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Posted By: sleepy on 05/27/10 07:31pm

Newbes are always wanting to know where to stop for the night... heres one. It's on Ceretus Ave behind Disneyland.

We stayed all night... went to Disney... liked the spot so well that on the next night, we went back... then the second day we went to Knotsberry Farm.

Then moved on.

Cost? Absolutely priceless!

Sleepy

Maybe others will share their priceless spots.

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Posted By: jimh425 on 05/27/10 07:50pm

How about across the street from the Kansas City convention center in downtown Kansas City? [emoticon]

No, I wouldn't do it now, but when I was younger and dumber and poorer, we camped out in the parking lot in a truck with only a camper shell and curtains in the Winter. BTW, there was a Dennys a block or so, and we did pay the parking lot charge. I think it was something like $10 a night. [emoticon]


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Posted By: pianotuna on 05/27/10 08:00pm

Hi,

I find this site useful for finding low or no cost camping:

camping


Regards, Don
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Posted By: KKELLER14K on 05/27/10 08:15pm

That's funny... the very first RV trip I took my girlfriend on, who is now the wife, was to Disney. We stealthed it for 2 days around the park and on the second day we were there watching them film "That Thing You Do" from Tom Hanks. We were both right there when they were filming the Matterhorn scene..... And saw him there directing it.... even have a video of it for proof. Lucky I had the camcorder with me! Many more stories from that first vacation together. What a trip!


Posted By: KKELLER14K on 05/27/10 08:17pm

Thanks for that link pianotuna...!


Posted By: sleepy on 05/27/10 08:24pm

pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

I find this site useful for finding low or no cost camping:

camping


I want to see your FREE boondocking site... not read a book. Where have you actually stayed?


Posted By: pianotuna on 05/27/10 08:36pm

Hi sleepy,

If you click on the various states and scroll to the bottom there are free sites listed in many of the states. The best example is Nebraska.

Nebraska scroll to the bottom

and here it is listed in google maps:

Nebraska--not all free but many


Posted By: sirdrakejr on 05/27/10 08:40pm

Heck, there is a WalMart every where! [emoticon]
Frank


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Posted By: Jumbo Jet on 05/27/10 08:45pm

I don't have a picture, but at the junction of 71 and I-29 in Platte City, MO. A restaurant had gone out of business and was boarded up. Parked in their parking lot and had police security check the place a couple times during the night.


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Posted By: sleepy on 05/27/10 08:47pm

pianotuna wrote:

Hi sleepy,

If you click on the various states and scroll to the bottom there are free sites listed in many of the states. The best example is Nebraska.

Nebraska scroll to the bottom

and here it is listed in google maps:

Nebraska--not all free but many


Where have you stayed?


Posted By: sleepy on 05/27/10 08:48pm

sirdrakejr wrote:

Heck, there is a WalMart every where! [emoticon]
Frank


there not a lot of room... it's full of alpo house trailers.


Posted By: pondputz on 05/27/10 08:57pm

Thanks Sleepy,

I travel Neb. in the winter during hunting season, any additional info is appreciated

Putz
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Posted By: sleepy on 05/27/10 08:58pm

Another nice spot... look for them along your route.

don't make a mess... just pull in and go to bed.

We were going east on US 50 in Colorado... we are at Monarch Pass in June of 2006. The elevation was so high that there was very little traffic... we never saw another RV.

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Posted By: pianotuna on 05/27/10 09:05pm

Hi Sleepy,

The places I've stayed are posted at freecampsites.net That way everyone can use them.

Here is just one example:

Fillmore


Posted By: sleepy on 05/27/10 09:11pm

Lake Charles, LA.

You won't find this spot on anyones list... you have to find these sweet spots on your own.

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Posted By: pianotuna on 05/27/10 09:24pm

Hi Sleepy,

Which makes this thread pointless? Driving round and round a lake? How big is it?

I also think stealth camping is a bit of a misnomer for a "truck camper". Maybe a class B could do it....


sleepy wrote:

Lake Charles, LA.

You won't find this spot on anyones list... you have to find these sweet spots on your own.



Posted By: sleepy on 05/27/10 09:31pm

pianotuna wrote:

Hi Sleepy,

Which makes this thread pointless? Driving round and round a lake? How big is it?

I also think stealth camping is a bit of a misnomer for a "truck camper". Maybe a class B could do it....


sleepy wrote:

Lake Charles, LA.

You won't find this spot on anyones list... you have to find these sweet spots on your own.


You are in an older trailer not a truck camper... you don't have ant TC experience do you?

This isn't about you... it is an attempt to help a newbe past a printed page. Do you have anything to personnaly contribute? Or is it like the other stuff you don't really do?

BTW... with the bridge in the background anyone that is there can find the spot.


Posted By: pjay9 on 05/27/10 10:02pm

Les Schawb tires doesn't mind after closing and before opening most of the time...anyway greet everyone in the morning and ask for an air check, I always give the fellow my attention and ask about fishing or boating or what have you! Usually get a couple of guys looking at the rig and asking me questions. Capt PJ


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Posted By: pianotuna on 05/27/10 10:43pm

Hi sleepy,

2004 is not that old now is it? My previous RV was from 1987--that's definitely old.

I should have known that anything I said would be twisted into a negative.

How about getting into the modern world and posting gps numbers for these "fantasy" sites? That might be more useful than a picture, especially if the sun isn't up.

For example: 49.301307,-115.116292

* This post was edited 05/27/10 11:05pm by pianotuna *


Posted By: KKELLER14K on 05/28/10 02:41am

NICE ONE! who swings next?


Posted By: cpaharley2008 on 05/28/10 05:56am

It seems there are 2 different perspectives being espoused here. Sleepy, who prides himself on finding out of the way, free, off and on street/highway parking vs Piano... who seems to be the more traditional cg or low cost, even free rv spots where others may have camped. I'm sure there maybe a happy place in between. Parking a truck camper on a street in the French Quarter of New Orleans to me is unwise and a poor choice of a stealth spot whereas a free cg site with hookups where others have stayed is a better one. Just my observation, who is up next....


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Posted By: skipbee on 05/28/10 06:37am

We passed a day, a night, and a day in the parking lot of the USS San Francisco Memorial overlooking the Pacfic Ocean, Seal Rocks and the Golden Gate Bridge. The gate was closed at 8 PM after midnight security came by and carefully avoided shining their flash light on our rig. Like Sleepy, we have stayed in many unlikely spots and have never been disturbed. We do put out our rather small slideout and always deploy the satellite dish. We keep the blinds down, with all our gear neat,clean, and tight, no chairs or stuff out. We always wear clothes and smiles, and never leave a trace. No problems, no noise, no hassles, no sweat!


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Posted By: kohldad on 05/28/10 07:28am

Come on kiddies - be nice, this is suppose to be a fun adventure.

In the ferry waiting line for the Cedar Island Ferry though it could be done for any of the ferries along the OBX. Had a wonderful breeze all night and fantastic sunrise. Just need to get there after the last ferry leaves.

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Congaree NP overflow parking lot. You are requested to get a free permit. If after hours when you arrive, just get the permit in the morning. Nice thing is you can arrive at any time day/night and then walk to the visitor center via a 1/3 mile trail.

