How long can you stay in one boondocking location?
For extended boondocking you will need to conserve power, water, waste tanks,
and propane. Learn these simple tricks used by the most experienced
How To Conserve Battery Power
How To Conserve Water and Waste Tank Capacity
Over the 10 years Randy and I have been RVing, I can count on one hand the
number of times we’ve actually had a campsite with a hook-up but we realize
this isn’t “the norm” for many RVers.
Although RVs were built for boondocking, (why else do they have those big
batteries and holding tanks?) most RVers don’t spend more than a night at a
time without the benefit of hook-ups – perhaps at a National park campground
that doesn’t offer hook-ups or in a parking lot at a truck stop or Wal-Mart – a
quick overnight while on route to the next destination.
Extended boondocking in one location for longer periods requires a little
education, a bit of preparation and, if you’re still addicted to all the
comforts of a brick and mortar home, a slight lifestyle adjustment. Those who
have figured it out – love it. As all boondockers learn – how long you can stay
(without having to move your RV) will be determined by how well you conserve
your resources – battery power, water, propane, and waste tanks.
Because ours is a small b-class, (Roadtrek) RV, our home is always with us and
moving on is as simple as making the decision, folding up the lawn chairs, and
driving away. We do understand why those of you in larger motorhomes, fifth
wheels, or trailers prefer to explore an area on day trips from a “home base.”
It’s a little more work to actually hitch up and move a larger RV to a new
locale, which makes conserving those resources even more important.
I get a fair number of questions about how we manage to live without hook-ups
so I’ve compiled the above lists.
Since our experience with extended boondocking is limited to our own van-sized
motorhome, I’m sure many of you who travel with larger RVs have additional tips
to add, and I invite you to please share them – I’ve provided a spot at the
bottom of each list for you to add your suggestions.
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