Boondocking is a term used by RV owners for living self-sufficiently in the comfort of a recreational vehicle without being hooked up to the power, water and sewer services normally available in most campgrounds.
It is what we call dry camping or primitive camping.
A recreational vehicle has all the equipment to be self-sufficient by the way it is conceived.
It comes with a set of house batteries in order to supply electricity. It often has a genset or rv generator to recharge the battery bank. Holding tanks provide fresh water and store liquid and solid waste.
The reason why most travelers choose to be hooked up to a campground service is the facility and relief of not having to worry about energy conservation and waste. Those RVers agree to pay the extra cost involved.
On the other hand, the practice of dry camping allows a substantial saving of money in campground fees and this can make a huge financial difference for the full time RVer . It can be considered a form of discount camping.
There are many locations all over the continent, in urban or natural environments, where you can find very inexpensive or free camp sites .
Boondocking is synonym of FREE CAMPING with many more benefits.
We can easily associate it to a form of 'green RVing' as well.
In its practice, we are simply paying more attention to two elements: the conservation of the resources in fresh water and power supply, and the management of waste in the holding tanks.
The key factor to determine how long we can stay in one location is the size of the holding tanks and the capacity to generate energy.
Obviously, the other factor to take into consideration is the food supply.
For many RVers, primitive camping is the ONLY way to go RVing.
Some other RVers may have concerns about their security. The reason is that they feel more isolated compare with going to a regular campground.
Fear is often only in our mind and there are many safety precautions we can take.
To get your feet wet, go dry camping close to home first. As you gain confidence, try to dry camp further away in the 'boonies'.
You may have to drive a few more miles to reach an isolated site but the most beautiful scenery awaits you.
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