(After the post on the new rules of “Residency’ in the Coconino NF, I got many letters encouraging me to stop promoting vandwelling. They said I had contributed to the extra enforcement. I asked my good friend Randy his opinion about that, and was so impressed I asked him to write a guest post–this is it. I will write my own response in the near future. To read more of Randy’s musings go to his blog: http://mobilecodgers.blogspot.com/)
A million full time Rvers are now on the road—most of us boondockers—sustainably comfortable without hookups for long periods. We love our freedom to move about the continent—-“letting the night overtake us everywhere at home.” We sing out loud our songs of the open road—for our friends to hear—-and often invite them to join us.
But sometimes we wonder about the consequences of a million more boondocking Rvers on the road. We envision our favorite spots crowded with rigs or closed down from over use. Suddenly we feel our lifestyle threatened.
Is this a reasonable fear?? I say no!! And I accept this opportunity Bob has offered to make my case:
I say a million more will enhance our lifestyle rather than endanger it—-for a very good reason: demand creates supply. Both cars and camping places multiply when demand increases. Even FREE camping places will multiply because a million more minds will be searching for them—finding new niches, inventing new styles, games (like geo-caching)etc—-some we have not thought of before. (shrinking small towns across America might be induced to invite us in for our exciting company and for the dollars we spend)
Quartzsite, AZ is the classic example of boondockers making a town rich.
Already, 100,000 of us gather each year for 2 months or so in the valley around Quartzsite—-clustering here and scattering there, as we choose, living happily—across a vast bare desert— because we require only minimal infrastructure.
That’s nearly a tenth of our total numbers in just one spot. How many hundreds of valleys in the West lie vacant with no RV’s in them? I have camped many times—in places where no lights could be seen on the horizon.
Admit it my fearful friends—-there is space a-plenty for countless millions of us.
And if you should desire a permanent high country camping place—-
consider this huge failed development near Show Low, Az—(approximately 10 miles by 10 miles) with thousands of very inexpensive—one and a third acre lots—that sell for 1 to 5 thousand each
A new style of boondocking has been invented by 20 or so of my friends here. They purchased cheap lots of land close together in this high country–(6,500 ft) —perfect for cool summer getaways-where they enjoy the company of fellow Rvers.
Imagine a hundred or so of these RV hide-way niches scattered across the West– with reciprocal visitation privileges. The next million Rver could make this a reality.
RV clubs like the WINs (http://rvsingles.org/) routinely route a hundred or more on grand inexpensive circuits. (As I write this, they are collectively enjoying the sights of Wyoming http://lifeontheopenroad.blogspot.com/).
Modern electronics now connect the remotest nooks of our continent such that we have as much connection or disconnection as we choose.
We current boondockers know a great and powerful secret—-a secret that is quickly being leaked: mobile living can be very inexpensive! Millions now drudging away at jobs they hate—-could be quickly free—-to live the life they have imagined. They already have enough money to live this lifestyle!
And if a million of these unhappy souls were to shuck their jobs and expensive habits to join us on the road—the whole world would be better off: To begin with—a million jobs would suddenly be available to the unemployed—-and the new mobile million would soon find themselves consuming only a fraction as in their former lives.
The proper fruit of the industrial / technological revolutions should be less drudgery, shorter careers, more freedom, mobility, better connectedness, and more comforts. Most all of my friends are now living these glorious lives. They are enjoying the juicy fruit of the tree of technology.
I say to my friends, fearful of inundation: reconsider! Welcome the newbees—share your wisdom—as someone once welcomed you and wised you up.
As with love—this wonderful life must be shared to fulfill itself.
Try as you will—you cannot imagine how wonderful the future will be—any more than a cave man could imagine the joys we now experience.