2016 RV-Dreams Boondocking Rally

Tallahassee, Florida -
March  13 - 20, 2016




Overview

Over the years, we've had lots of readers interested in parking their RVs "off the grid" without hook-ups. But many people are a little apprehensive about it.

So, after kicking around the idea for awhile and getting some feedback, we thought we would try a "Boondocking For Novices" RV-Dreams Rally.

Our first three (2013, 2014, & 2015) were such a success, we've decided to have another one in 2016.   

It won't be as structured as our usual RV-Dreams Educational Rallies, but rather it will be an informal gathering where we will provide hands on tips and tricks for those that want to try boondocking with support from those with experience.

ONLY $95 PER RV!!*

Limited to the first 40 RVs to register


This Event Has Taken Place

Check Back Here In The Fall for Information on the 2017 Boondocking Rally





2015 Boondocking Rally

Venue

For 2016, we've made arrangements to hold our Boondocking Rally at the North Florida Fairgrounds in Tallahassee, Florida. 

We will be parking out in large field.   There will be paved road access to the area, but we want you to know that attendance will require driving your RV into a grassy field.

Your camping during the Rally is included in your registration fee.

There are several RV parks in the area where you can "stage" prior to the Rally and take on water and empty tanks.  Or, you can arrive early at the fairgrounds as they have campsites with electric and water and a dump station.

The nightly rate for a site with hook-ups at the fairgrounds (before or after the Rally) is $30, and you have to make arrangements with the office AND arrive during regular business hours (M - F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)  The phone number is 850-878-3247.

Linda & I will be there the entire 8 days of the Rally, but attendees can arrive anytime and stay for a few days or the full week.

Note, however, that this Rally will be limited to 40 RVs and it usually sells out a few months in advance

Agenda

There will be a loose agenda including seminars on tank management, batteries, and solar options. 





Along with others, we will be answering questions and helping to evaluate attendee rigs and set-ups as they relate to boondocking. Of course, we'll be around to answer whatever questions may come up or point our guests in the direction of those more qualified to answer certain questions.

We will have campfires, ....





potlucks, ....





happy hours, breakfasts .....





games, crafts, and whatever else we decide to do on the spur of the moment.

There are nearby rivers that are excellent for paddling, so we'll probably have a paddling day.





For those interested, we can play a round or two of golf.

Also, I'm sure Linda will teach some beading and t-shirt braiding .....





and we'll probably have folks that will be able to help with various issues you might be having with your RV.

Or, you can just sit and relax.  Again, there is a limited agenda and no pressure to do anything.

What To Bring

Clothing

March weather in that part of Florida averages highs in the mid-70s, and overnight lows around 50.  I know that will be tough, but I think we can handle it.  :)

Rain is not likely, but is possible.

Note: If it happens to rain heavily, there is a slight risk of getting stuck.  Costs of commercial towing, should it be necessary, will be at the expense of the individual attendee. 

Food

There is a grocery less than a mile away and a Walmart Supercenter about 15 minutes away.  This will be more of an urban Boondocking Rally and we'll be close to anything we might need.

We will probably have a few potlucks, but there won't be much planning time. They might be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Of course, any group meals will be completely voluntary.

So, bring enough food for yourself to last a few days, and bring whatever additional food you might want to share at a happy hour or potluck. But don't fret too much about food packing as we'll be close to everything.

Chairs, Tables, Grills

Bring comfortable chairs for seminars, happy hours, campfires, and other gatherings.

If possible, bring a table for potluck set-up.

Grills and propane cookers will come in handy. Remember, there are no electric hook-ups, so microwave and convection oven use will be limited unless you want to run your generator.

Firewood

We will likely have a community campfire most nights, so if everyone brings just a little firewood, we should be okay. Of course, if you want to bring a lot or have scrap wood you are trying to get rid of, that would be appreciated (no wood with nails, please).

We will have to have the fires in portable firepits, so if you have one, we can probably use it.

Generators

If your RV has a generator, great. If you have a portable generator, bring it. If you don't have a generator, consider borrowing or renting one (we would recommend a Honda portable).

Daily rentals of generators can be high, but a weekly rental might be worthwhile. Check with Home Depot, Lowe's, or other equipment rental companies.

A generator isn't absolutely necessary, but if you don't have solar panels, you will need some way to keep your coach batteries charged. You will likely be able to borrow a generator from another attendee to charge batteries, but having one to yourself will increase your abilities.

Note: We will have generator hours. Quiet time (no generators) will be from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Games

Bring your favorite camping games such as ladder golf (aka hillbilly golf, blongo ball, bolo ball, ladder ball, flingy pongy, etc.) or bean bag toss (aka cornhole) or horseshoes. We might even have a tournament.

You will probably find someone to play your favorite card game, board game, or domino game, so bring those too.

Flashlights/Headlamps

With no electricity, it'll be pretty dark. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp.

Pets

Pets are most certainly welcome. However, we have some requests.

  • Please keep your dogs on a leash while in the group area (or otherwise maintain control).
  • Please keep your dogs away from the food during potlucks and happy hours.
  • Please pick up after your dogs.
  • Please don't assume everyone is a dog lover and be considerate of those that aren't.
  • Please do your best to keep dogs from barking.

Boondocking is great for dog owners, because strict RV park rules don't apply in many cases. However, in this group setting, we appreciate your understanding of our common sense requests.

Full Propane, Full Fresh Water, Empty Holding Tanks

To maximize your length of stay, make sure:

  • Your propane tanks/cylinders are full.
  • Your fresh water tank is full.
  • Your wastewater holding tanks are empty.

Again, there are several RV parks in the area if you want to stay a night to empty tanks and take on water and there is a dump station at the fairgrounds.

If you have any questions about this Boondocking Rally, please send those through our Contact Form. If we have several of the same questions, we will update this page to answer those.

ONLY $95 PER RV!!!*



This Event Has Taken Place

Check Back Here In The Fall for Information on the 2017 Boondocking Rally


* - The Rally fee is only $95 which includes rally coordination, parking, informal seminars, and liability insurance.  The fee is the same no matter the length of stay. And, in the event you must cancel, the $95 fee is NON-Refundable. In the interest of full disclosure, we have posted this policy in various places throughout the registration process.