The Complete Book of Boondock RVing Camping Off the Beaten Path

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-11-02
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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Here's Your Guide to Camping Off the Beaten PathEver feel frustrated by crowded RV parks? Yearn to camp out in the wild beside a babbling mountain brook or before a remote panoramic vista? Bill and Jan Moeller have been doing just that for more than thirty years, andThe Complete Book of Boondock RVingis their complete guide to camping without hookups (aka "dry camping"). Whether you're planning to spend an occasional overnight in a parking lot or an extended stay in the wilderness, you'll learn how to equip your rig for boondocking, find great campsites, manage and conserve electricity and water, and camp in complete RV comfort and convenience. Increase your independence by learning how to camp "off the grid" Save money by finding cheap or free campsites anywhere--even in large cities Ensure your comfort, convenience, and safety when camping in the boonies Learn how to conserve and manage electricity, water, and waste, and to establish reliable communications Enjoy the quiet, solitude, and beauty of nature by getting away from crowded RV campgrounds

Author Biography

Bill Moeller has been a full-time RV camper for more than three decades.With his wife, Jan, he has written several bestselling RV books, including RVing Basics, RV Electrical Systems, and Full-Time RVing, and anationally syndicated newspaper column about RVing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
What Is Boondock RVing?p. 1
Why Boondock?p. 2
Extended Boondock Campingp. 6
A Sample Boondocking Tripp. 6
Where to Go Boondock RVing?p. 13
Public Boondocking Sitesp. 14
Boondocking Sites: Private and Commercial Propertyp. 18
How to Find Boondocking Sitesp. 20
Selecting a Rigp. 24
What's Available?p. 25
Selecting Your Rigp. 30
Water, Sewage, and Trashp. 32
Waterp. 32
Holding Tanksp. 36
Trashp. 38
Food: Stocking, Cooking, and Storingp. 40
Propane Supplyp. 40
Stocking the Pantryp. 41
Cookingp. 42
Storingp. 43
Good Food, New Friends, Great Funp. 43
Heating and Coolingp. 46
Heatingp. 47
Coolingp. 51
Communications and Navigationp. 55
Cell Phonesp. 55
E-Mailp. 56
Internet Accessp. 57
Satellite Radiop. 59
Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiversp. 59
Boondock Electricity Made Easyp. 61
Basic Boondockingp. 62
Your RV's Electrical Systemp. 62
Battery Basicsp. 63
Types of Batteriesp. 67
Battery Capacity: The Elusive Amp-Hourp. 72
Building a Battery Bankp. 76
Phantom Loadsp. 82
Wet-Cell Battery Safetyp. 83
Wet-Cell Battery Maintenancep. 85
Monitoring and Charging Your Batteriesp. 89
Monitoring Your Batteriesp. 89
Charging Your Batteriesp. 95
Charging Methodsp. 96
Battery Life Cyclesp. 100
The Rule of Twenty-Fivesp. 103
Charging Devicesp. 104
Engine Alternatorsp. 105
Alternators and RVsp. 105
Voltage Dropp. 107
Testing Alternator Efficiencyp. 110
Battery Switches, Isolators, and Combinersp. 111
Generators, Converters/Chargers, and Invertersp. 113
Generatorsp. 114
Converters and Battery Chargersp. 116
Invertersp. 121
System Sizep. 127
A Few Words of Cautionp. 128
Sun and Wind Powerp. 129
Solar Powerp. 130
Selecting a Solar Power Systemp. 131
Solar Panelsp. 131
Solar Panel Testsp. 136
Solar Controllersp. 138
Installing Your Solar Power Systemp. 143
Wind Generatorsp. 148
A Selected List of Boondock Campgroundsp. 150
Resourcesp. 163
Recommended Readingp. 166
Indexp. 167
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