I would like to talk about some things that are not very appealing or glamorous but are the most basic parts of the Boondocking life, and will make the difference in whether you enjoy Boondocking or had rather be in an RV Park,.... and that is consumables.
Consumables in this context is, food, water, electricity, propane, and the space [ or the lack thereof ] in your black and gray water tanks.
Staying in an RV Park is very convenient and dealing with your consumables is not much different than dealing with them in your home. The biggest difference between home and an RV would be that every once in a while you have to take an RV propane tank somewhere and have it filled up.
But when Boondocking all of these consumables become YOUR personal problem. Now right off the bat we will take food off the list because everyone is used to dealing with that problem and all you have to do to fix it is run to the grocery store. And the only thing that Boondocking adds to that problem is the distance to the grocery store.
The remaining things are things that most people take for granted because they normally take care of themselves, you flip a switch and the lights come on, you open a Faucet and water comes out, you turn on your gas stove and it lights right up, and last but certainly not least, you flush your toilet and everything just goes away, no one knows how or where, it just disappears.
But Boondocking is different, these things don't just happen, you have to make them happen. And no matter how pretty the scenery is where your boondocked if you flush the toilet and instead of going away everything just lays there looking at you, the fun times will disappear in a hurry.
So knowing how to deal with these things is a huge part of Boondocking. and knowing how to deal with these things before the situation is critical will determine how much you are going to enjoy the Boondocking experience.
So I'm going to write a few posts about how to deal with these consumables. Maybe I'll write a post about each one, so I can cover it more thoroughly without the post becoming too long. So stick around and I will share with everyone what I've learned about staying comfortable while Boondocking in the Arctic Fox.
Saguaro cactus in the sunset Boondocking box wash Wickenburg Arizona
I've been thinking about how well Boondocking has worked out for me. I think that the last time I was in an RV Park and had hookups was around Christmas and New Year's, and even then it was only because I had visitors and I needed to stay near town.
I never imagined that I was going to enjoy Boondocking as much as I do. I think I've said before that when I was making plans for my full-time lifestyle I figured that I would boondock for two weeks and then pay for a night or two at an RV Park before going back out and Boondocking for another two weeks. And I made that schedule for myself partly because of the two weeks and move BLM rule, and because I thought I would be bored sitting in the desert for two weeks. It turns out it's not as boring as I thought, after some time getting used to Boondocking I've learned to relax, and not only realize that I don't have to be doing something every minute of the day but enjoying the fact that I don't ! So far I have no desire to go to an RV park in less I have no other choice.
I've also found that the two week time limit that the BLM places on all of us boondockers works out about right for a lot of people that I've talked to, and is not as big a handicap as I thought it would be. A lot of folks including myself feel that two weeks is about as long as we want to stay in one place. I'm usually looking forward to moving when my two weeks are up, and seeing what's in the next town or what's on the other side of the mountain.
Cholla cactus in the sunset box wash
Originally my plans for Boondocking were based on saving money, and it certainly does do that. But now I much prefer to be boondocking on public land than to be at an RV Park with other RVs all around me and my only view is the side of my neighbors trailer.
Oasis for cattle box wash Wickenburg Arizona
Now you don't have to be alone to boondock, in fact there are a lot of other boondockers that love to huddle up in a group somewhere out in the desert. And that's part of the beauty of the whole Boondocking concept, you can be as close to or as far away from people as you want as long as you have a little Boondocking courtesy and check to see if other boondockers want you close to them.
I realize that things are going to be more difficult next winter when I try Boondocking in the South, Boondocking areas are going to be harder to find, and instead of finding free Boondocking areas I'm probably going to be dealing with finding inexpensive Boondocking areas. But one thing will remain the same whether it's the Desert or the Gulf Coast, the RVers there will be friendly and helpful and give me all the information I need trying to find a place to stay.
I took some close-up pictures of a couple of cactus this morning and I thought they looked pretty cool. I used to like to take pictures of things close-up, but out in the desert there so many big things to take pictures of, mountains, cacti and sunsets that I've been kind of ignoring the little things. So here's a few little things.
I went to Wickenburg today and did little grocery shopping, put some fuel in the truck, and went looking for a place to fill up my propane tank. I had looked up propane on the Internet and there was supposed to be two gas companies in town but I couldn't find either one of them and I think they must be out of business. I guess I could drive out to the Escapees North Ranch, they have propane out there but that's kind of a long drive. I guess my next step will be to talk to some locals and see if they know of someplace that sells propane.
When I first decided to boondock in the desert in the winter I was concerned about not having the ability to run the air conditioner, after all even in the winter it can get pretty hot in the desert. But now I feel like the Arctic Fox has proven that it can remain comfortable without air-conditioning even when it's 90° outside. There's several things that make that possible, but the key one is that the Arctic Fox is so well insulated and draft free. Without that I don't think anything else would matter. Another thing that makes this work is that at night the desert gets pretty chilly, 70 or 80° in the daytime and 40 or 50° at night is pretty normal for the winter. And it's those chilly nighttime temperatures that cool off the Arctic foxes insulation and allows it to be comfortable inside with just the two Fantastic vent fans running during the hottest part of the day. So far that's been working pretty well and I haven't missed air-conditioning at all.
All of that leads me to believe that Boondocking in the summer in the Colorado mountains should be a piece of cake. Because basically the same thing is going on that's happening in the desert. Daytime temperatures may be in the 80s, nighttime temperatures are going to be in the 40s and 50s and the humidity is very low. So for me that means a comfortable day, and a good nights sleep.
Now next winter when I'm going to try to boondock in South Texas, Florida and places like that I'm pretty sure that the warmer nights and the high humidity is going to make staying comfortable a lot more difficult. And I don't know about you all but for me trying to sleep when it's hot and humid is not what I call fun. So we shall see. theboondork