Boondocking Essentials | Full Time (FREE) Camping Off Grid!

Boondocking Essentials | Full Time (FREE) Camping Off Grid!

Whats going on guys! In todays video, we’re gonna go over some
boondocking essentials. Right now we are camped out on lake Santeetlah
in North Carolina in the Smoky Mountains. I believe thats how you say it. Santeetlah. Thats what it looks like. Anyways, we’ve been out here for about a week
and it’s been raining every single day. So, were gonna take advantage of the down
time today and do a boondocking essentials video. Luckily we’re staying dry under the Batwing
Tarp. It’s keeping the firewood nice and dry as
well. So, lets get started! What’s up buddy! Alright, so first and foremost, water! That’s our 6 gallon drinking water tank. We basically just take this thing to town
and fill it up at the little RO water stations. Most grocery stores have them. Walmart, or even the little mom and pop shops
in the smaller towns will have them. We’ve got another 5 gallon tank up in here
thats sink water. So if we use 5 gallons for doing things like
dishes, Andrea’s over here cooking eggs for her salad. Whippin it up. But anyways, the 5 gallons in there is strictly
for cleaning dishes, and like washing our hands. Things like that. So, our 6 gallons of drinking water is strictly
drinking water which is nice. And i would highly suggest that system. It seems to be a pretty universal system for
most everybody that travels on the road.It’s just easy cause most towns have the machines,
and it keeps it all in one little tight spot. I mean, thats nice and tight against our wall. It doesn’t really intrude on the walking way. So, highly suggested on that. And just incase we need to use something like
a lake or some kind of creek for fresh water, this is our little sawyer water filter. You can basically use any water source, fill
it up in a average sized water bottle, and then this side screws onto the cap of the
water bottle and that’s like a straw up top. So, this thing is nice to have on hand. It’s also like a nice survival kind of tool
to have. Hows that salad? Really good. So obviously water is probably #1 most important
thing to have as far as survival. But other than that, you’re gonna want power. Especially if you’re living off grid full
time. You’re gonna want to power your lights and
whatever other things you might need to charge. Cameras, cell phones, whatever. So, behind me here is our solar panel. The bag is completely torn up, but its been
on the road with us for a while. So i kinda didnt expect it to really stand
up too well. But the solar panel does its job. It powers our… Let me see if I can show you this down here. There we go, nice and bright. Alright, sorry it’s a little bit of a mess
down here right now. This is kinda my quick access for tools and
things. But, this is our 215 amp hour agm. I believe its “Full River”? Yeah, Full River. I got this guy on amazon. I’ll leave the link below if you wanna check
that out. It’ll power us off grid for about 2 weeks
and thats always more than we need. So, if you consider yourself low power usage,
which we kind of do. Thats pretty much just using the lights inside
the living space and charging a few accessories like cameras and phones. Maybe a laptop every now and then. This battery was well worth the investment. I would definitely give it a look on amazon. It’ll last ya probably about 2 weeks on average
without charging it once. So thats always nice. If you plan on full time boondocking like
we do, most places that you’ll be staying allow you to stay about 14 days on average. Thats national forest service land, BLM land,
most public lands will allow 14 days. So having a battery that lasts those full
14 days where we don’t have to go to a campground and pay for a hookup, or drive somewhere to
get sunlight. Those are the kinds of investments that are
gonna save you down the line on a monthly basis. If you’re just a weekend boondocker, you really
don’t have to put too much thought into it. Most batteries will give you a weekends worth
of power. But definitely if you plan on doing full time
boondocking, having a nice battery is pretty much the heart of the whole operation. The next essential is geared towards the full
time boondocks once again. If you’re full timing, you will be going through
4 seasons, and winter is one of them. So, you’re gonna want to stay warm when it’s
freezing outside, or snowing. I mean, you don’t want to die in the cold,
that would suck. So we went with the G Stove. This thing keeps us nice and warm. I think it’s… Let me see. 84 degrees in here right now. I think it’s about mid 30’s outside. So, this thing is super nice. We cook on top of it. That’s what Andrea just cooked the eggs on
top of. Throw a nice fat wet log in there overnight
and it’ll burn for a pretty long time while we sleep. I’ve got it roaring in there right now. That’s why it’s nice and cozy in here. I’ve got the wood stove fan on top. And that basically just moves air all around
and gets it out of my little fireplace area and back over to the beautiful lady on the
bed. So if you plan on full timing, I would highly
suggest getting a wood stove in your setup. Another option you can do for heat is propane. You can use propane to do something like a
little buddy heater. Those things are cool. We just figured for the same space that it
took up, we could install a wood stove and also get a cooking space as well.We’ve loved
it so far because we’ve always got a fire going in the winter, so we always have a hot
surface to cook on without having to pull out the stove, the propane tank, and all that
kind of shenanigan. Other than heat, id say the last essential
that i would add into the boondocking essentials video would be food. Cans are great. I’ll just kinda give you a little run around
of the food that we have to give you an idea of what works on the road and what works for
boondocking really. So this is our cooler, this is our fridge. It’s an RTIC cooler or a Yeti knockoff if
you will. pretty much the same thing, works just as
well. That is a batch of beef jerky we just made
out at Andreas grandpa’s house, among just average stuff. I mean, we keep most things in bags, that
way when the ice melts it doesn’t mess up things like the milk carton. ooh, that little yellow case back there, i
gotta mention that. It is $1.50 at walmart and it is the best
investment for a traveling cooler you will ever make, because you’ll never crack another
egg. And over here we’ve got a couple more cabinets
of food storage up here. Got basic things like pancake mix and dry
food storage containers over here. If you saw my first video, you know how i
roll with chocolate. Big ass bar. Still doin that thing! And over here, we’ve got some canned food,
more dry storage. If you eat refried beans, you’ve gotta try
this one. Rosarita. And back on this side of the camper, behind
our motivational quote of the day, we’ve got some more food storage. And once again, dry food. If you notice the pattern here, dry food goes
a long way. Basic condiments and more canned food, plates,
silverware. This is what it looks like in here when Andrea
starts making jewelry. So, ladies if you like jewelry, please go
to her Etsy. Let me see if i can zoom in on this thing. There’s her card. Stoned Darling. Look her up on Etsy and get some of this jewelry
off the bed so I can sit down please. In my defense, we’re fixing the table. That we are. We’re gonna transform this again to where
we can turn these 2 benches into seats and raise the table up. There’s a table under there, we just never
use it. So, once we get down to Florida were gonna
throw the leg back on that table and reupholster the whole bed thing and turn that back into
a table. Cause that would be nice and efficient. Also, underneath Andreas take over here, under
this bench and the bench over here as well. We have another essential to boondocking which
is pretty much just survival gear. Thats, you know, emergency candles, blankets,
i think we’ve got ropes and all kinds of just… anything you can think of survival. Her grandfather just has everything in a big
barn so he lent us a bunch of stuff. So that pretty much sums up just about everything
you’ll need in a boondocking setup. Food, water, power, heat, and survival gear. I think that was all 5. 5 of them. 5 things you need to know to start boondocking! So there you go! If you enjoyed this video, please click Like
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the way. We’re still hippity hoppin all around the
USA. We might go down south, might go up north
to Canada we don’t know yet. Every day’s a new day and pretty much… Whats one of those travel quotes? Give me a travel quote! Quick! Travel quote! uhm.. uhm.. Go where the path…. What is that one?! Go where there is no path, and leave a path! Unless you’re hiking, then don’t leave a path. Just tread lightly and be nice to the plants. Alright, Bye!

