First of all, what is boondocking?! Boondocking is essentially camping without hookups. We used to call this "dry camping" when we would head out to the desert. I believe its the same. We didn't boondock much in the first 6 months of our travels. We spent a lot of time at RV parks and state campgrounds. Hooking up to electricity was convenient. Having the ability to dump the black and gray water was also nice. We just didnt know much about bookdocking and we were not completely prepared, so we didn't do it. We decided on this next leg of our adventure, we wanted to boondock more. Most people who travel full-time and boondock LOVE it and would never go back. We used apps like Campedium and Park Advisor to find BLM land and since we left a week ago, its been the best decision we've made.
How does it work? Once we find BLM land, we make sure the reviews are good and we located the site. Typically, the spot is littered with campers and fellow boondockers, so we find a space of our own and set up camp. This past weekend, we met up with new friends, who are much more expierened in the boon docking world and we've quickly learned the tricks of the trade. We invested in a few solar panels, to keep our battery charged up. I believe we need to invest in new batteries to keep it up to par, we'd also like to install the solar panels on the roof, but we are a tad inexperienced in this area so they remain on the ground and our fingers are crossed a bat or ball doesn't get chucked at them. We also went and bought 3, 5 gallon water containers to fill when we head into town and hang on to until our water supply in the trailer gets low. So far, we've been in one spot since Monday and it's been amazing. We've heard that as we head east, we will find less and less BLM land, so if you have a favorite boon docking spot, let us know! We will be doing more research to find more, but this is the new normal for us and we love it.
Whats the plus of boondocking? We are not restricted to the rules of a campground. Our kids and dogs can freely run around, when kids are melting down, I dont have to worry about the neighbors 10ft away hearing it. We feel such a sense of freedom. The locations, those have proven to be the best part of it all. We are currently in a canyon surrounded by walls of mountains and it is incredible. Downside of boondocking? Our bigger appliances don't work. TV, Microwave, hair dryer, etc. Yes those are all things we can totally live without. If we had a larger generator or upped our solar, it may work, but were okay without it all.
Have any advise on boondocking? Share it with us! We're always open to new ideas.
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