Top 10 Most Important Boondocking Gadgets
Wild Camping, Boondocking, Dry Camping, Dispersed Camping, Off The Cord…No matter what you want to call it we think being out in the wild wilderness is, by far, the best way to camp.
Nothing beats that feeling of turning down an unmarked dirt road, finding that picture perfect spot far away from everyone and busting out the adventure gear. However, if you don’t plan right, or have the right tools, chances are your first Wild Camping experiences might not be good ones.
If you don’t know what RV Wild Camping (boondocking) is, or you’re not sure how to find free camping, you may want to check out our post on Boondocking Tips – the How to and Where to. In our most recent Crowdsourced Content poll your votes let us know you wanted our take on the Best RV Boondocking Gadgets. So, we’ve compiled all the items we use while dry camping and picked out the 10 that make the biggest difference when we’re out in the wild. Of course I could go on and on about how great each gadget is and give endless details of why we like each item, but to keep from boring you to death we’ve included just a brief story of how we use each boondocking tool and the links so you can research and/or purchase items yourself.
Below is our top 10 countdown of the items we feel are most valuable to our Off The Cord RV Lifestyle:
1. Composting Toilet
By installing a composting toilet we’ve been able to extend our dry camping by leaps and bounds! It uses zero water, it’s eco friendly, and we no longer have to deal with a black tank or “stinky slinky”. Since there’s no need for black water storage we’ve combined our black and grey tanks giving us 30% more grey water storage. Make sure you measure the bathroom to confirm the toilet will fit before you purchase! We use the Nature’s Head composting toilet and love it. You can get the full scoop (what, how, tips, tricks, and a discount purchase code) on our Composting Toilet Page.
2. Solar, Inverter and Batteries
Whether you go all-in on a giant rooftop solar kit, or just dabble with a portable panel, solar helps keep you from running the generator. There’s nothing worse than turning the engine key after a long week of wild camping… and hearing nothing! Dead batteries are no good! We use GoPower! solar because they’re a reputable company and they create complete kits for RV’s so there’s no guesswork when it comes time to purchase. With our first RV Solar setup (on Windy) we had the “Extreme Kit” and 420ah of battery power which did just fine. On our new setup with Roy we have 500 watts of flexible solar and 464ah of battery, (and our current set up is the ultimate 960Watts and 700AH Lithium Battery!) but because we have a residential fridge I’d recommend a minimum of 600 watts with a matching 600ah of AGM battery power. You’ll want a good pure sine wave inverter to power all your gadgets too, Roy the RV came with a Magnum 2000 watt psw inverter that works great. Keep in mind every RV is unique so measure and do your research before purchasing any solar/electrical systems. For more on inverters and solar systems, check out our Solar page.
3. Automatic Generator Start (AGS)
Roy the RV came with an auto gen start and it was love at first sight! Since we have a power hog for a fridge our batteries and solar can’t keep up on a cloudy day. This is where the AGS kicks in: I set a low voltage number and when our batteries fall to that voltage the generator kicks on automatically, charges the batteries and then kicks off. That’s all great, but the coolest feature is by far the auto A/C setting: While boondocking in the summer it can get hot, and if we’re not at the RV the cats could get really hot inside the rig. So when the temperature gets too high the AGS tells the generator to kick on, then the AGS turns on the roof A/C to cool down the RV. Once the desired temperature is reached the A/C kicks off, the generator kicks off, the RV is cooled, the batteries are simultaneously charged and the cats are alive and happy. Brilliant! You can get AGS for most Onan Generators, Magnum Inverters and even with some Solar Charge Controllers like the Outback we currently have.
4. Temperature Sensitive Automatic Vent Fan
When we’re wild camping in sub 90 degree temps we don’t typically use the A/C feature of our AGS; instead we keep the windows open and hangout outside of the RV. We removed the factory fan and installed a MaxxFan that has 2 cool features: a built in rain cover so it can be left open during a rainstorm and a temperature setting. When it gets warm in the RV the vent automatically opens, turns on and sucks air through the RV. We set the temperature and the Fan will vary the fan speed based on the inside temperature of the RV. It’s great for dry camping or even when we pull over to do a bit of shopping and we leave the RV in a parking lot with the cats inside.