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The typical walmart. This one is in Murphy, NC.

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But this spot would have been the cream of the crop if it hadn't been noon. This is on FR1511 off the Blue Ridge Parkway below Julian Price.

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I'm still new to this game of boondocking but am finding it easier and more rewarding each night I spend with the true freedom my TC provides.


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Posted By: bighatnohorse on 05/28/10 08:25am

After free boondocking, it's hard to go back to paid campsites.
Paying $25. for a campsite feels like I'm being robbed.


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Posted By: sleepy on 05/28/10 08:51am

RichieC wrote:

After free boondocking, it's hard to go back to paid campsites.
Paying $25. for a campsite feels like I'm being robbed.


we feel the same... for us it started as a game... and quickly became a way of life.

We seldom write openly about a favorite "spot"... we might want to return someday.

We always admit to WalMarts... its well known by many. We never stay there except as a last resort.... last year less than 10 nights out of the 150 nights we were traveling... 7 of those were on our "fast" trip east, coast to coast, along interstates. We usually avoid the interstates too... luv the " US-# " highways.


Posted By: FishPOET on 05/28/10 09:15am

Near Buckeye Arizona
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Mule Canyon in Calico
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Near Slash X Ranch on Hwy 247 South of Barstow
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Ballarat
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Wildrose
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Jawbone Canyon
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Coconino National Forest on 9125F
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Eureka Colorado
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Mineral Creek Colorado
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Fishlake National Forest, Utah
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Shoreline Village, Long Beach. We woke up in the morning to find the Long Beach Marathon happening 5' from our backdoor [emoticon]
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Holcomb Valley
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near Little Bear Peak
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9300' near Wildrose
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Hear Bar
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Total cost for each of the sites above: $0

The memories are priceless


Posted By: pjay9 on 05/28/10 09:26am

My Brother to the North, LOOK Close it says LAKE CHARLES, LAabove the pic good enuf for me.

Next tell me how many folks do you think can enter a LAT LONG on their GPS unit in their trucks?

Give it a break! Let us just share the places and experiences! Shake!

Let's help this new TCer...I went to a place once in the High Seirra and didn't have a GPS many years ago and the folks I told about the place found it with some FR numbers and visuals, what did you do before GPS? Maps and word of mouth! Some of the best places I have ever found to this day come from studing my topo Gezzeteers for each state! Got a whole bunch of those all beat up and dog eared! Capt PJ

* This post was edited 05/28/10 09:33am by pjay9 *


Posted By: pianotuna on 05/28/10 09:49am

Hi pjay9,

What did I do before gps? I got lost *lots*! (which was sometimes kinda fun).

I remember as a child my father turning around until the camper was level. That night snow fell...we were camped in a rest area near the top of Logan pass. The next morning, he tossed a coin--because we had no idea which way to go. He got lucky!

To answer your question "Who can enter a gps number in their trucks?" I'd say anyone on rvnet. By a simple "cut and paste", GPS numbers can be entered into google maps--and just as easily extracted from there. Since, by definition, anyone who is at rvnet is "online" that makes finding places a la GPS "duck soup". It also obviates the need for a stand alone gps unit so there are zero extra costs.

I agree numbers are not essential--but oh so useful.


pjay9 wrote:

My Brother to the North, LOOK Close it says LAKE CHARLES, LAabove the pic good enuf for me.

Next tell me how many folks do you think can enter a LAT LONG on their GPS unit in their trucks?

Give it a break!

Let's help this new TCer...I went to a place once in the High Seirra and didn't have a GPS many years ago and the folks I told about the place found it with some FR numbers and visuals, what did you do before GPS? Maps and word of mouth! Some of the best places I have ever found to this day come from studing my topo Gezzeteers for each state! Got a whole bunch of those all beat up and dog eared! Capt PJ


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Posted By: pjay9 on 05/28/10 01:37pm

Many still don't have on the road internet and many gps don't go by LAT LONG input...so towns and locations are nice! I have a nice little feature on my small Garmin is that I can browse the map and tap for a location, used that many times even when the address stuff didn't, becaause I had a paper map/chart. I like the adneture of taking the backroad to someplace, which I have to admit has been done by my little Garmin...some interesting places! I am off in the rain and wind to run a boat this evening for Boeing! Should be fun! NO GPS tonight! HEHE! Capt PJ


Posted By: scottz on 05/28/10 10:23pm

I really wish I had pictures of all the small town streets, back alleys, and store lots we have stealth camped at. Here are a couple that I do have.

Lake Superior. We stealth here annually.
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Montana I believe. Along our way to Glacier National Park.
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Posted By: pianotuna on 05/29/10 12:13am

sleepy wrote:

Do you have anything to personnaly contribute? Or is it like the other stuff you don't really do?


Bottom posted because that's the way sleepy likes it, and I always try to help others.

49.463261,-103.011507

49.377936,-102.75773

49.839797,-101.523523

50.097408,-102.629946

50.747734,-104.868972

and if you so wish more than 100 other sites I've personally boondocked at. Most of them have been posted at two web sites to help others out. None of them are Walmarts.


Posted By: Americamper on 05/29/10 04:45pm

Sleepy is my hero. I wish I could have boondocked at just a tenth of the places he has. After 59 nights in my TC, I can only claim one night in Utah as truly boondocking.


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Posted By: pianotuna on 05/29/10 06:28pm

sleepy wrote:

We seldom write openly about a favorite "spot"... we might want to return someday.


Hi,

So this thread was really not to help others find good places then? That seems quite odd given the opening post.

sleepy wrote:

Newbes are always wanting to know where to stop for the night...
Sleepy

Maybe others will share their priceless spots.



Posted By: bigjimcruising on 05/29/10 06:36pm

Bummer!! Sleepy, you were in my backyard and I didn't even know it! I was boondocking just a few miles south of you. Wish we could have met and had a few brews while talking about our stealth lifestyle. I'm still working around here so I could have helped you with several good places I use all the time! Next time you're in the area let me know and we'll tip a few! Happy camping, Jim.


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Posted By: WTTCS on 05/29/10 07:36pm

I cant comment, my truck is too old.


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Posted By: scottz on 05/29/10 09:34pm

Be Nice guys.

I believe this is a stealth camping thread, not a boondocking thread.


Posted By: realter on 05/29/10 11:56pm

Last month when we were stranded in Berlin, Germany, there was an RV parked in the street across from the Hilton Hotel for several nights. It was gone during the day, but would return at night. They even had their jacks down. Somewhat strange looking among all the small smart cars.


Posted By: sleepy on 05/30/10 09:15am

realter wrote:

Last month when we were stranded in Berlin, Germany, there was an RV parked in the street across from the Hilton Hotel for several nights. It was gone during the day, but would return at night. They even had their jacks down. Somewhat strange looking among all the small smart cars.


Realier, with your ash in a bind I'm glad you had a hotel. How many days did you have to wait to get a flight out? Was the ash from the volcanos reaching you in Berlin?

