3 Completely Different RV Boondocking Choices – Which Will Win?

After leaving Lake Havasu City behind we went scouting for another place to camp fairly close by. I had three RV boondocking locations in mind all within forty miles. I’m making my way back home to Washington now and I was looking for something comfortable for an overnight stay.

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Old 95 Dispersed

RV Boondocking – Old 95 Dispersed

Old 95 Dispersed was the first place on my list was less than twenty miles away but it was rough, really rough. It was right alongside a busy road, there was trash everywhere, and the road leading in was so bad after just a few hundred feet I backed up and turned around. All this RV boondocking is forcing me to learn to be a better backer-upper.

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Needle Mountain Road, AZ

Needle Mountain Road

Needle Mountain Road, the second place I tried was decent. It was a bit close to I-40 for my taste but it seemed clean and uncrowded and was very easy to get in and out of. Still, I thought I’d go and check out the third spot.

Oatman-Topock Dispersed

Oatman-Topock Dispersed was third on my list. By the time I arrived the wind had really kicked up and the blowing dust and sand were so bad I turned around and went back to Needle Mountain Road. I don’t even have a photo of this stop because I didn’t get out of the truck.

Walking the wash at Needle Mountain Road

We set up just above a deep wash away from the two other campers that were there. I didn’t unhitch the truck and trailer as it was just an overnight. The wind got so bad later I had to go out and put the stabilizers down to keep the movement down to a minimum. We were bouncing around all over the place.

We had good sun for the solar panel and Murphy enjoyed the walks we had in the wash.

By the time the sun was setting, a couple in a motorhome pulled in and parked roughly fifteen feet from the back end of the Airstream. Just don’t do that people. We are out there for a reason and you are not it.

Additionally, if you make a stop here be aware there are wild burros in the area. We did not see them but they left plenty of evidence. We encountered several human waste deposits along with toilet paper which should have been buried by the depositor. Disgusting!

Tomorrow is another day, right?

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5 thoughts on “3 Completely Different RV Boondocking Choices – Which Will Win?”

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  2. There are things you just don’t do. Unfortunately, you experienced three of the big ones. Just because you are in the middle of the desert don’t be a litter bug, pack it in-pack it out. It’s also easy to dig an appropriate hole for the human waste too, yuck! Good grief people it’s a big desert don’t park right up on people, not cool. We just left the Parker area and I can’t wait to get back there but it will have to wait until next winter. Enjoy the Ride

    1. Hi Bellsrides,
      You would think people would understand these basic things but it seems they don’t. With the increasing numbers of people using these locations, it’s only getting worse. Hopefully, as they become more experienced it will improve.

  3. Thanks for your comments on boondocking. I am making notes. In February I joined a large group of fiberglass trailers at Dome Rock in Quartzite. That is my only boondocking experience. It was a start.
    I have a rooftop solar panel and am ready to spend days by myself with my dog, Maggie May.

    1. juley.torkomian

      Hi Glenda,
      I think when it comes to boondocking the best way to just try and keep trying. You can always hookup and replenish your resources. I have two issues. One is keeping my portable power station charged which should be resolved with my new equipment. The other issue is heat. I don’t have enough battery capacity to use my furnace all night and it gets so cold. I’m not sure what to do about that one but I’ll figure it out. I know you will too.

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