How We Find Free Camping, Water, and Dump – Websites & Resources We Use

How We Find Free Camping, Water, and Dump – Websites & Resources We Use

After two years of life on the road we have become free campsite finding masters! Here’s how to find the best free camping in National Forests and BLM land!





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After two years of full time RVing and staying primarily in free boondocking and dry camping sites, Jenni has become a free campsite finding wizard! She is capable of finding the best free camping sites in the National Forests and BLM land.

We have received so many comments from you all about how we are always able to find such magnificent free campsites. So we decided to show you exactly how Jenni does it by making a full tutorial video on how to find free camping!

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  1. Bim Biancone on July 10, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Excellent video! Thank you..

  2. Happy Hippy Haven on July 10, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    too long

  3. Robert Barbi on July 10, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Yet another fantastically informative video, thanks so much!! Victor Fields is a wonderful area for primitive camping. It used to be that there was a road going in to the old homesite and the apple orchards that are still sort of maintained by the park service (Blue Ridge Parkway owns it, I think); but a number of years ago they barricaded the side road with dirt and as of a few years ago there’s really not much for a relatively flat space to put an RV and truck – maybe that’s changed now, I don’t know. Further on down the road there are people who live there year-round, so it’s just the first rather flat area that’s where people camp. There are also camping spaces along the forest roads west of there running down from the Blue Ridge Parkway toward the Toe River campground. As I recall there are a couple to the left side of the road if you’re going down the mountain (going sort of north) that should be large enough for a trailer and truck. Check out South Toe River Road on Google Maps. Hard to see with the heavy woods cover, but before you get to the more formal campgrounds you’ll find a few.

  4. Alexandria Kaitlyn Rauchle on July 10, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you so much for this!!! We aren’t on the road yet, but this really gives me peace of mind that I can find good free dry camping sites.

  5. T CHIN on July 10, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you so much for All your info. Just a bit of constructive criticism, lower your voice pitch. all the best ,

  6. Daniel Hutchinson on July 10, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Great info ,
    You may find funny and prob not useful for you,but I use the 3n1 slide on bottom of lawnmower deck to help keep grass from sticking. Lol

  7. myk55501 on July 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Tenn Bewarre of US 441 rd. Its very pretty but tight and curves oh yea Very high and the over look it pretty but any RV going down even in CAR will burn up brakes. avg speed for 40 plus mile is 35mph or slower. It a road to avoid. last time I went on it in brand new rental car V8 had trouble climbing up in 1st gear and was doing 58 in 1 st gear going down, oh it snowed in May at top. lots of fun. I have place in Mountain City TN and I usually cut over through Hickery. cherokee Orchard Rd is other one to stay off. Have fun… MYK

  8. wendy foster on July 10, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Jeni, this is a great video. Thank you so much for sharing how you pick your free camping .

  9. Tigner Adventures on July 10, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Good job. There is so much out there which can be pretty overwhelming. The ones you mention are my favorite.

  10. Edward Hilton on July 10, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Just found y’all and love your perspective and positive philosophy! When researching campsites for cell service do you find the Verizon coverage maps to be useful?

  11. Laughing Ram on July 10, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    This was very good! First of all thank you for the tip in the dry lubrication. 👍🏼 We have been using Campendium, Google Maps, Google Earth and if it is in a forest – one can download to your phone the MVUM maps. I definitely appreciated the info regarding two new sites for us: RV Dump Sites and Free Camping. Although you mentioned that sometimes the Forest or BLM person may not know about dispersed sites, on our last trip they were most helpful, because the Forestry told us which Forest Roads were still closed and which ones were open. They also recommended to us another area that maybe a good place to camp. We had to change our destination a couple times. Thank you for your time and effort in putting out this video.

  12. james black on July 10, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Did you ever make it to Colorado Springs?

  13. David Hanson on July 10, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Really useful stuff. Thank you. Great quality time with you, Jenn

  14. The Phenomenal Phive on July 10, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I have been watching all of your Reviews. I thank you so much for posting them.

  15. zzzzHUHzzzz on July 10, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Very helpful, thank you, Sweetie.

  16. PICKLER PICKLER on July 10, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Woodland park has everything you need there

  17. al jorgy on July 10, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    very informative video……….safe camping!

  18. Skip Watson on July 10, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Very informative. I was introduced to the app "iOverlander" a few months back and it quickly became my favorite go to app for initial searches for sites, dump stations, and water. It even works with no cell signal, which is helpful to me, since we go a lot of places where there is no cell coverage.

