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How to Camp in an RV for Free in Nevada (Winnemucca)

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Living the full time RV Life Dream: A short video showing you my gorgeous boondocking location just outside of Winnemucca, NV. where I camped for free just a mile from the interstate and had great internet so I could work as a digital nomad too! A day of gratitude and celebrating my freedom! NOTE: STILL LEARNING HOW TO DO THIS WHOLE SHOOTING VIDEO THING, SOME OF THE SCENERY SHOTS ARE A LITTLE ROUGH.. BUT HOPE YOU ENJOY! Thank you for watching.
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Summer Knights (5 months ago)
I love to cook, write, take videos and pictures and watch tv and go online. Love spending time alone. Do you think I can do these things traveling?
Tom Barnwell (5 months ago)
We are heading West soon and all of this free camping in BLM areas is going to be new to us.  Is it safe to leave items such as solar panels out while we are away sight seeing?  We have a TT and our solar panels are placed on the ground..  we really enjoy watching you on You Tube.  Thanks for a great job.
Karen Louks (7 months ago)
you go girl woohoo
Jazeapokergod A (11 months ago)
Wow. All I can say.
Lisa Mary Kalmerton (11 months ago)
I can't wait to get started!
Richard Richard (1 year ago)
Beautiful view
Flower Child (1 year ago)
Gosh, those views are amazing!
sniversnafer (1 year ago)
how bout getting a CB radio?
Kristi Kennedy (1 year ago)
Love it! Thank you for sharing!
Debbie Lee (1 year ago)
Soooo Beautiful!!!!! I'm sooo jealous!! Stay safe and thanks for sharing it with us!!
Kristina Baker (1 year ago)
I am a traveling surgical tech and my first assignment was in Winnemucca. i totally fell in love with it an spent a year there....as an east coaster i never realized just how amazing the west is. Once my son graduates nezt year I'm off on another assignment out west and this time I'm rving it!
Angela Siegfried (1 year ago)
Sounds wonderful! Congrats on the soon to be RV life. :)
John Litl (1 year ago)
nice video so glad for you enjoying life . you are one of the lucky ones . have fun enjoy
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Thank you John!!
moses195 (1 year ago)
On dec 2nd I was just pulling in to Yuma after waiting 5 years to go there. I loved it and stayed til it got too warm on feb 3. Went thru Q and on to Havisu for a month til it got too warm. Then over to Barstow and north. Now in Fallon and it's been chilly! I found your blog by accident looking for boondocking in Winnemucca. Damn girl you can write! I wish I had your talent. I can talk but can't write like that. Reading about your brakes and hunting a site made me feel right at home. Been there...
Nothing prettier then Nevada and Utah in my book
Jeff Kline (1 year ago)
I intend to do a lot of this when I go full time; particularly over the first year or so. All the money that would have gone to pay parks and such will simple accrue in the bank towards purchase of land/property somewhere in AZ. We want to have some kind of home base but I will still largely be out in the RV as much as I can.
taskforceripper91 (1 year ago)
Beautiful desert scenery. How do you get information an area is BLM land? What are or are there restrictions of any sort on BLM land? Nice vid
Chitza (1 year ago)
Relatively new subscriber and trying to catch up on your earlier videos. I've never been drawn to the desert over the mountains, but your videos make me want to go. Thanks for the time you put in to sharing with us. I want BLM land in the east 😩😩😩!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I prefer the mountains too, but there is definitely beauty in the desert too. with that said, it's been two months.. I miss my mountains!
The Nomad Sharpner (1 year ago)
Peace  & Blessings!
gooddollie (1 year ago)
Amazing view!
Alex Tucker (1 year ago)
What an awesome view!
Capt. Cutler (1 year ago)
Also, you can camp ANYWHERE in National Forests for free. There are good logging roads that will take you deep in there and you can do what you want. It's freeing AND free.
cathy308308 (1 year ago)
Cowboy my big black Labrador dog reminded me to ask you for him if Capone found any jackrabbit to chase. Cowboy loves to chase jackrabbits in Nevada
cathy308308 (1 year ago)
I just loved your video. I love being in the kind of places that you were parked. Thanks for taking the time to show us the beautiful views in central Nevada.
