Safety Tips for RV Camping in Bear Country

You want to see a bear; beautiful, smart, powerful, but also very dangerous, especially when you live in an R.V. and camp in state or national parks, or boondock on public lands. You may have seen videos of bears breaking into cabins, or just walking into someone’s home, and raiding the fridge. Bears can tear into a cabin, tip over huge dumpsters, and even tear holes into vehicles with their strong claws and teeth. The bottom line is, bears are constantly on the prowl for food, and they have the physical strength and …

7 Essential Tips Before You Go Boondocking

There are those RVers who boondocking nearly all the time, only occasionally going into an RV park. While RVs are designed with campgrounds in mind, with hook ups for electricity, water and sewer, they can function nearly as well when parked out ‘in the boonies’. If your dream is to boondock out in the beauty of nature, you’ll want to keep the following seven tips in mind.


#1) Check the Road Before You Take Your Rig In: While RVs are designed to be “self contained”, they are not…

Boondocking Basics

First, let’s define boondocking: RV camping out in the “boonies” (nature) with no designated sites, hookups, or facilities.

Newbie RVers can have many fears and questions about boondocking. This isn’t the typical RV park experience! Some common questions and fears are, is it safe? How do you find boondocking spots? How long can I make it on my water? Will I smell if I can’t shower every day? Will my RV get stuck? Let’s go over a few of the basics!

How Do You Find Boondocking Spots?

Most boondocking spots, officially called “dispersed …

3 Easy Steps to Keep Our Free RV Overnights

Back in the good old days RVers, could park just about anywhere, without getting told to leave. Unfortunately, too many RVers have overstayed their welcome, leaving trash, and even dumping their sewer water on the ground. As a result, city ordinances against overnight RV parking are enacted every day, leaving less areas for us to park. Don’t contribute to jeopardizing free camping privileges. Be respectful! If you can mind your Walmart boondocking manners, you can help avoid having another free overnight parking place get closed down, and denied to the RVing community. Here’s …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to Find Free RV Boondocking Spots

As a fulltime RVer, I have mapped out suitable areas for boondocking. I stay west of the Rockies, where most of the free camping and BLM land is.

One thing to consider when boondocking with your RV is appropriate roads for your particular rig; an Expedition vehicle, a 4×4 truck camper, or a 4×4 truck towing a micro-lite trailer can go deeper off the beaten path than a Class A, B or C motorhome.

It is highly recommended, to check out any boondocking area by car, before you take a motorhome in, especially

Staying Connected Online From Your RV

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If you are traveling, and especially, if you like to go boondocking off grid in your RV, you often won’t have cellphone service, or an internet connection. That is a simple fact. In order to optimize your chances of getting cell service while on the road, and while off grid, most fulltime RVers go with Verizon or AT&T, because they have the widest coverage, as well as the strongest signals. Check your area coverage maps for all the cell providers in your area, …

Pre-Flight RV Check List

Before you take off in your RV, there are a lot of little things to remember before pulling out. It’s a great idea to create a checklist which you can use to remember all the vital steps. What should be on such a checklist? Below are a few ideas to get you started.

Check Your Tires

One of the most important things to do is to check the pressure in your tires. The wrong tire pressure in your motorhome, trailer or truck tires, either too much or too little, will create a risk …

5 Newbie RV Mistakes

Your first RV is exciting, and will open a whole world of exciting and new travel experiences. Although you may be eager to get started on your first trip, please heed the tips below to make sure you don’t make a ‘newbie’ mistake. Here are a few RVing mistakes which are common to newbies.

(1) Failure to Educate Yourself

Your new RV has several systems which you will need to know how to use, before you go on your first trip. Before you even buy your first RV, spend some time on RV …

Camping Furniture You Should Have For Your Next Trip

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Camping conjures up images of campfires, tents, sleeping bags and generally roughing it. However, now there are so many pieces of furniture available for use in camping, you can deck out your campsite to look almost as good as your home. There are lounge chairs available, ottomans, tables and lamps to recreate a living area around a campfire. Portable kitchen areas will provide preparation areas and grills for a versatile dining experience. Your tent no longer has to consist of a sleeping bag on the hard ground but can include beds, tables …