By definition RVers that boondock are a bit more resourceful and self-reliant than those that camp in a campground with hookups. Boondockers spend a little extra effort to locate a campsite, learn to conserve water, batteries and holding tank space and be ready to deal with those unexpected curve balls life throws at us from time to time.
Like the late 1980’s TV character MacGyver, boondockers must learn to solve problems that come their way with everyday materials carried with them or found at the campsite as there is no camp store in the boondocks.
Such was the case when my wife and I arrived at a predetermined boondocking location located in the heart of the San Rafael Swell in central Utah. This site had it all, gorgeous view, secluded, stately sandstone formations, resident wildlife and those always photogenic gnarled Utah juniper trees (Juniperous osteosperma). The one problem: in order to park the RV to maximize the view required placing it in a very unlevel location. With the wooden blocks contained in my RV quickly depleted, I began looking for available materials to finish the job. Finding a large chunk of sandstone that had fractured off nearby provided the needed extra “block” to place under the tongue jack to get the lift I needed on the front end. As I proceeded to extend the jack and apply weight to my new found block, the sandstone began to crumble from the weight. Not to be foiled in my attempt to level the RV and enjoy the campsite, I quickly lowered the front stabilizing jacks to alleviate the weight on the failing rock. Lounge chairs were deployed, chilled beverages dispensed and the enjoyment of another great boondocking space commenced.
That majestic Utah sandstone is pretty to look at, but it makes terrible leveling blocks for the RV. Boondocking MacGyver style, just another adventure in RVing!
And yes, I did have to reverse the process to vacate the site, but this is a public blog open to my insurance company and agent. Enough said!
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