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 the Army Corps of Engineers, …

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 …

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

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Off Grid Home or Bug Out Location

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The perfect off the grid location is not one-size-fits-all, especially if you are working on a small budget. Price and affordability is probably the most important issue for most of us.

Choose an area where the land is very affordable, but not many people have discovered the area yet.

Choose land with good potential for solar and wind energy is very good.

Choose a location with a mild climate, especially in winter; you don’t want to find yourself in a remote location, unable …

Build a Tiny House from a Pre-Fab Storage Shed

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If you don’t have the time or skills to build your own tiny house, an economical way to get started is to start with a pre-built shed shell. You may have seen these small wood buildings lined-up along the side of the road, or in the parking lot of your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. These pre-fab buildings are sold as storage sheds, but some come with the appropriate windows and doors, and large enough to be used …

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Complete Guide to Building a Solar Water Still

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Comparison of the Different Types of Solar Charge Controllers for your RV

Solar charge controllers, or solar charge regulators are definitely as the name suggests voltage or current regulators, which keep batteries from overcharging, and also prevent generated current by solar panels from flowing back to the solar array. The solar charge controller mostly manages the current going to the batteries from the solar panels. Reason for this is because solar panels sometimes generate move than the rated power and we ought to prevent our battery from harm by the extra voltage thus we us solar charge controllers. In this article we are going to …