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  1. I am selling a 2003 Monaco Dynasty with 1575 watts of solar on the roof. Here’s a link to the website that will provide in depth detailed descriptions of all the various systems with matching pictures. https://2003monacodynastyregal.blogspot.com/2019/10/live-off-grid-in-luxury-with-tv.html
  2. For those of you towing fifth wheels, especially during overnight stops, do you run your genny in the truck bed while remaining hooked? I'm planning on storing them in the front of the truck bed, and running them from there when necessary, but have concerns about CO emissions. Anyone do it, and what, if any, precautions do you take? Thanks for any responses.
  3. Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is quite amazing, lot's of sage brush and rolling hills. We stop here for a quick night , the higher elevation helps with the extreme summer heat. In the morning we bring the drone up real quick just to take a look around. After 6 months we are finally back in California it's a strange feeling, it's the longest we have ever been away from California and our home town of Simi Valley. We find a great boondocking spot inside Inyo National forest just a 10 minute drive from Mammoth Lakes CA. While we are there for only a week, we get a bit too relaxed with our water supply and end up running out! Hope you enjoy this video!
  4. Boondocking outside Grand Teton National Park has its perks! We have a meet up with multiple full-time families, at the same time we make new friends that happen to be new to full-timing. Ryan and Jeff sold everything in Arizona, bought trailers and moved up to Wyoming to be river float guides on the Snake River. We also reconnect with Kyle Nugent, a full-timer that we met in Maine roughly 2 months earlier! He is traveling the country hitting one baseball field at a time. We happened to stay in touch, told him we would be in the area and he came by! Kyle is an avid fly fisherman and he decided to give me some lessons, but I was only interested in flying the drone! This video is a great one, make sure you watch till the end! ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️Hit that subscribe and like button⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://www.youtube.com/c/adventureen...
  5. We take the journey from Deadwood South Dakota to Wyoming just outside Grand Teton National Park. The drive is quite long and when we arrive we are super tired. While looking for a good camping spot with decent cell phone service, we go down a road we shouldn't have been on with our 5th wheel. Getting out of this area requires a steep uphill rutted road and four wheel drive! The following day I drive into town and reflect on the great dirt road driveways we have had lately! We head over a near by camp to meet some other RVers that we were in touch with on Instagram. This area is absolutely beautiful and might be my favorite place in the country. We are looking forward to exploring the area for the next week! Hope you enjoy the video! ***Feel free to subscribe and hit that like button!*** https://www.youtube.com/c/adventureen...
  6. After camping a few days right outside the park we finally venture in, right off the bat we see a large bison. Going further into to the National Park the drive is quite breathtaking. The winding roads, mountains and bright blue skies. We drive through the whole park and end up hiking the Notch Trail, it's short at 1.33 miles but the views are amazing. Back at camp we have an amazing experience with the big horn sheep! They come out of no where and completely surround the whole trailer. Our time at this boondocking spot comes to and end, we carefully take the muddy road out what we call "the secret entrance / exit". It works great and we make it out with no problems, then we have a great drive to our next boondocking spot Northwest of Deadwood South Dakota. Here we plan to hike in Custer State Park, hit Mount Rushmore, visit Deadwood and meet up with friends. Hope you enjoy the vlog, let me know what you think!
  7. We make it to an epic Boondocking spot just outside of Badlands South Dakota! We finish our drive to Badlands national Park (well just outside of the park), before we get there we camp on the Missouri River. We are so excited to be out west again, more Boondocking! The Boondocking spot we land at is just outside Badlands National Park and it's absolutely amazing. Camped on the edge of a cliff, we plan on staying in this location for a week! The roads were quite muddy getting in but, but of course the Ram made it. After we dropped the trailer, of course I had to do a little off roading! ***Feel free to subscribe and hit that like button!*** https://www.youtube.com/c/adventureen...
  8. In this vlog is a sad but exciting day, we pack up leave Mt Desert Narrows RV Resort and head south to Cornish Maine to spend time with family in the area! We end up Moochdocking at our families house, from there we head to New Hampshire to Diana's Bath a hiking trail and waterfall ran by the United States Forest Service. Being so close right in New Hampshire we head over to North Conway to explore their downtown area with all the shops, I get some delicious beef jerky with a review, and of course we have to have some Moxie!!! A Maine staple have you ever tried Moxie? Make sure you watch till the very end!!!!! Loving the RV Lifestyle!
