Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > All Miscellaneous questions > Travellers' questions that don't fit anywhere else

Travellers' questions that don't fit anywhere else This is an opportunity to ask any question, and post any notice you wish that doesn't fit into one of the other sections.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 27 Oct 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 4
camping for free across the states

hello guys,

know this sounds tame in comparison to what i read on these boards... am very admiring of what you guys do.

i am about to go on my third cross country in the states, and i'm looking to reduce my costs.

what advice do you have for free camping in the states?

i heard once of camping on church property with permission. who do i ask?

thanks,

r.j.y.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 28 Oct 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: On the back of a yellow horse
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by whyrichard View Post
hello guys,

know this sounds tame in comparison to what i read on these boards... am very admiring of what you guys do.

i am about to go on my third cross country in the states, and i'm looking to reduce my costs.

what advice do you have for free camping in the states?

i heard once of camping on church property with permission. who do i ask?

thanks,

r.j.y.

Here's a link to free campgrounds in the USA.
Google is your friend.
Also, here's a link to a report a friend did - lived for 1 yr on his bike and spent $40 or less per day.

Good luck on your ride!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 4 Nov 2007
lorraine's Avatar
Veteran Traveller
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Definitely Nomadic
Posts: 418
In the west, in states like Arizona, New mexico, Wyoming and Nevada, camping on Bureau of Land Management Land or BLM, is free. California it's tough to come by. And it's non-existent in the East.
Lorraine
__________________
www.LorraineChittock.com All Over the Map - Radio & Travel Books www.facebook.com/lorraine.chittock
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 4 Nov 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 998
BLM, USFS and some State Forests allow free camping to some degree.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 14 Nov 2007
Hindu1936's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Yongin, South Korea
Posts: 327
In the west, just pull off the road behind some bushes or trees, cover the shiny bits, put of a shy camp and pay no attention to the 90mph bull coming your way. On freeways, hide the bike near an overpass. Climb up the support ramp. between the bridge/overpass road and the support ramp there is usually a flat spot 10 x the width of the highway above and about 6 ft. tall. out of the wind, safe from bad guys and free. Other than this wonderful advice eagerly noted by everyone, look for campgrounds no closer than 5 miles to a town. They will nomrllay be cheaper and have room. Stay away from KOA unless you have the money for a nice hotel. We do a lot-really a lot-of wild camping and to date have never been asked to leave from anywhere. We also have the old folks pass and get into the BLM, USDA, and Forest Service campsites for half price. Same thing lets us visit all the national goodies for free. If you are not old, borrow your grandfathers I.D. and go get the pass.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12 Feb 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Akron, Ohio
Posts: 3
Free in Ohio

Hey guys,

Until it gets out of hand, I have room and a garage in Ohio for any travelers needing the space and a place to crash (excuse the term). I am a retired Police Motor Officer, and teach the Motorcycle Safety course in the summer. So, I may not be here on weekends. But, during the week, I am usually hanging about playing on the "GS....... Let me know if you need space..

Jeff apopj@mac.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12 Feb 2008
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posts: 1,366
Thanks Jeff (Ohio) for the offer .. I suggest you join the HU community (or make one if there is not one in your area) .. that is the usuall meassage thingy when travellers are passing through .. sometimes in trouble (sick, tired, crashed, drive train etc) and need help, advice .. or even just some other biker to talk to.

r.j.y - all travellers are interested in reducing their costs ... so free camping is a choice some make ..

For the church .. there should be a sign out the front saying who the pastor is .. and some contact details ? I'd try not to stay over the weekend - they can get noisy!
__________________
---
Regards Frank Warner
motorcycles BMW R80 G/S 1981, BMW K11LT 1993, BMW K75 G/S
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12 Feb 2008
DLbiten's Avatar
HU California Meeting Organiser
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Camano is. USA
Posts: 443
ADVRider has a list of camping spots they let people use. Its gust members back yards but its free.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 20 Feb 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 185
www.couchsurfing.com

Have a look at couchsurfing.com
IN the spirit of the traveler...A website listing people that have a spare couch/bed to crash on. You do a search for the area, have alook at the people listed find someone that sounds like they're on your page and give them a email... Sometimes you'll get a free guide for the area and a nice home cooked meal..... not always.. but every bit helps stretch the budget!
__________________
'99 R1100GS - In a suitable shade of black

It's not that life is so short, It's just that we're dead for so long....
"The world is a book, those who do not travel read only one page." ~ Saint Augustin
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 21 Feb 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Buckley North Wales UK
Posts: 32
Adv List..

DLBiten is spot on.. have a look on advrider.com they have had a list of folks willing to put up fellow bikers and its also a great resource for local knowledge.

If you have your route sorted for the most part, then a post of two can help secure you the odd night free and some local guiding about to find the best roads and sights to see. Local knowledge is always best for finding those hard to locate places and quiet spots imho..

And don't forget the site if you run into problems of a mechanical nature, a good set of folks out there who usually able to point our parts sellers, mechanics etc..

All the best..

John
__________________
safe riding and hope to see you out on the road. .. John..
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 1 Mar 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Eureka, CA USA
Posts: 326
Many times BLM and National Forest land can be camped on for free. Look them up on the internet for rules and locations. Campgrounds sometimes charge a fee but most places you can just camp anyplace (non campground) for free.
__________________
John
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 30 Dec 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 12
I mostly set up camp after dark and leave early in the morning and in a dozen times camping I haven't had any real problems camping all over the west.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 14 Jan 2014
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 32
I see people RVing in WalMart parking lots, Does this work for camping a night?

Garry
__________________
www.AmazingRideforMS.ca
IBAID 26718 ,BMWMOA 117552, 2012 RED KLR650
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 14 Jan 2014
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 64
I don't know your age, but if you're retired, you can get a "golden pass" for about $20usd. and then everything, including camping on federal land is 1/2 price.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 18 Jan 2014
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Garry_Kramer View Post
I see people RVing in WalMart parking lots, Does this work for camping a night?

Garry
24 hours of lights, shoppers and traffic make for a crappy night of sleep. In an RV ok but in a tent I would not consider this.

If you hone your stealth camping skills youll find that it is not hard, sometimes even easier than finding a hotel.


Just veer off the beaten path for a few miles and hunt for a secluded spot. Its not that hard and once youve done it a few times, it will not bother you. When you are getting close to you bed time just scan the side roads as you ride, you see one that looks like to leads to a seclude spot, make a turn and scan that for a mile or two. If you see a good spot ride past it for a quarter mile to make sure you arent too close to the a home. Then turn around, pull into the spot, setup your tent and catch some shut eye.

I hide completely or I "hide" in plain sight depending on my options.

This is my technique, the one you develop may vary.

BTW: I went motorcycle camping for the first time this summer and I always guerrilla camped with little to no issues. beforehand I did not even own a tent so this goes to show that it can be done even if you are inexperienced.

If you are unsure about the whole thing, just practice around your area first. I was supposed to do this before my trip but I ran out of time.
__________________
Tour of the American West
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Africa, All or Multiple City Thread RalEva Bike Friendly, Africa 3 17 Jan 2008 09:14
Camping gear for SOUTH AMERICA gravityfreak South America 12 5 Aug 2007 02:25
Buying a Bike in the States and Riding To Argentina JollyGiant Trip Paperwork 13 29 Jan 2007 18:03
Camping in Central Asia 'Stans davidmc Northern Asia 9 15 Aug 2005 14:48
Baltic states (& Russia?) iswoolley Route Planning 27 19 Aug 2004 23:47

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.



Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 20:32.