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  1. 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 ?
  2. 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:
  3. 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.
  4. How to find great boondocking spots

    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!
  5. Zion National Park (and boondocking nearby)

    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:
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 3 contiguous lots for sale in Apache County, AZ Woodland Valley Ranch (Unit IV), lot numbers 465, 466, 467 Prefer to sell together: $45,000 117 total acres; bordered on one side by AZ State Trust Land Quiet off-grid living with mountain views; vegetation is grass & juniper Located 15 miles northeast of St. Johns, AZ; elevation 6,000' Great location for RVers or tent campers equipped to boondock Use as a getaway property or build a home Road maintenance provided both by the County & the HOA Solar powered well in WVR accessible to all property owners: 500 gallons per week per owner AZ Department of Water Resources reports water aquifer at 170-475’ Land surveyed in 2000; corners have metal survey markers 2016 taxes were $160-180 per lot HOA dues $200 per lot per year (paid for 2017) Horses & non-commercial ranching of cattle allowed Contact Lew, travelindoc@gmail.com
  9. I found this group called rvgolfclub.com while searching the net. Sounds similar to the Harvest Host model. The way it works you pay an annual membership fee of $99 then receive access to over 400 golf courses through out the U.S.A. You get to boondock overnight at the golf course parking lot and also receive discounts on meals, green fees, lessons etc. I have not been able to find much in the way of independent reviews, just quotes from "satisfied" customers on their website. Would appreciate hearing from anyone that has first hand experience with this organization. Thanks, Kelly
  10. Hi all, I am brand new to RVing. I spent 4 days and 3 nights in a 22 foot travel trailer in February to see if I liked it (I did) and so I hatched a plan to free myself from rentals! It is just me and my 2 small dogs, Bug and Bean, here in Northern CA. My TT arrived yesterday. It is a 2014 Northwoods Snow River 246RKS and I am in love with it:) I have learned a lot in 3 days but the learning curve is steep and I have a gazillion questions! At some point, I will sit down and just read articles, threads, blogs and books but I dove in, the trailer is here and I have to be out of my rental by Saturday! The TT is parked in my neighborhood, no access to power and the batteries are already at 3/4 bc I ran the fantastic fan. it was boiling hot in there yesterday so I am trying to quickly move stuff in now while it is still cool. Here come the questions: Q - how to power a fan with mo power and no generator (not gonna do that to my neighbors!) The only solution I've come up with in the short term is a 12V fan bought at an RV supply store. Q - How to research, buy and install an inverter to switch from battery (2 12V pos/pos/neg/neg) to 120V. I plan on living off-grid sometimes and I am off-grid all this week and I'd like to be able to work in the TT and not die of dehydration. I plan on getting portable solar panels to keep my batteries charged and at some point will get a gennie to run AC but I'd prefer to use the solar/battery for as much as possible, especially box fans and maybe the microwave. It is hot where I live (90's) and I doubt I will do much cooking indoors so toaster oven and microwave all summer. Q - I am moving into my TT and then will have it hauled to an RV site for a few days. When I go to move the TT, I assume everything needs to be off the countertops? how secure will everything be if every cabinet is full? If I am packing it like a house, how heavy could it possibly get? I will be moving it quite a bit in the month of July while I secure a more permanent, temporary spot to park it... Sheesh, I am going to stop there! Thanks in advance! peace, Maria B (MM) and Bug n Bean (BnB)
  11. New Mexico State Parks pass

