All RVs have unique features, but they share one thing in common: RVs by their very nature are built to go boondocking.
This type of camping puts your RV to the test as you make do without water, electrical or sewer hookups.
Technically you can enjoy RV boondocking (dry camping) in a parking lot, but today we’ll explore RV boondocking in remote, natural settings.
Tip #1: Choose Your RV Boondocking Destination
Sharpen your RV boondocking skills in America’s public lands.
Next, ensure your driving route is safe for RV travel by asking the local forest ranger office, purchasing a book like the Mountain West or East Directory, and talking to other RVers in online discussion forums such as the Escapees RV Club’s Boondocking Forum.
Tip #2: Prepare Your RV Power System
RV Boondocking is easier with an RV solar-power system because it reduces your reliance on a generator and shore power.
But don’t plunk down thousands of dollars right off the bat for the latest solar technology.
Go dry camping a few times, then decide if you want to buy a system.
With or without power from the sun, always verify that your existing RV batteries are in good shape by performing these RV battery maintenance steps before departing.
Tip #3: Stock Your RV for Boondocking
Shop for items that make boondocking easier.
To reduce your water consumption, stock your kitchen galley with aluminum foil, paper towels and plates.
When it comes to small electronics that you keep on board, purchase a pack of batteries to eliminate your reliance on RV house batteries.
A box of moist towelettes are an effective way to maintain good personal hygiene without needing to shower every day.
And finally, remember to fill your generator with gas or diesel.
Don’t forget to top off that spare gas tank to ensure you won’t run out of power in the middle of nowhere.
Tip #4: Conserve Resources, Save Holding Tank Space.
Meals and bathing are the greatest water-wasters.
You can reduce water usage by creating a meal plan that enables you to feed your family with one-pot dishes or barbecued foods.
Consider a water saving camping sink to conserve water for hand washing and light bathing.
It’s smart to eliminate microwave usage as even one small microwaveable dish will consume large amounts of fuel.
Once you arrive at your destination, park within easy walking distance of a public toilet to conserve fresh water and holding tank space.
Tip #5: Waste Disposal
The final item before you set off on your RV boondocking adventure is waste disposal.
Some public camping lands have sanitary dump stations – but many don’t.
Use the website SaniDumps to locate nearby public dump stations and private RV parks that allow visitors to use their dump station for a small fee. The cost is usually between $10 to $25.
Most public lands lack trash receptacles, so you’ll probably need to stow your garbage in sturdy garbage bags and take it when you leave.
When you’re a novice RVer, boondocking requires thoughtful planning.
But once you get a few boondocking trips under your belt, you’ll want to go off-grid camping every time!
If you want to learn more about great boondocking locations, take a look at these articles:
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- These 4 Amazing Sand Dunes Will Bring out the Child in You. #3 Is So Unique.
- Plan a Perfect Trip to the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon
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