This website currently has over 3,356 Government Campgrounds Listed. These are some of the most beautiful or interesting places to visit in the US.
We have GPS coordinates for boondocking. We are also adding to our over 1300+ list of RV Campgrounds!
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Bumper Pull: Most common type of trailer hitch found on campers, travel trailers and utility trailers. Utilizing 1 7/8", 2", or 2 5/16" ball sizes.
5th Wheel Hitch: Type of hitch found on large travel trailers. These hitches are designed to manage upto a 20Klbs capacity load. This type of hitch distributes the load directly over the tow vehicle's rear axle making it a much more stable option over the bumper pull. Generally 5th wheel hitches are much costlier with new prices starting $600 for the hitch itself. These hitches require some mainanence as some of the surfaces are greased.Boondocking: camping for free, whether in a parking lot, a remote wooded location; boondocking can be risky and because of its impromptu nature, improper investigation of land use, and/or premissions are bypassed which can make it illegal, or in somecases unsafe; usually implies off-grid status; boondocking is for the most adventerous campers only
Camper: a person that is camping; a vehicle which provides utility for sustaining human life; the mobility of such vehicles is the epitome of technological utility; travel trailer;
Off-grid: without the use of tethered power, water or electricity. Typically to do this one would need a propane refridgerator and other appliances and 12V battery power. Unless you want to dig a hole to deficate, and purify your own water, one would also need clear, grey, and black water holding tanks are necessary as well .
Power Inverter: Device used to convert DC (direct current) usually 12VDC into 60Hz/ 110VAC. This is handy when needed to run a computer, coffee maker, etc. when all that is available is a DC power source is available such as car battery.
Power Converter: Device used to convert AC (alternating current) usually 60Hz/110VAC into 12VDC. This is necessary to provide electricity for all the DC lights and appliances found in travel trailers and also to replenish the DC batteries.
Shore Power: Community electricity, part of "full hookups". Typically in America this is 110 or 220 volts AC at 60 hertz.
Full Hookups: Community water, sewer, and electricity connections found at RV parks or campgrounds. So you can have water to drink/use, be able to flush your toilet and holding tanks, and be able to provide electricity throughout your camper or travel trailer. Sometimes cable is included in full hookups, sometimes not. Wifi Internet is beginning to be commonplace in RV parks also.
Pop-up Camper: A compact camper that collapses and 'pops' up with human intervention. The major advantage of a popup camper is the reduced wind resistance from it's low profile collapsed package. This enables a compact sedan to pull it without major consequential damage to the drive train of the tow vehicle. Most modern popup campers have air conditioning, awnings, sinks, cooktops. Very few of them have bathrooms complete with toilet or shower.
Portable Toilet: these are small self contained toilets; nowadays one can be bought for about $70 at Wally World that has a mini holding tank for the clean flushable water, and a mini holding tank for the waste water, generally these have a foot pump or electronic flushing system. One can add a portable toilet to a popup camper, or minivan. When emptying a portable toilet, just detach the waste tank, flip the spout and pour into a china bowl toilet at home or a rest area, and flush. Solid waste should become liquified. This could get stinky, and will probably take some psyching yourself up to tolerate. My advice is lace up a public toilet and save this for when absolutely necessary.
Sawdust Toilet: this is another kind of small self contained toilet; basically you take a dump/urinate in a box with a loosely throw together sawdust bed, and then when your through you put more sawdust on top of it; I haven't ever used one but I've read and hear that they surprisingly have no odors or flies.
Flush Toilet: regular house toilets; one can easily and cheaply buy one of these and install it in a camper with or without a holding tank; advantage is powerful, clean, odorless flush; disadvantage is takes a little more room, weight, and requires significantly more water.
Incinerator Toilet: type of toilet that burns the waste over several hours until waste is entirely consumed and is nothing but ash (ideally); uses alot of energy, process is somewhat slow (possibly stinky);
Vintage Camper: a camper or travel trailer representing a era (past) of production of especially high quality; Vintage campers are generally made with familiar materials (wood, metal, glass) which give them a more houselike appeal, and make for easy remodeling; vintage campers have become popular with the collectors, travelers, and full-time dwellers alike
Free Camping Directory
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