Every ROSE Has Its THORNS! – Downsides to BOONDOCKING – RVing Sedona, Arizona



We LOVE RV boondocking. The solitude, connection to nature, and it’s FREE! However, just like every rose has its thorns, RV boondocking has its downsides.

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We originally hit the road with RV boondocking in mind. In the past two years as full time RVers, Jenni and I have only stayed in a single private RV park. Boondocking is a way of life for us and its upsides far outweigh the downsides…for us!

However, there are many downsides that may make RV boondocking unenjoyable or even a downright pain in the neck for some people! Of course, you won’t have water or electrical hookup and the nearest dump station will be 20 miles away, but there are many other downsides you may not have thought of.

We share all the downsides of RV boondocking in the National Forests as we travel from our campsite in Sedona, Arizona to a new camping spot in Camp Verde, Arizona!

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47 thoughts on “Every ROSE Has Its THORNS! – Downsides to BOONDOCKING – RVing Sedona, Arizona

  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    do the bunnies and cats get stressed during travel days? ive heard stress leads to most health or behavioral issues.
    im asking because my neice is toying with going rv and she has three cats.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    I totally get why you love boondocking. It's the connection with nature plus the solitude and having each other. My sweetheart doesn't like camping so I have to go alone. I go day hiking solo, and on weekend trips occasionally. I love having the mountain to myself, and generally the folks I meet on the trail are the best people. You guys remind me of what it was like to be young and in love. It only gets better so long as you take care of each other. Now I'm 64 and still in love with my bride 38 years later. I refuse to say I'm old yet! God bless!

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Love to see the earthquake going on inside the trailer as another video

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    The listed speck for your FW is 52gal. You said you have 110gal. Guess you added an additional FW tank?

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Haha I had to do that first "trick" twice with my first rig, a 5th wheel. Was prettyyy stuck , only did it when absolutely had to tho lol

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Hi ya'll! I've been looking into Full-Time RVing.. quick question for you. When you stay on BLM land, do you normally have internet service? Do you guys have a video on internet that I can watch? Thank you for all the videos you have made for my partner and I to watch. 🙂

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Every time I watch one of your videos I run & get another tool out of the "tools to store" box. Yesterday it was torque wrench, today it's staple gun.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Everyone with a camper has unhitched to reposition the tow vehicle, this is no "trick", we've all done it.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Not gonna lie the end cometary towards the end where you both have hats on seems awkward. All i can think is she's probably like i wish he would stop grabbing my shoulder abd sitting so awkward

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Love your videos,I’m having a hard time trying to find dry camping areas in NC, I have to live through you guys👋🏾👋🏾👋🏾

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    40 miles per day sounds ideal to me! The time spent finding water and a campsite not so much. When I was a full timer we stayed mostly in RV parks , believe me that can have its own challenges! For instance, I don’t like making reservations – I know! It’s a personal problem! When I worked I had schedules, when I retired, no schedules. Some full RV parks have overflow areas some don’t. Walmart here we come – I don’t like Walmart for camping – another personal problem. And then there are the parks you are afraid to pull into once you see them, and of course there are the ones you wish you had not set up in after you did! And finally may I tell you that in general I wouldn’t pull into a site where I can’t turn around or safely back out of – but I may back in even from a fairly busy road – in general I think it’s safer to back in then to back out! But that’s personal preference. You guys do good. I hope you keep taking those horrible roads to experience the beauty and solitude, I’m jealous!

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    I totally agree that it is totally worth it the adventure the beauty !

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    What are your intervals to maintain your suspensions given the way you travel?

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Thanks for all the videos… A 5th wheel does give a better turning radius: However, there is much less tolerance when the truck and trailer are at different inclines. Getting on/off the road, thru those ruts, the bottom of a 5th wheel might hit the bed of the truck. You also have to be careful if an incline levels out to fast.
    Sounds like you might need some grease on the suspension. 🙂

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Poked a hole in the side wall of my tire so now i air down a little when im off road. Some spray lube on the suspension helps

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Backing into a campsite is a lot easier than trying to back out

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    LOL Two point, drop, one point and hook. We have to do this every time at our Tennessee drive way.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    we got a 13 ft and we get into some tight spots a never thought of that thanks for shareing and we love our trailer we can drop it and explore so the bigboys have noten on you and I again thanks for shareing

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    How do you guys get over 100 gallons of water? Did you do a vid on how you’re carrying that much?

