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  1. We stayed there last month. Good spot, but as you pointed out, not alot of sites, and fills up by 5 PM. We went to Hurricane, Utah earlier this summer to find the same thing - it was a free for all when we were there a few years ago, and now there are designated spots. Hope this doesn't continue to happen to these dispersed camping spots, as it cuts down the availability. On another note, if you cross the little bridge and drive north, there were a ton of antelope when we were there, as well as some deer.
  2. Glad I'm not the only one who doesn't understand the question. You pay a membership fee, and get access to a few thousand hosts - typically wineries, breweries, distilleries (notice a trend...lol), farms, orchards, museums, other attractions, and if you pay extra, golf courses. It's a place to spend a night and not be in a WalMart, Cracker Barrel, or a truck stop. Generally a more appealing location. We have used it for three years, and have not had a bad experience yet. The closest to bad that we have come is driving down 12 miles of gravel road in Kansas to a little farm - the hospitality was still good, but I'd pass on the gravel road in the future. To be honest, we knew ahead of time that the gravel road was there. On the flip side, we have stayed at several vineyards, parked on the grass next to the grape vines. Or on a farm, in a field, with no neighbors in sight. Generally, the hosts are friendly and accommodating.
  3. Not sure what you're trying to say here.
  4. Harvest Hosts is a great overnight stay, and occasionally you can stay multiple nights, and some places even have full or partial hookups. It is a way better alternative to truck stops and store parking lots. You pay for access to the platform, the business participates because they get customers. Yes, you are expected to buy something, but you control what you spend. Some of my best short term boondocking sites have been vineyards and farms via Harvest Hosts. Some of the golf courses even allow you to walk your dogs on the course pathways after hours. If you still work, it's nice to be able to leave on your schedule, not a campgrounds. Many hosts will let you arrive after hours, as long as some body is there. Some don't care when you arrive, just as long as you check in the next day. For those of you quibbling over a $79 dollar ANNUAL fee, maybe Wal Mart is a better place for you. Yeah, I don't pay that much for a site most of the time, but that's an annual fee. We use it pretty often. In fact, our next trip is nothing by Harvest Hosts spaced about two hours apart for 5 days. And we're huge, so we're somewhat limited as to which ones that we can use.
  5. Just registered, see ya'll there! Looking forward to meeting everyone and getting tips/tricks/ideas.
  6. aknavy

    Zion National Park

    We have boondocked at Hurricane Cliffs Recreation area and stayed at Willowind RV Park in Hurricane. Both are 20 minutes from Zion. The RV park is nice, but you will have to park your truck away from your site. Our site was one of their "deluxe" sites, and it was about 50 feet long. Enough room between sites, but nothing extra. Lots of trees. There was one other HDT setup when we were there. Lot more room if you can boondock, and the weather in October should be conducive to it.
  7. We stay 10-14 days. Use about 10-15 gallons a day unless we're trying to stretch it. I know we can use less, but we like showers, do dishes every other day, and both us and the dogs drink alot of water. While we have a 100 gallon tank on the fifth wheel, I don't like traveling with it full, as it's weight almost directly translates to pin weight on the trailer, so I'd rather travel with the weight on the truck.
  8. Besides on the deck/in the drom, how are people mounting fresh water tanks? Fresh water is our limiting factor for boondocking. Currently using a 60 gallon bladder to refill, but would really like to carry a couple hundred gallons on the truck. We have a big drom behind the cab and about 6 feet of room behind it, but don't want to block that off with a water tank, as it would block access to the drom, and we put the generator in that area to run when needed. We have a big tank on the trailer, but the water in it = pin weight and the trailer complains if we tow with more than 50 gallons.
  9. We use 10-15 gallons of water a day. Have a 100 gallon fresh water tank, but do not fill it due to high pin weight and stress on the fifth wheel frame. Travel with 40-50 gallons, which we can stretch to last about 5 days if need be. Have solar for most of our power, but also have a inverter generator for power if need be. We both work, and we are water conscious but not overly conservative. We run the generator an hour or two at night during dinner/high power draw time just because. We could probably get away with not running it, but why? Shower every 2-3 days, dishes every other day. I bought a 60 gallon bladder and transfer pump, as fresh water is always our limiting factor. Fresh water is pretty easy to find, but I may do a 100 gallon bladder for convenience. We have a 60 gallon black tank, can go two weeks on it. I'll admit, I'm not opposed to trickling a little grey on the ground if I'm in a national forest or BLM land, so grey isn't an issue for us. We also carry a 48 gallon Blue Boy and macerator transfer pump, so we can deal with waste as needed. Bottom line, as you may have gathered from this thread is that everyone is different. Only way to know is to try it out. With that being said, once you master it and get out of RV parking lots (resorts), you will be ruined for them. We are currently at least a hundred yards from our closes neighbors, separated by trees, great views, and it's free. And we're 20 miles from Yellowstone, and this particular spot is considered crowded. The RV parks around us are full, expensive, and a 20 foot wide spot is considered big. In the last month we've spent three days in a park, and it sucked. Unfortunately, circumstances forced it on us. The only time I look for full hookups is when the temp is going to be over 90 degrees and I'm going to need all three AC's to be comfortable. First world problems.
  10. I did it with our setup two months ago - 29 foot long singled Volvo and 46 foot triple axle trailer. Had to wait my turn a couple times on switchbacks. But I was following a commercial guy bigger than me, and encountered an oncoming oversize commercial rig. Just know that it's a slow ride - most of it was 15-20 mph. It wasn't white knuckle - just active driving. I enjoyed the first couple hours, then was ready to be done cause the day was getting long. But I grew up in AK, running gravel roads sketchier than this over the mountains.
  11. When planning on boondocking, it's important to plan a back up spot. And have some way to claim a site when you scout it so it doesn't become occupied between scouting and arriving with the RV. We've had a couple end up that way. Sucks, but we were able to find an alternative site. Until we started to travel with a second vehicle, I scouted sites on my bicycle - park reasonably close, and off ya go. A less desirable alternative is to find a parking lot or pull out reasonably close by and drop the trailer.
  12. Not on the level of previous examples, but I picked up and disposed of two small grocery bags of trash in a fire pit at the spot I'm currently at in Idaho. Amazing how much it pissed me off to see someone leave behind even a little bit of trash. Easily disposed of at the gas station down the road.
  13. Check out these guys - they are installing Patcraft Crossover Luxury Vinyl Planks in RV's and having pretty good success. They'll answer questions and tell you what they use for adhesive. When I get sick of my crappy looking LVT in the DRV (same as yours, I think), I'll switch to this stuff. Father/son business's. Ernie, the father, specializes in hardwood. His son does both. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1145315955826540 https://www.facebook.com/groups/221768331584448
  14. I'm boondocking with solar/Westinghouse Igen 4500. I can limit how much amperage I draw from it, and have it set to 20 amps to keep the noise down when I do run it. My neighbor has one of those super quiet Honda 2000's. It's louder than my Westinghouse when under load. At idle, it's probably a hair quieter. But under load, the Westinghouse is quieter and produces more power. Not sure of the exact Honda model, not creeping on them like that.
  15. You mean truck and trailer together? Or something else? What's the price on just the truck? Any more pics of it? What engine?
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