We have parked at a few hotels... extreme measures for a nights rest... but haven't had a problem. Some hotels require a pass to be hung from your rear view mirror or placed on the dash. A street very close to the hotel works just as well.

sleepy

* This post was edited 06/01/10 01:53pm by sleepy *


Posted By: saggys on 05/30/10 08:29pm

scottz wrote:

Be Nice guys.

I believe this is a stealth camping thread, not a boondocking thread.


More like stealth parking, I see no camping going on.


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Posted By: nycsteve on 05/31/10 06:54am

saggys wrote:

scottz wrote:

Be Nice guys.

I believe this is a stealth camping thread, not a boondocking thread.


More like stealth parking, I see no camping going on.



Hmmm Hm , agreed.






Posted By: sleepy on 05/31/10 09:34am

I personally think that stealth "camping" or "parking" can be any place that isn't designated for camping and and you are using the spot in such a way to be noticed as little as possible. (In other words... just look like you a parked!)

I don't count WalMart... there you are invited.

When I started this thread it was so we could share the types of places that we'd "park" for the night.

This is NOT to show an exact spot that may or might not be available the next time you drive by. Just the types of spots that might be used.

I've been impressed by a couple of answers... the one about using the parking are at the ferry... you could do the same at a train station. But; Don't try this at the airport... homeland security might get involved.


Posted By: Dave Mac on 05/31/10 09:53pm

I think it would be helpful if those of you who have been doing this for a while to provide some tips and tricks for what you look for. Any kinds of businesses that are better than others? What kinds of streets, parking lots? Anything that you have learned about what makes a good spot would be appreciated.


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Posted By: Wheelholder on 05/31/10 06:18pm

I think this is a very interesting thread. We just got back from a 4 day trip from Fl. to western N.C. Rode the Great Smokey Mountain Train. The first night we spent in the Wal-Mart in Milledgeville, Ga.

With no shower in the t/c, we needed one and spent the next night in a campground. Last night was in Greenville, SC at a walmart.

I , so far, have not felt real secure just stopping at an out of the way place to spend the night. Is this something that is acquired?

We are looking into getting a generator and then going to see if I can convince the wife to go off into the Ocala National Forest and spend a few nights. Any advise on this?

I envy the people on here that have lots of time to explore and do the "stealth" thing.


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Posted By: sleepy on 05/31/10 07:18pm

Wheelholder wrote:

I think this is a very interesting thread. We just got back from a 4 day trip from Fl. to western N.C. Rode the Great Smokey Mountain Train. The first night we spent in the Wal-Mart in Milledgeville, Ga.

With no shower in the t/c, we needed one and spent the next night in a campground. Last night was in Greenville, SC at a walmart.

I , so far, have not felt real secure just stopping at an out of the way place to spend the night. Is this something that is acquired?

We are looking into getting a generator and then going to see if I can convince the wife to go off into the Ocala National Forest and spend a few nights. Any advise on this?

I envy the people on here that have lots of time to explore and do the "stealth" thing.


during our first year of stealth "parking" we spent 3 1/2 months all over Florida... 3165 miles from Tennessee through the state of Fla and back.

It was a good lesson... Fla is so crowded that it made it a real challenge... we never stayed in a campgound even once. when we got to Naples I parked in a legal place... but a policeman said that we might impede emergency vehicles from getting past. He directed me to a legal spot 1/2 block off the beach. we went to the beach... returned to the camper and stayed all night... no one seemed to notice us.

Now, 848 nights later, none in campgrounds... no one has bothered us yet.

The way we started was... we looked at every possible spot... evaluating it... even if we had no intention of staying there.

What will we do this year... who knows... but I'd bet on a lot more of the same.


Posted By: southerlytide2 on 06/01/10 11:30am

Hows this for stealth


Posted By: sleepy on 06/02/10 03:32pm

We've only parked overnight at a church once... it was a Baptist Church in Barstow, CA on June 22, 2006. We were on the way home... we had been notified that our grandson had died earlier that day. We was an Army PFC... died from something he was born with "aggreated platelet disorder" (not military caused). we had raised him most of his life.

A church secretary told us to go to WalMart... her compassionate boss took us around to the side of the church... showed us a site they had for visiting evangilists. It had electric, water, and sewer... and even cable TV hook up. (We later mailed a nice donation to the church)

It was one of the very few times that we have asked permission.


Posted By: bigjimcruising on 06/01/10 11:37am

Dave Mac wrote:

I think it would be helpful if those of you who have been doing this for a while to provide some tips and tricks for what you look for. Any kinds of businesses that are better than others? What kinds of streets, parking lots? Anything that you have learned about what makes a good spot would be appreciated.


Ok I'll chime in with my opinions, granted they're lame but they're all I've got! I won't get into the boondocking/stealth/parking debate. You're not in a camp ground so after that it's up to you what you call it. [emoticon]

After three and a half years of full time in the T/C here are some tips that I have for camping.

First I stay out of most industrial areas now. I did it for a while but no matter how hard you try you're typical T/C or RV is going to stand out. If you're willing to get up very very early to try and beat the business owner from seeing and complaining it might work. Another problem is the local police will patrol these areas late at night or early morning looking for burglars so you might well be woke up and questioned. You'll probably be ok but who wants to get woke up. Another problem is some business's need to work long hours to stay in business thus keeping you awake late nights or early mornings.

I also avoid government buildings and local official office's since they sometimes have security patrolling the area. Not to mention that some of the gov buildings will have lots of transients hanging around for their morning appointments. Trust me on this.

These days I'm having my best luck at major store parking lots. Not malls per se since they typically have full time security and will ask you to leave. I look for large name stores with lots of surrounding small business's or strip malls. Out here they are Targets, Kohls, Mervyn's (now closed which is even better), CVS etc. etc.. They usually quiet down around 10pm when the big stores start closing down. There will be lots of cars and trucks staying late or all night. You'll be less noticed since there are other vehicles around. Look around for signs citing local codes that prohibit overnight parking. Oddly I almost never use Walmarts.

I also use hardware or Home Depot/Lowes type (your local flavor) stores a lot these days. Except for the early morning deliveries they are pretty quiet at night.

Local food stores are also ok. However many are open late so the early to bed thing probably won't work to well. Stay at the far end of the parking lot if you can.

At all of these stores remember to stay out front! As soon as you start trying to camp around back you become suspicious! Bad guys sneak around the back sides of stores and business's to their evil deeds so if you're back there............... Granted you'll probably not be arrested but you'll likely be woke up and questioned. Police that I've talked to or been questioned by quickly realize that I'm not a bad guy and they go their way looking for the real evil doers. I've heard of campers getting tickets but it's never happened to me. Always be nice and polite, police and security are just doing their jobs trying to make the world a bit safer for all of us. I've even had some tell me of better/safer/quieter places to stay!

I'll add the usual tips here, don't break out the awning and start the BBQ in the parking lot. Don't dump tanks and fix leaks so you don't make a mess. Don't start working on the rig or doing an oil change, these I've seen done and they will almost instantly get you noticed! Rightfully so. Also if I need anything I'll try and wait until I'm at that store or business to buy it. I know it's kind of lame but it makes me feel like I'm giving a little back for them letting me stay there. I never feel entitled to stay anywhere so I try and be a good neighbor.

Ok enough rambling on what has worked for me. As they say you're mileage may vary. Good luck and Happy Camping! Jim.


