Boondocking is popular with frugal RVers.
It is camping in primitive campsites without any utilities, often on federally-owned land on West. It is different from "black-top camping" (overnight "camping" in a parking lot of a big box store), and is not dry camping your RV has enough water to live in it for a week, if you know how to save the water. Stealth camping in urban areas without being noticed.

Description of boondocking

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how long can resources last
Notes abound boondocking: battery care. Fuel is better in truck stops: fresher, esp diesel. Need anti-algae additive for winterizing.

campsite cleanup

  • Pull any non native invasive species - Check with the Forest Service on what varieties they are trying to eliminate.
  • native seed is available from the Forest Service for regenerating or reforesting an overused area. Volunteer to work on your campsite area!
  • Walk the campsite in expanding circles with a trashbag picking up litter and "gripping/extension" arm.
  • Repair any erosion damage from camping/RV use. Lightly cover eroded/exposed areas with pine needles/forest duff from deeper in the woods, to help reduce erosion and promote regrowth of native species.

How to find boondocking site - Boondocking tips

  • get cheap State Park site for 2-3 days (dry) and explore area.

Save water

  • shower with a pan on the floor of the shower stall. The water they collect is reused to flush the toilet.
  • Navy shower: Run the water and wet down. Turn the water off. Lather up. Turn the water on and rinse.
  • GI shower: Wash up out of a small basin with a wash cloth. ( A GI's basin was his helmet! )

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