5 Things You Did Not Think About: When Boondocking

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In the RV world, the term ‘boondocking’ refers to a trip where you park your RV somewhere completely off the grid. Rather than being hooked up to things like power and water, you will be all on your own when you choose to go the boondocking route. While this means you obviously don’t have the same measure of comfort that you have in a full-hookup campground, there is still a lot to like about this form of travel.

The dirt road in desert

So, if you are planning to boondock as part of your RV experience, be sure to keep the following five points in mind. You may not have thought about these points previously, but they are key to your enjoyment of a boondocking vacation.

#1 – Bring Drinking Water

There is a temptation to just plan on using the fresh water tank on your RV for drinking water during your journey. After all, when you are hooked up to a water supply, that is exactly what you will do. However, boondocking is a different story. The water you have in the tank is all that you have for the journey, so you don’t want to waste it. Instead, bring along bottles or jugs of drinking water and use your fresh tank only for things like showering and washing your hands.

#2 – Other Rvers Don’t Want Company

Generally speaking, those who have decided to boondock off the beaten path have done so for a reason – they don’t want company during their vacation. RV travelers who stay in campgrounds tend to be rather social by nature, but boondocking is a different kind of experience. Do your best to keep your distance from any other RVs in the area, and respect their desire for a private trip.

#3 – Natural Air Conditioning

If the temperatures where you are staying are warm during the day and cool at night, use the natural night air to cool down your RV nicely. Natural ‘air conditioning’ is free, it doesn’t use any power, and it will probably feel great as you sleep. Just open up a couple windows before heading to bed and enjoy the breeze running through your rig.

#4 – Block Out the Sunlight

This point goes along with the previous point on maintaining the temperature of your RV. During the middle of a hot day, close all of your shades to do your best to keep the hot air on the outside where it belongs. Also, try to limit how frequently you open and close the front door, as a big chunk of hot air is going to rush in each time you swing the door open.

#5 – Have a Safety Plan

It is great to be able to get out in nature without having to be restricted to established campgrounds. However, if you should have some form of emergency while out in the wild, you want to have a plan for how you are going to get help. At the very least, you should inform someone of exactly where you are going to be and when you expect to come back. If you are going to spend a lot of time way off the beaten path, it might make sense to invest in an emergency beacon which can be activated when an emergency arises.


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