Posted By: realter on 06/01/10 01:11pm

Never done it but seen it lots here,camping at a hospital parking lot. Safe and close if you fall out of your bed. BTW, if you're heading up the short cut of Hwy 2 in Southeast Nebraska, Wal Mart on the SE edge of Linooln has big sigs up against over night stays. Several other big box stores on the same highway, no signs.


Posted By: btggraphix on 06/01/10 05:13pm

sleepy wrote:

I personally think that stealth "camping" or "parking" can be any place that isn't designated for camping and and you are using the spot in such a way to be noticed as little as possible. (In other words... just look like you a parked!)


I like this definition excepting places like USFS or BLM land where although it isn't designated as a camping area, it is perfectly legal and acceptable and nobody will make you leave (unless you stay 14 nights or more.) In other words, where "stealth" is a good idea because your "camping" there might cause issues.

sleepy wrote:


I've been impressed by a couple of answers... the one about using the parking are at the ferry... you could do the same at a train station. But; Don't try this at the airport... homeland security might get involved.


We actually stealth camped in the Philly airport long-term area on our way back from buying the camper and truck. I had picked my wife up there after a late late night drive from Connecticutt, and she had flown on a red-eye to Philly. After riding the shuttle to get her at the baggage pickup (we had to bring our TC camping stuff since we both flew to pick it up [emoticon] ) and then rode the shuttle back to the camper. We crashed until late that afternoon. Getting out past the low-overhead exit gate was interesting (and one of the only times we had any height issues.....) But yeah, overall you are probably right - public airport parking is probably a risky proposition for this.


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Posted By: Owyheedog on 06/01/10 05:36pm

I think you all might be missing out on what I've found to be one of the best places to stealth camp... church parking lots. Assuming that it is a church big enough to have a decent sized parking lot. The only caveat being, I would avoid them on a Saturday night unless you plan to get up early enough to be gone before people start to arrive for church on Sunday morning.


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Posted By: skipbee on 06/03/10 05:36am

I have mentioned this afor. We learned that it is local regs (supporting their local campgrounds) that have Walmart's post the "No Overnight Parking" signs. A store manager told us to park in the rear where the delivery vehicles spend the night. It can be noisy as the trucks often idle and run generators all nite. We have done this several times successfully. I'm sure luck enters into not being rousted, we never have been, but common sense is most needed. All of the guidelines we use have been discussed here. We usually stay in sparcely populated country or suburban locations away from city centers. I believe it to be suicidal to park overnite in, for example, Baltimore, or other similarly depressed locations.

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Posted By: Bigkart on 06/04/10 03:01pm

What about a casino? I've seen campers in the lot. Open all night. If you're quiet, they'd not know if you were inside or out. I've not tried it, but have thought about it.

Bob


Posted By: sleepy on 06/04/10 04:17pm

Casinos are great... I never ask... just stay.

In the following picture Iwe broke our own rule... but since we made it, we can break it.

We are 11 miles south of Sky harbor Airport in Chandler, AZ. When we got there we found more than 40 RV's... and many had left. Some had been there for 4 months.

We were the last camper there... the temperature hit 100°F. We were waiting to get into the Grand Canyon. We could see the airplanes landing at Sky harbor... security brought us cold bottled water. It was 2006. We liked this place.
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Posted By: sleepy on 06/04/10 04:24pm

Most of you are really sharp;

You can tell a lot from the picture above...

which way is west by the evening shade

which way is north from the text in my last post

and what else?


Posted By: pianotuna on 06/04/10 05:56pm

Hi,

That you like to play games.


Posted By: sleepy on 06/04/10 06:05pm

Some casinos have campgrounds... this one in AZ didn't in 2006... I think they do now. stealth parking may not be a possibility.

This is the opposite side of the picture above. No crowds, no irritating neighbors, no costs.... and "Rawhide" the wild west town is just a short walk away.

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Posted By: Blueboat on 06/04/10 06:08pm

You are talking to the water jug in the chair next to about shooting craps.

Your pockets are empty as you lost all of your money in the casino.

There are large 18 wheelers parked in the background.

There is a huge black bug on top of your TC.

It’s obvious you are not stealth camping.

It’s about 6:30 PM in the middle of May.

You are not running the air-condition.

Palo Verdi trees in the parking lot.

You are taking up 4 parking spots.

You have the canopy out.

The wind is not blowing.


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Posted By: sleepy on 06/04/10 06:17pm

Blueboat wrote:

You are talking to the water jug in the chair next to about shooting craps.

Your pockets are empty as you lost all of your money in the casino.

There are large 18 wheelers parked in the background.

There is a huge black bug on top of your TC.

It’s obvious you are not stealth camping.

It’s about 6:30 PM in the middle of May.

You are not running the air-condition.

Palo Verdi trees in the parking lot.

You are taking up 4 parking spots.

You have the canopy out.

The wind is not blowing.


I think it was a few days before Easter.

We had an early dinner at Waldo's BBQ on main street in Mesa... Wow!


Posted By: palmwhit on 06/04/10 09:54pm

We've stayed at the more commonly accepted places like Wal Mart & Flying J, etc. However, sometimes I'd rather just drop a few bucks and stay in a State, U.S. Forest or even private campground if for no other reason than the surroundings. But it is good to hear some of the "ideas" like churches & the like. One universal key, is to not be a PIA to those who either know or don't know you're there.

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Posted By: Bumpy on 06/05/10 08:44am

Although I can understand a quick sleep stop while en-route on a long trip, I just don't see the appeal of some of these parking lots. I'm sure the real nice more scenic spots are not getting posted for obvious reasons. To each there own. I would be careful, someone may have taken an outside shower in the very spot your parked.


Posted By: sleepy on 06/05/10 09:27am

Bumpy,

What many people don't understand is the difference between 30 days a year and 180 days per year. we aren't on vacation needing a rest. when we need a vacation... we go to Hawaii.

We do the 30 days or more in the wilds every year just like a lot of people do. All of our national parks. Wild and scenic Rivers, National monuments, BLM lands, NF's...etc are fair game.

But we travel and sight see all of the rest. Museums, art galleries, presidential libraries, pro baseball games, football games, concerts...

We never camp anywhere... and as far as I am concerned parking an RV in a trailer park or RV park or even along a dirt road in the boonies isn't camping either.

When the beer or wine is in the fridge, the game is on the tv, the shower is hot, the microwave is cooking.... the sheets are clean... and so are we.... what differece is it where I'm parked. when we shut the drapes... we are home.

I haven't felt like I was camping since my tent days... out of the boat, or with my backpack. Washing up in the river.

The experience isn't in the parking spot... it's the things that you are doing and enjoying. I've got too many places to go and see to stay in a nasty trailer park.

My idea for this thread was to give examples of places to park for a day or few! Save some money and be safe.

Sleepy


Posted By: Bumpy on 06/05/10 10:47am

Sleepy, I do understand your point, I guess we all have differing idea's on travel etc. You are correct that rving is not camping even if in the wilds. I just don't enjoy staying in parking lots. Rather be at home, but then that is what makes the world turn. Have fun.....I know you do.