5. 4g Cell Phone Booster
If you absolutely need cell/data connection 100% of the time then I wouldn’t recommend dry camping in the boonies, but I can tell you with our mobile cell phone boosters we can get service around 98% of the time. The way we justify our booster as a major necessity: It could be the difference between zero service without the booster, or enough to make a call and possibly even use the internet…but in the event of an emergency it’s comforting to know we can make a call. We use the Wilson Mobile 4g Vehicle Kit in the RV and the Wilson Sleek 4g in our tow car, you’ll also want a Wilson household AC/DC plug so you’re not draining the chassis battery when using the booster. For more info, check out our Staying Connected on the Road article.
6. Shower Head and Water Saving Aerators
Because we have solar power and a generator we don’t have to worry about running out of power while boondocking, so our number one limiting factor is fresh water. We installed the Oxygenics shower head and low-flow faucet aerators to help reduce our daily water consumption by over 50%. Our 88 gallons of water lasts us 10-12 days during normal use, even with doing dishes and showering daily. We purchased the fancy shower head but the RV specific one will work just fine too. Also make sure you purchase the correct thread type (male or female) for your aerator.
7. LED Lights
Switching from Halogen to LED was a huge expense in our Windy, but now prices have fallen and availability is through the roof for RV LED options. LED lights will reduce your power consumption by 90% compared to halogen and LED’s don’t produce heat like the old school bulbs. The main thing to keep in mind when replacing your bulbs is understanding color temperature: A typical RV bulb is “warm white” or 3000K. Daylight is 5500K. My perfect bulb would be in-between and considered “natural white” at 4000K. If you replace one bulb you need to replace all bulbs at the same time to guarantee you’re getting matching color temperatures.
M4 LED is run by a guy named Steve who understands the needs of RV’ers and has answered a ton of our questions. He is great at helping you choose the right color, wattage and bulb for your application. Plus, if you use the coupon code wynns5 you get an extra 5% off.
8. Flashlights & Solar Lights
When you’re way out in the middle of the National Forest or BLM land there aren’t any lights, and if the moon isn’t out you can’t see a darn thing. Our flashlight works as a security device, a weapon, a phone charger, an SOS beacon, a night scope and it’s waterproof! Seriously our ZeroHour flashlight does a lot and it’s rechargeable so there’s no searching for hard to find D batteries. We keep solar powered “Christmas lights“ that charge from the sun and automatically turn on at dusk to light up under the rig so we can find our RV in the pitch black of night. As a rule of thumb you can never have enough light so we also carry 2 Solio solar flashlights, and a few “garden lights” that don’t have to be staked in.
9. Solar Oven
Ok, so this one isn’t a necessity but it sure is nice to cook outdoors using the power of the sun, and I swear things seem to taste better when they are cooked with sunshine. A solar oven captures the suns rays and directs them into the cooking area, since there’s no heating element the food stays moist and the heat stays out of the kitchen which can be huge when boondocking in warmer temperatures. We use the American Sun Oven brand because they’re the original, they’re made in the USA, its a quality product and they support eco-friendly cooking in third-world countries by providing family and village sized solar cookers. If you’re handy there are YouTube videos of how to create your own solar oven for a fraction of the price, but we’re better off just buying something that’s already tried and tested. We just have the Sun Oven but if you’re into dehydrating foods there’s a kit for that as well.
10. UV Water Purifying Bottle
Clean drinking water is a major necessity when wild camping and this camelbak all clear has saved our butts in a pinch. Scoop up any clear water source, push a button, shake and 60 seconds later we have safe drinking water. Sure it only does 0.75 liters at a time, but a glass of clean water for hiking trips, wild camping and international travel is priceless. Keep in mind the Camelbak All Clear only kills the bacteria and doesn’t filter for taste, so you’ll need to add on the pre-filter to remove sediment and pour the treated water into a bottle with a carbon filter straw if you’re going to be drinking from a nasty water source. It charges by USB so our Solio, ZeroHour flashlight and laptops can charge the UV light and provide us with 16 gallons of fresh, safe drinking water per charge.
