck. Your thoughts? Thanks in advance for your advice. This is really our first time of going out on the road as the time we have spent living it is was 4 years at one location and then a little less that 2 years at another location. Sonny Theobald 2009 Carriage Cameo 2008 Chevy 3500 Dually Loving God and Serving People
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