Their first RV dry camping experience wasn’t as dramatic as an episode of “Survivor.” But when Cija and Dave’s Lake Mead National Recreation Area adventure endeavor ended, the Oregon couple learned more than they expected about living in a self-contained RV. After two weeks in the desert, they summed it up in three critical desert camping tips for new RVers.
Three Critical Dry Camping Tips for Newbies
iRV2.com member Scottybdivin captured this dry camping image in Moab, UT. Being prepared and understanding your RV systems are vital when camping “unplugged.”
After selling their home in Portland, Cija and Dave lived in their RV for almost a year. While hooked up to shore power, they renovated the motorhome until it was time to head south for the winter in October 2016. Just a few weeks later, the couple unplugged for the first time. The couple quickly became well-acquainted with the limits of their RV’s holding tanks, batteries and propane capacity. Desert boondocking or dry camping does present some challenges that’s easy to overcome with preparation. They quickly discovered that new RVers who want to try dry camping should:
1. Live off Your Tanks and Batteries Before Trying Dry Camping
Until they dry camped for the first time, they didn’t have a baseline measurement of their RV’s limitations.
“We hadn’t even lived off our tanks yet, or batteries,” says Dave. “So if somebody’s thinking of doing this, I would recommend to hook it up and test all of the systems beforehand.”
2. Choose to Camp Near a Dump Station (and Civilization)
Their first dry camping location was about 30 minutes from civilization. They didn’t know it at the time, but later realized that spot was ideal. When they ran out of propane, they quickly found a place to get it.
“You have to be much more conscious of your resources, like
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