The Complete Book of Boondock RVing (eBook)

The Complete Book of Boondock RVing
By:Moeller, Bill;
Pub Date:July 22nd 2007
Format:Electronic book text 176 pages
ISBN:0071594868 / 9780071594868
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Here's Your Guide to Camping Off the Beaten Path

Ever 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, and The Complete Book of Boondock RVing is 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


Table of contents

Acknowledgments

1. What Is Boondock RVing?

Why Boondock?

Extended Boondock Camping

A Sample Boondocking Trip

2. Where to Go Boondock RVing?

Public Boondocking Sites

Boondocking Sites: Private and Commercial Property

How to Find Boondocking Sites

3. Selecting a Rig

What's Available?

Selecting Your Rig

4. Water, Sewage, and Trash

Water

Holding Tanks

Trash

5. Food: Stocking, Cooking, and Storing

Propane Supply

Stocking the Pantry

Cooking

Storing

Good Food, New Friends, Great Fun

6. Heating and Cooling

Heating

Cooling

7. Communications and Navigation

Cell Phones

E-Mail

Internet Access

Satellite Radio

Global Positioning System (GPS) Receivers

8. Boondock Electricity Made Easy

Basic Boondocking

Your RV's Electrical System

Battery Basics

Types of Batteries

Battery Capacity: The Elusive Amp-Hour

Building a Battery Bank

Phantom Loads

Wet-Cell Battery Safety

Wet-Cell Battery Maintenance

9. Monitoring and Charging Your Batteries

Monitoring Your Batteries

Charging Your Batteries

Charging Methods

Battery Life Cycles

The Rule of Twenty-Fives

Charging Devices

10. Engine Alternators

Alternators and RVs

Voltage Drop

Testing Alternator Efficiency

Battery Switches, Isolators, and Combiners

11. Generators, Converters/Chargers, and Inveters

Generators

Converters and Battery Chargers

Inverters

System Size

A Few Words of Caution

Charging Devices

12. Sun and Wind Power

Solar Power

Selecting a Solar Power System

Solar Panels

Solar Panel Tests

Solar Controllers

Installing Your Solar Power System

Wind Generators

Appendix 1: A Selected List of Boondock Campgrounds

Appendix 2: Resources

Appendix 3: Bibliography

Index


Backcover

Author Information

Downloads & Resources

Downloads



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