  9. 2007 NEWMAR MOUNTAIN AIRE IDEAL FOR DRY CAMPING & FULLTIMING: Net Carrying Capacity of 8990 lbs. One owner, non-smokers, meticulously main- tained 45’ w/ 450 HP Cummins and 4 slides, 10KW diesel genset w/autostart, 6 solar panels, 8 batteries. Energy Management System, inboard autotransformer and surge protector for low power campgrounds. LP/electric 4 door fridge w/ice mkr. 120v/12v basement fridge freezer. LP cook-top. Aquahot furnace/hot water. RO-UV Water Puri- fication System. Remote LP shut off. 6w cool or LED lights throughout. Sleep Number king bed. NADA Average Value is $196,000. Asking $166,000. For pictures and detailed description view online at www.rvtrader.com/listing/5007496630 or contact Bruce: BRButlerTX@aol.com NOTE: Willing to negotiate the tow vehicle c/w Airforce One braking system, Blue Ox tow bar and rock screen, plus a full set of dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, toaster, coffee pot, crock pot, BBQ pit, 50 Amp extension cord, DISH receiver, bike and kayak rack and a myriad of spare parts. 2007 Mountain Aire M-4521 Spartan ISM 450hp (196K).pdf
  10. I love boondocking,and I hate generators. Recently, I sold my 37 ft 5th wheel and bought a 29 ft Arctic Fox 27-5L, because I was fed up with being stuck in tight National Park and State Park campgrounds. When I climbed on the roof for the first time and saw how cluttered the roof was with exhaust pipes, hoods, AC unit etc, and considering a usable roof length of less than 25 ft, I all but gave up on the dream of installing a meaningful solar power plant on this roof. But after taking exact measurements of the roof and the obstacles, and realizing how far the solar panel industry has come in terms of power output per square unit, I started some serious research. And came up with the solution of installing 5 of 350W monocrystalline JA Solar panels. They are about 38"x79" big and cost me less than $200 per piece (plus freight), which is a steal deal compared with what other dealers charge.Because several roof obstacles are about 40" away from the roof edge, I was able to squeeze 5 of these panels on the roof (see attached pic). Of course, mounting them so close to the edge and to hoods etc. was pretty challenging,and I had to use slightly different methods to fix the panels to the roof, depending on their location. Since no solar mounting hardware available on the market could be used because of the tightness, I devised my own, relatively simple method by using pairs of slotted aluminum angles in each of the four corners of a panel. Each angle was about 10" long; one was screwed to the panel, the other one on the roof in a way that aligned the slotted sides of the angles so that they could be bolted together (see pic). One of the panels had to be raised about 7" above the refrigerator exhaust hood, but that was the only more complicated construction (see pic). The 10 wires from the panels are connected in a combiner box that sits atop the hole that I had to drill right above a wall that is already used as a wire raceway. I chose AWG 1 wire from the combiner box to the solar controller (that sits in the front compartment), which probably is an overkill, but the cost difference is negligible compared to the overall cost of the project. In a subsequent post, I will talk about the installation of the solar controller, a 4000W inverter, 2 Tesla battery modules, and the necessary control and protection circuitry. And, of course, about the practical experience with running the entire coach off grid, with water heater, AC, microwave, toaster, hair dryer and all the other power hungry gadgets.
  11. Hi all, I'm a passionate novice to Boondocking and new to this group. Could any of you offer advice/help on the best type of motorhome I should buy for cross-country, 100% off-grid, Boondock traveling? I've done a good amount of research but I'm having trouble putting all the "pieces" together to make the best-informed decision possible for what motorhome, preferably used, I should be looking to buy. Here's what I've put together so far in an attempt to meet my needs. Goal: Easily boondock cross-country and into the mountains in my motorhome. Budget: Maximum, all-inclusive cost - $100,000 Requirements: Class C Motor Home (This seems the best class for my needs, let me know if otherwise!) Maximum length to still allow for city street parking Sleeps a minimum 2 people, preferably 4 Heavy duty 4x4 transmission to handle off-road driving up into the mountains Motor Home Design: Easily provide 100% off-grid capability e.g. easy to add solar, water collection/distillation, efficient system for disposal of grey & dark water waste, etc. So, does such a motorhome exist or will I have to have one custom built that will probably put me way over budget? From my research, here are two motorhomes that appear to accomplish what I'm looking for, but it's over my budget e.g. $125,00 - $150,000. Is there any mainstream make & model out there that offers similar features compared to these custom build? 2018 Unity FX https://leisurevans.com/serenity/videos/?video=serenity-video 2018 Pleasure-Way Plateau XLTS Tour http://pleasureway.com/the-plateau-xlts/ Thanks in advance for any help on my quest to find the best, affordable, motorhome for this 61-year-old "wannabe" full-time boondocker ?
