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Your Top Boondocking Tips!

We asked and you provided us many boondocking tips! Here are the top 10 we received.

TIP #1 was submitted by: @thenextgr8tadventure

Create a docking in (setup) and docking out (leaving) checklist. This way you don't forget to put in those slides and secure that generator.

TIP #2 was submitted by: Michele Boulanger

I use a spray bottle of vinegar with 1-5 drops of dish soap (depends on size of the bottle) to spray my dishes. Then, I use a sponge for friction and rinse my dishes with a spray bottle of clean water. At the end, I have only added 1/4 - 1/2 cup of water to my gray tank. And, because it goes into the gray tank, the vinegar won't mess with the enzymes in the black tank. This extends my water usage and my tanks fill up slower allowing me to stay away from dump stations longer. It also helps me enjoy my time boondocking longer without the worry of running low on water (my class B tanks are tiny). 

TIP #3 submitted by: Doreen Stephens

When running water to get hot, capture it in a pitcher and use it to flush the toilet. 

TIP #4 submitted by: @wanderzone_eric_melanie

Learn to use a compass with a map, you might not have service for your electronics to work. Also, extra toilet paper!

Tip #5 submitted by: @kiltedvanlife

Use Double Bubble Reflective Foil Insulation on all your windows to stay warm in the winter. We cut them to fit all 10 windows in our Roadtrek Simplicity.

Tip #6 submitted by: Paul Marcus

Best tip I could give people thinking about boondocking, a good battery bank (four 6 volt batteries), solar panels, and a quite generator. With a set up like this, you don't even know you're boondocking other than enjoying the beautiful USA and not stacked up in an RV Park.

Tip #7 submitted by: @gelinasgypsies

When boondocking at a beach put a shallow pail of water on the edge of your entry carpet to rinse your feet off before going into your RV.

Tip #8 submitted by: @allinthe6s

Use less utilities by pre-planning your meals and washing your fruits/veggies while you have a water hook up! Bring extra wine and remember that if all else fails, you’re still in nature living the life you love under the stars.

Tip #9 submitted by: David Garner

Always pack a shovel. (We can tell he learned this from personal experience!)

And Tip #10 was our WINNING tip submitted by: @wanderin_wings

Scout your boondocking spots ahead of time with a satellite map to avoid surprises a GPS doesn't warn you of, like roads that suddenly dead end or don't exist (yes this actually happened to me).

Do you have any other boondocking tips you would like to share? We would love to hear them!

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  • Big Mike

    Big Mike   

    I had a call asking if Big Mikes was open ,we are but new people will put campers away from those already here. no charge for boondocking and keep space from others.
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