In the February edition of RV Life, there is an article entitled Castle Dome From Mine to Museum. Castle Dome is a very interesting stop and I highly recommend a visit.
When we visited I had planned to boondock along the northwest side of Castle Dome Road leading to the old town site. There are numerous nice level spots to pull the RV off the road for the evening and enjoy a desert sunset. However, the road traverses past portions of the Yuma Proving Ground where the government “tests” things. During our travels along the road we saw drones flying over head, dust trails from rapidly moving vehicles (never could see what was creating them), strange noises and ominous warning signs along the road. Unnerved by what we saw, my wife and I decided we should probably head down the road and find somewhere else to boondock for the evening.
Being used by Uncle Sam for surveillance training or target practice is an adventure in RVing I can do without!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
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