boondocking must have

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  1. ac1oz

    ac1oz New Member

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    what are your top 5 must haves when you are boondocking?
     
  2. samh

    samh Campin'

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    [list type=decimal]
    [*]Sleeping bag
    Water storage
    Spare tire
    Lug wrench
    Axe
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  3. speckhunter80

    speckhunter80 Well-Known Member

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    Patience
    Good humour
    Water
    Food
    Dry bed
     
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    AlcHemIE New Member

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    Like compared to hook ups? I'd say..

    1. Battery
    2. Water storage containers
    3. ?

    Thats all i can think of. If im going to a site with HU, i dont fill my tanks @ home, and i dont bring my big water caddies. The battery stays regardless, but with electric its a moot option. Other than those items i tend to use everything else i can think of wether im boondocking (75% of the time) or not.
     
  5. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

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    • 20 Gallon fresh and Grey water barrels
    • 12v booster pack and 12v water pump (doubles as water transfer pump)
    • Field sinks with EccoTemp L5 on-demand hot water heater
    • 100 Watt solar panel and charge controller
    • Extra cooler and ice
     
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    1. Water & Easy food
    2. Toilet paper and coffee.
    3.Flashlights and Lanterns--We went for a few years without the battery or a generator as we didnt spend much time in the pup. L.E.D lanterns and headlamps were plenty of light. If it got cold at night we used a buddy heater that hooks to propane.
    3. Machete, axe or chainsaw
    4. Really good first aid kit.
     
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    A. A small folding toilet and bags - am getting too old to make like a bear
    B. Water - about a gallon per person per day as a minimum
    C. Two small battery powered lanterns to read inside after dark when the bugs attack
    D. Folding Sven saw and axe for gathering fire wood
    E. Small roll up table for outside use.

    Less is so much better than more in my opinion.
    David
     
  8. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Fully-charged battery with a way to recharge in the field, e.g., solar panels or a battery charger powered by a small generator.

    Full propane cylinders on the trailer and an extra.

    Full water tank and some extra in storage containers like jerry cans or aquatainers.

    A cooler that will make ice last. I made a cozy out of Reflectix for mine.

    Tools and spare parts, especially fuses.
     
  9. Carlsbad

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    Boondocking requirements vary depending on proximity to help. There are remote spots in NM that are 20 miles up a rough road. The requirements vary depending on time of year, also. Hunting in cold weather or summer star-gazing are totally opposite.

    In general, water, propane, good batteries, a good knife, and good clothing/footwear are high on my list. My dad and I hiked out once when the truck died. Don't skimp on good shoes!
     
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    Don't forget a compass. And I've got a FRS radio in the glove box and in the daypack.
     
  11. E3 Junkie

    E3 Junkie Greetings from Granada Hills, CA.

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    This is the stuff I never forget to check

    1. My 250watt Grape Solar panel.
    2. 5 gallons of drinking water
    3. 36 pounds of propane
    4. Cooler full of food
    5. Pelican cooler full of wet ice with a dry ice topper.

    Everything else is in the camper. I could camp like this for two weeks easy.
     
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    Honda 2000w
    6 gallon water jug
    Blue tote tank for gray water
    400w inverter
    2 deep cycle batteries
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Compass, very important...taking a bearing before you go hiking and being able to get back to your site...priceless!!
     
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    mred 2008 Fleetwood Avalon, 2001 f350

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    Blah hahaha!!
     
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    I can tell that my idea of boondocking is different than some. I don't have a generator, shower, porta potty or some of the other items that some like to have.
    That's why camping is so great. Everyone has different needs and expectaions as to what makes their trip enjoyable. My needs have and I'm sure will change again.
    If I have m food, water, my camp chef stove (luxury), propane bottle and a sleeping bag would be my top 5.
     
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    If I can get the pup where I want it in cooler weather than Texas has now, all we need is our cooler for food, a couple gallons mid-grade gas for stove and lantern, and 5 gal water per day. Axe and bowsaw stay in pup.
    We've never cooked inside and don't hang out inside the pup.
     
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    I have more experience camping where there where no hookups than where there are -- so here's my list:

    1. Camp Chef stove
    2. Three Coleman lanterns -- a propane for the top if the 20lb propane bottle distribution tree and two white gas (a 1986 290 and a 1981 275A)
    3. In cold weather a propane heater (we have both a Mr. Heater and a Coleman ProCat) and in warm weather a O2Cool battery fan.
    4. 1.5 gallons of water per person per day
    5. Flashlights with fresh batteries

    Hook ups are great, don't get me wrong. I LOVE using my Fantastic Fan, my furnace, and my electric blanket (and electric mattress for the dog's bed), but we don't choose based on hookups, we choose based on location. We do very nicely without hookups!
     
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    I do a fair amount of backpacking, and years back did primitive trekking, 1760's era, so boondocking for us is like living in luxury. My must have is a fine bourbon. All else is icing on the cake.
     
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    Folding potty
    Several good quality LED flashlights and a headband light
    A backup dry sleeping bag and clothes
    Emergency whistle and mirror
    Plenty of water/beverages
     
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    Yep. I camped likewise. To go boondocking in a PUP, just take your regular backpack as you'd have it packed for a week long trip, and remove the tent, tarp, or bivy sack. Then fill the rest of the space in your trailer and tow vehicle with stuff to provide entertainment and packing/setup/teardown exercise.
     

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