When we are going between Arizona, and Utah we will sometimes stay in the Lake Mead National Recreation area. Boondocking at Lake Mead, is not something we have done very much of however, until this year.
There are several different places to boondock near Lake Mead, and we have checked out a few of them. On Monday, we left the Las Vegas Bay CG were we had spent the night, and headed for Government wash. We hear about this spot a lot, and thought it sounded like a good place to spend a few days. It’s not far from Las Vegas Bay, and the road going in is paved. But when we got to the area were camping is allowed, we found it way more crowded than we like. We could see a few RV’s on the other side of the wash-water inlet, and decided to go there instead. Google maps is an essential part of any boondockers resources, and we could see there was indeed a road going to that area. It was a bumpy, washboard road, but we ended up in a spot like this.
This is looking at government wash from the side we were on. See all the RV’s scattered around?
We left the Kofa National Wildlife refuge last Sunday, and headed for a new place for us. LTVA stands for Long Term Visitor Area, and they are run and maintained by the BLM. There are several in this area, in both Arizona and California. We have never stayed in one before, mostly because it seems like everyone else does. We made an exception this time for a couple of reasons. First, this place is about 30 minutes from Algodones, Mexico where our dentist is, and we need to get in this year. Second, it was a whole new area and we figured we might as well check it out. LTVA’s provide water, dump station, and garbage facilities which is kinda nice too, although you do have to pay $40 for a two week stay. Or $160 for the whole winter season. An Instagram friend was staying here, and they had good things to say about the area.
At first, it was like pulling into an RV park. There are 650 registered campers here on the 3000 acres. When we registered, I asked the nice BLM host were we could go and be kind of away from people. He directed us to a specific area, and it IS less crowded than some other areas. We looked for RV’s with solar panels, because that always means quite neighbors, and we got pretty lucky. Of all the rigs around us, only one motorhome runs a generator in the morning, and then again in the evening.
The view out our back window.
And the neighbors on one side. There are more RV’s on the other side, about the same distance away.
You can ask 100 different full timers, and get a 100 different answers as to how they full time RV. This is how we full time RV and boondock all the time. It’s neither the right way, nor the wrong way. It’s just our way.
When we moved into the RV in June of 2012, we were already doing a lot of trips, and camping. We were comfortable with the rig, knew where we could and could not go, and already preferred the back of beyond to any RV park. Our first RV was 33 feet, and we were in it about a year. We were having way too many problems with that one however, and purchased this 39 ft Bighorn in August of 2013.
We are a bit more limited on where we can go, but we still manage to get off the beaten path enough to be happy about it. We also needed the extra storage this RV has, since we are carrying art show supplies with us all the time.