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Boondocking / Dry Camping

What is boondocking, or what some call dry-camping? Our definition is basically being out in the boonies without any services or utilities. No water, electricity, sewer, cable TV, internet, etc.

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Several of our friends and fellow RVer’s seem amazed as to why we’d rather be “out there” in the woods, beach, or desert instead of an RV park or stick-built house. They usually comment on how hard it must be to survive without TV or electricity.


They just can’t imagine what life is like ‘out there. We try to explain that when we camp without any services (sometimes for months at a time) we have most of the comforts you would enjoy in an RV park, or even a stick-built house. They typically look puzzled when we explain this and we know they’re thinking we might be just a little too passionate about this RV lifestyle.
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First, we’d like to say we really enjoy being out in the woods, beach, or the desert in our RV; however, we understand it is not for everyone. It does require some pre-planning to make it fun. The trade-off for not being where there are services brings you to some really incredible places that most people only get to read about.

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Family teaching us how to kayak on Vern’s birthday.
Please don’t let the sharks get us!  Yikes!

In spite of the enjoyment we get, we aren’t suggesting that you need to rough it at all. We actually like all the creature comforts you get in an RV park, too. By adding some solar panels, a good sized battery bank, plus a few other things that we have included on our List of Equipment page, we have been able to bring the conveniences of city life right along with us in our RV. We hope this list will help you enjoy your experience ‘out there’ as much as we have.

Also, please check out our Boondocking Travels Page to see some favorite places we’ve ‘roughed it’ over the years.

Happy Trails!

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  1. Will be heading out for a year or two, maybe longer, by the fall of 2015. No timetable. Want to visit as many National Parks as possible and all of the places you mentioned and more. Seeing as there are over 400 National Parks I doubt I will see all of them.

    1. How exciting. Planning is part of the fun and Fall of 2015 will be here before you know it. We still have quite a few National Parks to see ourselves and hope to see them all. 🙂 Terri & Vern

  2. WOW that place looks amazing! Where exactly were you guys? My family and I just bought an RV and we are looking for places to go here in Florida.

    1. Hi Rochelle. Unfortunately, Pensacola Beach doesn’t allow RVs to dry-camp any longer. We miss this spot — it’s so beautiful! Now we stay at Ft Pickens, which is a federal park. It’s not directly on the water, though, so no comparison!

    1. Hi Jonathan. This is one of our favorite spots to dry-camp, but Pensacola Beach no longer offers parking for RVs any longer. Maybe it’s due to new RV park on Pensacola Beach. Not sure. Hate that we can’t go here any longer. Now we go to Ft Pickens (it’s a federal park). Tough to get into though because it stays very busy.

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