  12. We've been searching high and low for the best method to brew a perfect cup of camping coffee while boondocking, without using any electricity whatsoever, and we've finally found it! No generator, no battery/inverter use, and cleanup is a breeze using little to no water:
  13. A little bit about us. I’m Patty, from Chicago originally. I’ve done a lot of car camping but never in an RV. My husband, Esam, is mechanically inclined. He has never been to America and it's going to be amazing to see America again through his eyes! I’m right now in Egypt and will be on my way to New York in a few weeks to help my best friend, Sue, when she is released from the nursing home where she is recovering in after getting her leg amputated from a rare bone disease. My husband will follow at the end of the year hopefully. We’re all between 48-56. My stuff is all in storage in Idaho and Sue’s stuff is in storage in Maryland. It seems a perfect time to take off because we don’t have a house or an apartment. We hope to downsize both our storages and get rid of what we don’t need. Our budget is about 40,000 to 50,000 with some room for fixes and our combined monthly resources will not be that high so we will want to boondock often and consider my husband and I working seasonally. Sue and I make jewelry that we plan to make and sell on the road at festivals and other venues. Sue is an artist making jewelry from paper. She’s been busy making beads the whole time she has been in the hospital. She is doing phenomenal at walking again. The physical therapist said she has begun walking faster than any other person he helped! She has a great attitude and spirit and I think it’s going to be just fine for her to RV with us with a few modifications. I am very partial to 5th wheels. I thought we could buy a used 5th wheel and a used truck to pull it. The problem is that we can’t use the truck to sightsee because Sue needs a wheelchair and a scooter and hand controls. The wheelchair and scooter can’t get wet. It would be hard for her to get in and out of the truck also. What we want to do is get a 5th wheel that my husband tows while Sue and I follow behind in our 2015 Subaru Forester. I’m afraid that many campgrounds don’t allow you to have a third unit. For us, it really is a need and not a want to have a car that Sue can be comfortable in as a passenger or driver. Are we forced to get a Class A or C? Is it possible to talk to people at parks to let us park our truck somewhere while we are using the Subaru to get around? But if it’s going to be a huge hassle we’ll have to consider an A or C. I guess we could also consider a travel trailer and a van that could hold her scooter and wheel chair. Any advice is welcome! One extra issue with getting an RV to consider is that we want to have a table in the RV that we can have 2 office chairs at to make jewelry. I was thinking this could be done by removing a bunk bed, moving a dining booth or a couch. But we also need 2 beds for the 3 of us. Does anyone have any suggestions? We’d like to stay under 35 feet. So I’m hoping for answers and suggestions! Thank you so much!
  14. It's been a while since I posted one of our video TRs here, but Mesa Verde is such a special place that I feel compelled to do so. We found stellar boondocking on USFS land for just about any size rig on Madden Peak Road in Mancos, just 15 minutes from the main entrance to Mesa Verde. For those who may be unaware, Mesa Verde is a collection of ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and we tour Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America that dates back to 1190 AD. The craftsmanship that these people exhibited in building these small villages is nothing short of remarkable, and it's a testament to that craftsmanship that these residences are largely still standing over 800 years later. If you do visit Mesa Verde, by all means sign up for one of the tours. That way you get to view the dwellings up close, rather than just from a distance from the canyon rim. You also gain fascinating insight from the explanations the ranger gives during your one-hour tour. OK, without further ado here's the video:
  15. If you're going to travel to the Salt Lake City/Park City area, one of our favorite go-to spots is the whole Heber Mountain/Duchesne Ridge area of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, a spectacular 100,000-acre boondocking paradise. My latest video explores this wonderful area for those looking for prime camping near Salt Lake City.
  16. Hi everyone, I am new to the community. I’m going to be moving into my small RV in the next few months. The refrigerator is not working and it will cost to much to be replaced. I am trying to keep the spending down as much as possible. What are your thoughts on putting in a small garage/patio type unit like cubic 3 ft. A/C freezer refrigerator in its place? They vary in electric usage from $26 to $13 a year and from 197 kWh so 138 k a year. And I will be Boondocking probably 90% of the time for 6 months of the year and on my property with electricity the other six months. I have only one large marine battery, but I do have a generator. Another concern is will it hold up to the shaking and jarring that the RV will have driving on unpaved roads Boondocking?
  17. This is more of a research question for rig owners that do a lot of dry camping. How much water do you think goes down the drain before before your shower water gets hot?
