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Old 07-10-2015, 03:02 PM   #11
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I think "camping" would involve a tent or lesser accommodations.

Staying in our 28' trailer is most certainly "glamping" and not camping.

Boondocking is when you don't have any hookups. No power, no water, no sewer. Self sufficient.

On your scale we would probably be around a 8 or 9 with hookups and maybe a 7 while boondocking. It is all fun though!

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Old 07-10-2015, 03:04 PM   #12
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A lighter, a lettuce leaf and a pack of ketchup.

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Originally Posted by TWP723 View Post

A lighter, a lettuce leaf and a pack of ketchup.
You really do like to overpack? The lettuce leaf is a bit much.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:02 PM   #14
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I agree with Roy.
It doesn't matter what you call it. Just enjoy whatever it is you choose to do and how you choose to do it.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:57 AM   #15
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Just to add one little thought on this, we were looking for a place to park our 5w in Idaho and was checking on Forest Service campgrounds, not knowing the area. On the web-site I was on they had a category called "dispersed" camping. So I guess we "disperse camp". Here's how they describe it: "Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, tables or drinking water."

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Old 08-18-2015, 11:08 AM   #16
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To our way of thinking, no matter whether you're tenting or trailering (or doing something in between), boondocking is camping where there are no hook-ups, no outhouses, no water supply, no tables, no firepits, no driveways, no prepared tent spaces, etc. Dry camping isn't always boondocking, but boondocking is always dry camping.
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:20 PM   #17
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Somewhere in the 6-9 range, we like getting out into the forest & lakeside beyond cell service. Sadly my tenting days are past me as my arthritic lumbar does not do well with sleeping anywhere near the ground.

We use a solar panel to keep the battery up (LED lights and no microwave or A/C while boondocking),

although we have an inverter for using inflator for air mattresses and blow up water gear or charging batteries in laptops, tablets and the like.
We carry a folding table and chairs and can build a fire pit (although the provided ones work well enough)

just about anywhere, don't mind bathing in the lakes and a tree works just as well as an outhouse for #1 for me (not so much for the wife) so we are basically limited to black tank capacity to determine length of stay.
We also did 3 of 10 outings this summer to sites with hook ups but we still prefer to be in the woods.
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:32 PM   #18
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Dry camping = no hook-ups (elec, water, sewer) BUT public facilities (potable water faucets, restrooms or some form of toilets, maybe showers, maybe a dump station).
Boon-docking = none of the above; everything you bring in you are responsible for removing (black/gray water, trash, etc.).
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Old 11-01-2015, 02:54 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by mike837go View Post
Where do each of us stand in the spectrum of possibilities?

0=Forage for food & shelter
1=Tent, shovel instead of toilet
2=Separate, hand carried units for toilet, shower, heat, etc.
10=Stay inside the RV with the generator keeping the A/C running
11=Rent a hotel room
DW used to canoe in camp in some of our more rustic wilderness areas, so she certainly started as a 1. I started as a car camper in my teens as soon as I had my license - dad wasn't a camper at all, and I was NOT going to join mom and the troop at the GG camp. So I probably started as a 3 or 4. I don't think I've ever pooped where a splash didn't follow; but I have had splinters in my butt from the worn wood seats of the outhouse.

These low level entry points of "camping" are just the gateway drug to the dreaded "glamping"; once you are hooked on glamping, you are beyond redemption. Up to this year, we were pup glampers, and could easily dry camp for a few days - not really boondocking as we were in organized CG's but without any hookups. So that's probably an 8. With our late season purchase of the HTT, I guess we are about to graduate to a 9; we don't have a gennie, so dry camping will still be pretty basic.
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Boondocking is when the campground does not have cable! LOL

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