So that’s it, our top Boondocking gadgets. Here are a few other things we always have on board for wild camping if you’re interested:
- Solar Shower – Stores 5 gallons of water and heats with the sun, perfect for washing dishes outside or extra water transportation from town.
- Collapsible Water Jug – We used to use this all the time, but now we prefer the Solar Shower. Amazon Link: Coleman Expandable Water Carrier
- Leveling Blocks – Rarely will you find a perfectly level wild camping spot, we have 2 sets of 10.
- Tow Car – When you’re parked in the middle of nowhere having a tow car is key for exploring nearby towns, National Parks, Hiking Trails, etc.
- Combining Black Tank – I only recommend this if you aren’t using your black tank: gonewiththewynns.com/combine-rv-black-grey-tank
- Stay a While propane T – We don’t need this because our propane tank is huge, but if your tank is small you can connect this to easily add a standard propane tank which you can swap at most grocery and hardware stores. Amazon Link: Camco Propane Brass Tee with 4 Port
- Reflectix – This is basically reflective bubble wrap that provides a barrier of insulation from the elements. Works well for big windows that get beat down by the sun, or leak air in cold weather. See how we use it here: Keeping Cool In Extreme Heat – Ideas From Burning Man
- Silver Aluminet Solar Shade – If you’re camping in extreme sun for extended periods (such as Burning Man) a solar cloth is worth every penny of investment. Amazon Link: 60% silver aluminet shade cloth10x12ft
- Solio Charger – A small solar panel and battery pack perfect for charging cell phones and other small USB devices. Amazon Link: Solio Xcellerator and HUB Battery Pack
- Battery Monitor – We don’t have one of these because it’s not compatible with our Magnum Inverter Remote Meter…sad. (update: see our new setup because we do have this now) If you’re building your own system a battery monitor can track all power in and power out to help you understand how much solar is coming in and how much power you’re using in a day.
- Amp Meter – If you can’t install a battery meter at least purchase an Amp Meter so you can easily see how much power your solar is bringing in, and how much power is coming out of your inverter. Amazon Link: Fluke 323 True-RMS Clamp Meter
I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with gadgets and upgrades. Keep in mind we didn’t get all of these at once, it’s been years of accumulating and testing for us to get to this point.
With proper planning you can stay off the cord for a few days without having to purchase anything special, but to get the max stay we feel these are the top, must-have boondocking gadgets to purchase. Of course another major benefit of camping on public lands is it’s usually free! So pick a beautiful spot, use the money you’ve saved on a campground and purchase a few RV friendly Wild Camping gadgets, then go outside and play.
Do you have any of these items, or did we miss anything that you can’t live without? Please share your favorite Wild Camping gadgets and gear in the comments below.
Any advice on watches?
I am researching and planning items to purchase for Prius Hybrid boon-docking.
I just got a Fitbit for my health and then thought to ask about what I need besides GPS etc.
Also Prius Hybrid (w/ 2nd batt etc) or non Hybrid with Solar panel set up?
Or hybrid with solar?
Can you verify: The engine “Ready” feature on the Prius will regulate the climate control while you sleep by turning engine on and off to charge the battery, if true, makes it a no brainier.
Thanks for all the great info on your site.
Nikki & Jason haven’t done any Prius camping that I’m aware of but there are forums & chat groups out there dedicated to it. Find a few you like and binge all the info. Happy camping!
Great tips thanks
Thank you for the post.
Boondocking, or independent parking is essentially staying overnight outside camp sites with amenities such as water, electricity propane, gas, and sewer.
You pretty well covered everything on the composting toilet, except cleaning the main bowl. I’m sure that it sometimes gets messy (like when eating too spicy foods). If you used water, wouldn’t that change the composting factor? How do you handle this issue?
lisa k warren
I haven’t seen an answer to this question. Does anyone know about the cleaning of the composting toilet bowl. Sounds nasty!!!!!! could really use some info on this.