25 thoughts on “Boondocking Essentials | Full Time (FREE) Camping Off Grid!

  1. Andrea’s creations are beautiful!

  2. Can you do a video why you chose your wood stove over the mini cubic grizzly wood stove that everyone seems to buying. We like both, but it would be cool to hear your thoughts. -Milo

  3. What if iam trying to power a TV microwave fridge electrical cook top ? How much battery do i need and solar wattage?

  4. This guy taught me everything I know!I've been on the road and sleeping in the back of my Volkswagen Beetle since 1968 and until I watched his videos I suffered from severe back aches (from sleeping in the back of my Beetle), but now my back is like-new since I bought a 1977 Chrysler (has bigger back seat) and I can stretch my legs out the window. Only one window goes down so I have to remember to sleep with my feet pointing to the left, since it's the right window that won't go down. Brandon also taught me how to recycle the Cheeto's that I sometimes find under the front seat by adding two tablespoons of water to just a few, and then smearing them on my face to act as sunscreen. Who woulda thought??? THANK YOU BRANDON!!!!! YOU CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!! GOD SPEED TO YOU!!!! S

  5. Hey lil brother nice video i see you are building ur channel so i have subscribed and liked and even made a special file in my playlist for boon docking to place ur video's in oh and i rang the bell to be notified of ur future videos be careful out there and know we have u and ur lady in our prayers be safe. sincerely

  6. Thanks for the info about fulltime boondocking….we can't wait to get our fulltime RV life started….it's getting close!!

  7. I'm fixing to try and get me a full-size cargo van and go back to off-grid living again I've done it off and on since the 1980s when I was a teenager and had my first full size van these little mini wood burning stoves are starting to sound pretty cool but I love this lifestyle it's fun it's adventurous and you learn new things

  8. if you keep your ice in a waterproof dry bag you dont have to keep your food in individual ziplocks – just dump out the water when it melts or use it for showers

  9. i just got my ford astro cargo van, its idie–biddie but i love it . The price was right & only 39k miles. makes it worth investing into. i am just now starting to build it out. ive got your tarp & battery on my list. thanks i love your channel !!! you guys have a grate day

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