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A Commercial Break

As we approach a decade on the road and nine years of running this corner of the web, I’d like to share a little of how we do it. This site has been built, rebuilt, overhauled, torn down and reconstructed by two people who pretend they’re retired. They have written code in a dozen languages, […]

Arizona State Trust Lands

A lot of folks are missing out on 14 days of camping on the most beautiful tracts of land available. These lands were granted to the state by the feds to be liquidated to developers. All revenues are to be used to fund Arizona State education and educational institutions. However, you must purchase a permit! […]

Are all of the campgrounds full for the 2017 Total Eclipse? Here are some options you might not have thought of or even know about. Best of all, many are free! Below, we’ve listed some gems for you to check out in each state that the eclipse will be visible. Want more options? Be sure […]

Privacy Delay

You can now set a delay between the time you submit a review or new listing and the time in which it appears on your profile page. By setting a timer from a week to 3 months, you can share your experience with others and still enjoy a sense of privacy. You will always be […]

Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. “Dispersed camping” is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground, and is generally allowed anywhere except within 100 feet of a lake, trail, or stream or where posted as closed. […]

Personal Pages

See where you’ve been! Personal pages have been expanded to include all of your recent activity, including a map of your travels based on your campsite reviews and submissions. Here, you can find your reviews, photos, videos, and blog posts all organized in one place. You may view your profile page by clicking your username […]

California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife offers a wide array of camping opportunities. (1) Antelope Valley Wildlife Area – No motorhomes or camp trailers permitted. Camping allowed only from May 1 through October 31. (2) Ash Creek Wildlife Area – Allowed. (3) Butte Valley Wildlife Area – Allowed. (4) Cache Creek Wildlife Area – No […]

Merry Christmas and Happy Anniversary from the Free Campsites team! Christmas Eve marks eight years of working with you to provide the best free camping information on the web. We’ve been through a lot of changes over the past eight years. We were not expecting a day when there are more phones than laptops back […]

Exit Private Browsing Mode

In order to improve speed, reduce bandwidth usage, and to enable offline use of our website application we require application caching. While most browsers allow for these features in incognito/private mode, Apple’s Safari browser does not. On an iPad or iPhone, you must exit private browsing to use our website. Disabling private mode on a […]

Adding Solar part seven

Here I’ll try to present some options for solar, starting with a minimalist approach, and ending with full blown 100% off the grid. A. Maintenance only system, with room for expansion: 15 watts of solar for every 100 amp-hours of battery storage. Charge controller: Grape Solar GS-PWM-40BT Use nominally 12 volt panels […]

Adding Solar part six

Charge controllers are a key part of the system. Their job is to charge the battery bank as quickly as possible without over doing it and ruining the bank. Lead Acid batteries are peculiar beasts. They love to be charged and if possible each and every cycle should be brought back to 100% state of […]

Adding Solar part five

Our solar system is going to look something like this: panels–>charge controller–>battery bank. There are several panel types. Some are more efficient than others. In the main, what is most likely to be used are either monocrystalline or polycrystalline.   Mono appear to put out slightly more current under perfect conditions, but real life testing may […]

Adding Solar part four

I’ve been harping on about doing an energy audit. Here are some suggestions as to how to do so. 1. by direct measurement 2. by doing calculations. For direct measurement, find a watt meter such as the inexpensive Kill-a-Watt meter, plug in the rv shore power cord. Total load will need to be kept under […]

Adding Solar Part Three

For those of you who only wish to maintain a bank between trips, simply add a good charge controller that has a battery temperature probe on the battery bank (my current favorite is from Grape and is capable of up to 40 amps of current on the output side) and 15 watts of panels per […]

Adding Solar part two

The heart of a solar system is the storage batteries. However, the type of battery needs to fit the needs of the particular RV’ing style. Some one who always stays in an RV park with a shore power connection can use any type of battery and need not worry about sizing other than whether it […]

Adding Solar part one

This is the first of a series of articles about adding solar to an RV. There is no one simple answer to this question. Since most of us are using lead acid batteries, I’ll start with some information about them. There are at least two ways to approach batteries for RV’s. One is to consider […]

Solar boondocking

Hi all,   Here is a simple flow chart.   Budget–>Energy Audit–>Battery bank size–>number of watts–>PWM or MPPT. What ever type of controller is chosen, make sure it has adjustable voltage set points and a temperature probe that is on the battery.   If you use solar as a battery charger, one rule of thumb […]

Arizona A permit is required to camp on Arizona State Trust lands. Learn more: Wyoming Off-road vehicle use, overnight camping, and open fires are prohibited on these state lands read more

Bulk Data Submissions

Do you want to submit more than one campsite at a time? Do you have a list of camping areas that you’d like to upload to, but feel that it’s just too much work to do each of them individually? Use our bulk upload template and send us the data. Gather If the data […]

Update – Trip Planner

We’re very happy to announce that we’ve launched the Free Campsites Trip Planner! Here are some great routes to get you started: Highway 395 Natchez Trace Route 66 Features Driving directions including time and distance. Multiple route suggestions. You may save or share routes simply by bookmarking them or copying the URL. Routes are cached […]