Cleaning the bowl is as simple as occasionally wiping it out. We have an entire series with FAQ here: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/all-composting-toilet
It all seems nasty but once you begin using the toilet you realize how easy and clean it truly is.
So with your solar oven and your countertop “oven” and your induction burner and all the other neat toys you have…. do you even use your LP built in oven and stove? Have you considered removing them and putting in additional storage cabinets for all the toys you have? Since you have so much solar power and a generator it would seem to be the next logical step. If its a dumb question then I apologize out front. By the way.. YOU GUYS ROCK. !!!
We have considered that so not a dumb question at all! I have not used the microwave/convection or the propane stove on our current RV at all in the past year.
We love your blog and have used several of your helpful hints. We really want to start wild camping but are confused on how our 1000 watt inverter works. Can I check the control panel and look for a certain number to know when it is time to start the generator to recharge the batteries? We have an AGS as well. If I just put this on auto, will it just automatically kick the generator on when the inverter tells it the batteries are low? We typically just need this at night when we settle down to check email and then watch movies, etc.
Please let me know. I have looked everywhere for the magic number to see in the inverter control panel and can never find it.
The magic number would be 50% of your battery capacity. Sadly to really understand the input and output of your batteries you will need a BMK (Battery Monitoring Kit). Check with your inverter mfr to see if they offer one.
First let me say, you have the best Full Timers RV website. It’s not only informative about all of the things I’ve ever wondered but it’s so well done. Entertaining as great quality videos.
May I ask… what is your goal for FT RVing? I saw something about your desire to transfer from a land yacht to a sailing yacht. When do you think that will happen?
My wife and I are seriously considering taking the plunge to full time RVing. We think it’s not only fun but possibly necessary in these times. God bless you both.
The discount code does not appear to work on the Natures Head website. Do I need to call and talk to Larry direct?
hmm, they have recently updated their website so I will check with them…In the mean time yes, give them a call and they can get you all set up with the discount! Sorry about that and thanks for letting us know.
Chris G Lassaline
I’ve just discovered your blog and am thoroughly enjoying your adventurous spirit! I was wondering while watching “Boondocking Gear” if the two of you ever considered Amateur Radio as another communication alternative? It seems like a natural fit for you socially, would create a whole new genre of material for your website and transitions nicely if you guys ever jump to a sailboat! Just a thought. 73’s KD8SGP Chris!
Any ideas on how to run a C-Pap machine (for sleep apnea) when no power to plug it in?
Judy, I am about to buy my first rv and go full time. The C-pap machine is a major concern for me. Did you ever figure it out? I would love to know how you have dealt with this issue. THANKS
My husband’s CPAP has a separate 12 V cigarette lighter style plug. We had to buy it separately.
I just noticed a huge error in your last item that did not make the list. The Fluke 323 will not measure DC Amps. The Fluke 325 will do both AC and DC AMPs via the clamp.
Imagine having the ability to generate water from humidity in the atmosphere that is 99.9% pure for drinking. Imagine owning a machine that produced 8 gallons daily without ever having to plug into the water lines. The technology is here. I hope to see this in RVs soon! http://store.ecoloblue-world.com/en/6-atmospheric-water-generators
I will be needing some of the things you listed and will use your links. We help each other and it’s a better world. Greedy people suck.
Thanks, you could most certainly buy them elsewhere but we really appreciate the support. It’s what allows us to keep at it and keep posting what we learn!
i couldn’t figure out the best place for this question. I will be RVing for the first time at 70 years old and by myself. When researching I ran across a Kimberly wood stove that is very small so it would work in a boat or RV. I wil be mostly in WA or OR and so anticipate damp conditions. It seems be an alternative to running the furnace. Have you looked into or heard any feedback from anyone you trust? If it works as advertised (heat, cooking, hot water, energy) it would be worth the cost I THINK.
Thanks for all the good info, especially the compost.
