Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Advanced Boondocking 4 - Satellites and Sno-Parks

Whatcha gonna do when trees are blocking satellite reception? Give up TV for a night? OR, use your compass to find a crack in the trees where the signal is coming through and place your satellite dish there. For these situations, Randy carries extra-long TV cables and a small device he constructed to hold the dish. He "nails" it to the ground and tunes in. Mountains are rarely a barrier because the signal comes in at a very high angle.

Sno-parks are wonderful places to camp - and there are hundreds of them in CA, OR and WA. Each state lists them on the internet:


This one at Ochoco summit in Oregon even came with a couch!


Blogger noneof said...

Do you typically get a Verizon signal at the sno-parks?

7:21 AM  
Blogger Randy & Diana said...

It's hard to generalize. Lots of times there are cell towers at the passes, and that's where the sno-parks often are. But if they are in the middle of nowhere, then Verizon doesn't bother covering the area.

10:28 PM  

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