If "Nite Camping" is a skill to be developed, certainly "Day Camping" is an
Art. You can learn that Art! It is only a matter of recognizing
that what you do during the day, is completely different than what you are able to do at nite.
You must have the right attitude, that Art!, in order to appreciate, or maybe, just in order
to perceive the magic of the difference between DayCamping and NiteCamping.
During the day you may park your RV almost anyplace that any other vehicle may park. Notice that
most of the signs regulating RV parking, control what you do during the nite. You should learn
to think of these signs as opportunities, NOT restrictions.
Here is how these opportunities work for you. When a sign states, "No Parking 10PM to 5AM", you
should interpret this sign to read, "OK for RVs to DayCamp here until 10PM." The difference is
so subtle, but so incredibly important. The law is actually saying to you, "DayCamping is free here
until 10PM !!
Let's consider that you are near a very popular beach. Parking is very tough during the day. However,
early in the morning, perhaps 6AM, it easy to park in a prime place and stay there all day long. You
simply move your RV home to that prime parking place around 6AM. Have breakfast there, or go back to sleep
until 10AM. Stay in this prime place all day. In the evening, when the parking restrictions are in
force, you move to some obscure NiteCamping spot that you have already scouted out.
Other thoughts about DayCamping
What makes a special place a "Special Place"? An ordinary park, a quiet street
with a landscaped hill outside your window. A parking place on a bluff overlooking the Pacific.
A place where a creek flows by. It may be anyplace, everyplace. A special place is where you
feel comfortable BECAUSE you are there in your RV home.
What makes a special day, a "Special Day"? For me, a special day is one where I
may visit a place and the crowds are gone. It is peaceful. The parking is easy. That is a
Special Day for me. I find that Special Days are easier to find
during the week, than on the weekend. So, on the weekend, I tend to take it even more easy than
I do during the week.
On The Go!:
Do you feel, deep in your heart is a need to be "On The Go" most of the time?
Listen to yourself. Feel the place where you are at. Don't think about it, feel it. Is it a
quiet place this morning and a lot of traffic going by in the afternoon? Move! You've got
I find that I am most happy, when I travel short distances during the day. When I am not
sticking in one spot for awhile, I like to be "On The Road" around 11AM and find
a camping place during the early afternoon, by at least 3PM. Why push it? We are fulltimers,
right? If we do not get there today, we will get there tomorrow. Everywhere we are, it is home
Not A Through Road!:
Very often you will see this sign on a road, and you will turn back. We have found some of the greatest
places after a "Not A Through Road" sign is passed. Often a lovely creek will be at the end of these dead
end roads. Sometimes not. However, we have to explore to find out, and not be turned back by signs. Have faith!
Puttering Around The House!:
Since there is no difference betweeen a stick home and an RV, except Wheels!, then
puttering around the house should be going on all the time, right? One thing though, puttering
in an RV has got to be 1000x better than in a stick house. Why? Because you get to putter in
such special places. Putter in a lovely park, or beside the Pacific Ocean. If I am going to
putter around during the day, I like to get to a lovely puttering place very early, especially if
it is a popular place. I stake out my spot, maybe around 6AM. Why not? If I get up early and
then am sleepy during the afternoon, I stop puttering and take a nap! I am entitled, right?