We have some friends that installed a pellet stove in their 5th wheel and they love it. I don’t personally know of the Kimberly wood stove but maybe someone else here has and will speak up. For some extra ideas, check out our how to prep for winter RV adventures here: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/winterize-rv
I lived in a converted school bus for 3 years. The first 6 months we installed propane heat. Total bust. We then found an old, heavy, cast iron wood stove at the junk yard. We converted the stove into a Rocket Stove, by using fire block on the inside of the stove to form the air chambers. Meaning that the actual wood burning chamber was quite small. To give you an idea, our “night logs” were the size most people would use after the kindling stage of building a fire. This was the best thing… EV-ER. We simply piped the stove pipe out of the window with an insert that we removed while traveling. This was the only way to keep the bus warm in the winter. The larger cast iron stove (also some cement to seal up where the glass was in the front of the stove) gave us lots of thermal mass too. In the morning, the stove was still warm to the touch. Wish I had pictures of the old stove, I would include them. Don’t know about them new fangled fancy RV’s ;), but from living full time in a skool bus, I can say with confidence, do it and do it now.
Thank you. These are all ideas we’ve had, but hadn’t put them into practice yet. So, it’s great to see how they’ve worked out for y’all. We have been living in our RV for almost 4 months now and have boondocked several times or are with limited hookups much of the time.
We’ve been living full-time in our rv for almost 2 months. We hope to start boondocking next spring. We have the Nature’s Head Composting Toilet. We weren’t sure how we would like it but it doesn’t take long to realize just how much water we are saving!
It is amazing isn’t it!
My favorite gadget is the Solar panel. My husband and I are in the midst of buying our motor home, and can’t wait to be able to park in the wilderness and just enjoy nature! Thank you both for all your tips and advise, as well as your inspiration which started this whole adventure for us!
I really like all your ideas. Great site! Thank you!
led lights, saves battery’s when boondocking.
Love the Cell Booster!
Before I started following you I thought out only option for wild camping would be running the generator 24×7. Now I know better!
I would also add headlamps to the list, as well as a water filter. We are a large family, so I carry a bag system that filters 4L of water by gravity. That, combined with your UV water bottles, would make perfectly clean water to drink.
Amazing info! Thanks for taking the time to share it. Happy Travels!
Thanks for the Chance to win! This would be great when we get the RV going in the spring!
A composting toilet is top on our list! We are saving up for one now!
Best camping gadget? Easily a good tool box full of basics (sockets, wrenches, etc.) and some extra oil and coolant. I’d choose a field repair over a tow truck any day.
…If it all fits in a box, does all that count as a gadget? 😉
Road Trip With The Wilkes
Solar, obviously here is my order in case anyone is interested after the solar.
UV Water Purifying Bottle
Not sure about the others.
Our favorite wild camping gadgets are our GoPower solar panels and our LED bulbs! Anything we can do to reduce our footprint and use natural resources that are available (ie. The sun). Our solar panels allow us to boondock in remote places yet still enjoy modern pleasures. Gotta give a shout out to solar showers too… Our Sun is amazing! Thank you for sharing!
I would love a composting toilet!
Solar panels rock for boondocking!
My favorite gadget is for sure the composting toilet!! Myself, hubs, 5yr old daughter and 18mo old twin boys are going to start full-timing it this winter… A composting toilet would be great!
Our favorite is our Natures Head composting toilet!
Very cool gadgets! Thanks for the info
My favorite is the Solar Oven.
I am pretty sure my favorite gadget is the LED lights. They are typically VERY easy to install (either new bulbs or whole new fixtures) and are an affordable way to cut down on energy usage.
How exciting. Thank you for all the tips!
You’re going to make an urban survivalist out of me yet. I am already wanting to live in an RV just so I cab begin using all of those eco-tech recommended toys of yours!
I love all of your off-cord aforementioned products highlighted here! EXCEPT instead of the solar oven, have you looked into the NuWave table top convection/ conduction/ infrared oven? It apparently uses 85% less electricity. I’ve been experimenting with my new NuWave for a couple weeks now–in preparation for ThxGiving turkey and I love it! Seems like one could do away with the conventional oven, in the RV, all together.
