Two Important RV Buying Tips For Boondocking Campers

There are a couple of different types of RV camping experiences. The first kind entails bringing your rig to a state park or RV camping facility where you'll have access to all kinds of conveniences, such as paved drives, water and power hookups, and sometimes even barbecue grills. The second type of RV camping is known as boondocking, and it involves driving to a remote location with no amenities whatsoever and truly roughing it for the duration of your stay. If boondocking is the type of RV camping experience you're looking for, then pay close attention to these two tips when shopping for your RV.

The Bigger Your RV, The Narrower Your Location Options

It's rational to think that, because you'll be parking your RV in remote locations, you'll want it to be as big as possible so that you'll have plenty of room to store necessities. Remember, though, that in order to get to these remove locations, you may need to navigate some harsh terrain.

While class A RVs offer the most living space and the best water and fuel storage options, they also often exceed 40 feet in length. You'll be hard-pressed to find an unoccupied, off-the-grid camping spot that doesn't have a road leading up to it that's difficult to navigate with a vehicle of this size. 

For optimal go-anywhere-power, a class B motor home is your best bet. These vehicles have the same frame as a standard van, but their bodies are modified with convertible furnishings and the ceilings are heightened a bit. 

If you don't feel like a class B RV offers enough room, then go with a class C model. Class C RVs also have standard van-sized frames, but they have an additional frames welded over those standard frames to allow for pull-out rooms. They're limited in their ability to navigate harsh terrain, but not nearly as limited as class A RVs are.

Shoot For A Big Black Water Storage Tank

Your new RV will have 3 types of water storage compartments: fresh water storage, gray water storage, and black water storage. The size of one of these tanks is far more important than the other two.

Fresh water storage can be easily extended with the use of a few water bladders. You'll need to store the bladders on board, but as soon as you dump them into your storage tank, they collapse and fold up nicely, taking up a very minimal amount of space. 

Your gray water storage tank is intended to store the used water from your shower and sink. To increase the length of time you can camp without having to empty your gray water storage tank, you can capture this used water to reuse it or (as long as you use biodegradable soap and scrape all food bits off of dishes before washing) simply divert your gray water to a thirsty tree or bush. 

Your black water tank is the one that holds waste water from your toilet. There's no extending the capacity of this tank -- you can't limit how much you generate and you can never dump this stuff onto the ground or use it for anything else. When your black water tank is full, you're done boondocking until you can find a dump station. 

It's okay to sacrifice fresh and gray water storage tanks; you can make up for the lost space in other ways. It's crucial, though, that you've got plenty of black water storage if you plan to take your new RV camping off the beaten path.

Different RVs are right for different kinds of camping experiences. If you plan to use your new RV for boondocking as opposed to parking at pre-established camping facilities, look for an RV that is small enough to travel narrow roads and has a large black water storage tank. Visit to learn more about RV sales in your area.