What is Boondocking?

RV camp set up in remote area

“Boondocking” is a term that gets thrown around often in the RV community. What it means is staying in your RV without hooking up to water, electricity, or sewer. Since RVs are self-contained, it is possible to live in your RV for several days without hooking up to power. This is also referred to as “dry camping” or “going off the grid.”

There are two ways to go about boondocking. The first is to stay at an established campground, such as at Pinnacles National Park, and simply not hook up your RV. The second is to seek out a secluded area to set up camp. This is known as “dispersed camping” and is great for those who truly want to immerse themselves in the wilderness. Many people enjoy doing a combination of the two. A great example of this is at Joshua Tree National Park.

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Why Boondock?

There are several reasons that people are attracted to this style of RV camping. Here are some of the benefits of boondocking:

Boondocking Saves You Money

Hookups are expensive. Going off the grid, even if it’s just for a few days, is a great way to save money on your trip.

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You Get to Connect with Nature

Another reason that people like boondocking is that it allows you to escape the masses of people and traffic. Those who want a break from the modern world will enjoy going off the grid. Boondocking allows you to become one with nature and explore the amazing world around you. The beauty of taking your RV to remote areas is that you have the ability to stay much longer than if you were tent camping or backpacking.

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You Discover Amazing Locations

Getting out there and searching for unique camping destinations can lead to you discovering some beautiful sites. Going off the grid gives you the opportunity to adventure in places that few other people go to.

Who Should Boondock?

Anyone with an adventurous and a bold spirit will enjoy boondocking. This type of camping is excellent for those who desire peace and quiet and want to spend time in nature as well as save money on their vacation.

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Tips for Going Off the Grid

An important part of going off the grid is making sure to bring the proper equipment. Some of the essentials you’ll want to bring along include:

Potable Water

Running out of water is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to boondocking. Bring along several extra jugs to avoid this risk.

Ice Chest

Extra fuel

Camp Chairs

If you’re not staying at a campground with picnic tables or other forms of seating, you may want to bring your own chairs to sit on.

Nonperishable food

Make sure you have enough food to last the duration of your trip.

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Know Your Energy Needs

It is important to know how much energy your RV uses before you try camping without hook-ups. Purchasing a battery monitor can tell you how much power your RV requires.

You need to keep your batteries charged in order to keep the power in your RV running. This means you either need a generator or you need to invest in solar panels. This article goes more in depth about how to keep your RV charged.

white RV camping in the wilderness

Whether you want to save some money at a campground or you are looking to spend time relaxing in a secluded area, consider the many benefits that boondocking holds.