Ha-P trails amigos. Hope to see you back in New Mexico, sometime soon.
Solar power is a must! I haven’t boondocked for 14 years but will be back to it this winter at the BLM near Yuma. The solar saved me from insanity 😉 Love your website and all the valuable info you impart.
One of my favorite Wild Camping gadgets – LED lights. In fact, we bought an LED light bulb for our new RV this week.
We are working toward our first RV, and will likely do quite a bit of boondocking. Your site has been a great resource and is fun, too. Thanks for all the great info!
I used the Wilson Sleek 4g and had great success using it throughout the West.
We love Reflectix! We used it to line a cooler for a family event where we did not have access to electricity, put in two bags of ice, and the beer and wine was still cold at the end of the four-day stay. That freed up the refrigerator for other food. Great stuff!
A flashlight is a must for me.
I like all of your ideas. We are thinking of upgrading to solar in the future. We live a few miles from A.M. Solar and will use them. But I also like the idea of the portable panels that you use. Thank you for the great ideas.
AM Solar will do a killer job for you, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the owner and their products.
Don’t understand why I’m not eligible for your giveaways because I live in Canada. I’m subscribed to your channel and regularly shop at Amazon, which I think means that I contribute to your revenue stream in a small way.
We used to include Canada in our giveaways however when our first Canadian won a giveaway it cost us $20 to ship a $30 product. Since we’re not being paid to do this giveaway, and all shipping fees are coming out of our pockets, we cannot afford to ship to Canada. I hope you understand and we thank you for your ongoing support.
We are hitting the road soon and ditching the house around the end of nov. You guys have helped us so much and given me confidence to get out and do it! Thanks!
Wooo Hooo! See ya on the road.
100w portable solar panel, battery bank, and inverter.
I was wondering if you still use the table top water distiller? Thanks!
We do, however our new RV doesn’t have enough battery power to support the fridge and the water distiller.
Love the LED lights especially the solar Christmas lights great find
excellent advice about the solar chargers. I have one for backpacking that has been great. – Scott
Always loved this blog. Just began a full-time lifestyle in August and frequently update myself on the Wynn’s travels
My favorite is a solar generator that I made myself
The Solar oven. I’ve always wanted on of these – in case the power went out and you just need to bake a cake!!
You never know when you might need a cake…or cookies…in fact I can’t think of a better time than during the stress of lost power to stuff my face with a fresh baked pastry!
Love all the solar stuff! Wish I had this stuff at my house, never mind while camping!!!
Solar power for sure. Keep it clean and quite.
Cool list – I’ve found that the LED bulbs are critical for dry camping – the heat generated by stock bulbs is insane!
Howdy – check out the solar offerings of Renogy. I’ve been running their 100 watt portable “suitcase” setup with great success for our little class ‘B’. We also use a couple of Oriental Style Solar Nylon Rechargable Outdoor Decorative Lantern from Amazon – come in different colors – charge all day, glow all night – enough light to find your rig, or see if critters are roaming about your site! ST
Have not boondocked yet. Your articles and information have helped me get over my fears …it looks like renewable energy would be most important.
you got it!
You two are by far my favorite resource for our future goal of full timing. Thanks for the creativity and hard work you put into this!
External battery for charging cell phones is really handy for camping trips.
My favorite gadget is the composting toilet. Followed closely by the sun over 🙂
I love your upbeat energy in your videos! I love the content even more. Very informative. Thank you!
Thanks for posting this! Your videos and blogs are always so well done! I myself am always working towards being more and more able to boondock full time.
Great video as usual! You always fascinate me with your wealth of information and great products that are available! Always look forward to your next video and review. Thanks!!!
Shoulder surgery this week, followed by 18 months of preparing our house and motorhome for hopefully up to two years of full timing. See you two on the road.
Great video and list! I’ve been looking into both solar and a 4g booster.
We haven’t been RV’ing long, and don’t have one yet, but I can already tell that a solar panel to keep the batteries charged is a must. Have already dealt with dead battery a couple of times.
