RV Boondocking

Boondocking means getting out of the campground and onto our great public lands. Learn how to boondock right here from very experienced RVers.

RV boondocking is remote camping, outside of improved campgrounds, without having any utilities such as a water source, power, trash, or dump stations. It is pure camping off-grid. Taking your recreational vehicle out to boondock can be intimidating to the uninitiated. Learn here and get comfortable with the idea!

What Is Boondocking?

Learn what boondocking is and why you should explore this style of RV camping. This is for you if you want to avoid crowded campgrounds.

Where To Boondock?

Can you just go down any road that you find out in the middle of nowhere and camp? Um, nope! You have to find a boondocking spot where you are allowed to camp.

How To Boondock?

Boondocking can be intimidating for an RVer that has never camped outside of a campground. We will show you how to boondock properly and take the fear out of boondocking.

All About RV Boondocking

Here you can learn about boondocking from Camp Addict. Boondocking is our favorite form of camping! With over 10 years of combined boondocking expertise, we share what we've learned about this method of exploring the country.

With so much public land to explore and so many variables to know about from electricity usage, generator rules, where to park, and so much more, you can't simply jump right into it. Educate yourself first to stay safe and comfortable. 

RV Boondocking In Brief

Boondocking is one of the biggest joys of RV life. It's all about getting out into nature easily and right where you are parked.

There are no reservations needed, it's free, you have no close neighbors, and no boring views of other campers. It can be just you and nature and the best views found in the country!

To boondock, you need a few things. A tank full of water, batteries and a way to re-charge them most likely daily, and a toilet and black tank (or a composting toilet). 

fifth wheel trailer parked by river

The hardest things about boondocking are usually water conservation and power conservation. Before you go, it's best to try a dry run in a campground where you dry camp.

While dry camping, test how long your tanks last as well as how long it takes for your batteries to get to 50% and need to be recharged using a generator or a camping solar panel.

Once these things are understood and mastered, you may be able to boondock for a week or two before your full grey and black tank make you have to move to dump. 

Boondocking is most popular out west as there is a ton of public land. There's not a lot in the east. So if you want to do a lot of it, head west!

Utah Lake trash pickup pile

Please know that there are rules. Even out on public lands.

There is a level of respect for the land that must be followed as well as respect for your fellow campers. 

Learn before you go so you are not a jerk. Respect the land and respect others. Best of all, leave it better than you found it!

And have a good camping adventure with your family and/or friends.