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How Boondocking Saved our Full-Time Travel Adventure

This week's blog post is brought to you by Tiny Shiny Home.

After nearly 5 years of full-time travel, we’ve experienced every type of campsite
imaginable. State parks, city parks, county parks, fancy private resorts, super
scary cramped parks, national parks…you name it. And while each of them serve
their purpose, many were not what we imagined when we started our adventure.

Instead, we dreamed of open valleys with views for miles. We pictured pristine campsites and gorgeous sunsets right outside our front door. Those dreams were quickly shattered when we first started traveling and realized that the rig we choose was too big and too power-hungry to camp that way. Our wide-open valleys became a sea of cramped trailers, and our beautiful sunsets were replaced with a neighboring RV outside our front door.

Fast forward a few months, and we had a transformative boondocking experience that started in tragedy but ended with us falling in love with this lifestyle all over again. It was a true turning point for us. We quickly sold our 37-foot 5th wheel and downsized to a vintage Airstream that we renovated with the help of my Dad. We did a complete overhaul, adding more gray water storage, a composting toilet, and a huge solar panel + lithium battery setup. We were determined to camp the way we dreamed of. Off-grid, wild, and free.

We’ve seen the difference it makes for our kids, now ages 8, 10, 12, and 14. Having room to roam, run wild, be loud, and explore new areas has been a game-changer for them. We no longer have to plan our stays months in advance or be in RV parks with quiet hours and 12-page rulebooks. They have more freedom to be kids - and for that alone, it was worth all the work to get to this point.

Being off-grid and away from the hustle of big cities feeds our souls. It fuels us. It gives us a chance to breathe. To think. To listen. Boondocking has truly changed us.

As we've shared photos on Instagram of our favorite spots over the years, we've been asked lots of questions. So much so that we created some awesome resources for those that want to know more about boondocking.

  • Our Top 10 Boondocking Spots - Detailed info & GPS coordinates of our favorite off-grid locations.
  • How to Find the Perfect Boondocking Spot - A free video course that teaches 5 quick ways to scout beautiful, safe, off-grid camping locations. (You better believe Boondockers Welcome is on this list!)
  • The Complete Boondocking Course - A paid, in-depth video course for camping off-grid. We cover important topics like water, power, waste, internet, food storage, and safety. It includes workbooks, resource links, and more. If you're new to boondocking and don't want to waste hours piecing together info on YouTube, this is a great way to learn everything quickly. You can use the coupon link above to get 20% off!

We hope you find these resources useful, and that they encourage you to get out there in the wilderness! It's an experience everyone should try at least once. Thanks friends - we'll see you down the road!

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Boondockers Welcome is a community of RVers that provide overnight stays with each other for free while traveling through an area. We help RVers to travel more economically and find options when campgrounds may be full. It’s a great and safe way to meet fellow RVers or for people curious about the RV lifestyle to learn from members, while also providing a safe place to park for one night or up to five nights.

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  • Woodworker


    We have boondocked most of our life due to no campsites where we are camping. Presents travel with a 27 foot travel trailer. Two 6 volt batteries and a small Costco solar panel for the extended stays. Good for about 5 days in any one spot for the two of us. What gets me is the newer RV's have several TV's, what for we are camping. If I really want to watch a movie a disk in the laptop works. Electric fridges no less. Give me a break, give me some storage and cut the electronics. We will keep our 2004 trail blazer going for a long time. Spend about 30 to 50 nights a year in the RV.

    BWadmin on 03/02/2020 7:24 a.m. moderator  

    Sounds like you have quite the setup! Thank you for sharing!
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