Bonnie (1 year ago)
the snow was on the news! you gave me a better picture of the snow. they said it's the first time since the 70's it snowed in the desert.
Janice Hart (1 year ago)
I was cold just watching you. When I think desert, I do not think snow. I'm looking forward to meeting up with everyone at the 2018 RTR. Need to find my van and get it ready. Your videos and Bob's videos have been a great source of information. Thank you.
Bob S. (1 year ago)
I've never been in that part of Nevada. It looks stunningly beautiful. Peace.
Moose (1 year ago)
absolutely gorgeous!
Big Phizzle (1 year ago)
Hey Carolyn I just wanted to say that I admire you for doing what you wanna do with your life and finding true happiness. I'm only a 26 year old guy with 2 young daughters and I struggle every single day to provide a decent life for them so when I see someone being free and truly happy it makes me feel like what am I doing? I've always wanted to travel and do the RV life and hopefully one day I will. Keep posting these videos because they're amazing in every way. I just stumbled across your channel and I'm so glad I did. Keep up the good work and we'll all be here to watch and support you along the way. Much love from Ohio! Sincerely, Tim
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Phizzle - there are families out here doing it!! Homeschooling, etc. What an education!! Thank you for watching and I wish you and your family the very best. Happy Holidays! -Carolyn
ready net (1 year ago)
Hey buddy. it's dark in GA are u OK I Love you stay safe lots of Love from Ga.
ready net (1 year ago)
A Question could you go south to warmer temps. Sorry do not like cold temp?
Lori Smith (1 year ago)
Every time I watch one of your videos, the yearning increases. I am trying not to be too impatient. I'm down to 167 days!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
167 Days!!!! It will be here before you know it!!! Have fun planning and preparing!! It IS half the adventure!!! ty for continuing to watch..
Esther Frasher (1 year ago)
that's gorgeous, Carolyn!! I miss the desert. :)
Jason Taylor (1 year ago)
i gotta ask ,do you have kids
Jason Taylor (1 year ago)
well looks like your living it up now,,so cool ...when matilda retires buy a boat and come too australia,,,its cool as,,
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Another unpopular choice I made when I was 17. :-)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
No kids
Charles Waye (1 year ago)
Thank You! Beautiful country to simply enjoy the views that your RV life allows.
What's in the box? (1 year ago)
Beautiful scenery! Safe travels!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Auggies1956 (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing the view.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
yw - thank you for watching!
shashakeeleh (1 year ago)
Okay, I'm a complete yutz rookie... What is "BLM" land?
shashakeeleh (1 year ago)
+Carolyn's RV Life Got it! Thanks Carolyn!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I'm sorry. I should spell that stuff out.. Bureau of Land Management = it's mostly barren land that no one wants (most of Nevada, for example) and people can camp on it for free.. (with some limits usually, by district).
Tiny Tim (1 year ago)
Looks like fun
Sylvia Jones (1 year ago)
Gorgeous view! Thanks for sharing.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
thank you!
Mike Townsend (1 year ago)
let see bobs van
betomata4 (1 year ago)
I wish i could be as Free as you Guys ... but I protect and feed Too many Folks to be missed so easily unnoticed ... I wish i could Love one person and just think of them and there well-being... to be free is.........................
Doug Rietz (1 year ago)
Years ago, while heading on a trip from New Mexico to the Sacramento area, we diverted through Northern Nevada. The drive through the Big Smoky Valley was spectacular. I found this site that has great photos from several adventures you can take through that part of Nevada - my favorite part of the state. Enjoy! http://www.exploringnevada.com/scenic-drives/big-smoky-valley.php
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Awesome!! thank you very much. OH> I did that drive!!! Holy cow, it was AMAZING. I have a pic of it on Instagram!! Thank you !
Trevor Marty (1 year ago)
I enjoyed your video and am a new subscriber.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Awesome!Welcome and thank you!
Wallace Pelletier (1 year ago)
you are so blessed i love your camper life,i wish i could afford a class c camper
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Thank you wallace!
Denise Fox - Bernotas (1 year ago)
Can I ask what you do for a living? I need to know how to live the dream and not work for someone.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I''ve spent the last 8 years building a marketing consulting practice (http://FortuneMarketingCompany.com) and now I do all my work remotely.