Posted By: buta4 on 06/05/10 11:43am

It simply amazes me how people deviate from the spirit of the point that the OP was making in the first place!!

All he did was point out that he found a great place to stealth camp/sleep for a couple of days! And, I assume. to give others the same idea for short stays near desireable attractions.

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Posted By: GoinThisAway on 06/05/10 12:00pm

Right now the DH and/or I are on the road with the TC only a few weeks and weekends a year. We are usually traveling late or heading to a specific scenic place so stealth camping is not much of an option for us ... yet. After we retire it will be a different story. I imagine then there will be times we would want to use a park or commercial campground, times we would want to dry camp on public lands, and times we would want to stay free elsewhere. So keep on with the ideas! We resorted to renting a room at a Holiday Inn on our last trip but there was a burned out restaurant next door that I was eyeing. Wondered if that might be a good possibility for stealth camping? But the DH was set on getting a room and the thought of a snore-free night won me over.


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Posted By: 2oldman on 06/05/10 12:14pm

sleepy wrote:

11 miles south of Sky harbor Airport in Chandler, AZ.
Sam's Club?


Posted By: sleepy on 06/05/10 03:07pm

2oldman wrote:

sleepy wrote:

11 miles south of Sky harbor Airport in Chandler, AZ.
Sam's Club?


Nope... White Horse Pass Casino... on the Gila Indian Reservation.


Posted By: gypsy1997 on 06/05/10 04:58pm

After a yr & a half of fulltiming in a 5th wheel, I'm coming off the road and getting a T/C for part time. I'm planning a round trip coast to coast in Sept. for 2-3 months, and I don't want to have to pay C/G prices. With a T/C I will be able to access BLM & Forest Svc campgrounds for free or low cost camping, but I want to honestly ask how secure that is. I'm a woman alone, approaching (but not yet) elderly, with an 85# dog who is protective but not aggressive. When you are parked in an out of the way campspot, what are the chances of being approached by someone. I'm not a fearful person, but I don't want to get into a problem situation either.

If I should be asking this on another forum topic, please don't flame me, just tell me. Thanks.

Gypsy


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Posted By: 2oldman on 06/05/10 05:43pm

You should start your own thread.


Posted By: gypsy1997 on 06/05/10 06:37pm

Thanks 2oldman. I just did.
Gypsy


Posted By: sleepy on 06/06/10 04:05pm

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We are out in the boonies near Mt Whitney... the Alabama Hills. The sun in the background is coming up in the direction of Death Valley.

We were sleeping between the highest and the lowest... and they aren't that far apart.

We entered the area from US-395, through Lone Pine...

No other people were in the area... all the way up to Mt Whitney.


Posted By: Big Rig on 06/06/10 07:32pm

I stayed New Years Eve in a casino parking lot in Henderson, NV. A few other RVs were there. I spent over 2 weeks in a hospital parking lot in Omaha, even had security looking out for me. Camped in dispersed camp site in Medicine Bow National Forest near Laramie, WY.
I attended a church assembly at a church college & while everyone else had to stay in a motel or dorms, I just parked in the lot for 3 nights & I was not bothered by anyone. I don't consider this stealth parking but there are many small towns in Kansas & Nebraska that allow you to stay the night in their city parks, some even provide electricity & it is all free. Some have a donation box. Kansas has State Lakes where the camping is generally free, but no hookups.
After reading this thread, I am thinking about just looking at all the possible spots to park around here where I live, just to practice finding them so the next time we are out we may get brave enough to try something different.
Thanks for the thread Sleepy.

Big Rig

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/06/10 08:06pm

Big Rig... thats the idea.

Everytime we pass a cemetary with a flat spot i point it out... my wife says "NO!"... other than that she finds our "parking spots" fun.
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When we were learning where to "hide" in plain sight in 2004 we stopped in Port St. Joe, Florida. We stopped at the back of the city parkwith our slide hanging over the water of the gulf. I was walking around trying to decide if we could get away with it.

An old man pulled up in an older station wagon and motioned for me to come to his open window. I just stood... he smiled and again waved me over. you can guess what i thought.

I figgured I could out run him so i walked over.

The first thing he said was, "You can stay there all night."

I thought I'd ask a question, "Are you on a welcoming committee or something?"

He said... "No, I'm the Chief of Police." He went on to tell me that he'd retired a chief of police in Fort Myers and moved to Port St Joe... after awhile he was approached by the city council... and here he was.

We have been back... during that trip we boondocked every night for 4 months, all over florida.... thanks chief!


Sleepy


Posted By: skruske on 06/06/10 08:48pm

Typically we stealth camp as our trips tend to be 1200+ miles at a time.

Our first real stealth overnight was in Winnett Montana. It was very late & we'd driven all the way from Poplar Wisconsin in one day, 837 miles. Other than fuel we had a short stop in Stanley ND.

The only thing open that late in Winnett was the bar so I went in and asked if there was a campground & all we needed was gravity. The gal behind the bar said no campground but that we could park in the street anywhere " 'cause folks do it all the time & we're glad to have the company." She suggested that we drive two blocks west to the community pool & we'd have a place to shower too.

We parked right outside the pool on the street. My wife was worried but by morning no one even gave us a second notice.

More on Stanley North Dakota. It's along US-2 'bout halfway between Minot & Williston. The community park is on the north end of town about a mile from the highway. They offer free camping & hot shower. We make a point of stopping there each trip west. We leave a thank you note & $10 for the use of the park.

Most small towns in the great plains are so quiet you'll go unnoticed even in you parked at the court house. Most highway rest areas are good to go as well.

As far as Michigan goes, you can camp anywhere on state owned land for free. A permit is recommended but absolutely required. Permits are available at any DNR field office. Usually a DNR officer, IF you see one, will give you a permit on the spot.


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Posted By: sleepy on 06/06/10 09:38pm

We are parked in the same spot at the Alabama hills. The road to the top of Mt Whitney is in this picture. The picture was taken at 4:30AM

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I actually don't use the word stealth,,, we call it all boondocking. This beat the place we'd spotted along US 395.


Posted By: The Mad Norsky on 06/07/10 03:40am

Good thread Sleepy.

You previously mentioned evaluating a location. You kinda sorta mentioned one in the post where you said "I was walking around trying to decide if we could get away with it."

May help just to list a few of the things you take into consideration for this evaluation. I know I'd probably never think of some of these because I lack the experience to know to think about any particular item.

But, just for example purposes here, would you use say some of these main points? : level, traffic volume, area lighting (both plus for security, and lack thereof for sleeping purposes), any posted signs nearby which post regulations contrary to your plan, flood potential (summer thunderstorm season is upon us).

I'm gonna stop because it is clear that I am just guessing at the evaluation points. But, perhaps sharing your baseline points would be beneficial to many. So many times one learns something new, which in retrospect, was really quite simple, but had just never been thought about before.


