We are beginning to put together a free monthly newsletter that will be available to members only as an online pdf (adobe acrobat) file.
If you have something you would like to share with others on a monthly basis, we may be able to give you a column for that. Perhaps you are a Solar expert or Mechanic or even an artsy type who loves to share information. Let us know and we can send you the information we need from you to get you setup. We are unable to pay for submissions at this time but we certainly do appreciate those who wish to share.
We have advertising space available, contact us for rates.
We now have access to online mapping of where members are currently located through RVillage.com:
Creating a free account within RVillage is easy and your location is simply your zip code so no actual pinpoint location is shared anywhere. When someone arrives in your area, the system will notify you or you can search to see who is there and then you can reach out to them if you choose.
Once you request to join our group we will verify your membership and grant you access.
You must be a member of Boondockers United to join our RVillage group. When is a better time than NOW to do that?
Here we sit, myself and my granddaughter, in a gorgeous forest just south of Flagstaff, AZ. There is a meadow in front of us and a small water hole that will soon be gone. The water hole is about 150 feet from us. The meadow is full of small yellow and white flowers and short green grass. The pine trees tower all around us as we wait for our turn in the sun to power our solar panels.
2 nights ago, after we closed up the trailer for the night, our puppy began barking. I looked outside to see a herd of about 30 Elk literally playing in the water hole. Some were drinking from it, others were running through it and at least one was rolling in it. Young and old were running and twisting their bodies in weird directions and kicking up into the air with their hind feet in pure delight. The young Bulls were play fighting with their antlers and some of the calves were standing on their hind feet with another playing around.
We were awestruck!! I have NEVER in my life seen Elk play! We tried to get pictures or a video but it was too dark. So we just sat and watched in such a state of peace and contentment that it surprised me.
THIS is what Boondocking is ALL about!
This is why we MUST get the word out to EVERYONE who uses our National Forests and public lands. Let’s discuss this in the forum.
When I first started out on the road I had no idea what “drop me a pin” meant. You may not either but it is a common way to share your location with others. I have an Adroid phone so those are the directions I can give you.
Pull up Google Maps on your phone. You will see a circle with a dot and 4 lines (marking N, E, S, W) on the right hand side of your screen. Mine is blue. Touch that circle and it will zero in on your location and show you a solid blue dot on the map. That is your location!
Touch (long touch or maybe I should say, “Press down and hold”) the Dot and you may get one of two options:
- at the top of the screen you will see your gps location points. Let go of the dot and use your finger to scroll from the bottom of your screen up and then you will see more options. Choose “Share”. At the next screen you will see a bunch of icons of your apps. This is where you choose how to share it. If you want to use Facebook, click on that icon. I normally use Messenger (not Facebook messenger) and send it directly to someones cell phone. The app will automatically insert the gps location and send to whomever you chose to receive it.
- You may have an option right on your screen that says “Share your location”. Click on that and it may ask you how long you wish to share it for. Choose the app you want to use for sharing and enter the name(s) of the recipients.
I hope this helps. The receiver of the coordinates will only have to touch a link on the message they receive and it will automatically pull up Google Maps and give them driving directions.
I hope this helps.
We added a Forum to our website for our members to join in on important discussions and to help communicate with you for upcoming events, educational gatherings and cleanups.
If you are looking for a Forum to use as a meetup or for other topics please go to cheaprvliving.com as Bob Wells has an extensive forum set up to answer most questions you have.
Feel free to suggest other important topics.
We all know about life changes and how it can happen in an instant. Poof – snap your fingers – blink your eyes and there ya go – a whole new life or perspective. My how quickly that can happen.
It doesn’t have to be negative, it can just be another phase of your life on this earth. It could even be exciting. Sometimes “exciting” comes AFTER you go through the “I’m scared” stage. It IS stages you know.
My own “snap your fingers, etc” moment that happened in the past year began on December 5, 2017 when, while in camp, I got a phone call that instrumented the next moment. My only daughter passed away suddenly. Thank goodness I had close friends in camp with me and they helped me so much! Then came the long drive to Tennessee from California and all that came next.