Roobie Breastnut (1 year ago)
I'll be out there in April of next year! Most of that land is owned actually, and is parceled and sold off... which is no biggie. Most of "us" land owners out there don't mind if you camp on our BLM land... WiNk~ I own about 100 acres out there, in the exact spot where you're at. About a half hour out from Hwy 80 ;) Reason why, is that they have future plans in building development housing, etc, because of the lithium plants, Tesla car plants, etc. It's going to be the next lining of a city soon... So enjoy it while it's still there! (I 'd seen the surveyed parceled plans... You'd be surprised what people own out in the boondocks.... ;) PS. And there's another reason why they've been surveying this BLM land out and selling it off in huge parcels... Because of OUR national debt! The government owns something like 91% of the land out here in Nevada. So this makes sense why they are and have been selling it off since Obama's been in office. And we get to keep ALL of the mineral rights of the property TOO! That just does NOT happen here in Nevada very often. They've been selling this BLM property since the 1950's actually. However, the BLM land $ells are booming today!
Jose Rivera (1 year ago)
I did see 'snow in the desert' while I was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Tuscon, Arizona. I actually went up to the mountains nearby, during the winter months.
Jeff Kline (1 year ago)
In case you haven't figured it; I'm somewhat living vicariously through your videos.. :)
Expat Jim- Not A Clue (1 year ago)
Aren't we all...lol
charlie b (1 year ago)
do u want a kiss
Dan Gliballs (1 year ago)
What a beautiful and inspiring lady! good on ya Carolyn!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
thank you!
tater mater (1 year ago)
Wow! What an amazing journey. Thanks for taking us along. New sub, TFS Velvet
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
thank you very much!
avamaria21 (1 year ago)
I would love to know what it's like in the van.
JP Newman (1 year ago)
your video reminds me of my time in the desert... thank you for sharing...
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
you're welcome!
Dizzy Viz (1 year ago)
You keep saying "we" so you and BOB or you and Capone? If Bob is with you then your not a single woman traveling alone anymore?
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
When I shot this video I was still with Bob. I am still single I still travel alone
Ron S (1 year ago)
Thanks for another inspiring video :::)))
Quid est Veritas (1 year ago)
Beeeeeee utiful!!!
Liz Ludchak (1 year ago)
Thought about you last night as I went to bed. Our first cold snap where I live in Colorado. Keep warm and snug!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Oh my gosh, that's so kind! I'm in warmer climates now near Las Vegas.. thank you for thinking of me. :-) You stay warm and cozy too!
OnlyMyPOV (1 year ago)
"Blue Highways" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Highways
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Oh my gosh.. JUST bought this book and started reading it! thank you!
Jeanette Waverly (1 year ago)
Y'know, "Nevada" means "Snowy" in Spanish.
Jeanette Waverly (1 year ago)
Many people don't realize that it's aridity that defines a desert, not temperature. Look at the Gobi! (I've always wanted to go there and see the Pzewalski's horses, even if I can't spell them, lol.)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I did not know that! Very cool thanks for the info!!! :-)
Wow! insanely beautiful! I sure hope you wait to air these vids after you have left the area - for your safety - Im just a worry wart - love your vids looks like you are having fun :)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
MJ - You are so thoughtful. Yes, never post until I am out of a location! My location is top secret! :-) I appreciate you very much! Thanks for watching- C
Barbara Zwettler (1 year ago)
Happy for you enjoy
Dive Bar Casanova (1 year ago)
Time for Quartzite.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
On my way!
2bczar4u (1 year ago)
Questions: How far off the a main road do you go? Do you always make sure that you have a cell signal? (That might have been a safety tip as well). How can you tell if it is a place where you are allowed to stay? How much do you budget for each day? Point me to previous vlogs if that's where this was already answered.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
1. it depends.. I try to go as far off the main road as i can, but since i need to work, i need a cell signal. 2. no. Some days I go completely off the grid for my sanity :-) 3. National Forest and BLM land is free and you can camp just about anywhere. there are maps and phone apps 4. I don't really need to budget. What I spend, depends on whether I'm traveling or staying put. I just put $5400 into Matilda for a new transmission, so my budget is BLOWN . lol I will be doing videos and blogs on a lot of this stuff. So stay tuned. I hope those answers helped.
