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CharlesinGA

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Posted: 01/03/21 11:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think the OP is referring to "dispersed dry camping in designated sites" which is common on USDA Forest Service and BLM lands which require you to use existing dispersed sites, vs making your own in the middle of no where.

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OP, I have 2 18 inch tall safety cones I use quite a bit for things. Had a short campsite a few times where I will put them at the tongue to keep people and vehicles from running into it. They are not terribly expensive and are highly visible. You can use them for a flat tire to put out so approaching traffic can see them. I keep them in a compartment easily accessible. Pick up a couple because it's better than losing your good stuff like ladders or chairs.

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What I've learned is there's alot of self righteous, pompous boon dockers if the general population is like some of the members here!


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If you are talking at NPS/USFS campgrounds (ie campgrounds with numbered sites for a few $ per night but usually no hookups of any type), then the tag you put on the post and the number of nights you paid for is typically sufficient. If you want to save folks from looking at the tag, or don't want to have to pack up, then leave your camp chairs out.

If you are talking about dispersed camping on USFS/BLM land (ie pulling off onto a spur and setting up camp with no numbered sites, no fee etc) then 'reserving' a camp site is not really good etiquette. If you leave the campsite, then it is really fair game for anyone, and you can find another when you are done. Particularly in popular areas there is an increasing trend of folks 'reserving' dispersed campsite for the weekend or a holiday by coming up during the week and dropping their trailer, or setting up a tent, then coming back on the weekend/holiday (sometimes many days later or with trailers, weeks later).

It could be argued that it is a little different if you are just heading out for the day, but someone else to come a long doesn't know that, and may end up setting up camp closer than you would like. If you are in a remote area, then it shouldn't matter - just come back to the camp site later, and if occupied find another.

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Grit Dog,

If by pompous and/or self-righteous you mean those that refuse to think of lot-docking and black-topping as boondocking instead of dry camping, then you could well be correct. People have gotten away from the old fashion thinking of "words have meanings" if favor of "any word means what I want it to and if you don't understand it's your fault".

Recently someone asked me if there was anyplace to boondock near where we live and I told him there was not. He said he was surprised that there were no Walmart or other. To which I replied that there were plenty of places they could over-night-park for free, but those sure were not boondocks.

If someone has a different definition, he is welcome to it but he should have no expectation of his private meaning being universally understood.

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

Boon Docker wrote:

And now for our ongoing lesson about boondocking vs dry camping. [emoticon]


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dedmiston wrote:

IAMICHABOD wrote:

Boon Docker wrote:

And now for our ongoing lesson about boondocking vs dry camping. [emoticon]


Mello Mike did it best Long Long Ago


Great callback. I miss Mike. He was the moderator for the Toy Hauler forum when we first created it. He tapped me to take over when he left.

Creating that forum was a good move. It sequestered all of us toy hauler owners into one safe place and got us out of the general population.


it was probably Mike's definition that educated me about the differences, when i was a newbie here 15 years ago.


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