Useful Dry Camping Tips

dry camping tips

Vacationing and traveling in an RV can be very enjoyable. Campgrounds and full-hookups resorts often make for great family fun and are popular among full-time RVers and weekend warriors alike. That being said, campgrounds can often be quite pricey, and RVers may want to occasionally stay somewhere overnight. These places can include Walmart parking lots, rest stops, Harvest Host locations, dispersed camping areas, national/state parks, and much more. However, with a few considerations and some planning ahead, you can become a dry camping pro in no time. Follow these basic steps for a successful and seamless experience.

Dry Camping Tips

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1. Conserve water.

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This may seem like a basic concept, but it’s one of the most important considerations for dry camping. Without immediate access to fresh water to refill, you will need to self-manage your tanks to ensure you do not run out of water. Start by determining your tank capacity. This may be written on your tank, or it can be found in your specs list, outlined in your RV user manual. Once you know your tank capacity, you will have a better idea of how much water you have to work with.

2. Conserve grey tank capacity.

Grey water is waste water from your sinks and shower. The more water you use for showers, brushing teeth, hand washing, and dishes, the faster your gray water tank will fill. Conserving your gray tank capacity is just as important as fresh water conservation. You can find your grey tank capacity information in your RV manual as well. Keep in mind that your grey water tank is typically smaller than your fresh water tank.

3. Manage black tank capacity.

Managing your black tank is similar to managing your grey tank. This tank is filled solely from toilet usage and is typically the smallest of the RV tanks. You can use the same dump stations for both black and grey tanks. Be sure to arrive at a dry camping destination with an empty black tank, and keep an eye on tank capacity throughout your stay. Don’t forget to dump your tanks before returning home or storing your RV.

4. Generate power/electricity.

Power is the trickiest utility to manage while dry camping. Your house batteries store power for your RV, and they can be charged through a variety of methods. Plugging into shore power and driving both charge your house batteries. If you are only planning to dry camp for one night, you may have enough power stored to last until you move onto your next destination. If you need to recharge your batteries while dry camping, there are a variety of methods.

5. Manage trash disposal.

The last utility to keep in mind is garbage. Since you will not have access to a campground dumpster while dry camping, you will need to find another way to dispose of your waste. Many gas stations allow customers to throw away their garbage if they are filling up. Likewise, some grocery stores do not mind if you throw away a bag of trash when you are buying groceries. Be sure to practice consideration and ask permission when disposing of your trash.

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