Campgrounds

Looking for a truly unique RVing experience? Watch Drivin’ and Vibin’ review their stay at Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, California.

Located roughly one hundred miles away from Los Angeles in the beautiful rolling hills of Central California, the Flying Flags RV Resort feels worlds apart from the busy and often hectic daily grind California is well known for. Featuring a long list of amenities at the resort itself, Flying Flags RV Resort is also conveniently located near a plethora of truly unique tourism opportunities.

Staying 6 nights at the beautiful Flying Flags RV Resort, Kyle and Olivia experienced the many local wonders near by from the world famous Andersen’s Pea Soup, to the charming Danish village of Solvang. Enjoying locally produced wines in the surrounding community, Drivin’ and Vibin’ also explain what makes Flying Flags RV Resort one of the most memorable stays they have experienced on their full time journey.

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It’s a constant battle that more times than not doesn’t actually need to be a fight. Where do I find places to boondock or camp for free? And what are the best apps/websites to use to find them?

Don’t stress. There are options for free camping pretty much everywhere. Yes, some states have far less, but generally speaking you should be able to find a free camping spot wherever you are. Or certainly somewhere nearby.

Drivin & Vibin prove this in the video below. According to them they’ve NEVER not been able to find free camping. And they are full time, all the time.

Very helpful video for those new to the scene and not sure where to look.

A couple weeks ago I was headed west across I80 and, as many of you are well aware, the wind was just not cooperating. I had drive straight into the wind since Davenport and just couldn’t take it any longer. It was killing my fuel efficiency, was forcing the motor to work three times as hard and was all around a big pain in the butt.

So I needed a place to crash for the night and a nice, clean hot shower was on the agenda. I did a bit of searching and came across a well rated campground called Prairie Oasis Campground & Cabins in Henderson, Nebraska.

I wasn’t let down.

Now keep in mind that in some ways Prairie Oasis is a typical interstate camground. There isn’t a ton of space, you aren’t going to find hiking trails or hills to climb and there isn’t much of anything to do nearby. But those things aren’t why we like this place.

Prairie Oases wins points in two key areas.

  1. Extremely clean, recently completely rebuilt bathroom/shower facilities
  2. Extremely friendly and helpful staff

When I’ve had a long drive, I’m fairly frustrated, tired and dirty… these two points can either win or lose for a campground in my book. Prairie Oases hit it out of the park on both.

First, the bathrooms were incredible. According to the manager they just finished a full gut rehab/remodel in spring of 2017. The shower stalls were very clean, roomy, well appointed and the water was well pressured and hot. The sink areas seemed to be cleaned multiple times per day and the toilet areas were always spotless.

And as for the staff, I could try my hardest and I wouldn’t be able to find anything to grumble about at all. The friendly staff inside had our spot ready, walked us through what to expect for the evening, told us how to use the free rowboats on the large fishing pond and on multiple occasions went out of their way to ensure we didn’t need anything else.

The campground itself is pretty basic in terms of sites. There isn’t a lot of room. But they aren’t super cramped either.

They offer the following:

  • 31 gravel pull-thru, big rig friendly sites with 30 or 50 amp full-hookups
  • 7 large shaded tent sites with BBQ grills, picnic tables and fire pits
  • Furnished camping cabin rental
  • Gravel interior roads
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Updated restrooms and showers
  • Dump Station
  • Laundry Room
  • Groceries, Firewood & Limited RV supplies
  • Underground storm shelter for your safety

This was a fantastic simple campground to rest up at, get cleaned up, barbecue dinner at and watch the sun go down over the prairie horizon.

No complaints at all.

NOTE: The Pretirement Nomads just camped at SPNS. Check out their post here.

One of the most common boondocking discussions we see in social media revolves around free waterfront/beachfront camping. Yes, we all love the mountains and fresh desert air, but who doesn’t want to spend a few nights sleeping near the constant crashing of ocean waves?

With this in mind, we’re going to start a series of waterfront boondocking spots. With this being the maiden post!

Today’s highlight focuses on South Padre Island National Seashore (Official Website Here), located just outside of Corpus Christi, Texas. There are a lot of pros and a few cons, most of which we’ll list below. But if you’re looking for a seabreeze, a place to swim, open air and the sound of waves right next to you… all while paying ZERO to camp, South padre Island National Seashore should perhaps be added to your list.

SPNS has a lot of benefits. The park has 5 miles of beach boondocking, most of which is not very crowded outside of holidays and a few weeks of extreme summer high season. The general boondocking beach areas can be accessed by most vehicles, but the farthest, most remote areas might require 4×4.

That said, while most areas are accessible by most vehicles, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use caution. It is a beach, after all, and sand is often not an RV’s best friend. If you aren’t certain about current conditions you can always call the ranger station for the latest updates.

Being a free boondocking beach this area is primitive. There is, however, fresh water and a dump station at the paved RV are at the entrance to the park.

As far as the water goes, it’s your traditional blue/green ocean. There are certainly waves and ocean sounds we all crave, but the waves are small and not overwhelming. There will often be surf fishing underway, but most of those fishing go further down into the 4×4 areas.

There are large sand dunes and generally beautiful terrain features all around. Plenty of wildlife too!

Bonfires are allowed, but as always you should leave sites cleaner than they were when you arrive.

The primary downsides are few but notable. First, the main dirt road has traffic at all hours. It is a 15MPH road, but we all know speed rules aren’t always followed. Expect occasional traffic 24/7, some of it seemingly in a hurry. Also, there is a fair amount of trash, especially after weekends. It’s not overwhelming and it doesn’t kill the good vibes, but it’s just depressing that a lot of people just don’t care.

All of that said… this one should definitely be added to the list if you’re in the area!