Boondocking 101 – A Guide to Free Camping in Your RV

Boondocking 101 – A Guide to Free Camping in Your RV


If you love getting out there with your
rig, this is an excellent topic for you today, because this is gonna be
Boondocking 101. How’s it going, welcome to the Campendium YouTube channel, where it’s our hope and our goal to provide you with the
resources and the information to get out there and camp. And so today, we’re gonna be talking about Boondocking 101 and the top five things that we recommend where
you begin to get out there and enjoy some of these amazing places to camp. So you might be asking what is boondocking? Boondocking, what we’re gonna be talking
about here is getting out there with your RV with no hookups, so no water, no
sewer, no electric, none of those things you’re not going to a place where you’re
connecting your RV to any type of a grid system. So you’re gonna be out there
boondocking in potentially the middle of nowhere. RVs are so great for this, you
can take this living space and you can put it out in some of the most scenic,
beautiful places for you to enjoy. So let’s dive into our top-five list of
Boondocking 10. So first on that list is going to be safety. And in this we have
know the size of your rig. So you want to be aware of the size of your rig and
this is where Campendium is a huge tool because you can get on Campendium and do a lot of research for where you want to go boondocking, you can read through
reviews and what people have recommended for different sizes of rigs that have
been out there before, you can find a lot of information on the Campendium app or
the Campendium website. So you want to do your research to see if you can get your
rig back there safely. And with that you want to consider the weather because
weather can change the conditions of where you’re trying to get. So pay
attention to what the weather is what the weather is going to be while you’re
out there, and give you an idea of what those conditions are going to be like.
Because if you’re out there on a road and it’s good one day, if it gets wet is
it gonna get real soupy and muddy and difficult to get out. You don’t want to
bury your trailer or your RV up to the axles trying to get out of where your
boondocking. So pay attention to the weather. Along those same lines I’m just
gonna be aware of what I’m doing when I get out there. So I’m gonna keep an idea
in my mind of where I can back up, where I can turn around, so I kind of have an
exit strategy if the site that I was going for, doesn’t
exactly work out. So be aware of those things and then also once you’re out
there, be aware of your surroundings. If there’s a forest fire in the area,
because you’re out boondocking and maybe not in a an RV park or an RV campground,
you may not have a ranger coming to knock on your door to make you aware of
maybe a rains or floods or a fire. So just be aware of what’s happening around
you as you’re out there. Number two on our list is Leave No Trace. The reason
that you’re going out there to enjoy this area is because it’s going to be
beautiful, it’s going to be quiet, it’s gonna be serene. So Leave No Trace when you go out there. Rule number one in this if you’re gonna pack it in pack it out.
If you want to take a step above that, take an extra trash bag and if you see
some trash on the ground why don’t you pick up a little trash and haul it on
out so that it’s just beautiful for the next person to show up. Another way to
say this I’m sure you’ve heard this before is take nothing but memories and
leave nothing but footprints, so let’s just be aware of the impact that you’re
having on the land when you go out. So it’s best if you stick to existing roads
so that you’re not tearing up more landscape and use the roads that are
already there and along with that too you can also use existing campsites kind
of established campsites that are already out there, so if it has a fire
ring and you can tell somebody’s already pulled up there and used it rather than
tearing up a new piece of the landscape you can use these areas that are already
established. And when you’re in that site it’s best if you can stay self contained
so don’t be dumping your tanks on the ground. In some places it’s against the
law to empty your tanks on the ground. So just remember if you’re gonna pack it in,
you might as well just pack it out. So that’s a good rule to follow. Also a
little message from Smokey the Bear (lowers voice) “Only you can prevent forest fires” that was a terrible impersonation. Maybe if I had like a bear head on my head – You know
