Grants Pass RV and Auto Repair

What Is Boondocking And Why Is It So Popular?

If you’re a longtime RV enthusiast, you’ve probably already heard about the practice of boondocking. For some of the newer enthusiasts, we thought we’d share a little bit of a primer on what it is and how to manage it well.

Boondocking is using your skills with an RV to live off the grid for up to months. The two main determining factors are where you take your RV and how you camp there. It means going to a remote location without water or electric hookups for rental. You are entirely dependent on your reserves-- and your resourcefulness-- to get by comfortably.

While this kind of nomadic living may require permits in some parts, one place that doesn’t require a permit is Arizona. In Arizona, you may live free in the desert for 14 days. Then you must move-- a minimum of 500 feet. Then, the 14 day timer can start again. With a nearby water source and solar panels (and a very thrifty use of eclectic power), a boondocker can live for months in the Arizona desert, with no need for a check-in.

There is a big week-long show RV show in Quartzsite, AZ called the Quartzsite Sports & RV Show, running from January 16th to the 24th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closing at 3:00 p.m. on the 24th). As it's taking place out in the desert, almost all the attendees are boondocking, using their solar panels. Communities of Boondockers form camps to share their resources and keep their reserves rationed. It’s a big gathering, and they have a monstrous tent with lots of vendors.  We will be at this show doing safety assessments there, so come see us if you’re planning on going. For more info, visit our site here

If this was enough to make you want to gas up the RV and point south for a few months, we hope you’ll stop by Hernderson’s Line-Up before heading out on your adventure!. To make an appointment, schedule an appointment, or call us directly. We’re located at 417 SW Henderson Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97527, and we’re open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


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