Dry Camping and Boondocking Do’s and Don’ts

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Whether you’re a seasoned RV boondocker or a newbie at dry camping, this video will give you tips and tricks for finding places to boondock in National Forests and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands to minimizing your impact on the land, touching on Leave no Trace principles.
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[music]. a friendly that's carolyn and welcome . back to my rv life . i am boondocking in some national some. very different national forests today . i'm not going to tell you where i am i'm . going to save that for a surprise next . week i have a pretty big announcement . that i think might surprise some of you . maybe not surprise the others of you but . if you want to be in the know when i do. announce my location be sure to . subscribe i think i'm going to hope it's . here if it's not here it's on the other . side i need to get used to pointing in . the right place so if you want to be in . the know and get updates from me feel . free to subscribe to my channel and and . get notifications when i post a new . video today i'm going to talk about the . do's and don'ts of boondocking or dry . camping in an rv and a lot of you have . been asking me a lot of questions . because you know that most of my life in . living in an rv full time is about . boondocks . it's something to go through three do's . and three don'ts when it comes to . boondocking or dry camping on public . lands that i think will be really . helpful and very informative for those . of you who are thinking about . boondocking maybe some of you are . already doing it and you're not sure if . you're doing it right go through three . things that should help all of you kind . of navigate the whole boondocking dry . camping thing unsweetened tazo. passionfruit tea one of my favorites . you may notice i'm in a very remote area . and this is what i love to do i love to . travel and navigate and explore in . national forests and blm lands and look . for places to camp dry camp by myself . this is what i've been doing for the . last year or so that i've been living in . and where in order to talk about the . do's and don'ts of boondocking or dry . camping first we need to talk about . where you can boondock and dry camp and . the kief areas the key areas in the . united states that you can boondock and . dry camp are national forests and blm . lands and blm stands for bureau of land . management those are open public lands . that usually allow dispersed camping so . that's what it's called if you're the . official title you're not going to go to . a blm or a national forest website and . look for boondocking they're going to. call it dispersed camping and there are . also other federal and state agencies . that open up lands for dispersed camping . such as wildlife management areas which . is kind of where i'm at right now is . also wildlife management areas wildlife . refuges that i have stayed at water . district's in certain areas or utility . districts set aside land for recreation . so there are different different areas . of public lands that you can camp on for . free dispersed camping for free so you . need to check with the area that you're . going to go to look at their website for . their rules every every agency has. slightly different rules and even . different states in different regions . within even blm and and national forest . even though they're their national every . region has different may have different . rules in general both with national . forests and with blm land bureau of land . management lands you can say 14 . consecutive days before you have to move. but within those limits each district . each agency each regional office might . have different rules . so sometimes it's 14 days within a 30 . day period so that means you can stay . for 40 days you need to leave for two . weeks and then you can come back but . different regions have different rules . so you want to make sure you check with . the regions that you're in or that you . plan on visiting before you go so that . you know the rules somebody even asked . me if they enforce it and that really . depends on where you go i don't think i . have ever run into a ranger except maybe . in arizona in kaibab national forest and. the other one coconino but other than . that i don't think i've ever run into a . ranger coming out and checking you know . to make sure nobody is staying but i go . to some pretty remote areas you . run into that in the more populated . areas around big cities especially so . has there been a lot of enforcement no i . do try to stick within the rules because . the rules are here to protect the land . for all of us to use and i and i want to . make sure the land is here for all of us . to use so i that's you know i do try to . follow those rules so that's kind of the . first thing about where you can boondock . or where you can dry land now i'm going . to talk about the three jews of . boondocking before i talk about the . don'ts . so the first you is you want to make . sure you know the rules of the public . land the area that you are visiting know . what the time limits are know what areas . are permitted for camping and what might . be off-limits . most district offices of both blm and. national forests have maps that you can . get that show what roads are legal for . automobiles to be on in order to . minimize impacts of all of us being in . the wilderness and making sure that it's . around for us to use and generations in . the future to use i like to make sure . i'm making the smallest impact that i . can even in giant mathilde and that . means following the rule staying on on . designated roads and things like that so . before you do go into any public land . for boondocking or dry camping check the . website check with the district office . make sure you know the rules and make . sure you follow the rules the second . part of that is to make sure you obey no . trespassing signs sometimes within . public lands there is private property . that was grandfathered in before they . became public lands and you will see a . problem i would say occasionally but . probably more than occasionally you will . see private property signs respect those . signs respect people's private property . just in my experience and i've talked . about this before i thought living in an . rv meant i was an outlaw they didn't . have to obey signs and i never got away . with anything i never do i don't know . what it is but you know you don't want . to get a knock on the door in the middle . of the night or worse you don't want to . get intimidated by locals who might be . really pissed off about you being . on their land so just make sure you know . the rules and obey no trespassing signs . the second do is also just to respect . the land you know there's a lot of us . want to use these lands for a lot of . different reasons and there are atvs and . four-wheelers there's hunters there's . hikers there's our veers there's jeeps . you know there's a whole bunch of . different people who want to use the . land for different reasons how i . approach it is i try to minimize my . impact like i said earlier so that means . staying on roads not driving off-road . and and pouncing on vegetation it's kind . of the same thing when i'm backpacking i . don't like to put my tent down on fresh . vegetation and kind of ruining a tiny . little ecosystem there and i do the same . thing in my rv so do respect the land . travel only on designated roads don't . don't tear it up i'm going to do a whole . other video on leave no trace because . that's something that's very near dear . in my heart but you know even even . chopping down trees for firewood and . stuff like that i would recommend not . doing those things just going in leaving . as small an impact as possible see . what's the saying leave only go leave . only footprints or something like that . so just travel tread lightly and leave a . small an impact as you can on the land . the third do is to pack in what you pack . out then that means taking all your . garbage with you do not leave your . garbage behind and that includes grey . water which i think i'm going to talk . about in a minute . yeah so pack in what you pack out don't . leave your mess for somebody else to . clean up try to try to leave you know no . trace that you were there don't bother . wildlife don't bother vegetation and. things like that so just make sure that . you are prepared to pack in whatever you . pack out take your garbage with you okay . so those are the three views know that . it rules of the land respect the land . and pack in what you pack out the number . so let's talk about . you don't do when your boondocking or . dry camping in the national forest . number one and this is another one i . learned the hard way don't ever block a . dirt road you might be driving around in . the wilderness like i've done for miles . and miles and miles haven't seen another . person or another vehicle for hours and . hours and hours and finally settle on . you can't find a place to camp and you . finally settle on blocking a tiny little . dirt road that looks like hasn't been . used in 15 years inevitably somebody is . going to come along and need to get by i . swear to god that has happened to me . every single time i think so no matter . how faint that dirt road seems and how . enticing it might be as a camping spot. do not block a road i've just never had . any success with it keep looking until . you can find something that you can pull . off on the side of the road and be out . of the way so that anybody who might . want to get by on that road can get by . where i'm at right now i happen to it . was i took a long time to find a spot i . finally found a dead-end road with a . circle around so i was able to find a . good camping spot but you know sometimes . when you're tired and you're looking. around maybe that's another thing get to. a place early so you're not tired and . you know you don't have to like park in . the middle of the road or park someplace . that might not be safe but yeah do not . block a road because inevitably somebody . is going to need to get by the third the . second don't is do not dump your grey . water people asked me this and 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