I added about 6 of the didn’t make it list to my Amazon wish list. Much of the top 10 were already there, with the exception of the AGS and Maxxfan. I was wondering how you kept the kitties cool while out hiking, and now I know.
The portable solar panels are by far the best. The bathroom is less of an issue for us with slightly oversized tanks, but power is always an issue.
Thanks for all the great ideas and product reviews.
Living in the northeastern part of the country seems a little more challenging to wild camp but most of our State and National Parks have limited hook ups so we can certainly utilize a lot of your tips.
We got our Cell Booster and LED batteries right away! This is a great list and matches ours pretty closely.
Great info in this post. We do a fair amount of boondocking–we travel to dog agility trials where many of the facilities allow camping on site. We would love to try wild camping in the National Forest. Are there generally any restrictions on this type of camping with pets? Thanks!
This could come in handy: biolitestove.com/products/campstove/
I have been looking for some small, convenient way to make a contained cooking fire. This is way better than anything I have considered. Thank you.
Alice van Royen
Yes! This list is great. I am buying my first motorhome in about 9 months and am planning on putting most of these recommended gadgets on board. You have been such an inspiration for me.
Love the videos and information. We are planning to switch to a composting toilet before we go full-time. Love all the water conservation tips!
Thanks for the great info. We have just started full timing and are always looking for hints and tips.
Solar & a composting toilet… Win Win!
In April I’ll be jumping into the solo fulltiming lifestyle, so my first purchase will probably be the cell phone booster. Another great article BTW. I learned a lot.
— Connie C.
I’m definitely checking into the Mobile 4G Booster. A strong cell signal makes for happy camping!
Love your blog, photos and videos! Such talent. Awhile back you posted about Big Bend. I was wondering about Internet connectivity-did you have any? If yes, how strong was it? Did you use your Wilson booster?
Thanks so much for all the information you provide and the adventure that your blog encourages!
Thanks for the kind words! For Big Bend we did have some service in the park and yes, we did use our booster. As you are out hiking service comes and goes as well.
Thank you so much for sharing the information! I am still in the planning stage of my transition to full time RV life, so your blog is very helpful.
Love this list. I’ve been trying to find more inspiration on living off the grid.
Gotta love me some Cell Phone Booster. We rock the 4g Sleek for both the RV and the Jeep right now. Works great. We upgraded the antenna to a Wilson Electronics 800/1900 MHz Magnet Mount Antenna with SMA Male Connector. So far it kicks the standard antennas booty
As always great informative and fun video…
I do want to point out one little detail that you might want to change. The 4g moble (have on my vintage Airstream) is better off wired with the 12volt then the 110 adapter. Many rv’s are comming with 110 USB adapters built in… In both cases your draw on your batter is less dirrectly from 12volt than through 110 converterd from from 12volt… You have the solar/battey/inverter correct set up but should use 12volt over 110 when remote… Cheers
Our 12v DC plug runs off of our chassis battery so I do not want to run down my chassis batteries. My solar charges our house batteries and the power is inverted to 120 household power. Most people who have a similar class A motorhome will be wired similarly and that is why we recommend purchasing the standard plug power adapter.
Thanks for sharing your experience, it’s true that 12v is best if you have the option.
Great information, thanks!
Kudos! You do such great videos. Thank you for all the time, thought, and effort you put into them. This quality does not happen by accident and we are among clearly many who feel the same way.
There is such good information here. We were sold on the composting toilet and solar from your earlier videos. Now that I know I can also slow cook in a solar oven, it has moved from our “maybe” list to our “gotta get it” list along with more of your gadgets.
It is very cleaver to give your fans an overview and a link for various items. I understand each except for the Sunblock Shade Panel. I guess I am dense but, unless you are covering your awning with it, I have missed something.
In an earlier video you mentioned good camp chairs but I did not see anything like this. Is it just too subjective?
If you are not too tired of hearing me say, “Good job!” “Great information!” and, “Thank you so much!” I am sure I will be saying it with your next post.