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Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 07:02am

Thanks mad norsky... good question(s)

When we first started trying to hide out in plain sight we looked at every thing from all sides:

would we feel safe
who would complain
would there be a legal problem
we looked everywhere even if we weren't planning on staying... practice the "eye"

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Then, as we gained experience and realized we'd never had a problem it got easier. We were still in avoidance mode:

We avoid grafitti
We avoid rail road tracks
Busy highway traffic
Ugly places when possible
Ugly people (those that act ugly and those that are just nasty)
Avoid excessive noise
Is the area clean (no litter or junk... or stock yards

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Then after about boondocking for the first year (or 180 days of practice) we started focusing on opportunity. (the things above were still in the backs of our mind)

Now when we happen upon a spot that is in close proximity to something we want to do

Is near level

has a view... especially if we can position the slide to overlook the view

has a signicant possibility...
like sleeping directly on the continental divide.
or sleeping inside the fences of San Quentin Prison with Reddog1
or on the Capital grounds of Hellena, MT or Sacremento, CA

Sometimes we get all of the plus'es at once.

mostly it's just experience... we no longer think about it... we just do it! We just drive up and park!

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here is a view from our dinette slide from the Horizon Casino parking lot at Stateline, Lake Tahoe NV/CA.(2007) (The black strip is our window divider)

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Posted By: AllenF on 06/07/10 09:06am

I like to drive well into the night so if inside a city I use residential housing tracts. They are very quite and have good roads and are usually level. I have found that there are those homes that their side yard is fenced and runs along the street and this is where I park as it is not in the front of their house. Since I arrive later they usually never know I am there and I tend to leave before 9AM so it is in and out without a clue from the neighbors.

I have used rest stops but these are very noisy and there is a lot of in and out traffic all night. Truck stops are the same. I use these as a last resort. I find an out of the way road will lead one to a quieter spot so I look for these.

One thing we all can agree on is that we need to be very respectful of the folks who live in these communities and try to foster good relations where we can. If the site you were at is a bit messy in day light why not spend a few minutes picking it up a bit. If some see this happening you will be an asset instead of a free loader. Just a thought.

I was taught to leave your site better than you found it. Today more than ever it is easy to do as most others seem to leave trash all around. In 10 min or less one can square away a site so it is no big deal. IMO

There is some good ideas here and as has been said we just need to be comfortable with the site and look for signs that prohibit over night camping. Having a neat rig will go a long way to allowing us a peaceful unmolested night. Cops tend to roust the riff raff.


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Posted By: skipbee on 06/07/10 09:13am

Many years ago we would "Anchor Out" with our Ketch,"Imagine" in coves along the Intercoastal Waterway in Florida. The local marine patrol would appear, saying some one in the Condo saw us throwing trash overboard, and that there was a no anchoring policy. Both of these claims were false. The waterway was Federal jurisdiction we were a federally documented commerical vessel and could anchor anywhere as long as we did not obstruct traffic. We always moved, it was by far the easiest course, avoid making waves. It is much easier to anchor out in our TC, just stay under the radar. The guy in the Condo was PO'd because we was taxed for his view. The same pinciple applies here.

We love to use the National Parks, believing that our money supports one of our greatest National assets. But as we travel long passages to achieve our goal, it is quicker, cheaper and frankly more fun to seek out a quiet spot to pass a night with no fuss. In the seven years we have been crossing and recrossing our USA in our TC,we have never been challenged or chased. To the contrary, we have been greeted and helped and encouraged by folks we have come across. We are not catholic boondockers, we sometimes pay. On a drive south on California's coastal Route#1 we spent a few days at a high dollar RV Resort called Costanoa. They had a great restaurant, lush facilities, we splurged. The rest of the trip along the magnificient coastal road we merely stopped in the pull offs, put the slide out over the sheer cliff above the Pacfic, no fee, no extra charge for lousy sunsets.


Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 09:19am

AllenF pointed out the importance of keeping your truck and camper clean and neat.

He's correct.

Keep yourself clean and neat too!

I've been trying to get accross what you should look for... Allen is pointing out what others are judging us by... and making their decisions on weather we are OK to be in their neighborhood.


Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 01:00pm

ticki2 wrote:

A question for you veteran sealth campers . How do you deal with refilling water and dumping waste ?


Practice, practice, practice... look for every opportunity.

Some things you have to learn for yourself. Only you wil be in the place you are going... and they are all different.

Worst case: For safe water I make sure that we are smiling, clean, and the TC is clean. Then ask if you can fill your tank... even at a convienece store. washing dishes with the water running, and long hot showers will empty your water and fill your holding tanks... take 3 quart showers.

There are plenty of dump stations... this thread isn't the place to try to identify them... google "dump stations" and the area that you need one.

I have never dumped anywhere except at a dump station... I sometimes pay.


Posted By: btggraphix on 06/07/10 09:50am

I'm pretty sure that the earth just stopped spinning and the end is near. I just saw a picture of Sleepy with his awning out. Next thing you know he'll be saying an awning is a requirement for a TC! [emoticon]

It's funny, the whole topic about camping vs. Rv'ing vs. boondocking etc. I've certainly had plenty of conversations about it (eh, d3500ram/Frank?) I don't really have a good clear definition either, but it's all good, from parking at WallMart to backpacking for days in the Rockies. I guess I tend to think of it in the broadest sense as Webster's does when saying it's anywhere that is not your permanant residence as in "we set up camp at a motel room" or for that matter "Camp David" but generally back it down to at least where you bring your own "residence" with you...as in in a backpack or on the back of your truck.

But here's a few shots of our last two weekends of CAMPING [emoticon] that happened to be off the grid in USFS this weekend and BLM last weekend.

BLM land, Mt. Princeton in the background. Awning lowered to shade the TV with the Indy 500 on. Franks says not "camping", because there is a TV:

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This spot perhaps could have been used for 'stealth' had we wanted to....it was a small pull-off on a very deserted road in the Wet Mountain Valley. But it was a little too close to the road and might draw attraction of passerby (or drunk cowboys?) On a side note, we as we approached a tiny tiny town we saw tons of lights on and wondered what it was....it was Friday night and we thought maybe a high school baseball game? It turned out to be a small local rodeo. We were seriously tempted to stop in and watch it, and then perhaps even be able to stay on the grounds as there might be cowboys staying over - drunk cowboys not withstanding.) But we aren't retired and wanted to make sure to get to near our chosen area for riding the dirt bikes in the morning....so we pushed on.

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Instead we drove on heading towards the USFS road we were hoping to find a good spot to boondock. Never been to the area, but after practice, you can generally tell from good maps and a little background search if the prospects are good. Since it was dark when we arrived, we settled for a spot kind of close to the USFS road that worked just fine. Of course, the next evening while walking, we found several others, including one that was simply stunning - and filed it away for next time. This picture was right after a rain/hail storm passed overhead, and the setting sun lit it up in a stunning way. No Photoshop here, just the "sunset" setting on the digital camera:

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Same spot after the sun had been blocked by clouds:

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 10:07am

This picture was taken in the Big Bend National Park near the Mexican border in Texas.

We parked our camper 5 feet from the Rio Grande and stayed all night in the desert along the road to Presido just outside the park. We saw the border patrol a couple of times but they never stopped. the Rio Grande wasn't more than 5 feet wide at this point.

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Posted By: gypsy1997 on 06/07/10 10:15am

Great pictures! I want to go camping!

gypsy


Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 10:22am

Sometimes you might find the need to boondock at a National Park.

