Dry Camping Tips and Tricks
One primary advantage of Recreational Vehicle (RV) travel is the ease of setting up a camp site- it’s as easy as throwing the tow vehicle and motorhome into “Park.” Interestingly, most vehicles are designed with all you will need for survival during your camping– you could easily turn an empty landed space to a campsite for the night. Whether an isolated spot close to a stream, an abandoned parking lot or an empty field, you could make your camping dream come alive without many hassles.
With features like inverter or an onboard generator, fresh water source, LP tanks and holding tanks, your camping dreams could become a reality in no time if you know exactly what to do. A lot of people are tempted to embark on dry camping or boondock -where tourists, for whatever reasons, choose to use other options besides the traditional camp grounds and hookups- this could eventually turn out to become a remarkable experience in the long run for the following reasons:
Privacy: Just You and Nature
Although People tends to feel a lot better in a communal setting, there are times when your privacy means the world to you, you just love to keep it. Bigger camping sites could turn messy sometimes, as thousands of campers troop in on weekends, resulting to poorly managed parks. One big question on the lips of fellow campers; especially the first timers, is “from whence did these crowds come?” While open camping grounds comes with a lot of fun, great hookups, game room, hot showers, and mini-shopping Center such may still not be the perfect camping idea for some folks.
Even the intercontinental resort where you could get virtually anything from, might still not appeal to some travelers’ camping desire. You want a whole different camping setting, and that could only mean blazing your trial: Mounting the travel trailer at a Riverside; navigating through the rough terrains and thick forest just to find the most appealing site. Then it becomes all about you and your family/loved ones – No next door noises from generators, annoying shouts, and cries of kids. Just you, your family/loved ones, and nature. What could be more?
Flexible Camping Options
A Recreational Vehicle camping trip is usually to less popular sites where people seldom visit. Some lovers of the second-home concept may feel more at home and hence pitch their camp in a place where there are no campgrounds. For instance, your rig could help turn granny’s backyard to a campsite for that extended stay, keeping the grandkids close. Also, you could be held up on a part-time job at the christmas tree lot, selling your stuff at an art show that requires your presence, or volunteering at a State parks whatever is the circumstance, the Recreational Vehicle gives the perfect stay. Families and loved ones of sick people typically “camp out” outside the hospital, just to become closer to the patient even in their sick-bed. Also, people who stay far away from home as a result of certain hobbies would get no better nightly lodgings as great as their RVs. Every situation has their peculiar accommodation needs; interestingly, your Recreational Vehicle offers virtually all your camping needs.
When You Can’t Get a Reservation
So, the couple after a long search for a camp site to pass the night got frustrated by the “no vacancy” signs that flooded the Pennsylvania’s Interstate-80. Apparently, everywhere was full of campers. Perhaps you can relate. It’s about dusk, and everyone is feeling exhausted? Reservations have still not been made, and nothing feels right. RV fanatics can attest to how these camping sites easily get filled up, bringing the annoying and scary thought of where to pass the night. There are times when you can’t help but to boondock; even if you naturally do not fancy parking over at Wal-Mart or an abandoned open space. If there are chances of you not able to make reservations, you may want to begin working out the dry camping option and building up relevant skills before you embark on your trip.
Save Some Cash
Several RV parks, unlike a fairly priced motel, are regrettable. National and state parks are relatively cheaper and are full of several amazing natural views one may not find just anywhere. There are, however, some RV lovers who rescind on the idea of camping payments. Besides, they have already “coughed out” hundreds of dollars to acquire the motor home which is a fully packed solution for all their camping needs. To these travelers, they believe they’d rather save the cost of nightly’s stay in the woods. While operators of camping sites are not happy with this free-wheeling idea, dry camping saves you a lot of cash
Remember that a lot of RVlers began with the traditional tent camping, so they are good with the terrains already. And the change from soggy sleeping bag to more comfortable digs has not taken out the old spirit from us. The mindset of an explorer still dwells richly in us- we are proud to be camping where just a few or no motor home have reached before. We are referring to a site where you wouldn’t even get mobile or satellite services. Providing water for yourself, generating your power and eating solely canned foods and fresh trout is the surest way to get back your swagger whether it’s right in a $500,000 diesel pusher or a $5,000 truck camper. You could get free camping from across the million acres regulated by National Wildlife Refugee and the Bureau of Land Management
Factors to Consider Before You Go On Your Expedition
Before you set out on your RV trip, remember the term “everything goes” may not be entirely true; especially in the issue of camping. You cannot just park your motor home wherever please you, throw out your provisions and begin the welcome party. Every locality has their legal requirements; there are etiquettes to comply with and safety concerns to deal with. Also, RVs comes in different sizes and features as it relates to boondocking. Most of the smaller vehicles lack inverter, onboard power generator, and even solar-powered devices. With smaller clean water tank, you may have to reduce your time of stay, reduced shower time, and the entire off-road exploration. Does your RV have the capacity? Are you up to the challenge? Check out these factors before you go along without a net
One downside of camping in an isolated area is uncertainty. Although, all campgrounds may not be Fort Knox, most top names usually have outstanding lightings and standard safety measures to ensure you don’t go bunking at the deep dark woods or truck stop. Personally, I am soaked in fear at the slightest sound when camping in an isolated area. Contrarily, others may love such natural experience. However, safety factor must be paramount. If you are only looking for a place to spend the night to continue your sojourn the next morning, then search for a spot with good lighting, in a fairly busy and strategically placed location around one or two other Recreational Vehicles. Although parking under a street light may not be best for a great night sleep, it’s a great safety tip. Also, ensure that the windows and doors are closed; your belongings kept inside the vehicles for the night, and get your keys close – just in case of any emergencies.
