RV Boondocking Tips & Tricks for Newbies

Nearly all RVs are designed to be self-contained for camping, but new and off the lot, most RVs are not going to last more than a few days without hookups. Fortunately, there are many ways to help you boondock more efficiently. Below are some very useful boondocking tips and tricks.

Parking the Rig

If you have solar panels on the roof, park your rig so they get full sun for most of the day. Remember, when boondocking, it is much easier to heat the RV than to cool it down, so also try …

Is Boondocking Safe?

Think about it… most crime happens in the cities, not out in the wilderness. The chances of criminals, gang bangers, sexual predators and drug addicts driving all the way out to the middle of nowhere, looking for boondockers to rob, rape and murder are miniscule. The stuff criminals and gangs want (money, drugs, guns, easy prey, and turf) are not out in a national forest or BLM land, but back in the big city, where there are stores and homes to rob, rival gangs to shoot, and easy access to drug dealers. Don’t …

7 Easy Steps to Get Started in the RV Lifestyle

Living the RV lifestyle is not as hard as it looks! Simply follow these seven easy steps, to get started on the adventure of a lifetime!

#1 Decide on the right RV for You.

It is perfectly OK to go window shopping for an RV at dealerships and RV shows, to help you narrow down the type of RV that’s right for you. Ask lots of questions, get behind the wheel, lay on the bed, sit at the dinette, to get a feel for what it would be …

Places to Find Fresh Water on the Road

If you have been dry camping for days, or even weeks, one of the first things you’ll need to do is fill up on fresh water. Here are a few tips on where to find it, other than a paid campground.

Dump Stations

This may be the first place to look for fresh water. Please be alert, dump stations often have a “non-potable” water spigot near the sewer dump, and a fresh water spigot somewhere else. Don’t get the two confused, and only fill your fresh with potable water.

Rest Stops

Many rest …

5 Things to Look for in a Boondocking RV

While some types of RVs are more dry camping friendly than others, there are some features that need to be considered when RV shopping, if your goal is to boondock. While a 4×4 truck camper has a higher clearance and better off road ability, a Class A will have larger fresh, grey and black tanks, as well as a bigger refrigerator, possibly allowing for a longer stay. What you ultimately choose is up to you, but here are five things to keep in mind for a dry camping rig.

4 Places to Avoid in Your RV

RVing can either be care free living, or total disaster. Without paying attention to road and weather conditions, your next move could end in tragedy.

Driving on a Narrow Road with No Turnaround

One of the scariest places for an RV to is at the end of a long, narrow road with no place to turn around. An RV GPS may help you to avoid most of these dead ends, they’re not 100% foolproof. If you find yourself stuck at the end of a road with no turn around, you will need to …

Do You Have These 10 Personality Traits? Do You Have What it Takes to Be A Fulltime RVer?

Not everyone has the temperament or personality to pack up everything into an RV, and hit the road fulltime. Do you revel in the journey, more than the destination? Can you keep calm when things go wrong? Can you keep a small space neat and organized? If you yes to most, or all, of the following personality traits, then the fulltime RV lifestyle may just be for you.

Adaptability

The ablility to adapt quickly to new places is essential to living on the road. Unless you’re staying long …

RV Weight and Measurement Terminology

There are all types of weights and measurements in reference to RVs, and sometimes, it can be confusing. What does it all mean? Below, you will find some answers.

If you are curious about your weight, many truck stops have scales, and they may be willing to weigh you. Also, be mindful of “weight distribution” in your RV. You want to try and keep the weight of your load evenly distributed, with the heaviest items over the axles. Also, avoid collecting too much unnecessary junk, and make regular trips to a thrift store …

Reality Check. What is Your Low Cost RV Comfort Level?

You may have been watching some of the young, hip, urban stealth campers on You Tube, living free on the streets of big, expensive cities in a plain, white, urban stealth van, while they pursue school, or a career. They make it look so easy! So glamorous! So anti-social in a really cool way! Maybe, but hold up, reality check…. Knock, knock, knock, the glare of a flashlight… it’s the cops! “You can’t park here. License and registration…” Maybe this time, you get off without a ticket, or maybe not. Bang, bang bang! …

Snowbird RV Living in the Desert Southwest

Spending the winters in the Desert Southwest, particularly Arizona, is one of the cheapest ways to live for RVers. You have many options, from luxurious RV resorts, to basic RV parks, to BLM LTVAs and free boondocking, out in the desert.

What makes the Desert Southwest Such a Great Place to RV?

There are millions of acres of public land, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the desert Southwest, as well as a lot of Forest Service land. Also, the privately owned RV parks in the small towns of the …

What is Boondocking? How Do You Boondock?

Boondocking is a term given to a type of dry camping (camping without hook ups, 100% off grid). Some term it “free camping” or the trendy term, “wild camping”, because it does not cost any money, and many of the boondocking sites are out in nature, well away from the cities. Below you will find the different types of boondocking locations, and how to locate them.

Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS), as well as other government agencies, such as …

Play It Safe with Fire! How to Build a Fire Pit.

Most RVers are aware of the need for campfire safety, but may not really think about a few simple rules, when they are setting up camp. Many wildfires get started unintentionally by careless campers. Many campsites, but not all, will have a fire pit properly situated and set up. But if you are boondocking in more primitive locations, knowing a few rules about your campfire spot is essential.

• DO NOT build a fire in and area with hazardous, dry conditions.

• DO NOT build a fire in high wind areas.

• DO …

Things to Consider Before Going Fulltime RV

#1) STUFF!

You can’t take it all with you; in fact, you may have to get rid of 90% of your stuff. You need to decide what’s really essential to your new RV lifestyle, and what isn’t. You need to strive to keep everything at a minimum, and very practical. The name of the game is, yard sales, donations, and more yard sales, and more donations. Give away family heirlooms to other family members. Just remember, you may not see those heirlooms ever again.

Some people will rent a storage unit, and pay …

5 Essential RV Dump Station Rules

If you’re an RV newbie, the correct procedures at the dump station can seem rather confusing. Getting used to the novel world of dumping human waste can be unnerving for RV newbies, but follow a few simple rules, and it will be trauma free! Dumping your tanks doesn’t have to be a big production, it is really very simple. By following proper dump station procedures, you’ll be in and out in a jiffy!

Don’t Be This Guy!

1. Black Water First, Gray Second

Always dump the RV’s black tank first. It helps to …

11 Tips for RV Camping in High Winds

There are things you can do to reduce the impact of the wind on your RV while camping, as well as reduce any potential damage.

1) Point the Nose of Your RV Into the Wind

If possible, park your RV with the front end into the wind. For a motorhome, you might park it with the tail to the wind, to prevent windshield damage. The front end of a travel trailer or 5th Wheel are aerodynamically designed for highway speeds, so you’ll have a lot less rocking and noise, compared to the wind …

The 7 Noob Mistakes ANY RVer Can Make

Traveling and living in an RV takes a lot of thought and preparation and there are a lot of little things you need to keep in mind… so many things, that it’s easy to miss something. Let’s look at seven common, and easily avoidable, mistakes you can make as an RVer.

#1- Don’t Mix Up Your Fresh Water Hoses & Fittings With Your Waste Water Hoses & Fittings

Mixing up your fresh water and waste water hoses and fittings will can lead to bacteria contamination that will make you very sick. A quick …

Why NOT to Have a Composting Toilet in Your RV

While there is a huge interest in using a composting toilet in an RV, instead of the conventional, flushable RV toilet, especially from those with a desire to live a sustainable, green, off grid lifestyle, there are many environmental reasons, as well as practical and financial reasons, to NOT install a composting toilet in your RV.

Composting toilets generally cost around $1,000, so they are not cheap. They are flushless, and are designed to compost human waste into a rich soil for planting in a garden. Unfortunately, it takes several months for …

Tips for Towing a Trailer

Towing a trailer is not always simple. To make sure you are towing your trailer safely, you need to keep the following tips in mind.

Weight Distribution

One of the essential rules of towing a trailer is to evenly distribute the weight of your load as evenly as possible. As you pack up, keep your weight distribution in mind, and spread out the weight as evenly as possible, between the front and back, as well as the left and right of the trailer. Also, it is essential to know the maximum weight you …

Getting Rid of Rodents in Your RV

If you love the great outdoors, and spend a lot of time boondocking, or camping in wilderness campgrounds, you are likely to pick up a few unwelcome visitors. Here is what you need to know about those pesky little critters — and how you can get rid of them, and keep them out.

There’s never just one.

If you see one mouse, you most likely have more than one. Rodentsare looking for the same things that humans are looking for; food, water, and shelter. When you have one, others will find their way …

Does Your RV Stink?

If you have ever had a mysterious stink inside your RV, you need to have a plan for how you are going to find the source, and get rid of a nasty smell inside your rig. An unpleasant odor can really spoil your vacaton, so take the below advice to help you eliminate that nasty smell, and get your vacation back on track.

Air Out the Rig

This might be obvious, but it needs mentioning, as it is very important for keeping your RV smelling fresh. Whenever you can, open up all of …

Can You Tow Your Car 4 Down?

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With two wheeled tow dollies and four wheeled trailers, almost any car can be towed behind an RV, as long as the weight of the car plus the weight of the trailer or tow dolly doesn’t exceed the motor home’s recommended towing capacity. But towing wth a dolly or trailer isn’t very popular; first, there’s the expense of purchasing and maintaining a trailer or dolly, then there is the storage space those additional conveyances require when not in use. Also, there is the extra work …