We watched the sunset from the south rim of the Grand canyon... and then backed well into the woods.

The next morning i spotted the bones of a large animal that had deep gouges from a large preditors teeth.

The picture was taken at 6AM.

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TCNTN phoned me recently from the south rim... wanting directions to this opportunity... I don't know if he stayed there or not.


Posted By: btggraphix on 06/07/10 10:44am

Let me add a few comments regarding finding good sites out in the public lands.

Obviously this is much easier out west where there are huge amounts of public lands, generally administered by the USFS or BLM.

The most important thing, as has been said here, is practice practice practice. This means looking every time you drive or ride any of the roads in the public lands. Look for sites, and when you see them, perhaps mark your maps. Look at where they are on your maps, and try to guess if you could have predicted good sites would be around without having been there - just by looking at maps. It is often pretty easy to predict if there will be sites along a forest road. Generally, I look for longer roads that go higher and higher into the mountains (or off into desert.) Following a long drainage/creek is a good sign, as people like to camp along creeks. A very tight/steep canyon (based on contours) is less likely to support campsites as there often isn't much flat ground. It's often good if the end of road has some attraction at the end like a trailhead or lake or there is a higher mountain pass up top. Anything to make it a fairly attractive place for people over the years to have been camping in the area for a long time. On the other hand, a nice lake at the end can mean a lot of people go there. Which reminds me, an awful lot of these places to camp are only used on weekends. If you are lucky enough to be able to camp on weekdays, often you can have the place to yourself and the choice of all the sites.

A labeled/marked trailhead is a good safety net. It may not be an ideal place to camp, but they usually do have enough space to park some vehicles, so if you don't find anything on the road on the way up, you can likely "park" at the trailhead and camp there. People may think you are off on the trail. We've sometimes left our camper at places like this when backpacking so that when we get back from a few days on the trail, we arrive and can take a hot shower, have a hot meal and change into dry clothes before heading home.

Another thing you can use is google maps/earth to look via satellite at a propesctive area for sites. Sometimes you can see a number of side roads/dead-ends, fields etc. that help give you an idea before you go.

Hope that's useful.....

Oh yeah, and AllenF IS right - cleaning up someone else's mess helps everyone out, not just the jerks who left it. This weekend we hardly found any trash at all where we camped, though we did stop and pick up an empty case of beer along the road on the way in.


Posted By: ticki2 on 06/07/10 12:09pm

A question for you veteran sealth campers . How do you deal with refilling water and dumping waste ?


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Posted By: btggraphix on 06/07/10 12:23pm

We can go a week pretty easily, at least on the black tank. Grey water can get dumped on camp fires to put them out....but we'd be starting to run low by a week's time. If I am actually going to be out that long, I'll bring several extra 5 gallon jugs on the trailer.

It's just not usally an issue. 45 gallons of fresh, about 37 each of black and grey, goes a long way if you are careful. And if you are moving around, it's not too hard to find a dump station....every RV park has them, and most state and national parks do too. So not too hard to go dump if you have to....


Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 01:12pm

Along US-90 west of Marfa, TX... no water, no dump, no fuel... you'd better be prepared just like four wheelin'

The truck behind me was the only thing that pulled in all night. And he left shortly.

We were tired... we'd just spent seveal days in Big Bend NP.

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 01:36pm

Down on the Bayou: "Pat's Fishermans Wharf"... Henderson, Louisana.

We were criss crossing the swamps and bayous of south Louisana... huntng the good Cajun and Creole foods. We knew about the resturant... Pat's daughter has one in Lake Charles called "Pat's of Henderson"

While we were eating Harvey (son and manager) came to the table.. he'd been out looking at the camper... wanted to know all about it... said he'd run us an extension cord if we'd stay for a visit.

You can see where we are parked. We are level.

That's a cat house in front of the camper... and the Levee behind it.

The resturant was huge... and the club side would hold 1200 people.

Never pass up a chance... say yes. We left him a bottle of wine and an invitation to our house as we continued our trip the next day.

BTW... I've never seen so many ferrel cats.

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Posted By: McZippie on 06/07/10 01:56pm

We never make any reservations at National Parks.
We like to stay in the N.P. lodges, cabins, resorts etc. If they are full, we stealth in the parking lots. Done this many times. Sometimes a room will open up in a day or two, until then, we tour some other area and come back.

We alway travel with a mixture of first class hotels/resorts, stealth and boon-docking. We stay at the best place in the area. Great hotels/resorts can be as rewarding and fun as a fantastic mountain side boon-docking camp. It's all good!


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Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 02:32pm

McZippie wrote:

We never make any reservations at National Parks.
We like to stay in the N.P. lodges, cabins, resorts etc. If they are full, we stealth in the parking lots. Done this many times. Sometimes a room will open up in a day or two, until then, we tour some other area and come back.

We alway travel with a mixture of first class hotels/resorts, stealth and boon-docking. We stay at the best place in the area. Great hotels/resorts can be as rewarding and fun as a fantastic mountain side boon-docking camp. It's all good!


Are you able to take your casette toilet in the 4 star hotel to empty it. Very expensive dump station.

Your small tanks remind me that our truck campers aren't nearly as limited in capability as other RV's.

I can go for 2 weeks... can you go more than 2 days? my tanks are smaller than many truck campers.

We definally have the advantage....

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 02:43pm

When I need a reminder why I like boondocking, stealth parking, or just being off on our own I look at the next picture.

Now doesn't that look like fun... and they are all being charged money to park here.

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 03:42pm

We are parked in the woods in the area of Jacobs Lake, AZ. waiting for "first day" opening of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We followed a dirt road through the woods and pulled off here. We ended up staying there while waiting and after our visit to the rim. It was nice, clean, quiet, and we were able to take long leasurly walks, It was 2000 feet higher than the south rim... and colder.

This one was funny, at the junction of the highways in Jacobs Lake there is a fenced trailer park... no utilties (frozen??)but people were paying.

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 09:44pm

Frank, is this extreme stealth camping? Ten cents/pound deliverd to the crusher.


Posted By: pianotuna on 06/08/10 11:26am

Hi,

Ask him for a gps number.

RichieC wrote:

Can't find Ceretus Ave on the map.
Spelling maybe?



Posted By: sirdrakejr on 06/07/10 04:52pm

Since the ladder is on the driver side of that camper, what have you got that ladder tied to?
Frank


Posted By: sleepy on 06/07/10 05:06pm

Oops... my camper ladder folds up in the middle... you can see the 2 black ladder mounts just above the bumper on the passenger side.

The yellow ladder is on a carrier that I built that hangs on the camper ladder.

I use the yellow ladder to clean my windows...and to wax the camper.

Camper cleanliness is next to success when boondocking and stealth parking.

I bought the ladder in Ruiodosa, NM a few years ago when our windows got to dirty too take pictures through.


Posted By: McZippie on 06/07/10 07:22pm

sleepy wrote:

McZippie wrote:

We never make any reservations at National Parks.
We like to stay in the N.P. lodges, cabins, resorts etc. If they are full, we stealth in the parking lots. Done this many times. Sometimes a room will open up in a day or two, until then, we tour some other area and come back.