  19. SentByHim on July 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    My favorite RV life channel.

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  21. Harrison Wheeler on July 10, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    It would be nice to see a follow up video to this… i.e., picking out a camp ground on laptop… then a few episodes later, seeing you scout and find the campsite on arrival. I am in a dilemma trying to find some free, or even reasonable camping in maryland! There isn’t much here TBH.

  22. Joe on July 10, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    there is even a walmart near there

  23. Everyday Hustler on July 10, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I live near Paint Creek and we are working towards fulltime. Paint creek is still open..the pay spots are beautiful, but not very large and most are right one the creek. They do have some free sites, but they are more for tents. There’s one sharp curve to get into the campground/park so I would not recommend a long rig. The host site is the only large site they have. Swimming hole and lots of trails to hike from campground. You can drive one of the park roads which takes you the river site seeing way to Hot Springs NC. We’ve tent camped many times in Paint Creek and loved it.

  24. Julie Huffman on July 10, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    At the beginning of this video you said you have the microphone out like when you record your ?? videos? It sounded like foxygen, but I googled that and was confused. Do you have another channel you record?

  25. kreol oskar on July 10, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    cell signal depends on the cell it self …lg could hawe moer signal then lets just say samsung and the nev model dont necesery meant that b bether …

  26. Bob McLemore on July 10, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for this video! If you like Google Maps you’ll really like Google Earth I use it all the time. I Drive Your Truck and looking at where the parking spots are, where the docks are located when I pull in at night, helps me out a lot.

  27. Charlie Jones on July 10, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    When you are trying to contact the BLM about where you can camp, ask for the Recreation Planner or Rec Planner not just the person that answers the phone.
    The Rec Planners job is to take care of and manage camping and recreation areas for the BLM. If it isn’t in their office area they should be able to tell you which office would manage that area.

  28. Tom Craig on July 10, 2020 at 7:40 pm


  29. DreamRider on July 10, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Fanstastic information and walk through.. THANK YOU. Quick question, have you contributed to any photos or made reviews on Would be interested to see where you stayed and how that worked out for you.

  30. RVitia RV Rentals on July 10, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Great job! 🙂

  31. Summer Stardust on July 10, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    The FreeRoam app has a lot of nice features, not the least of which are the cell service, natl forest, blm, fire hazard, smoke, etc overlays. Austin also has instructional ytube videos on how to use all the features on the FreeRoam app.

  32. Joe on July 10, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    if you grab the little street view guy sometimes where the road has no pictures but people will up load a little 360 view shown by a little blue bubble

  33. cherie ballamis on July 10, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for your help great video.

  34. Marianne Haas on July 10, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    wanting to know what you do with sweetie ,when you are out for the day?

  35. iRHPatterson on July 10, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    An amazing video with great resources. Thank you so much for scoping out Asheville, NC. My wife and I went to Mars Hill College just north of Asheville, and we had no idea how much camping was available in the general area. Though we live in Florida, we would love to take our camper up to the mountains and thanks to you, we have learned of the many areas available to camp!!!!

  36. wheatbrook on July 10, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Excellent Work Thank You very helpful information!

  37. Robert Wagner on July 10, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Cool Guys! Thanks

  38. Ced Dew on July 10, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    take a look at wikicamps for free campsites, dump sites, and lots of other stuff. It uses google maps and works offline.

  39. Richard Palmanteer on July 10, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Hi I’ve been Boondocking for four years since 2016 and I’ve only use free and also free never have any problems finding someplace to camp. Safe travels have a good time you are you venture!!

  40. J Strayer on July 10, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    One of the most useful vids I’ve seen. thanks.

  41. Connie Fox on July 10, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    This is the best video EVER showing how to find an ideal free campsite! Wonderful info. Very helpful! Thank you!!!

  42. Allen Grebas on July 10, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    My wife and I camp in pike. It’s incredible, I love looking at pikes peak every morning. My wife and I are looking at buying travel trailer this summer be on our way in January

  43. Laurie Heard on July 10, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for the great information Jenni. Stay well.

  44. Jody Haworth on July 10, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Wow! Can we hire Jenny to pick sites for us? I don’t think this is something most people can do. You have a skill!

  45. Stefan Ghica on July 10, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    You are the campsite finding queen, like your husband was saying. Thank you, it’s been immensely helpful!

  46. Monica Randeen on July 10, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  47. Marcia Davis on July 10, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Very helpful, thank you.

  48. Eileen Brown on July 10, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you so much Jenny. Watching how you move thru the process using the various references/sites etc made it so much more clear than when I’ve heard people say, “oh, I use Google Maps, etc.”

  49. Don Gilliland on July 10, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing your boondocking strategy. You save first timers like me untold hours figuring this stuff out.

  50. Carol Collett on July 10, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    This was so super helpful. Thank you SO much!

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