Rena Huchingson (1 year ago)
Gods beautiful country. I like the idea of you having a friend traveling with you. Some of the places you stay is Scarry. Too remote for me. Lol.. God bless you and stay safe.
Debbie Neal (1 year ago)
Capone is a Wonderful guardian and Best friend i bet. :-) He is so sweet!
Jean Myers (1 year ago)
i am so happy for you keep loving life and living the dream
dwight (1 year ago)
do you have a outside front vinyl cover for windshield and door windows?
derrick felix (1 year ago)
Lovely video Carolyn Cheers
paula shope (1 year ago)
yuck ur horrid
othniel hibbert (1 year ago)
great view keep em coming enjoy from jamaica
Lisa A (1 year ago)
What an amazing view! Found your channel today and subscribed. Great videos and good content. I'm so jealous - would love to do what your doing. Maybe when the lil one is on her own, I can go adventuring. Please keep sharing!
Made in Mexico (1 year ago)
love it love it love it....
Golden Phoenix (1 year ago)
lucky for you my mini winnie is down for the count right not
cassandra Robinson (1 year ago)
The other thing i love about this lifestyle is, when i wake in the morning with a smile on my face. My second thought is where am I, that always makes me laugh to myself.
Don Wilson (1 year ago)
I would be out there with my metal detector having a blast, and cooking a jucy tender ribeye steak on an open fire. Then I would take a shower and run around half naked looking for a little old lady to harass!...LOL "Just Kidding!"
Karl Miller (1 year ago)
Thank you for the video and for the input. Still Dreaming
Billy G. Willett (1 year ago)
Hello! Check out Tonopah too. When I was living in my 1979 LTD Ford station wagon, was nice area on US-6.
Jeanette Waverly (1 year ago)
I stayed there in 2001 when I was doing a job for the BLM. There was a great open-air mining museum there, then. Worth a visit, if it's still open.
KIM I (1 year ago)
you would love it here in southern new mexico 87942,,RV TOWN,,87901.........hot springs soak in winter...two lakes n mountains around the desert,,,and fiddlers arrive
Lifer (1 year ago)
So beautiful!! I really admire you for your courage and independence! I have had that dream for years; I guess I got that traveling blood! Maybe one day..when I get a truck and camper! lol
joe doakes (1 year ago)
Surely , you're aware that you can purchase 'RED' antifreeze to pour into your black tank  , OR any tank for that matter to offset below freezing temps ! About 3 bucks a gallon .
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Did not know that! Thanks for the info! - C
P J (1 year ago)
Awesome, so picturesque. I don't blame you for taking a pause from the highways. You are living the high life!😎🇺🇸
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Yep.. a little cold never hurt anyone and I love getting to really see and experience differnt places along the way. Everyone is in such a damn hurry these days! This life is teaching me to slow down and enjoy the journey! :-) thanks for the comment!
Bizket Butt (1 year ago)
seen any chukar or quail?
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Not here... just rabbits
Jane Fulltimervrs (1 year ago)
I am in Nevada and there is some beautiful spots here. I'm disabled and having to work on the renovation of my trailer it has been a long process but I can't wait to be on the road and possibly join this tribe. I'm loving your channel.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
thank you very much, love hearing that you're enjoying being a part of my journey! Yay!! :-) good luck with your trailer.. hope it gets finished soon.
Nomadic Nation (1 year ago)
got some gps coords... for the general location 10 miles east... thanks
Mary Thompson (1 year ago)
I would be afraid to be out there alone!! it is beautiful though but I'm thinking I would want three or four other camping people with me I understand the campground concept it's because it's more safe in a campground this scenery reminds me of the movie Casino when they killed Mickey and the desert hahaha LOL no thanks I wouldn't be out there alone
OnlyMyPOV (1 year ago)
I'm trying to find a rig.
OnlyMyPOV (1 year ago)
Carolyn's RV Life Thank you my dear, Lol. I'm planning my escape from mortgage and property tax hell. Maybe one day I'll catch up with you in the purple mountains majesty! Sister Dee.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
+OnlyMyPOV  Love your brain! :-)
OnlyMyPOV (1 year ago)
David Bacon The murderers planned to rob that house because they were told it had a safe with money in it.
