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Dry Camping vs. Boondocking: A Comprehensive Guide to RV Freedom

For many RV enthusiasts, the allure of the open road is not just about the journey, but also about the freedom to choose where to park and camp. This freedom is epitomized by the practices of dry camping and boondocking.

In a recent video, the creators of Called To Wander delve into these two concepts, explaining their differences and offering over 20 tips for those interested in exploring this mode of RV living.

Dry camping, as the video elucidates, is the act of camping in an RV without the need for power, water, or sewer hookups. It’s about being self-sustained, whether you’re parking in a family member’s driveway for a night or setting up camp on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land for weeks. The essence of dry camping is the ability to camp in a “dry place” without the need for external amenities.

Boondocking, on the other hand, is a subset of dry camping. While the fundamental concept remains the same—camping without hookups—boondocking is typically associated with free camping in remote, off-grid locations. Think vast deserts, secluded beaches, or dense forests. These are the picturesque settings that boondockers often seek.

However, the video also points out that not all dry camping is boondocking. For instance, one might find themselves dry camping in US National Parks and forests, where resources are limited and a fee might be charged for the night.

The video is replete with practical advice for those keen on trying out dry camping or boondocking. From essential items to carry, such as a pressure cooker, water kettle, and collapsible dish rack, to modifications that can enhance the RV experience, like kitchen tiles, wood stove covers, and solar panels, the creators share a plethora of tips.

They also highlight the opportunity to dry camp in unique locations like farms, vineyards, and orchards through memberships like Harvest Host.


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