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Discussion in 'Americas' started by theshnizzle, Mar 2, 2017.
I like these too. If it was a really big power line, I'd pass. Some have trouble sleeping under those. Have also had good luck at various industrial sites. Corner of a log yard once, on a weekend. A Mountie who found me by a rock pit let it slide, but mentioned his partner was known to throw people out. It's where you are, and who you meet. Often you meet nobody, especially if your not completely out of sight. Having been at it quite a while, I tend to see a lot of gray area's.
In Oregon anyway, many forest service campground's have private contractor's running the day to day stuff. Smokey Bear claimed he didn't have the money to run them any more, but that's a crock. All he needed was a few outhouse cleaner's (aka turd rangers) and someone to collect the money. That ain't much, so someone in industry must of greased a few palm's. Private company's running the park's is the reason the host is so variable. And no doubt has something to do with price's going up.
Turn on the cable TV, enjoy the bliss... Ugh
I've stopped at farms and ranches and never had anyone say no. Just ask to pitch tent by a barn or in a field. Even had a family invite me in for dinner and breakfast. Just ask!!!
When asking for a free site always say "a place to sleep for the night and I'll be gone in the morning".....asking to "camp" can portray an idea of more permanency, fires and such.
Yep...always better to ask "would you mind if I pitch a small tent out of the way the for the night?"
I say just about the same and make it a point for the farmer that I'm not going to have a fire.
Might as well just stay home if that's what you do.
When I've stayed in campgrounds with RVs, it always amazes me to see everybody locked into their box with the light of the TV showing through the edges of the windows. Meanwhile, there's a beautiful view outside.
And they think they are camping.....
We (as a human race) don't really want to explore the surrounding world; we just want to expand our world to the size of surrounding.
I saw this thread when I was planning my summer trip and it got me a bit worried about the camping situation in Canada. My wife and I just got back from our trip and had no problem finding free camping every night we wanted it in Canada. The only nights we paid for campgrounds were nights we wanted WIFI or a shower. Generally they were $10-25 Canadian.
Like what was mentioned above, powerline access roads. I would also look at the GPS for a river or lake, there is always a little road that leads to a fishing spot where you can camp. We found a few overgrown and abandoned roadside picnic shelters.
The All Stays app is awesome. You don't need cell service for it to work. It provides GPS coordinates, just plug that into your GPs and go.
Freecampsites.net is also extremely valuable but requires cell service.
I don't use a gps.
I have had pretty good luck meeting folks and getting free food at single storey motels. There are usuallly work crews bbqing stuff and are pretty good about sharing.
Since I prefer to not off-road to obscure campsites, I'm always solo and if I drop my bike or get into a pickle I don't have help around. A fallen bike will get picked up, just how long will it take depending on where and how it fell.
The ONLY way I can ride and tour is by camping, the cheapest site available or stealth camping. One night in a motel is a financial killer for me. I have a CC with a couple hundred bucks on it, I use that only in emergencies like riding all days 4 celcuis weather with rain only to be repeated for the next day. ......and the day after that......and the day after that....it's more unpleasantly palatable if you know the next night you will have a bed and a hot shower.
Once those funds are done, no more luxury ( I have low standards). Now I am looking for municipal parks that may have a covered picnic shelter.....or a church or a cemetery. A big high school or elementary school in the summer, a baseball dugout. Anything that affords me a bit of hard roofed coverage as opposed to setting up a wet tarp.
I have negotiated rooms by offering to pay cash.
Perhaps politically incorrect but being a older solo female plays in my favour a lot and at times not. I am very non threatening,don't have rowdy friends, am enough of a curiosity to pique interest which oftentimes can turn into a free meal or accommodations....or a drastically reduced rate.
Personally, I feel that folks make more of a effort to "help" me than they would a average sized man. I'm kinda short and small and that plays in my favour....until the whole bike is laying on its handlebars thing rears its ugly head....
Lol, I know, I know, it's all technique!
I found on my latest trip that quite a few RV parks were cheaper than actual tent campgrounds. Their bathrooms are waaaay nicer and usually have some sort of store or sitting area where you can park yourself and read while it's raining out and chilly. A nice respite from the tent.
Rvers always have a ton of food and if you stop and chat with them there is a high probability you will be invited to a lovely BBQ chicken with a yummy sauce, homemade beans and coleslaw with ice tea AND dessert ....and then can waddle back to your camp mates loosening your pants while they are glumly eating a cliff bar......tee he.....sorry guys...(but not really.)
Plus I have no shame is asking a RV person with those GINORMOUS rvs if they are interested in giving me a tour of their rig. I find them endlessly fascinating. So opulent! So luxurious! So decadent! I am probably a step away from "putting lotion on its skin"doing that....lol
Hi, I can relate to your camping style, it's good fun and Frugal is my second name. I've just finished a 2 month trip in North America and didn't spend a cracker on accommodation. I'm a liberty camper, if I couldn't find a good spot, my backstop was the Wal-Mart Motel, quite often I'd ask at truck stops, no worries mate. I just refuse to pay, something always turns up.
A "liberty "camper.....lol. I have often thought of Walmart but I was under the impression they frown on tents but welcome rvs. I thought that I could just set up tent and if someone asks I will say I had a fight with my husband and I'm sleeping in the tent for the night.
No one will want to be anywhere near some sort of domestic....back away....back away.....
Try some of the big casino parking lots as well.....
I knew of Wal-Mart's national policy allowing RV's to park overnight, they don't camp do they, so I did ask about the tent. I choose an inconspicuous spot around the back, but under a lamppost. I bought a bucket from them so I can have a decent wash, they even supply the hot water, I just have to wait till after dark for some privacy.
I sleep so much better when I have permission, so I ask when possible and take liberties when no one is about.
I can totally see this as being a motorcycle camper and former motorhome owner.
You're not threatening to the rv'er and many cases, the RVers are intrigued, interested in your story. Especially a lone female, while they're travelling as you are, but in a moving hotel room. Where are you going, why, how, when.
You'll get to have a bbq dinner and they have a story to tell their friends for years how they met a crazy Canadian girl travelling around the country by herself on a motorcycle.
with a fucking generator going at that!!!! I fucking hate fucking generators in campgrounds!!!!!!!!!!!
To add, here in PA we are lucky to have 3 state parks that are TENT only!!! no trailer trash to deal with, they make great places to escape on the weekends!! Other than those, I find most state parks to have camping sites too close together, I don't want to sleep closer to someone than I do at home! National forest sites are usually better spaced. Lots of good dispersed camping here in PA, but the girlfriend usually likes having at least an outhouse nearby, and as I get older, I tend to agree with her.
I'm pretty sure that one of the rings in Dante's Inferno was people staying in RV parks as payment for a life wasted until they were too old to enjoy it. I've tent camped in one or two several years ago but swore I'd never do it again. If I need a shower and a laundry, I'll just stay in a hotel. We're pretty committed stealth campers these days.