what forget it. Let’s just get back to it. All kidding aside, it is a good idea to
fully extinguish any campfire that you have after you’ve been out there to make sure that it’s completely snuffed out. No
chance of you starting one of those devastating forest fires, you don’t want
to risk the forest, your life or anything like that just make sure your fire is
completely put out. And along with that thought it’s going to be respectful
towards wildlife. So respect wildlife while you’re out there.
Number three is a short one but a goodie, is just obey the rules. We covered some
of the rules of above and the first two but you want to be aware of the
rules. A lot of places have a 14-day stay limit and there’s just other rules with
with animals and fires and all those things. You just want to check out the
rules before you get out there and just obey the rules. Number four can actually
just kind of apply to life. Just be a good neighbor. So first off don’t park
obnoxiously close to somebody else. You’re getting out there to have a
little space, enjoy the serenity, so don’t park too close to your neighbor.
Give a little space to the people that are out there. And with that, looking for
that serenity while you’re out there, don’t go crazy with a generator. If your
generator is gonna be running, use it to charge up your batteries, try and run it
is minimal as you can so that it’s just not noisy for everybody putting those
fumes in the air, you’re probably going out there to enjoy the peace and quiet,
so just try and minimize how much you’re using that generator if you’re using
solar and you got a decent battery bank, that’s just a leg up, a step in the right
direction to to really just enjoying that boondocking location. And with
keeping those couple of things in mind just being a good neighbor,
just be aware of how loud you are. You don’t want to be the loudest most
obnoxious thing out there. Again, you’re going out there to enjoy this beautiful
spot. Just enjoy it! And number five is just gonna be a few quick tips so that
you can better enjoy it when you get out there boondocking. Number one just be
prepared. There’s not gonna be a grocery store out there so that you can just
grab a few more items come prepared to be out there, have enough food have
enough toiletries, whatever you need to be out there. Just be prepared for going
out boondocking. And since you took these tips you’re
gonna go out there prepared, make sure you conserve what you do have. Like
conserve the water you have if you’re gonna take a shower, you can take a navy
shower you can use close to like a gallon of water, you know you get in
there, you you get wet, you lather up after the waters been turned off, you
turn on real quick, rinse that off it doesn’t take a whole lot of water to do
a navy shower, so there’s plenty of ways that you can use to conserve water. Same
goes for the electricity. If you can conserve on the amount of electricity
that you’re using, that’s less that you have to run your generator and the less
noise you’re gonna make when you’re out there. So just be conservative of the
things that you’re using so you can stay out there even longer. Well not past the
14-day limit but you know what I mean. And last of all, just keep an eye on your
wastewater tanks because I know that our wastewater tanks are gray and our black
are not quite as big as our freshwater tank, so we can haul out more fresh water
than we can and our waste tank. So just be aware of how much you’re putting in
those tanks. So I hope you enjoyed this. Remember to get out there and camp. Enjoy
some of these amazing boondocking places that you can find on the Campendium
website or the Campendium app, I mean there’s just so many benefits to getting
out there. A lot of times the cheaper the place you can stay in your RV, sometimes
the more beautiful in the more serene. It kind of goes almost hand-in-hand, so plus
if you’re out there, you look way cooler carrying an axe out there in the woods
than you would in an RV park actually you might get called on the cops might
get called on you if you’re walking around the RV park with an axe so you
never look more manly than when you’re carrying an axe out there boondocking.
I think that’s gonna do it for today so if you haven’t already hit that
subscribe button, if you like this video give us a thumbs up and as always
remember to get out there, keep exploring stay safe and we’ll see you in the next
video. Planes flying overhead. Noise pollution.
What are you gonna do with that? Might as well run my generator right now. Just kidding it’s just a plane. It’s fine.

