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Posted: 03/05/12 04:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is a very well written blog called Wheeling It - They boondock in a 40' class A all over the US. Fun to read.


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I would pick a small Class C on a 4x4 chassis. The one good advantage over a truck camper is the fact that the house batteries are connected to truck alternator with heavy gauge cables allowing alternator to charge at a 70 to 100 amp-hour rate versus about 10 amps for each hour of traveling in trailer or truck camper.

It also makes a good backup if generator fails for some reason. You can end up with a little more room than the truck camper.


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Although a 33' fifth wheel would not usually qualify for getting back in the boonies, once it does, it's wonderful. Our older Alpenlite has 100gallon fresh water, 90 gallon gray, and 45 gallon black. Combine that with a 70 gallon water bladder and pump for transfer, a macerator and blue boy, 400 watts of solar, LED lights throughout, cell phone booster and satelitte tv and we have the Best Boondocking RV.




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Posted: 03/05/12 06:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My vote is for the one that best meets your needs, number of people, time in place, locations used etc.

That is also my definition of the best RV for anyone. All RV's have trade off's and needs vary.


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A 4wd truck pulling a small 5th wheel get my vote
Or do you expect the combo to travel the rubicon trail?


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Here's our version of boondocking with two other couples. All in 24 foot Class C motorhomes that were very comfortable once we got parked in Death Valley off a 4X4 road prettty much out in the middle of nowhere:




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29 feet from stem to stern, articulated in the middle, and only six and a half feet wide.



I roughcamp almost exclusively. I haven't met a forest service road yet that this combination isn't equal to, and I travel in mountainous country. I couldn't do some of them if I didn't have four wheel drive, though.
The narrow width of the outfit makes it uniquely suited for badly rutted roads...it allows me to put one set of wheels on the middle hump and the other on the shoulder. Smooth sailing, if a little hard on the mirrors sometimes!


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Best boondocking RV??? I saw these on a TV show called Extreme RV's. I'd say if you've got the cash, one of them would be just the ticket !!

Otherwise considering the terrain one is likely to encounter then I definetly have the wrong type.....Class A. I am set up to dry camp but those shown above would be high on my list if I could.

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agesilaus wrote:

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I'm getting a 5ver and will get the axles flipped. I'm probably going to need that anyway with a F350 FWD with 20 inch tires. And that will give us some more ground clearance. . . .


What do you mean by flipping the axis?
I have a 5th wheel and go in weird places, I would love to have more clearance.

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The term is actually wrong since they don't actually change the position of the axle. They move the springs from the bottom of the axle to the top. That usually gives you 4-6 inches more clearance. It often requires some minor but important welding so you want a pro to do it.

I called a local trailer shop and they quoted $89/hour and estimated it would take 2.5 hours to do. Plus any parts, U-bolts mainly. They also suggested getting the axles serviced at the same time.

If you search the 5ver forum for the term I'm sure you'll find lots of info on it.


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