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    You guys need to spend an entire day in reverse learning how to maneuver your trailer. If you think that road has traffic your nuts. Try driving a 70 foot tractor trailer in Boston MA for 25yrs? You can safely back your rig up anywhere especially with a spotter. All you need is to build your confidence. Have patience and understand other drivers know people need to back onto the roadway sometimes. They will wait. Sometimes not patiently but they will wait. I love your channel. Keep up the great fun. I enjoy living life through you guys. I have a 2008 GM pick-up similar to yours. I love mine. I hope yours is treating you well.
    P.S.—-I hope you thank God everyday for that great woman you have. Most women I know won’t spend 5min more than a mile from a hotel room. Keep having fun.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Guys, the suspension in both our truck and trailer are made to move and take the bumps better, on a washboard road you are much better off going a bit faster, 35-40 and the ride will be so much smoother and no you suspension will not ware out any quicker if anything at all.. do love wasting your travels and hope to meet up one day…

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Trailer needs a longer tongue ,possibly use an extension in the receiver,you would be able to turn around with a large loop…….can also.learn a maneuver used by truckers,, called a "Buttonhook" … radius turn that looks like a keyhole.,,..used for tight corners and turns….

    Another comment about some RV parks,, some (many) won't let you in for any use or service needs, like dumping or water ,,if your rig is over 10 years old…..regardless of condition……pristine remodeled…nope…10 yr or older no stop…

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Next time try rotating the truck without dropping the trailer. Back up to the side as you did, then, move foward and backward repeatedly, two feet each, steering to move the truck front end a foot or so on each fore-aft cycle. There might not always be room to do this, but in the case in this video, there was.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    my gf and i are full time travellers as well… i understand much of what you're saying. we boondock 99% of the time as well. my personal google maps is full of pins for water, dump, and places to stay. 😀

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    I love the freedom but do you all lay awake at night listening to every little unfamiliar sound? That would be my worry, and my husband sleeps like a rock while it takes me a little longer to get to sleep. I can see me waking him up constantly.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Are you guys armed besides having "Cujo" protecting you while in remote?

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    That looks to me like the hard way. It looked like you had lots of room to turn around or just back out, even in the aerial view.
    Make sure that your truck mirrors are wide enough to look around and behind your trailer. If they're not wide enough to look behind your trailer you could get a ticket in some states.
    You should also have six inch diameter clearance mirrors on each side of your truck also to see your blind spots better, just like the big rigs. Not those tiny little two inch mirrors that don't hardly help at all.
    The more you practice backing out the better you'll get at it. Eventually you might pull down a long road where there's nowhere to turn around and there's a dead end.

    Once I was driving a semi in unfamiliar territory at night down a narrow road that was the wrong road and I had to back up a quarter mile out to another road where I had to back around a sharp corner to get turned around.
    A backup camera on the back of your trailer should be a big help. The higher you mount it the better.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Lady: the road is really bad
    Guy: not just really bad but it’s not good

    Lady: it was really dangerous
    Guy: not jus dangerous but very unsafe

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    My wife and I will be traveling across the country again this year in our motorhome. We have never stayed at BLM land but really want to this trip! My concern is security – all by ourselves at night can be scary (especially your first time).

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Plan on heading up there in the next 2 weeks to do some camping myself. What camping site is that by the way. The view is beautiful

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Guys, If you really want to get into boondocking you're going to have to get a much smaller trailer. We take a very simple low-tech approach (10 ft. trailer+Tacoma) that allows us to get into many more cool places. It's a trade off but for us well worth it. you can check us out on our you tube.

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Another scope out trick is to have a cheap pop up tent to set up at a free site to save it then go get your rig 😉

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Great video and advice. Off topic….are the shades on your windows after market? If so what are they?

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  • October 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    Say, another trick is not drive over any 🔥 firepit, because some people still burn pallets, and those nails are hard on tire's.☠️🙊

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