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Extended Boondocking

How long can you stay in one boondocking location?

For extended boondocking you will need to conserve power, water, waste tanks, and propane. Learn these simple tricks used by the most experienced boondockers.

How to Conserve Battery Power

How to Conserve Water and Waste Tank Capacity

Over the more than twenty years Randy and I have been RVing, I can count on two hands the number of times we’ve actually had a campsite with hook-ups, but we realize this isn’t "the norm" for many RVers.

Although RVs were built for boondocking, (why else do they have those big deep-cycle batteries and holding tanks?) most RVers don’t spend more than a night at a time without the benefit of hook-ups – perhaps at a national or state park campground that doesn’t offer hook-ups or in a parking lot at a truck stop or Wal-Mart – a quick overnight while on route to the next destination.

Extended boondocking in one location for longer periods requires a little education, a bit of preparation and, if you’re still addicted to all the comforts of a brick and mortar home, a slight lifestyle adjustment. Those who have figured it out - love it. As all boondockers learn - how long you can stay (without having to move your RV) will be determined by how well you conserve your resources - battery power, water, propane, and waste tanks.

Because ours is a small b-class RV (a Roadtrek), our home is always with us and moving on is as simple as making the decision, folding up the lawn chairs, and driving away. We do understand why those of you in larger motorhomes, fifth wheels, or trailers prefer to explore an area on day trips from a "home base." It's a little more work to actually hitch up and move a larger RV to a new locale, which makes conserving those resources even more important.

I get a fair number of questions about how we manage to live without hook-ups so I’ve compiled the above lists.

Since our experience with extended boondocking is limited to our own van-sized motorhome, I’m sure many of you who travel with larger RVs have additional tips to add, and I invite you to please share them - I've provided a spot at the bottom of each list for you to add your suggestions.

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