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We've been practicing boondocking for the past month or so, mainly by turning the 50A breaker off for a day or two. This week we're practicing water conservation, just to see how long a tank will actually last. Next month we'll boondock three times for two nights each: Brown Springs Campground near Farmington, NM; Sand Island Campground near Bluff, UT; and near Green River, WY. There are several sites near Green River and no permits or reservations needed, so we'll check them out as we get there. Does anyone know anything about any of these campgrounds? Our travel trailer is 40' long, pulled by a 4wd F350.

David Lininger, kb0zke
1993 Foretravel U300 40' (sold)
2022 Grand Design Reflection 315RLTS

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Water (fresh, black, and gray) has been our limitations. We are 50 gallons fresh, 36 gallons gray same size for black. Not so much fresh in that fresh water anywhere in gallon jugs on up etc. We also have a freshwater bladder that we have used for extended stays. It’s grey and black and we must watch.  As far as black goes we tried and gave up with the composition toilet. It did not work out for us. Never got far enough with the composition toilet to try the combination of gray and black tanks. Even when “allowed,” we do not dump our gray on the ground. If the stay is long enough, we use the macerator pump into our 42-gallon Tote along and take it to the proper facility and refill the freshwater bladder.

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We have camped around Bluff several times but not at that place, Valley of the Gods is the most scenic just north. And the top of the Moki Dugway is a also great but I would never pull a long TT up the Moki.

Green River? Too generic to know. Flaming Gorge has a number of boondocking areas. And I think it is on the Green River reservoir.

Our limit is usually water, and we have a 30 gallon bladder and a drill pump to add water to the tank. We were using jugs but they are a PITA. You can find bladders fairly cheap on Amazon. We can generally go 7-9 days on the Black tank. The gray tank can sometimes be legally dumped in the field but not always.

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The longest we've gone is 10 days. This was at Dry Creek campground in Ninilchik, AK. We had solar and with the long days power was not a problem. Our water got low after 10 days so we left. This was a first come no reservation campground and we lucked out to get a waterside site. Gorgeous!

This was in our 36' Foretravel.

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We really miss the large tanks on the Foretravel. We're learning to deal with having half the tank capacity, though, in exchange for 10% of the maintenance costs.

David Lininger, kb0zke
1993 Foretravel U300 40' (sold)
2022 Grand Design Reflection 315RLTS

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Well, our first night of real boondocking turned out to be less than expected. Our original plan for tonight was to stay at a fairly new commercial campground in Klines Corners, NM. Then Jo Ann suggested that we boondock tonight, so we checked. Sure enough, there are some BLM lands in the right area. We tried calling to find out more, but no one answered the phone. In fact, the calls didn't even go through. So, we decided to just check it out. It was still early, so we found the one that said they had a campground with electric and water as well as disbursed sites. Sign told us how to pay, and plenty of sites to choose from. No one around to ask where the free area was, so we picked a site and paid the $20. We're at Rob Jaggers Camping Area near Capitan, NM. We have a geezer pass, so we might have been able to stay for only $10, but since there wasn't anyone to ask we decided to just pay the full amount. It is less than half what we would have paid at Klines Corners anyway. We are in a pull-thru site with 50A and water and a beautiful view - for $20.

David Lininger, kb0zke
1993 Foretravel U300 40' (sold)
2022 Grand Design Reflection 315RLTS

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Here is the information on where you're staying and also information on dispersed camping.  Sounds like a nice place!

We always found it's just easier to do a Search rather than trying to call BLM.

https://www.blm.gov/visit/rob-jaggers-campground

Full-timed for 16 Years
Traveled 8 yr in a 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 40' Motorhome
and 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th Wheel

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