Boondocking

What is boondocking you ask?  Webster defines “boondocks” as a rough country filled with dense brush and also as a rural area; i.e., out in the sticks!  “Boondocking” has derived from this word and is a term a lot of RV’ers use to mean “dry camping”.  It basically means camping without any hook ups and using only the facilities your RV provides, usually in a remote location ~ BOONDOCKING!

We will be exploring this subject more and more over the next few months as our goal is to get to the point where we can boondock (nearly) exclusively.  There may be times in the the months/years ahead where camping in a RV park will happen, but for the most part our goal is to live as light a life as possible. More on that later. Until then, I will be posting articles that are related to this subject and our experiences with it.  We are very excited and can’t wait! Stay tuned!!

3 thoughts on “Boondocking”

  1. Hey! We follow you on Instagram and headed on over to take a look at your website. Love it! Lots of good info. We have a very heavy 5th wheel — it is short at 31′, but weighs 12,800 lbs empty (and it is definitely no longer empty!). Our truck is a big ‘ole one ton dually. We had the trailer prewired for solar, but have not gotten our solar panels yet. We really want to see if boondocking is something this heavy girl can do without too much stress and trouble. We do have a propane generator that can be used in boondocking situations (Gasp! I know that is taboo to boondockers!). Problem is that we have not seen any spots that we thought we could drag our rig without causing damage. One road we went down in Colorado with just the truck to check out a site was so terrible we were afraid we would tear up the truck — one lane, no where to turn around, rocky. Terrible. When we finally got to a place we could turn around, there were some folks from Deliverence camping around in really old trucks and vans and such. They did not seem pleased to see us. 😐 Anyway, we want to try boondocking with the generator and if we can get the hang of it, then we will get the solar panels. The bid we got was $6,000 and we don’t want to spend that much cash if we would end up not even using them! Long, long, post, but short story is “Any tips, tricks, advice?” Prior to this fiver, we have ZERO experience pulling anything or driving anything bigger than a Toyota truck, so we are a little on the cautious side. Thanks!

    1. Hi!! So glad to “see” you here! One piece of advice I can give you is to start out in National Forest Service campgrounds. There are many that are free and will accommodate your rig. Plus, there are no hookups so you are essentially boondocking. The key with the generator is to use it sparingly. Also, if you see a Ranger station, stop and ask them about dispersed camping in the area. They are a wealth of knowledge. And you are smart to check the area out first before taking in your rig. That is what we do all the time!

      Also, the quote you were give for solar seems outrageous to me. We spent under $4000 for everything on ours – inverter, 400 amp hours of batteries and 400 watts of solar with all the wiring, monitors, charge controllers. Of course, we did it ourselves and maybe that extra money is for install. Really though it’s not that hard to install yourselves. 😊. It’s easy to read up on and learn. If we can do it anyone can! lol

      If there is anything else we can help you with please don’t hesitate to ask. This life is a learning process but it’s a lot more fun than being “normal”!! 😜.

      Good luck!!

  2. Greetings – I am a RV enthusiast who is looking forward to retiring on wheels. I recently installed the first of two solar systems on my 5th wheel. The first system will power the house batteries while the second (once I have it installed) will power a second battery bank for inverter use. The first system consist of three panels capable of producing 450 watts. The second system will be capable of producing 800 watts – 5 panels @ 160 watts each. This should be plenty of solar to recharge a fairly large battery bank. Rough rule of thumb is one watt of solar per battery amp hour rating. I always over size the solar arrays to take into account any shading, minimal sun (winter time) and heat factors. Solar panels have come down in price significantly which helped me make the choice to install two system. By the time both systems are installed and compete I should have around $2500-3000 invested (does not include batteries).

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