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Snowbird Guide to Boondocking in the Southwestern Deserts [Kindle Edition]

Bob Difley
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Book Description

RVers that like to escape the winter weather of the northern states and Canadian provinces for the dry, sunny climate of the Southwestern Deserts are called "snowbirds." The four major deserts cover parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, with most snowbirds heading for the prime--and warmest--deserts in the lower Mojave of Southern California and the Sonora of Southern Arizona. This book is a guide to what to expect in the dry climate of the winter deserts, including the birds, wildlife, trees, plant, and wildflowers that are unique to the deserts, and will point you to the millions of acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) where you can boondock free or cheap. It also provides tips on how to boondock, including management of your resources--water, electricity, and waste disposal--and provide numerous links to additional online information and sources .

Product Details

  • File Size: 1625 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Publisher: (August 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J86X7W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some Info For Newbie But Electrical Section Inaccurate August 28, 2014
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Opening book sections are geared to the RV newbie. The information may be found elsewhere in this age of Google searches, but not as conveniently put together. The copyright date is 2010, and there have been some technology changes since then.

The electrical system power section is loaded with statements that are flat-out wrong.

First off, power inverters step up DC battery power to 120 VAC. Difley incorrectly says they reduce it down.

Next, modern switching regulators used in power inverters are usually at least 90% efficient in this step-up conversion. That is, you get at least 90% of the power out at 120 VAC that you put in at DC.

So when Dilfey states that "...[AC appliances] will use ten times as much power as DC appliances...", he's wrong again.

Power = volts * amps. Aside from the efficiency losses due to step up and step down voltage conversion / regulation (all done with very efficient switching regulators today), your three-way refrigerator (for example) will draw the same amount of power at 12 VDC as it does at 120 VAC.

The book's description of New Mexico snowbird boondocking areas is very slim. Difley recommends Las Cruces and surrounding areas, but says nothing about RV camping in the BLM-administered Organ Mountains nearby, or about area attractions like White Sands National Monument or Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

I make these comments as a former Silicon Valley design engineer (MSEE and 25 years of experience) and seasonal NPS interpretive ranger, working at New Mexico parks (AS in Park Management). I also ghost-wrote technical articles and technical advertising copy professionally for four years, so I know to fact-check what I write, something Difley needs to do here. In addition, I was a professional wildlife photographer for three years and still shoot from time to time, so I can say Difley's descriptions of wildlife behavior are accurate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read September 19, 2012
Great book for first time boondookers. Very informative with many useful links. Wish I had this before our first boonking experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snowbird Guide to Boondocking... November 17, 2012
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This is written by a very experienced RV'er. It is simple, easy to understand and a great beginners guide to the Southwestern Deserts 'off site' parking for RV'ers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars terrible so called informative book July 10, 2014
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terrible so called informative book, read in less than 45 minutes, this is not a guide, but a vague overview, of information commonly available on the internet and BLM web sites, even the maps are reproductions from other free websites (RIP OFF)
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