    I found this on rubbertrampartist.com - a blog by Blaize Sun, a full-time rubber tramp. For $180 a year, New Mexico residents can buy this pass allowing them free developed (non-electric/no sewer) camping at any New Mexico state park. (The cost of the pass for residents of other states is $225.) The pass is good for 12 months from the month of purchase. (Learn more about the New Mexico State Parks Pass and/or order one here: https://newmexicostateparks.reserveamerica.com/showPage.do?name=common&commonPath=/htm/NM_AnnualPasses.html.)
  12. My girlfriend and I will be disperse camping (boondocking) in our travel trailer near Fort Hunter - Liggett in the Los Padres National Forest (North) at the end of June. Does anyone have any suggestions? Ideally I would like to be as close to Lake Nacimiento and/or Lake San Antonio as possible. Any information on areas to camp, dump stations, potable water, activities, day trips, things to see or general suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I do have and use most of the camping/travel apps but nothing beats local knowledge and/or personal experiences. Thanks in Advance, Hendo
  13. I'm curious if anyone has ever had issues boondocking along I-8 near Gila Bend or around Ajo, AZ. We pulled over onto state land/BLM area last night and within an hour a BLM ranger came by to warn us that it's a drug trafficking area, that we may see people wandering through at night and they might even approach our RV. Then he says "And I hope you have a big gun with you too." Then I asked, "Well would you consider Ajo to be just as dangerous?" and he says "Without a doubt." Knowing that many SKPs go there (and we have too), at that point I realized he might have been slightly overstating the risk. We've stayed in Southern AZ & TX areas with signs warning about illegal activity and never had an issue before. Just wondering if anything has changed recently?
  14. Not sure where to put this so I will start in the General area. We have been living fulltime in our 38' 5er for about 6 years. In saying that we have only moved it 3 times. We are now getting ready to start traveling. Over the next two years we plan on visiting at least 25 states. On many of our stops we plan on volunteering and or workamping for at least a month. Maybe some places up to 4 or 5 months. I am making sure that the 5er and truck are all ready to make the trip, but I have some questions. I have only two 6 volt batteries in my 5er, I am thinking of changing them up, making them 12 Volt batteries. Yes they will be deep cycle batteries. Several question come to mind about this up grade. All thing being equal why do they use 6 volt batteries, is it just the cost? IF 2 - 6V batteries are at 75 Amps you have to run them in series = 12 V at 75 A 900 W 2 - 12V Batteries at 75Amps you then run them in parallel = 12V at 75A 1800W So all things being equal it would seem you get more bang for your buck running 12 volt batteries. I do understand the cost will be much different for 12V batteries over the 6V batteries. What am I missing. Next issue I am wrestling with is should I get a generator or two? Questions that come to mind are: Noise? Thinking about going with two Honda 2000W running them in parallel How often would I use them? We are not big fans of boondocking so my thought is we would most likely use them over night while traveling between locations. So if that is the case is it worth spend $2000 buck, I know only I can answer that question but I am wrestling with is up to 3 or 4 night on the road once a month would I use them that much? While no one is going to have an answer what I want can you at least share with me your experiences? Would I be better off getting a much bigger generator which would make quite a bit more noise and try to install a muffler and extend it down below the bed of the truck as well as maybe building a Noise hampering box, One concerns about the box is allowing heat to dissipate and also access for refueling and maintenance. I guess the last question is with all of this is it worth it to try to get any expanded fuel take for my truck? I have been trying to consider all my options and I don't want to get a lot of nice stuff just because I can. I currently have a 24 gal tank on my truck. Your thoughts? Thanks in advance for your advice. This is really our first time of going out on the road as the time we have spent living it is was 4 years at one location and then a little less that 2 years at another location. Sonny Theobald 2009 Carriage Cameo 2008 Chevy 3500 Dually Loving God and Serving People
  15. The Laundry Alternative's Wonder Wash and Nina Soft Spin Dryer FOR SALE in like new condition. Used only three times. Both work great for what they are intended to do. Wonder Washer: Portable, hand-operated. No hook up required. Some assembly IS required for the Wonder Washer. Weight: 6 lbs. Dimensions: 12" X 12" 16" Instructions included. $25.00 Nina Soft spin dryer: Uses electricity. Weight: 15# Dimensions: 15" X 15" X 25" Instructions included. Still in original box. $75.00 Both units are recommended for boondockers. We have decided to forgo the boondocking, therefore, we are selling the units. We are workcamping in St. Ignace, Michigan if you are interested in picking up. Otherwise, we will charge actual shipping costs. We will ship by the least expensive method we can find. I can email photos if interested. SOLD>>>>>>>>>>>>
  16. Hello everyone. I hope this is the correct place to put this. I will be going to school (MBA) for a year in Escondido, CA and live in AZ. My school cost is pretty much covered, but the issue is rent. Quite expensive in that area. I have been considering boondocking, as this is my goal anyway-full timing in an RV. So here are my concerns and questions. Please let me know what you think, advise, etc. I have a dog-an 80lb shepherd mix. Very well trained, rarely barks, very housebroken... she is my best buddy and there is NO way I will give her to anyone else. I don't have an RV yet. I drive a Toyota FJ Cruiser (5,000lb tow rating). I would like a Class C motorhome, but unless it's a diesel it won't tow the 4,800lb FJ on a trailer (can't flat tow an FJC). So I am looking at alternatives. I have considered a travel trailer until I can afford perhaps a used diesel Super C. My concerns are leaving my dog in the trailer/rv while I am in class. From what I understand classes are in the afternoon/evening so I am thinking leaving some windows open with running fantastic fan vents on solar could work, along with perhaps an app on my phone to remotely monitor temperature in the camper. On days where I have to go to LA I can put Jedda in a doggie day care. Has anyone here done this? Any suggestions/advice? Thanks!
  17. We have about 1 million devices that can charge our USB devices. We have the cigarette lighter charger, portable battery pack, Stanley Simple Start jumper cable charger, and even three solar window chargers. But we still have to run our generator each time we need to recharge our laptops. Aside from the occasional microwave use, it's literally the only time we need to run our generator. I hate how much gas we use on something so preventable. However, it is impossible to find a portable, rechargeable device that offers two DC power outlets. I don't want to plug into my cigarette lighter, I don't need any extra USB ports, I don't need something jump starts my vehicle, and I don't need any of the other bells and whistles so many devices try to offer. Does anyone have any solution? The closest thing I can find is this ChargeTech device, but it only has one actual DC power outlet—and two USB outlets (no more!!!). We are willing to pay for a good product, but there does not seem to be one out there that fits our needs. Any help would be amazing!! What works for you? Help us spare our poor generator.
  18. What size solar?

