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What is Boondocking (Infographic)

Published on Feb-08,2022 by Richard Barrios

Boondocking (Infographic)


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1) What is Boondocking?

Boondocking is also known as free camping, off-grid camping, dispersed camping, dry camping, and primitive camping. It is when you park in the middle of nowhere or pull over at the side of a quiet road.


2) Boondocking vs. Paid Campgrounds

Each offers benefits. Boondocking is free, but you need to be prepped and use resources sparingly. Paid campgrounds offer amenities and hookups for water and electricity.


3) RV Campgrounds vs. Boondocking: Pros and Cons


RV Campgrounds

PROS

  • You can make a reservation
  • Hookups, toilets, and showers!
  • Amenities and activities
  • Often close to desirable locations
  • On-site staff

CONS

  • Some can be small
  • Little to no privacy
  • Last-minute reservations are not always possible
  • Can be expensive

 

Boondocking

PROS

  • Free camping
  • Unlimited space
  • More secluded
  • Fewer pet restrictions
  • More scenic
  • Quieter

CONS

  • Can be hard to get to remote locations
  • No electric hookups
  • No water
  • No dump station
  • Fewer nearby services

 

4) Boondocking Tips

  • Bring a paper map

  • Charge batteries

  • Fill propane tanks

  • Top-up freshwater tanks

  • Empty black & gray water tanks

  • Pack basic repair & safety equipment


5) Electricity While Boondocking

Generators

A portable generator is the best way to charge your batteries and supply power off-grid. Portable generators with a 2000-3000 watt capacity are enough for most people’s needs. A generator needs gasoline/propane to fuel it – and it’s noisier than solar - but still the most practical for most boondockers.

Batteries and Inverters

Batteries work on 12v DC – most RVs have a converter installed. You can charge batteries at home or on paid campsites. Upgrade to an inverter charger to use batteries to provide AC or DC power.

Solar

A popular option – after buying the equipment, you have free energy, can charge your batteries whenever there is sunlight – and it’s silent! But it can be slow charging batteries unless you have multiple solar panels.


How to Conserve Electricity

  • Unplug unused electronic devices

  • Use 12-volt DC-powered devices

  • Cook on a fuel-based stove, not an electric burner

  • Heat food using a pan, not a microwave

  • Avoid using air conditioning


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