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Posted: 08/19/21 04:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone know of apps, lists, forums, web searches, to find big rig compatible sites at National Forest free boondocking campsites, or is there no such thing and I just need to go there and hunt? Due to our family's size we're about to upgrade to a 34 footer, but we are hoping to do a lot of free boondocking. I know there are cheap big rig sites in all of the NFs, but I'd love to hit the free sites.

I recently stayed in Ocala National Forest in a small AWD crossover SUV, but I could never have done it in a big rig. Got stuck in all that sugar sand and had a big challenge getting unstuck. Couldn't imagine trying to do that in a 34 footer. I've also decades ago stayed in Osceola in a hunt camp. Memory is rough, but seems like a big rig would have been challenged by the approach road.

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I think I recall several websites that give the size of the pad/site for RVs. Try the following 1. Reserve America.com or USA, 2. RV and/or Campground Reviews, 3. Forest Camping.com, 3. Allstays, 4. Compendium.com, 5. RECREATION.GOV, 6. www.nps.gov, 7. campspot.com. Also Google and Bing search of the actual name of the campsite and campground may yield the desired results. Good luck.

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Campendium users will often tell you what site rigs will fit in boondocking sites for those listed. There is the option in Campendium to ask a question and it is often responded to.
Also, Freecampsites.net listings have great information and often list this info.

On Google Maps, there is an option to measure an area and that's been very helpful to determine road or back in area sizes.

Measure distance between points
On your computer, open Google Maps. ...
Right-click on your starting point.
Choose Measure distance.
Click anywhere on the map to create a path to measure. ...
Optional: Drag a point or path to move it, or click a point to remove it.


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Posted: 08/19/21 09:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Out west, most of the, the size of the site will be fine, BUT its the road to get to it that might be rough enough to make you holler!!!! Especially after it has rained recently.


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I some times use Campendium but most of the time I use Google Earth to find a clearing that I can set up camp in.

If you find a list on the internet with GPS cords you can bet that when you get there that spot will be occupied. Always have a Plan B and a Plan C.


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If you are considering a MH and pull a toad, use it for scouting campsites…safest way.


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NamMedevac 70 wrote:

I think I recall several websites that give the size of the pad/site for RVs. Try the following 1. Reserve America.com or USA, 2. RV and/or Campground Reviews, 3. Forest Camping.com, 3. Allstays, 4. Compendium.com, 5. RECREATION.GOV, 6. www.nps.gov, 7. campspot.com. Also Google and Bing search of the actual name of the campsite and campground may yield the desired results. Good luck.


Hadn't yet seen most of those sites so thanks so much! To be clear though, I'm seeking dispersed camping sites, which aren't in any official campground, but National Forests allow free dispersed camping. I've done it in a minivan and small SUV but not yet in a big rig.

I'll rummage through these sites as well as utilize the other suggestions.

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My go to spot is https://freecampsites.net/
The size info isn't listed separately, but if you read through the reviews, you can see what size unit people have had in there. Plus sometimes they comment on accessibility.


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