- Oct 26, 2022
For a second there, I thought that was Upper Karr canyon in Sacremento dist. One of my tent stomping grounds.First off...yes, it is worth it! Secondly....it's not quite the ordeal that you're making it out to be. In fact, many aspects of boondocking actually make life easier....no reservations to be made....no wondering if you're going to find a spot at a 1st come 1st served.....no, "well this spot is pretty nice, but I wish the table was over here and we could park the p'up over there".
Filling your water tank.....takes about 2 minutes at home. We use ours primarily for washing up and for dish water and we do conserve....we also bring extra water for drinking and for CYA. When we are near a stream or river (most of the time) we also utilize this water for whatever we can.
Battery....just have to be conservative. Use the interior lights only when necessary and then turn them off (it's good practice at home as well), otherwise use an old fashioned hand held flash light....or better yet, a nice LED headlamp to keep your hands free for reading at night, etc. A nice Coleman propane lantern for outside is also nice. Most p'up batteries will charge when hooked to the TV and you're traveling. When you get home, just plug her in until the battery is back to full or you can hook it up to a charger. No biggy. If you find yourself in a bind while camping, just hook up the jumpers from the TV to the p'up battery and give it awhile.
Facilities....no need to install/reconfigure or whatever. We don't have a potti in the p'up, but we bought a Thetford Porta Potti along with an outdoor shower tent. We set up the privacy tent a bit away from the living area of our camp (takes about 2 minutes) and put the potti in there....you're good to go....you can also get a solar shower and put it in there as well if you do not have a shower in the p'up. For whatever reason, I actually prefer this to our outdoor shower on the p'up.
If you like such things (as I do) you will want to purchase a light wight portable picnic table. Got a pretty heavy duty but light weight plstic folding table at Wal Mart for about $40.....folds down to a 2.5X2.5 square for transport and storage and folds out to a full 5 ft long X 2.5 ft wide picnic table.
Boondocking SFNF......yeas, it is really worth it and no trouble at all. Just ask DW and DS.