Boondocking in an RV is popular among long-distance travelers. Living off the land is the goal, so there is no traditional access to electricity, freshwater or toilets. The recreational vehicle supplies everything you need and keeps you and your passengers comfortable. Learn the basics to get started in RV boondocking.
Water is Essential
You may think that stocking up on water bottles is good enough, but it's better to have water installed into the RV. Find the freshwater tank and fill it up using your own jugs or find local filling stations.
Food Planning Will Go the Extra Mile
On any long-distance trip, always find more food than you or your passengers can consume. Having too much food is better than having too little. Practice good safety tips when cooking, such as keeping the windows open to let out the smoke.
Have an efficient electrical system to cook, play electronics and drive the RV. When living out in the boondocks, you need a good battery and a few places to recharge at campsites or gas stations. The most advanced RVs have converters with some charging power, but it's temporary until you reach a station.
Can I Use My Sewer System?
Using the RV sewer system correctly helps to prevent backed up toilets and their odors. Fill it up regularly and with enough water to disintegrate the waste. To avoid having to empty it so often, use the RV toilet as few times as possible and consider using the ones at the campsites.
How to Camp Safely
Another major problem with boondocking is the lack of safety. Being out in the wilderness makes you vulnerable to wildlife predators, such as cougars and venomous snakes, natural disasters, human trespassing and other threats to your health and safety. Stay safe by camping in known safe areas. If you plan on stopping to learn about the wildlife in an area, be aware of the likelihood of being attacked by a wild animal. Bring a first aid kit to treat wounds along with a phone and flashlight. At campgrounds, treat the RV like your own home and keep the doors and windows locked.
Recreational vehicles are designed to tolerate the best and the worst that the outdoors have to offer. Things can get disastrous if you're driving out in the middle of nowhere and the RV is not well equipped. When it comes time to buy the perfect RV for your next trip, contact our Springfield RV dealership to review our selections.