While RVing at a campground can be fun for travelers, taking your motorhome off the grid is also a great way to explore some of nature’s most beautiful sites. It allows you the opportunity to spend quality time with your family and also experience a whole new side to RVing. Widely known as boondocking, camping in remote locations can be enjoyable, but also requires RVers to practice conservation and acquire additional amenities in order to make up for the lack of utilities, such as water, sewer, and electricity. Follow these tips below, if you’re considering boondocking, to prepare yourself for this new, exciting adventure.
Water preservation is extremely important when RVing off the gird. With no available fresh water in sight, it’s vital that you conserve water as much as possible. To do this, avoid utilizing large pots to cook meals and try grilling instead. You should also wash dishes in a basin using biodegradable soap so you do not have to leave the faucet running, or eliminate dishes altogether by utilizing plastic plates and cups during every meal. Conserving water when using the bathroom is also an issue you’ll run into when boondocking. By limiting showers and only turning on the faucet when you first get in and when you need to rinse yourself off, you can save water. You can also find somewhere outside of the RV to “take care of business” and regularly transport waste from your tank in order to keep it from getting full.
In order to run your electrical components while camping, such as lights, refrigerator and sinks, you’re also going to need to invest in an outside power source. If you’re traveling to a hot location and plan on running your AC, it is best to purchase a generator, which will allow you to boondock for several days without any issues. Small generators are perfect for compact RVs, but if you are travelling in a large motorhome, a bigger generator may be needed. Another option you can choose to go with when boondocking is solar power. If you’re going to be RVing in sunny locations, you can add solar panels to the roof of your RV to power simple amenities. However, if you want to use your AC, you’re better off going back to the generator option.
Aside from electricity and water preservation, there a very few other things you need to worry about when boondocking. You can look up free campsites online to discover different locations and or speak to fellow RVers to receive recommendations. Just by doing a little research, you’ll find several excellent places to travel to.