The Pros and Cons of Boondocking in an RV

There’s a good reason why people who camp in recreational vehicles (RVs) adore their vehicles: the ease and creature amenities that RVs bring to the outdoors. There is a big gap between getting some shut-eye in a tent and snoozing away the night in the luxury of a bed inside a motorhome. Having said that, there is a desire among some RVers to camp in a manner that harkens back to the more primitive types of camping. This desire is reflected in the phrase “hearken back.” The practice is known as boondocking. 

Not everyone is cut out for boondocking, which is often referred to as dry camping. But if you’re interested in learning more about dry camping and what it includes, consider the following: 


There are no hookups for electricity or water – Camping in the wilderness without access to running water or electricity hookups is the core of boondocking. Therefore, from a practical standpoint, you are free to boondock in any environment, whether it is a bustling city or a secluded wilderness. In either case, the only source of potable water will be the water tanks on your rig, and the only source of electricity will be the battery, generator, or solar power system on board your vehicle. 

If your concept of camping consists of things like swimming pools, playgrounds, laundry facilities, and scheduled events and activities, then boondocking may sound exotic to you. Boondocking is a form of camping that does not make use of campground amenities or activities. When you’re out in the woods, you’ll have to provide all of the entertainment and activities for yourself, just as when you’re camping at a traditional campsite. 

Removed from the rest of civilization 

It’s possible that some of the rural areas that allow boondocking are located many miles away from the main roads. In addition, the passageway in and out of the campground may be congested, difficult, or both, and was not designed for modern RVs. 

The majority of areas that allow boondocking are either national parks or wildlife refuges, so there’s a strong possibility that the location you select will be remote from the rest of the world. 


You’ll get to enjoy some peace and quiet. Boondocking is the best option to choose if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Get in touch with nature 

Although theoretically boondocking may be done in any location, the best way to get the full experience of dry camping is to do it in the wilderness. Why? Because you will have a greater propensity to spend time outside, engaging in physical activity (or not), and taking in the scenery as you imbibe. 

Camping at no cost

Even while taking a trip in a recreational vehicle may be less expensive than other forms of travel, like flying or staying in hotels, the total cost of such a trip can still be rather high. This is especially true when it comes to the cost of paying for each individual night of camping. Fortunately, boondocking doesn’t usually cost anything. 

When it comes down to it, dry camping can be difficult and out of the ordinary, but it also has the potential to be more rewarding than you might think. With some pre-planning and flexibility, you can experience the freedom and serenity that boondocking allows.

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