  18. I headed out to explore Utah's West Desert this past weekend with my buddy Bob, and aside from a flat tire (!) we couldn't have been more pleased with the weekend. The West Desert comprises a lonely series of mountain ranges and extraordinarily flat valleys, stretching from the Wasatch Front to the Nevada border. It's home to such curiosities as the original Pony Express route, a herd of wild horses, and the military's Utah Test & Training Range. We found and filmed the herd, explored a preserved Pony Express station at Simpson Springs, and checked out the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge. There's no shortage of camping opportunities out there on BLM land. We found a cozy spot nestled among the junipers at the foot of the Sheeprock Mountains. For those insisting upon a marked site, there's a small primitive BLM campground at Simpson Springs that offers pit toilets, water, fire rings and picnic tables. Here's our video from the weekend:
  19. We will be purchasing a Tiffin 2018 Phaeton (40 ft.) this year and riding off into the sunset! When we come back to the Philadelphia area to visit family, we’d like to find someone or someplace that we can stay on the property in our motorhome while visiting. Of course we’d be willing to pay, especially if we can connect to electricity (water and dump is not necessary). I don’t think there are many overnight campgrounds in the Philadelphia area. Is it possible to find someone with a bit of land who would let us park for a bit? Are there township restrictions? What do others do in a similar situation? Would love to hear from others about this. Thanks.
  20. There seems to be a huge thirst for backcountry boondocking within the RV community, yet too it appears that many have a hard time figuring out where they can and can't go to camp. Earlier this fall I put together a video that shows how to find that perfect spot before you even leave home, and today it's still the most-watched video on Grand Adventure. If you want to boondock, but need help figuring out where you can, this video shares my secrets behind finding that perfect spot: Hope it helps someone!
  21. At the end of November we made a quick stop in the Kanab area en route back to Salt Lake City from Lake Powell (http://www.rvnetwork.com/topic/130000-video-tr-lake-powell-antelope-canyon/).We boondocked right off Hancock Road north of town, which is a terrific spot on BLM land situated right in between Kanab, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and the east entrance to Zion National Park. Our campsite off Hancock RoadKanabCoral Pink Sand Dunes State ParkOur campsite was also right next door to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation's largest no-kill shelter that's not just for dogs and cats, but also horses and mules, small animals, reptiles and more. We lacked the time to take a complimentary tour of Best Friends, so we filmed our own self-guided tour through their facility in Angel Canyon. It's a spectacular and emotionally moving place, and I highly recommend a visit if you're in the Kanab area.Best Friends Animal SanctuaryBest Friends Animal SanctuaryBest Friends Animal SanctuaryThe whole Kanab stop is wrapped up in Episode 15 of Grand Adventure:
  22. Two questions we often see on RV forums and Facebook groups both relate to boondocking water: where to find it, and how to refill it while staying long term. My new video today shows how we deal with both issues: I welcome your feedback! If you've got other solutions I'd love to hear them.
  23. DW, the dogs and I headed south the Saturday before Thanksgiving to boondock outside of Zion National Park.Arriving in Virgin, Utah right at dark, we first scouted Guacamole Mesa via Dalton Wash Road, but finding the last half mile to be steep and rough but nevertheless negotiable, but without cell service, we opted to check out North Creek area but that was pretty much full. In the end, we headed out onto Sheep Bridge Road in total darkness and nevertheless scored a stellar spot. Our camp on Sheep Bridge Road Report this image Our spot on Sheep Bridge RoadScouting around the region in the daytime, I would've preferred the place we found at Gooseberry Mesa, but I'll save that for another trip. The site we found on Gooseberry Mesa Although the scenery was spectacular, to be honest Zion National Park left me wanting. It was simply too crowded to enjoy, even in late November. Available parking was non-existent, and it was tough to even squeeze my pickup down Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. A series of unfortunate situations nixed my hiking plans, too. In the end I decided to push on to Lake Powell to celebrate Thanksgiving on the beach there, instead of fight what would assuredly be thicker crowds once the long holiday weekend arrived.Here's the video:
  24. Anyone else using Verizon Unlimited and liking it? Yeah it's not truly unlimited in every way, but it still is a home internet replacement for me without issue. I made this video in my apartment, but I am weekender currently when it comes to RVing, and am out every weekend primarily at the same campground, but out to different parts of the country around me regularly.
  25. Gooseneck length Custom building our full time gooseneck (first rig ever). w8' h10'6" but length... 28, 29, 29.5, 30 or 32???? Some details: truck- 2002 f350 7.3 we want to be able to camp at as many campgrounds, or boondocking sites as reasonably possible without being too cramped. We are building for full off grid capability we are wanting it to be built starting in feb 2018 and finish interior and systems in that year and head down for the next 3 years of rebuild after these lovely storms. I am researching as much as I can. But length and height are hard to find info on. We chose 8' to be sure to be legal no mater where we go. We chose 10'6"on height due to UPS using that for their box trucks, they must have found that the best compromise. But length!! 28' is the minimum. 32' the maximum. I have heard under 30' gets you into the most places without being tiny. We are planning 8-10" of spray foam insulation on ceiling,4" on walls and 6" on floor and all wiring pluming and tanks inside, so we want as much space as possible (who doesn't I guess). Any wisdom in this regard anyone would be willing to share would be treasured, I have very little experience!
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