How To Setup Camp While Boondocking or Free Camping in an Airstream/RV

This week’s topic is How To Setup Camp While Boondocking or Free Camping in an Airstream/RV. We do a lot of boondocking or free camping with our Airstream in the wilderness where there are no assigned spots.

Setting up camp with our Airstream in this situation can be very different from setting up camp in a campground. We go through the steps we take to set up our camp spot including finding a level spot, figuring out where we want the patio, leveling, ensuring we have water and our generator easily accessible, cooling down the Airstream as much as possible with awnings and windows, setting up the rug and the rest of our patio furniture and finally raising the antenna for our 4G Booster.

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

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  1. Great detailed post. Totally agree about the rug. A nice roll of artificial turf works great too. Any advice on choosing a spot in a new area you haven’t been to? I generally try to find more isolated spots, away from people, but not too far from a good road just in case.

  2. Great detailed post. We're going from total newbies to full-time in a 30ft Airstream in a couple of weeks and need all of the advice, tips and pointers we can get! Keep it coming!

  3. Good info. Thanks for doing the videos. One thing I didn't hear you say was "chock". I've had the unfortunate learning experience to see the trailer roll back about 6 inches after I lifted the trailer off of the truck hitch. I've learned since that time and have an acronym and I yell it out to my wife so she also helps ensure we are chocked. The acronym is 'LCD'. Level – Chock – Disengage. I also have tried to have my hand on the emergency trailer brake so if something goes wrong, I can pull that pin and have the trailer stop.

    Also, we use the Anderson leveler's. We find it a little easier than the legs style blocks or pieces of wood. FWIW.

  4. Found your channel a few days ago been binge watching and loving it.. just wondering if owning an air stream that's it's a requirement to say it like 100 times a day. Lmao just kidding. But we can not wait to get on the road Asap

  5. How much water do you need for boondocking? Also, there's a solo Airstreamer from England that attached a motor mover to the Airstream to move it back and forth electronically for hitching.

  6. Be sure to drive on up trail creek road behind you and explore the Lost River area to the east of you. Great scenery and some good day hikes up that way as well.

  7. LevelMate PRO – best $140 spent for my RV travels. You can tell via Bluetooth how off you are on each side without getting out. Excellent for any site, including Walmart. You can drive back and forth to find what's most level BEFORE getting out the blocks, and it tells you how many blocks for each wheel. Invaluable as a solo RVer.


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