    Hey everyone! My wife and I are new RVers prepping for full time starting this August. We intend on boondocking as much as possible, so naturally I'm trying to learn about solar. Let me tell you, my head is SPINNING. I've been researching pretty heavily for days and I'm really not any closer to figuring out what to do. Some say atleast 200w, others say even more. Everyone says don't buy Harbor Freight, so that's helpful. Looking at systems, these buggers are expensive. I'm perfectly capable of installing a setup myself (and even have some knowledgeable help), but I'll say right now a $2500 system is NOT in the budget! I don't mind having to run the gennie a few times a week, but want to stay away from the several hours twice a day deal that many are describing without solar. Could I get some help? I'd love to list our RV and expected electrical usage and maybe get some guidance on a good system or two? We have a 1993 Tioga Montara Class C, 23'6". One 12v house battery - do we have to add another? I don't have a good spot for a second, the current one is housed under the top step and there isn't any more room We will be moving with the weather, staying away from very cold and very hot climates as much as possible Will be swapping to all LED interior lighting - I suspect we will have two lights on for maybe 3 hours a day (we enjoy other light sources and use mostly candles for light in our home) Electrical panel for the fridge Water heater - I doubt we'll be using this often, water is easily and cheaply heated over our outdoor wood stove. Easy to pop on the gennie if we have to have an indoor shower (we love gym memberships for the free showers after a nice workout!) Water pump - This one is hard to say how much we'll be using, but I will have a water setup outdoors for dishes and general washing Window fan - I have a hard time sleeping in the heat and need some airflow. A small 12v fan propped in the window running at night will do the trick A/C - will only be used when our gennie is running or attached to shore power Furnace - We have a great little portable catalytic heater we can use instead of the furnace TV - I'd love to be able to run a small LED TV, say 20" or so. We enjoy watching movies now and then. So lets say we watch a movie twice a week. If I can get a solar setup that can handle this, I'll snag a 12v TV. If not, will just get a regular one and run the gennie for movie watching Small portable electronics, such as laptop/tablet/cell phones - I'll have one or two large powerbanks for charging these. Will charge the power banks while at work (we'll be working part time). Would be great to charge the banks occasionally off solar Hopefully I have everything covered? We're long time "stealth" campers, but this is our first foray into RVing. Thank you in advance to everyone for your help! I'm sorry to say I wasn't able to come to a reasonable conclusion on my own. Here's our new home, our first night boondocking on the drive home to Denver from Dallas
  19. Since I've settled on the 2016 Arctic Fox 27-5L and a Chevy Silverado 3500HD to tow it, my next step is figuring out how to add the right solar setup for boondocking and off-grid living. This gentleman seems to have a very solid setup. I'd like to copy it, although I hope to avoid putting any new holes in my rig. My daytime usage is going to be one or two laptops, a 4G hot spot, and perhaps the television. At night I'll be using the aforementioned items plus the lights. I'd like to cook with propane instead of convection/microwave and keep the fridge on propane as well. I know that I'd like to put 400 watts of solar on the rig, with the remaining equipment copied from the above setup: charge controller, 2000W pure sine wave inverter, automatic transfer relay switch, etc, etc. I'm still going to get a generator to fall back on, if I need to run A/C for example. Questions: 1) Do you have other recommendations for solar setups aside from the above-linked one? I'm open to hearing more ideas. 2) Do you recommend solar panels that can tilt, or are flat panels sufficient? 3) Is there a way to put 400 watts of solar panels on my roof without any permanent modifications to the exterior or interior? I'd like to keep the rig unmodified to the greatest extent possible. 4) Do you recommend any installers who can perform the work? I'm willing to drive quite a ways to see the right person. Thanks for any advice.
  20. I am an avid backpacker who intends to use my Bounder as a boondocking basecamp from which to do multi-day backpacking trips in the mountains and canyons of the western US. I am looking for a reliable and trustworthy supplier/installer who can help me develop an optimal configuration and complete the install. I have heard good things about AM Solar in Springfield, Oregon but will need o travel from Austin, Texas for the installation. Proper solar configuration and installation is crucial to my backpacking strategy. Can anyone weigh in on their own experiences with AM Solar and any other installers in the western US?
  21. True cost of solar installation?