David Bacon (1 year ago)
.....don't wanna sound like a creepy troller, but 'IN COLD BLOOD' was a book by Truman Capote (1966), inwhich a RURAL Kansas family was killed in their home by 2 drifters...... :-(
Metta-Hut Travel's (1 year ago)
Wow that's is wonderful to see. Many thanks Carolyn 🙏🏻🇦🇺🇺🇸
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching ! - C
dadgad68 (1 year ago)
Really been enjoying your channel. Big fan of Bob's. Keep up the great work. Thank you.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
thank you very much!!! - Thanks for watching - c
Dwight DAYMEN (1 year ago)
I will be selling my house here in Corpus Christi next year and moving to Tennessee where I will probably be staying in my 20 foot Trail Lite RV for a while. Or maybe it's 22 foot? I forgot LOL
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Congratulations! good luck to you and happy travels! - c
Chrissy Dennis (1 year ago)
I'm a new subscriber and I love your Channel I can't wait to do what you're doing soon love The View👌
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Yay! Welcome Chrissy! I can't wait to meet you on the road someday - soon!!! Thank you very much for joining me on my journey! - Carolyn
Mary K (1 year ago)
I am just curious Carolynn do you have a family, children. Just curious. Stay warm, wish you a safe drive to Quartzite. Not sure if I will make it this year, looking still looking for a safe van. Thanks for your videos they are great.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Mary - No I don't have kids and I don't talk to my family. Look forward to crossing paths some day. Thanks for watching.
Ziggy Moon (1 year ago)
Is that, Bob! As in Bob the Man W!? Very Nice View, Carolyn.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Yep, that's THE Bob. LOL> Glad you enjoyed my views!
Dwight DAYMEN (1 year ago)
my father used to live in Twentynine Palms California it would get really cold in the desert but it was also very beautiful!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Yes, beautiful area!
Guy Mooglie (1 year ago)
That view is almost surreal.......
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Yes, pretty awesome!
Richie Rich (1 year ago)
A very lucky Lady :)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I agree, I am very fortunate to be able to live this way. thanks
Michael Travis (1 year ago)
Thank you ... thank you... thank you... What a view...
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
You are very welcome! And yes, I am feeling quite fortunate these days with views like these! :-)
AZMARK (1 year ago)
when you mentioned in another vid--your transmission went out--how much for that unit to fix--and was it a complete overhaul?
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Yes, complete rebuild plus some. $5400.. If interested, I blogged about the whole long drawn out fiasco.. http://www.carolynsrvlife.com/2016/11/22/rv-living-breakdown-transmission/ Another cautionary tale!
Top Hat Banjo (1 year ago)
Great video! Winnemucca--I always think of that song when I hear that name. You know the song with the 'dry and dusty road' and the 'high and canvas-covered load'? Heh! Hank Snow did the best version of it. I bet if you type in 'Hank Snow' and 'Winnemucca' you'd find the song :)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Not sure I'm familiar with the song.. will look it up! thanks!
Geoffrey Carter (1 year ago)
Wow, what a beaut place. Planning on similar lifestyle here in Australia later this year.Will be following your channel.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Geoffrey - Australia is on my to-do list!!! Sounds awesome. Have fun out there and thanks for joining my journey! - C
NoProGoPronto (1 year ago)
Oh, you are with THE Bob Wells? You're Carolyn with the stuck RV from his channel. I'm putting it all together now. This is so cool. Now I know you're in safe hands :-)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
LOL.. yep, the bull in the China shop..lol I'm lucky to be able to call him friend.. great guy!
Natalie Ahlstrom (1 year ago)
so jealous so jealous I won't be able to do anything until middle to end of 2017 but definitely looking forward to it. can you do a video explaining your internet so you say that you're able to work on BLM land are you able to upload videos access the internet excetera if so would love to hear how you're doing that
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
The middle of 2017 will be here in no time and you'll be out here enjoying the free life with the rest of us! the next big video will be my rig tour and then I'll do one on working and internet. Lots of people asking =- so thank you!!! Thank you for watching! - C
Jp Dubois (1 year ago)
Loving these videos!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Love hearing that! Thank you! - C

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