Category Archives: h – Boondocking – Dry camping

Dry camping without hookups – how to prepare for this rewarding and cheap way to enjoy the great outdoors

Our Southwest Snowbird Tour – The Last Week

Our escape through the mud from the BLM boondocking area near Cottonwood, Arizona was timely, another couple of hours and we may have been stuck for days. Our overnight stop at Cliff Castle Casino was quiet except for occasional rain, no semis traveling in and out through the night as can be the case at some casinos. We woke to low clouds, fog and 40F temperatures, brrrrrrrrrr. Not accustomed to the cold after many weeks of warmth. That's the desert during winter and spring, one day you're baking Read more [...]

Cottonwood, Arizona – BLM Boondocking

Our stay at Alamo Lake was great, lots of kayaking, fishing, ATV tours and of course, sunny and warm every day, evening campfires and gorgeous sunsets. By mid-march temperatures are rising into the mid 90's in the lowlands, it's time to seek higher ground and cooler temperatures. Cottonwood, Arizona is about 2000 feet higher than Alamo Lake providing cooler temperatures, otherwise, a large generator probably 3500 watts to run the RV air conditioner or an RV resort with 30 amp service would be Read more [...]

Alamo Lake, Arizona – Snowbird Travels

Adopting the Snowbird lifestyle has been one of the best decisions Lynda and I have made since retiring. Leaving the winter behind makes retirement just that much better. The Arizona winter weather is great, sunshine almost every day, cool nights and desert dry warm days. Even in the dead of winter the temperature seldom drops to freezing and if it does once the sun crests the distant hills the air warms quickly to t-shirt weather. Spending the entire winter or even a month or two in the southwest Read more [...]

Our Snowbird RV Tour – Lake Havasu to Alamo Lake, Arizona

Our stay at Lake Havasu was short, a brief two night stop on our way to Alamo Lake. The other two couples we travel with had never been to Lake Havasu so we decided after leaving Senators Wash reservoir to take a detour and check out Havasu. Our goal was to camp within town limits close to the sights, but as luck would have it nothing was available that suited us. We ended up boondocking south of town. This was okay with me, I was curious about boondocking locations near Havasu. Besides, I Read more [...]

Our RV Snowbird Tour – Lake Havasu

Day 27 As I mentioned in my previous article a quick stop at Quartzsite was enough, the largest flea market in the world was not much more than a ghost town. Early March is obviously too late to visit. The drive from our previous camp, Senators Wash Reservoir to Lake Havasu is less than five hours including the stop at Quartzsite. We should arrive early afternoon. Lake Havasu is also part of the Colorado River water system. Construction of the Parker Dam at the south end created this mecca Read more [...]

Our Snowbird RV Tour – The Colorado River Valley

Day 22 Another sunny day in the desert although cooler in the morning. Senators wash reservoir has been our home for a week, it was time to dump some black water. Mike and Ralph already dumped their tanks, they hitched up their trailers the night before to escape the rising water, they may as well dump. The group's plan was to stay at Senators Wash for 2 weeks, too long for the gray and black water tanks. I know from experience our black water tank is good for about 12 days if we conserve, Read more [...]

Our Snowbird RV Tour – Palm Springs

This is my 5th article on our Snowbird RV tour to the southwest desert. To read from the beginning click on this link https://rvretirementtravel.com/our-snowbird-rv-tour-snowbird-destinations Day 9 Palm Spring is a great place to visit during the winter months, there are many activities and attractions including golf, shopping, and polo. It's early February, the weather is perfect, warm and sunny although rain and wind do happen in the southwest desert this time of year. Cahuilla Lake is Read more [...]

Our Snowbird Tour – Cahuilla Lake, Ca

Day 7 Another glorious southern California morning greeted us as we rose from our respective RVs. Spending winter in the cold and rainy northwest makes you appreciate a chance to enjoy the warm sunshine if you are lucky enough to do so. Retirement is great. The previous day I spotted a stack of firewood in Lois and Anthony’s (Our Boondockers Welcome friends) back yard, during my rare and brief conversations with Anthony, I asked if he knew where we could purchase firewood? I explained that Read more [...]

Our RV Snowbird Tour – Warm Weather

Day 5 The next morning brought beautiful warm sunshine under cloudless skies. The morning temperature was a bit cool, but the sunshine more than compensated for the coolness. Lois and Anthony’s home was a good place to rest after the four-day drive from Canada. Several maintenance issues cropped up after we arrived. Ralph's Issue A rear tire on Ralph’s truck began to lose air immediately after parking. At first, he thought a nail or something similar, but a closer look revealed tread Read more [...]

Our Spring Snowbird RV Trip – Hitting The Road

I must apologize to my readers, internet access problems have delayed my postings since the beginning of our trip. Day 1 Traveling during winter months can be challenging, special attention to the weather along the route is vital if you don't want to encounter snow and ice covered roads. This kind of weather at the very least could delay your trip or worse, cause and accident. I learned the hard way to keep a close eye on route weather. One trip south we had to park on the side of the road for Read more [...]