    We just posted a blog asking anyone for help to learn the true cost of RV installation. We're not technically savvy enough to install panels ourselves, yet we don't want to pay someone as much for installation as we paid for our entire solar system. We have a decent amount of money budgeted for this process, but we want as much of it as possible to go into our solar needs—and not an installer's pocket. Does anyone have any firsthand knowledge of how much this might cost us? Thanks for your help, boondockers. We hope to join you starting Feb. 29.
  22. I am about to retire and doing the research to select a class A motor coach and upgrade it for boondocking throughout the western US and Canada, I have been following Jason and Nikki Wynn's "Gone with the Wynn's" blog and Cherie Ve Ard's & Chris Dunphy's "Techomadia" blog to work up a wish list including lithium batteries, solar panels, automated power monitoring and control systems, communications gear, tire pressure monitoring, and even a composting toilet. I am looking for referrals to companies that have the expertise to properly install all of the upgrades. At the same time, I am looking for a 3 to 4 year old class A gas coach to take advantage of early depreciation in market value and help fund the enhancements. I am a cash buyer with a budget of $100k to $110k for the completed product. I am located in Austin Texas but am looking nationwide for the best combination of quality coach and enhancement installation. Referrals would be greatly appreciated.
  23. Dishwasher Data

    I was going to revive an old thread where this was talked about, http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=116100, but decided since it really wasn't the main topic to start a new one. I've been making my way through remodelling my kitchen, and decided to finally collect some data on the dishwasher. I posted all the details of the test here, but here's a quick summary: Energy consumption for a normal wash load is 0.45kWh The drying cycle uses virtually nothing (4Wh) Most of the power consumption is pretty early on. I didn't stare at the meter for 2 hours, so I didn't see some of the spikes when it was heating, but about 80% of the energy is consumed in the first hour. There isn't a pile of dirty dishes in the sink any more. I also found out--somewhere obscure in all of the documentation--that you can lock the drawer shut for travel. It took me a minute to figure out--it beeps right when you start holding the lock button, beeps again after about 3 seconds (the control panel lock), and a third time after a few seconds more where it actually locks it shut.
  24. Hello, This is my first post and was hoping for verification on my Amps per Hour setup for dry camping. We are going on a weekend trip on our 22 foot travel trailer. We have LED light and not a lot of electronics on board. Not expecting for numbers, but if my thought process makes sense, assuming the numbers are correct. I found the items on my traile that work when not plugged in and found the amps per hour they use, then calculated how may of the item I havem I learned how to do this form this site: http://www.macandchris.com/ElectricalSystemSizing.htm Does the chart make sense? Items: Furnace- DC Amps 8, Hours Used- 3, AMPS Used- 24, AMPS per 24 hours -24 Water Pump- DC Amps 5, Hours Used -.2, AMPS Used- 1, AMPS per 24 hours -1 LED Lights- DC Amps .08, Hours Used- 2, AMPS Used- .16, AMPS per 24 hours -7 Radio- DC Amps- 1.5, Hours Used - 2, AMPS Used- 3, AMPS per 24 hours -3 Total AMPS Per 24 hours - 29.12 Using 2 6 v Golf Cart Batteries, total 180 AMPH, Usable AMPS 90 *** I made usable amps 90 because I believe once 50% is gone you need to recharge. 90 AMPS divided by 29.12 = 3.09 days before recharge.
  25. BLM land, boondocking

    I just bought a map so I can try to boondock on BLM land. Now from what I read is that you must only park in a spot already made. Is that correct? You should not pull over in undisturbed land.