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  • Published on Mar 07, 2014

    How to "dry camp" the right way

    Are you an adventurous family looking to take your camping experience to the next level? Have some buddies that enjoy the outdoors?

    If you have an RV, boondock camping could be your next great adventure. The term “boondocking” or “dry camping” refers to the practice of camping on public lands or backroads in a recreational vehicle.

    Dry camping, which is under the umbrella of boondocking, covers all forms of camping without the hookups and convenience of a campground.

    Does this sound like something that peaks your interest? If so, here are some boondocking tips to help you safely enjoy the outdoors free from hookups.

    1. Conserve

    Boondocking is all about conservation. You are giving up convenience to be closer to the views and wildlife. Being able to conserve will help your boondocking experience last longer.

    • Water - How much water you conserve will largely depend on how big your freshwater tank is. Quick showers, using paper products to eat, and bringing drinkable bottled water will help you maximize your freshwater tank.
    • Food- Conserving food is all about shelf life. Bringing non-perishable food items is a great way to make sure you have enough to eat. When bringing fruits or vegetables, you might want to consume them earlier in your trip rather than later. Plan your meals to make sure you bring the right foods that won’t perish.
    • Fuel - Running your refrigerator, stove, furnace and hot water are all important. LP gas can be used for all of these things. The furnace uses the most LP gas, so if you are camping in cold temperatures, expect the furnace to use a lot of it. On average, if you have around a 30 pound cylinder, experts say that can last you for a week before needing to refill.

    2. Finding the Right Spot

    One of the most important things when boondocking is finding a safe and accessible area to set up your RV. When picking out an area, don’t be afraid to go online and do some research regarding where other boondockers or dry campers have stayed. 

    Getting advice from others who have done it is one the best ways to find a safe spot. When approaching your spot, be sure to scout out the area and make sure the terrain isn’t to rough for your RV to get in and out of.

    If there is one thing you don’t want, it is to be stuck in the middle of nowhere trying to get your RV out of a tough situation.

    3. Safety

    Safety is very important when boondocking. Because you aren’t at a campground, you may be the only ones camping in that area. If that is the case, you need to be able to rely on each other in emergency situations.

    Discuss a plan for emergencies and make sure everyone is on the same page. Camping in the wilderness also means you may encounter wildlife. The key word here is WILDlife, so make sure you understand that you might be camping in the habitat of some animals.

    The best practice is to not attract attention or present anything outside your campsite that might entice creatures to come pay a visit to your RV.

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    The most important thing to remember is to enjoy the beautiful views that you get when boondocking. Those views alone can make you forget about the conveniences back at the campground.

    If you are looking to get into boondocking or want to learn more about what RV is best for dry camping, give Sonny RVs a call. We offer a variety of towable RVs to make your first boondocking journey a success. For our Duncan location call: 864-433-0887 For our Concord location call: 704-723-4700.

    If you have any other additional boondocking or dry camping tips, share them with us on Facebook or in the comments below!

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