In April, 2018 I got the second call. The placement of my granddaughter had not worked well for both parties. In the blink of an eye and without hesitation I agreed to take my granddaughter and to fully adopt her. I packed up again and drove off to retrieve her. What a delight it is to have a 12 year old around again! Oh my. The final adoption took place on June 27, 2018. I am now Grandma/ma. LOL. I absolutely LOVE having her in my life! I look so forward to sharing her youthful energy with all of you.
Unfortunately what all of this has meant is that Boondockers United had been put on the back burner. I am almost to the point of getting it revved up in full force again. I sold my small camper and am now looking for one with bunk beds to accommodate her and her needs. As soon as I get that (of course I have to consider towing capacity of my 1/2 ton truck and available cash so it takes a little bit of time to get the right one) I will be on the road again. I look forward to “Roadschooling” her and she’s pretty excited about it as well.
Stay tuned because there is excitement in the air and life is good and things are looking up! You will see a Forum come onto the site very soon and notices of educational gatherings as well as social ones.
Click on this link to see all active fire restrictions for Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Dakotas, Texas and Oklahoma:
Current Fire Restrictions
Current Colorado Fire Restrictions
Current California Fire Restrictions
The Members Only page associated with National Forest Notices is almost done. This is a VERY important part of what we do.
We urge ALL members to check out the page because there are some Notices related to Arizona – fee proposals.
To Register you must first become a member by clicking on the “Join Us” menu option. Thank you for your interest in our organization and we look forward to having you join us here and on the road.
If you are a paid Member and have not received your login user name, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Part of growing pains are errors and for some reason we have not been receiving any of the messages sent through the “Contact Us” link. That has been fixed but in the process we lost all of them that were there. UGG!!
If you have recently sent us a message via Contact Us – please do so again. Your opinion and comments are VERY important to us.
Thank you so much
We just launched the new website! We are still working on it and have a lot of information to put in, but we’re one step closer.
Continue reading New website launched
We received this email today and want to congratulate anyone who does this. Pictures help, too.
“After hearing about and joining Boondockers United, I was feeling pretty fired up, so I cleaned up a dispersed site on BLM land near Virgin, UT. There are a couple aspects of it that illustrate a general template for success.
Continue reading This is what we do as members!
CheapRVLiving Interview: https://youtu.be/iMAXWs8rhAI
Teardrop RV Interview: https://youtu.be/rTioumZab5k
American Lands Access Assoc: http://www.amlands.org/
Bob Wells has uploaded an interview he did with me about Boondockers United and the outpouring of support is overwhelmingly positive. We ordered more bumper stickers and they should arrive by the 8th. We do have some email addresses that are being returned to us so if you have not received your “Welcome” email please email us directly. We are in the process of obtaining our 501c(3) non-profit status and plan to have that in place within the year.
Watch the vido here: CheapRVliving Video
On January 19, 2018 I was invited to join an organization for their annual meeting and I am SO GLAD that I did! They are called American Lands Access Association and their website is: www.amlands.org.
Continue reading American Lands Access Assoc meeting
On January 18, 2018 Boondockers United members and others came together and helped the BLM clean up a site in Quartzsite, AZ. There were around 19 volunteers and 3 Rangers who spread out and picked up an entire trailer load of trash! There were mattresses, abandoned clothes and tents as well as a lot of trash strewn over about 5 acres of public land. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
Continue reading Quartzsite cleanup with the BLM
Hello Everyone! We hope you all had a great holiday season! We’re gearing up for 2018 and looking forward to doing some awsome things! As you know, our members are ready, willing and able to lend a hand and help out the BLM and the National Forest Service with cleanups and site service. We do this voluntarily because we cannot stand seeing our public lands being treated unkindly.
Continue reading Update on Quartzsite cleanup
As a new and upcoming organization with high expectations of bridging the gap between law enforcement and Boondockers, we need to address what has happened in Lake Havasu with Enigmatic Nomadics “Build out your Van” event.
Continue reading Enigmatic Nomadics Snafu
On October 21, 2017 A local landscaper came out to Thousand Trails and hauled off all of the trash that we picked up!! YAY!! He was not able to take the white fiberglass thing so if anyone knows of someone who could get it, that would be great. It would make a good shade area.
Continue reading Trash was hauled away in Cottonwood
On Oct 17, 2017 Boondockers United members came together to clean up trash left behind in Thousand Trails 14 day camping area outside of Cottonwood, AZ. Other members were present as well.
Continue reading Our First Cleanup