Although, Wal-Mart may have their doors wide open for RV to spend the night, it may not be said of other property owners. Also, for whatever reason, some towns are not so friendly to squatters. Indeed, the land you wish to camp on is owned by someone regardless of where it is located. Of course, that someone is most likely not you. So, you want to get that someone’s permission before you set up your facilities for the stay. Else you could get some Officer Friendly knocking down your window at midnight, ready to send you off to the highway. It’s therefore ideal to support the activities, perhaps business, that is giving you a place for the night
Ensure Your Rig is Worthy
The rule “the smaller the Recreational vehicle, the lesser it can accommodate” is the painful truth. If you’ve got small-sized water tanks, it means smaller quantity for washing and drinking, while little holding tanks connote less stay out in the wild before you may need to purge. Ponder on this before you make your final decision on camping with your RV. As earlier stated, while some vehicles are designed with provision for onboard power, others are not; compelling travelers to purchase compact inverter or generator for electricity.
On the other hand, a small-sized unit is more efficient in maneuvering your way through to isolated areas. A truck camper or camper van is a great off-road machine that can maneuver through tight and rough areas that a motor home and tow vehicle cannot. In short, terms, don’t expect more than your RV’s capacity. Of course, you should know the limit of your RV and plan appropriately. You also want to be sure of the reliability of the RV. This will help you to avoid a situation of a dead battery or flat tire about 20 miles off a tarred road. SO before you embark on your trip, carry out a thorough inspection on your Recreational Vehicle to avoid any unfortunate circumstance on your adventure.
Test Your Dry Camping Skills
Although you may have no plan to stay away from the complete hookups and sure-fire fun of a campsite, you still want to be sure of the limit of your RV – you will never know. It is recommended that you try out your dry-camping skills ahead of time in a safe but solitary area. Your best bet is to try out a no hookup campground to see how it feels. Or you could just do a test-run in the driveway. You r test should aim at answering questions like How fast can you navigate through water? What’s the amount of LP needed for a week’s journey? What if your LP gas runs out, can you use a campfire? What’s the capacity of your generator; considering the appliances you may be going over with on your trip? You need to sharpen up your dry camping experience – it will help you get the most from less.
Be Power Conscious
Running out of electricity is one thing you want to work against. However, you can avoid that with some measures like using an inverter or generator to ensure the batteries do not run out of power. There are several cheap portable models you could choose from that will guarantee a longer stay outdoor. Otherwise, you may have to try to minimize your electricity consumption as much as you can. Ensure all unnecessary appliances and bulbs are put out when not in use. Electric step, air conditioners, blow dryers, water pump and exterior lights are common energy drainers. Get a cool spot to park so the refrigerator could rest for some time while still keeping your stuff cool. Reduce the hours you spend watching TV, always monitor the energy monitor panel – don’t completely drain the battery.
You may not have a 100-gallon water tank, so you have to conserve. Remember water is critical for drinking, cleaning, washing, cooking. Although it could be pretty easy to get access to water in case your reserve goes out, you want to reduce your usage. Shorter shower, sanitizers in place of regular hand washing, is cool practical ways to achieve this. Don’t leave the tap flowing when washing dishes or brushing your teeth. You could make use of showering facilities around your camping spot. Remember you don’t want your holding tanks to get filled up too fast, you are better off on low water usage. It’s worthy of mention however that it is unhealthy to leave the tanks after your adventure just because you think there is no one around. Dumping some gallons of sewage on person’s property is a wrong payment for their kind gesture.
Whereas LP gas could be pretty difficult to run out with decent-sized tanks, some conservative approach could come handy. The most efficient method to employ is outdoor cooking. Campfire cooking goes with a lot of fun and adds some great flavors to your cooking in a special way that the RV’s often cannot match in any way. Pilot lights should be snuffed out when not in use for an increased stay of your supply.
Get Enough Provisions
It’s unsafe to overload your RV. However, it is also not Ok to have your Mac N’ Cheese exhausted about 30 miles off the closest town. Dry Campers must try to differentiate between overloading and loading which comes with experience. Portable devices, extra canned foods, and firewood are vital supplies that should make a list- as long as you don’t overload your van. So you won’t run out of supplies if your camping plan involves opening nights at different locations. Simply know exactly what your campout requires and know what you need and how to get more in the event your supplies run out. Charcoal, first aid kit, cell phone, alkaline batteries, manual can opener, bug spray, tool kits, hatchetsaw, cooking tools, fishing poles, compact cooking grate, and extra blankets are basic necessities for your trip. You sure don’t want to embark on the adventure with an “E”-level fuel tank. Finally, remember your generator will be drinking up your fuel, and you don’t want to run out of gas while in the woods.