We pulled into a rather unique dispersed camping area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. While this area is heavily used, the USFS has mowed several campsites in a rather smallish area, and has posted the length of stay regulations and other pertinent information concerning campfires and motorized use of the area. There are 7 or 8 campsites in this small area.
When we arrived, there were just two other campsites taken, so we pulled into one that looked relatively level, and I jumped out and opened the storage compartment where I store my leveling blocks to finish the job.
What happened next is the rest of the story as Paul Harvey used to say.
A guy with a nice toy hauler comes trotting down the road and yells at me "That's a federal offense!". I was so surprised by the initial contact with this fellow that all I could do was say "what??". Again he says "that's a federal offense". My response this time is "what's a federal offense?". To which I'm told it's a federal offense to dump my tanks. I was so surprised to be told that leveling my rig (what I thought I was doing) was a federal offense that all I could say was "I'd never do that" after he lets me know he thinks I'm dumping, to which again he says "well it's a federal offense to dump your tanks", again getting my response "I'd never do that". He turned and walked away, and I finished leveling the rig.
I've never had someone come storming up telling me what to do or not do on public lands before. I arm myself with knowledge of the local laws and restrictions before I dispersed camp, so being chastised for something I wouldn't ever consider doing by someone I've never met rubbed me the wrong way.
Shortly after I finished leveling my rig, the guy with the toy hauler loaded up and headed on down the road. After some thought about the incident, I guess he thought I was in the dump valve compartment, but why he would automatically think I was about to dump my tanks when I just arrived is a mystery to me. If it was me thinking a newcomer was about to dump their tanks, I'd go introduce myself and explain the rules, rather than re-enact the encounter I had.
In retrospect, I should have confronted the guy only to say that I appreciated his comments, but he was way off base as I was about to level my RV with blocks stored in the compartment, and I know the rules of dispersed camping.
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Brian & Margie www.rv-camping.org
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