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Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Make sure the tanks are empty and don't overload the bed.


In my opinion, this is a bad recommendation. If you have to travel with limited or no fluids in your trailer, then you have the wrong trailer or wrong truck. You should be able to haul your trailer with the tanks all full. With very limited options to camp in a campsite with full services like dump and water, you often have to boondock if you want to go camping. If you boondock, you have to start with a full tank of water, that tank will be mostly empty on the way home but then the grey and black are full - or mostly full. We have had to fill 5 gallon jugs and add fresh water to get through a few day boondocking trip, for showers, etc. The trip home I have a very heavy trailer, full tanks, typically some water still in the fresh tank. When boondocking, your not going to have services near by. You might have to drive over a pass, large hill, or miles to the nearest services. Do you want to have your setup overloaded? Best to consider the real full weights then make a decision based on that. Plan ahead, not the opposite.


I'm all for planning ahead and being thoughtful about weights. That said, we are in our 12th season of camping as a family and have never one boondocked. What might seem 'necessary' to some is never on the radar for another. We all do this differently, and our plans and expectations should match our particular usage.


You are very lucky, or retired. I booked my upcoming memorial weekend trip over almost 9 months ago and got the last site with power and services. If I don't boondock, I won't get very many camp trips in in the summer or can only go mid week. I'm sure there are sites, but maybe not at a place I want to go. Many campgrounds that have services, aren't what I consider camping. I was in a hotel this week in Oregon, the KOA next to the hotel had a industrial lot on one side and an apartment complex on the other. It had some nice trees and grass, but not what I would call camping. Oh, it was mostly full. I could look right in to the sites from my hotel window...

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Thermoguy wrote:

Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

Thermoguy wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Make sure the tanks are empty and don't overload the bed.


In my opinion, this is a bad recommendation. If you have to travel with limited or no fluids in your trailer, then you have the wrong trailer or wrong truck. You should be able to haul your trailer with the tanks all full. With very limited options to camp in a campsite with full services like dump and water, you often have to boondock if you want to go camping. If you boondock, you have to start with a full tank of water, that tank will be mostly empty on the way home but then the grey and black are full - or mostly full. We have had to fill 5 gallon jugs and add fresh water to get through a few day boondocking trip, for showers, etc. The trip home I have a very heavy trailer, full tanks, typically some water still in the fresh tank. When boondocking, your not going to have services near by. You might have to drive over a pass, large hill, or miles to the nearest services. Do you want to have your setup overloaded? Best to consider the real full weights then make a decision based on that. Plan ahead, not the opposite.


I'm all for planning ahead and being thoughtful about weights. That said, we are in our 12th season of camping as a family and have never one boondocked. What might seem 'necessary' to some is never on the radar for another. We all do this differently, and our plans and expectations should match our particular usage.


You are very lucky, or retired. I booked my upcoming memorial weekend trip over almost 9 months ago and got the last site with power and services. If I don't boondock, I won't get very many camp trips in in the summer or can only go mid week. I'm sure there are sites, but maybe not at a place I want to go. Many campgrounds that have services, aren't what I consider camping. I was in a hotel this week in Oregon, the KOA next to the hotel had a industrial lot on one side and an apartment complex on the other. It had some nice trees and grass, but not what I would call camping. Oh, it was mostly full. I could look right in to the sites from my hotel window...


He might net be eaither. Just set a reminder to book when the window for the dates you want open. Yea, youn have to nmaybe change how you do book trips. But the technology can help a bit. I split my stays with camping resorts and state parks. Almost always have ellectric hook ups. Besides, boondocking isnt really avalable where i live. So, as he said, its how you camp and everyone does it diffret.


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Sjm9911 wrote:


He might net be eaither. Just set a reminder to book when the window for the dates you want open. Yea, youn have to nmaybe change how you do book trips. But the technology can help a bit. I split my stays with camping resorts and state parks. Almost always have ellectric hook ups. Besides, boondocking isnt really avalable where i live. So, as he said, its how you camp and everyone does it diffret.


This is it, exactly. I'm definitely not retired, and our travel schedule is pretty limited with 3 kids in school. For us, we do tend to do private campgrounds more than federal and state parks, and we plan way ahead (our hard to get 2022 weekends are already booked).

We will have our entire 2022 camping plan worked out by the end of this month and I will have reminders set for reservation windows for all of the places we want to hit.

We each come at it differently - that was my sole point in sharing our experience.

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