The Do’s and Don’ts of Boondocking

Boondocking, also known as dry camping is when you are camping at a location without water, electric, and sewer hookups.  Since Rv’s are self contained it is possible to camp this way, however you must know the right wat to do it.  Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of boondocking.

DO Leave the Area as you Found it.

It is important to bring any garbage and items you brought with you and leave no trace.  Make sure leave the area better then you found it so others can continue to enjoy it as well.  Free camping spots can be hard to come by and you don’t want to ruin them for others.

DO Find a Great Place to Stay

Boondocking can offer you beautiful remote locations which can offer you gorgeous views and and solitude.  Find a boondocking location through the following websites or ask your local branch manager for a reccomendation.

DO Bring a Generator

If using a rental, they probably aren’t set up for solar, so you will want to have a generator available as even a brand new fully charged battery, may only last 2-3 days even when using minimally.  In newer rigs, the CO detector, water pump, refrigerator panel, etc. all use electricity, so even if you are using minimal lights and power, the battery can still drain pretty quickly.  Having a generator will also allow full use of the RV including TV, microwave, and A/C.

DO Be Aware of Cell Phone Coverage

If you are staying in a remote location, make sure you have a way to contact someone in case of an emergency.

DON’T Forget to Make Sure Your Fresh Water Tank is Full

Make sure your fresh water tank is filled prior to boondocking as most boondocking locations will not have an area to fill your tank.  The fresh water tank acts as your reserve of water for you to use the sinks and toilet.

DON’T Forget to Fill Your Propane Tanks

Make sure you have enough propane for heating and cooking.  Also make sure you have fuel for the generator.

DON’T Stay Somewhere you aren’t Allowed

Be aware of no trespassing signs.  If you stay in a packing lot, be aware of what retail facilities usually allow this.  For example Walmart and Cracker Barrel are known to allow RV’ers for overnight stays.

When you are prepared, boondocking can be a great way to camp to and enjoy the natural habitat  It can be a great overnight stay on the way to your destination and help you stay on budget.  Do you have a favorite boondocking site?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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