We alway travel with a mixture of first class hotels/resorts, stealth and boon-docking. We stay at the best place in the area. Great hotels/resorts can be as rewarding and fun as a fantastic mountain side boon-docking camp. It's all good!


Are you able to take your casette toilet in the 4 star hotel to empty it. Very expensive dump station.

Your small tanks remind me that our truck campers aren't nearly as limited in capability as other RV's.

I can go for 2 weeks... can you go more than 2 days? my tanks are smaller than many truck campers.

We definally have the advantage....


Our Rig doesn't have a cassette toilet and we can carry 40 some gallons of fresh water split between two tanks, one outside and one inside tank. We can make easily make it 2 weeks with staying some nights at Hotels/Resorts. Many of our 'dumps' take the most expedient 4 star route and by-pass our black tank entirely [emoticon]

You're right small TC have a backroad advantage over our Rig. But the places we can go isn't much different that large TCs.

I've own mostly Class C and TC Rigs over the past 30 years, crossing the country many times. Our new Rig is the culmination of knowledge and experience for what works best, for us and the type of 'touring' we enjoy. Have also done a lot of dirt bike vacations from Mexico to Alaska and other Continents when need an adventure Fix.

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Posted By: sirdrakejr on 06/07/10 09:08pm

Oh, be serious!!!

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Even I know this wont work and I don't even ride them! [emoticon]
Frank

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Posted By: btggraphix on 06/07/10 09:45pm

Frank - you just have to keep the front end up!

McZippie - looks like you've had a lot of fun on bikes - good work. The last tube change I've done, was after quiet hours at the Lake McDonald campground (in Glacier) by flashlight,with street bike rider in a tent the next site over. After paddling a 3,000# boat back to shore with one broken paddle when the boat ran out of gas at dusk earlier in the evening, but that's another story. The tube they sold me in Kalispell was the wrong size, but it held out for our ride over the Going-to-the-Sun.....so I guess it was worth it.


Posted By: claymcc on 06/08/10 08:41am

Back to the unusual places to stealth camp -

At a shipyard in Mobile, AL (work-related):

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Better view - I just had to be REAL careful to know when they were painting so I didn't get any overspray on the rig:
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- Clay


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Posted By: bighatnohorse on 06/08/10 10:05am

sleepy wrote:

Newbes are always wanting to know where to stop for the night... heres one. It's on Ceretus Ave behind Disneyland.



Can't find Ceretus Ave on the map.
Spelling maybe?


Posted By: sleepy on 06/08/10 02:08pm

RichieC wrote:

sleepy wrote:

Newbes are always wanting to know where to stop for the night... heres one. It's on Ceretus Ave behind Disneyland.



Can't find Ceretus Ave on the map.
Spelling maybe?


try Cerritos Ave
due west of Anaheim

North of Katella Ave
The ave runs west from hwy 39... the section we were in is between there and I-605N

... or you can look at N 33° 48.60'/ W 118° 0.65'

Most people will use the street and town or zip code if they (me) can spell the names correctly. My Delorme Street atlas will name everything on the street with phone numbers. It really works well.

That is all that I care to supply...

The thread wasn't meant to be ground zero specific... just ideas of what you might look for.

Since you have the name of the business in the picture that you are interested in... go inside and ask.. they'll probably have a run of RV's now.

sleepy


Posted By: sleepy on 06/08/10 03:03pm

RichieC wrote:

sleepy wrote:

Newbes are always wanting to know where to stop for the night... heres one. It's on Ceretus Ave behind Disneyland.



Can't find Ceretus Ave on the map.
Spelling maybe?




I hope that you enjoy your trip.


Posted By: bighatnohorse on 06/08/10 04:54pm

I thought it might be fun to find "Ceretus Ave" on Google maps and look around at street view.

As for a trip there, I wouldn't be caught dead.


Posted By: sleepy on 06/08/10 05:31pm

RichieC wrote:

I thought it might be fun to find "Ceretus Ave" on Google maps and look around at street view.

As for a trip there, I wouldn't be caught dead.


Could you share why? Is it Disney or LA that bothers you?

The only town that we have been uncomfortable in in the USA was Everett, Washington. We stopped at Albertsons for provisions in the early afternoon on our way to British Columbia.... we started into the store when "gang bangers" or whatever pulled in in a half dozen cars... we walked back to the truck and drove on.


Posted By: sleepy on 06/08/10 08:29pm

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! The steps are the give away.

The vents are automatic... up and down... even when we aren't there.

Clean rig is essential. We didn't put the slide out... in an 1161 you can take showers and have all other fuctions of the camper with the slide in.

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Posted By: realter on 06/08/10 08:50pm

After using the camper this last time, I was on my way to the storage place when I remembered I hadn't dumped the cassette toilet. It's so nice to be able to just discretely dump it........Beats having to walk thru the lobby of the Cornhusker Hotel and have the doorman tell me I have a strange shaped suitcase.


Posted By: Travelon on 06/08/10 10:51pm

realter wrote:

After using the camper this last time, I was on my way to the storage place when I remembered I hadn't dumped the cassette toilet. It's so nice to be able to just discretely dump it........Beats having to walk thru the lobby of the Cornhusker Hotel and have the doorman tell me I have a strange shaped suitcase.


Pray tell...How and where do you discretely dump?


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Posted By: sleepy on 06/09/10 12:50pm

We were visiting the California State Capital in 2007. We pulled into this parking lot. The sign said $8 for 24 hours. I totally understood it. I paid my $8 and wanted to get my moneys worth. We barely fit.

It was a very nice spot... walking distance to all things good.

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Our slide was in a protected area, easy to level, very quiet all night. We have stayed there on three trips to Sacramento.

There are fine resturants, the Lion King was running a block away, the capital grounds are very nice, and the capital itself is awsome... we even got to see the Gov outside his office.

The Old City is just a short walk and the wells fargo lobby/museum shouldn't be missed.

We have stayed close to 20 days in Sacramento... but we may not ever make it back. BTW... it gets hot there, 108°F there when we left at the end of June last year... we found that Sonoma was nice... we hid out there while waiting to go to Hawaii on the 1st of July.

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/09/10 01:28pm

This is the view from one of the most unusual spots that we've ever boondocked in.

It was a very secure gated community with armed guards and a beautiful view of San Fransisco Bay. Real estate developers lust for the land in this area.

It had a wild feel.

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/10/10 03:42am

Here we are following our host inside the secured area.

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/10/10 03:51am

A birds eye view? Maybe even a jail birds view if he was lucky.

Our host stayed there 4 nights a week for years.

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/10/10 10:17am

We moved to a more remote area within the community. Where we were parked was slated to be resurfaced.

The sharpshooters could see us from up there. a lot of people pay a very high price to go through those doors where it looks like a castle, some stay the rest of their lives.

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Posted By: sleepy on 06/11/10 06:53pm

Wayne shared the adventure above in extreme "boondocking" the likes of which may never be done again.

Four nights inside San Quentin Prison.... with a personal walking tour of the cell blocks, cafateria, the school, and a across the huge "yard" which was wall to wall with prisoners.

We escaped for 3 days of touring san fransisco and the beaches and hill around the city.

Thank you Wayne for a wonderful time, we can never repay you for all that you've done.


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