39 thoughts on “Boondocking 101 – A Guide to Free Camping in Your RV

  1. Our last night on our most recent boondocking in National Forest near Bryce Canyon NP, the campers in the same area were walking around firing guns. Not a pleasant experience.

  2. Since getting our pop up, we haven't done a lot of boondocking yet, but we have stayed at some campgrounds that had no hook ups. There are some challenges and things you have to think about for sure! Good tips here. Thanks y'all. Maybe we will hit up some remote spots with these tips in mind. See you out there!!!! AO

  3. I'd add one. If you carry an AR, have it chambered in 300 blackout subsonic with a suppressor. That way when you go plinking at stuff or wildlife, you don't annoy your neighbor.

  4. Jared, it is always good to know what your capacities are, as everyone is different. We have 100 gals fresh, 75 grey and 50 black. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Bundok a Philippine word meaning out in the jungle or forest the u.s. military could not say Bundok so they said boondocks just so ya know uss midway clark airbase

  6. i just did a 4000 mile trip, and spent
    half the time boon docking..Campendium was a great app I used it all along the way ..thank you !

  7. My critique, not criticism, you could cover data info in 2 minutes. Data needs to be conveyed K.I.S.S. – Keep It Short & Simple! Thks. BTW, I submit to all you gadget-addicts…NO DRONES!!!!!

  8. One thing he did leave out when boondocking be aware of different hunting season throughout the year you don't want to tick off a hunter and always leash your dogs you don't want too loose your dog to a wild animal. Be safe

  9. Great video, thanks. I've found that I haven't had cell service in many boondocking areas. I recommend having a NOAA weather radio along to get forecasts and alerts. My radio has worked in every location I've camped so far.

  10. anybody notice the online version of campendium has gotten more commercial? shows less "free" boondocking places and more paid parks. way less national forest info then a few months ago

  11. I saw you mentioned about campfires, and making sure they're out b4 you leave. Agreed. But where would you get wood? Can you bring your own? I'm sure we're not allowed to cut down trees, and bringing foreign wood to a park is usually frowned upon. Suggesstions?

  12. Regarding campfires, it's not only important to put it out (and run you hand through the ashes to make sure they are cold) when you depart for the next campsite. But put it out any time you leave it unattended. Forest fires have been started by campers who left their campfire burning while out hiking, fishing, or chasing after butterflies! I watched one video where a hiking couple camp upon a campsite devoid of humans where the fire was built between two close trees. It was roaring and eating up the trees when they happened to pass this camp. Fortunately, they were able to put it out and save the forest, themselves, and the stupid campers.

  13. Have you done a video Boondocking 102? This is incredibly basic information. I forget people don't already know these points.

  14. Hurry and enjoy boondocking on Public Lands before the privatization of our beloved Public Lands. My wife and I enjoyed our Public Lands for the past 45 years. We just hung up our keys so I no longer have a horse in the race. Public Lands are an amazing American heritage ONLY found in America. If a particular party has their way, Public Lands will no longer be Public. Imaging barbed wire fencing and signs saying 'NO TRESPASSING – PRIVATE PROPERTY'. Not being political but just stating the facts. Better vote against these people if you want to preserve the People's Land'. There has been a lot of talk about selling off our 'Public Lands' to the highest bidder for years by one particular party. They also want to privatized our National Parks and the USPS. Read this: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-administration-appoints-opponent-public-154458858.html

  15. Can you tell us where to boon dock east of the Mississippi. I know there are many places in the west but no info in the east.

  16. At about 4:35–5:00 you talk about putting out the fire and it reminded me of something I learned from an octogenarian years ago. When boondocking in an area that doesnโ€™t have water like streams and ponds or lakes to use for dousing the fire pit he has a pretty smart way of putting the fire out.
    He uses water from his โ€œgreyโ€ water tank to completely drown the fire pit. Since the โ€œgreyโ€ water tank should only have drainage from the sinks and shower/tub which would be mainly water and a little soap it should be fine to use it for dousing the fire pit. He also pointed out that depending on how long you were there you potentially had anywhere from 5 gals up to the entire tank which could be 25, 30, 40, or even 50 gals. Definitely enough to drown the fire pit.
    Cheers mate and happy trails

  17. Great job Jared ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸšŒ ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŒŽ very helpful information ๐Ÿ˜Š thanks for sharing and safe travels

  18. You have me so hyped to do this. My family and I are planning on Rving/boon-docking starting next year and can't wait.

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