Boondocking hints


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“The term boondocking, also known to RV enthusiast as dispersed camping, dry camping or coyote camping, is used to describe camping in the midst of nature without the use of commercial campgrounds and hookups.” – Boondocking guide

British Columbia Crown land

Pumping water in the camper from a water container.

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We use a small 12V 200 GPH bilge pump, to pump water in the camper from a water container. We got the pump from Princess Auto, but is available at many stores. Here it is attached to the battery.

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The pump easily empties the water bottle. If we use water form a river or lake we use a Stainless Steel Kitchen Bathroom Sink Strainer and water freshener liquids. You can also see the leveling blocks that we made up and use.

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Working smoothly.

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The pump fits in a small plastic container.


Pump priming and winter-rizing assistant.

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Supplies we used for the connection:  From left to right, half inch x1 Brass Yardworks female hose repair coupling, x1 Yardworks 2 way hose connector (with shut off valves) and x 1 Yardworks repair kit (or you can use  x1 male and x1 female connector)

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For the priming pump (no funnel required) I used a half inch wine making tubing and syphon.

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Connected as shown.

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Connected in camper.

Tarpaulins.

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We put up a tarp when it rains, it is attached to the trees with rope and supported by Boat-hooks, which we got at Princess Auto, but they are available at other stores as well. In this photo you can see plastic milk crates which we use to store firewood, etc. and then use as side-tables.

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We fastened small tennis balls, which are available at most dollar-stores to the corners and centers, they are attached with short bungee cords and carabiners , so that the grommets don’t tear out. The extendable boat-hooks also help when reaching high to attach the ropes.

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We attach an extra tarp over  the fire, because of sparks.

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When we boondock, we rake the campsite with a collapsible rake for broken glass, etc.

General

  • We bought plastic sink plugs from a Dollar store, that fits both the bath and bathroom sink.
  • Do not leave paper towels, paper napkins, etc. outside as it can attract mice.
  • We place solar light next to our tent-pegs.
  • We  use Melanine place-mats on the tables for easy cleaning, they also double as a portable table when eating on our laps as well as getting the fire going.
  • We use waterproof rugs inside our camper as well as outside.
  • In summer we wear Mosquito Repellent Clothing, which consist of cool long-sleeved shirt and pants. We also cover our umbrella with a large Mosquito tent.

Do you have any camping hints, I would love to hear from you?

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About Tokeloshe

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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6 Responses to Boondocking hints

  1. Sartenada says:

    Amazing. I love Your instruction! Because we do not have camper, I find Your post very innovative and informative. Thank You.

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  2. Tokeloshe says:

    It is our pleasure, I am so glad you found this post interesting and the instructions clear. It takes a little effort and time to make life easier, especially when camping. Take care.

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  3. colleen taylor says:

    Sisi, how kind of you to take so much time & effort to make camping easier for other people who don’t have CB practical streak & your eye for detail. These small things make the difference between your wonderful camping experience & the terrible experience most people have. That is why they hate camping. Not due to camping, but due to their lack of experience or ability to make it a magical experience.

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    • Tokeloshe says:

      Thank you once again for your positive feedback, Colleen. Hubby found these ideas on the internet and adapted them to suit us, we hope that others find the photos and notes useful as well. A little extra effort makes it so much easier. Besides I think the water from the creek is better than city water. Camping especially boondocking is work, but for every hour you put into it, you are rewarded for. Winter here is the time to plan and look forward to summer camping.

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  4. I have a camping hint….never put you tent between two pine trees and then tie ropes around the tree trunks for better support. I was only about 9 when my sister and I did this. Woke up in the middle of the night to the strange sound of “plop, plop, plop” everywhere. Turned on the flashlight and saw that the top and the sides of the pup tent were covered with Daddy Long Leg spiders. There were so many spiders, they were crawling over each other, losing their grip, and falling onto the floor (and me) below. I screamed and dived out of the front of the tent as fast as I could….AND then of course…I immediately bumped my head on a tree trunk. Yes. The tree trunk was hard. It wasn’t such a good night. 🙂

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    • Tokeloshe says:

      E-E-E-K! That sounds like good advise, thanks. I hope you didn’t get hurt and that you went camping again.
      We sometimes sleep outside in our hammocks, which is usually tied to pine trees as there aren’t many other trees here. It’s great when there are stars, but I don’t sleep to well, because I keep looking around me for bears and cougars, sometimes squirrels bombard me with pine cones, now I will look out for Daddy Long legs as well. 😉

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