We’re thrilled to have come across your videos last year and willingly admit to an affectionate addiction to all things Wynn 🙂 Thanks so much for keeping hubby and I updated, inspired, and excited for all our road trips! ! Big hugs to you both!
I love your ideas about the automatic generator starter and cell booster info. We are getting ready to go on the road full time with our 4 year old and we have a cat that loves camping we just have not decided if we are going to take him.
Singa was about 2 and Cleo was about 8 when we left to go full time. Read this article if you haven’t seen it yet: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/traveling-cats
Compost toilet is the definite boondocking must-have.
Excellent information especially for us RVrs starting out.
I absolutely love my Origo 1500 alcohol stove for all my “wild” camping. It really is ment for a boat, but it doesn’t know that… It sips fuel and is safer than most other open flame cooking stoves. One gallon of denatured alcohol last me a month or more. I don’t camp without it. I also can’t camp without my Chemex. I’m a coffee addict. It’s smple and makes an awesome brew.
FYI: I’m sold on composting toilets due to your posts and videos. I’m actually going to install one in my house and take it with when camping. 🙂
Thanks for the recommendations, we too are self proclaimed coffee snobs, if you haven’t seen our Travel Store with all our Coffee Gadgets you should definitely check it out: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/store
Wow! More great information from my favorite travelers! I am loving the solar charger and the solar oven.
Chip Breighner-La Bounty
This is something that we sure could use. Sense we will be
boondocking 90% of the time when we go full timing.
Ruth La Bounty-Breighner
We are slowly getting our rig ready for full-time boondocking. Can’t wait to hit the road. Solar package would be a great addition!
It’s a toss up for my favorite gadget between the solar oven and the solar power system. Having managed a totally solar powered park in the middle of the Adirondack mountains of NY I know that even in an area with cloud cover you can still get enough power to do just about anything you want. A solar oven on the other hand really needs sunlight. Clouds just don’t let enough light through to cook.
Some kind of phone signal booster needs to be on that list.
We included the cell phone booster in our video and the post. Did you not see it?
Our absolute favorite wild camping “gadget” is our Kozy World heater! Sips propane, pumps out LOADS of heat, and uses zero electricity. Perfect for those chilly nights in Quartzsite (or while wintering in the chilly Pacific Northwest, LOL!).
There are a number of different models. Which one do you have?
Hi Elizabeth. We have the KWP122, which is a 10,000 BTU 2-panel unit. It’s the same exact model that several friends of ours have and recommended to us. A couple of them spend every winter boondocking in Quartzsite, and RVers line up in town to have them installed! We recommend having it down professionally, but a confident, competent DIYer can do it (we did). We see people express concerns about using a propane unit inside the RV, but thousands of us use them without problem. Correct installation, a window cracked for fresh air supply, and a working CO detector are all important. We originally thought we’d need the larger model, but it was WAY too big for the RV, and this one puts out PLENTY of heat!
This is great information. Thank you. We use vent free gas logs to heat individual rooms now so I can’t imagine it will bother us much when we are finally on the road..
I definitely want to learn more about and probably get the mobile 4G cellphone booster kit. Awesome! If I am RVing, the think I miss the most is access to the internet!
Why not just stay home – items like these kind of defeat the notions of “wild” and “wilderness” don’t you think? A toilet and shower? What happened to a shovel and creek? Americans are getting pretty soft….
We have done the whole shovel and creek thing too…but a shovel and a creek defeats the purpose of traveling by RV which is to travel with the comforts of home.
You’ve made another great video. I am always looking for information on Solar and hope to take the plunge sometime soon. Thanks for all the good information you put on your site.
While we haven’t actually used in dry camping tools yet, I’m extremely interested in the solar options.
The compost toilet should be your number one and number two favorite. 🙂
Great list of boondocking gadgets. My favorite is my solar panel – keeps me charged up and ready to go! Thanks!
I am working on switching all my lights to LED….I really enjoy all the videos as well blogs…..Very informative. Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the giveaway!! You two Rock!! Cheers! ~M
I would LOVE solar panels installed, someday…..
My favorite gadget is the Sunoven!
I’m gearing up to start RVing full time in 2 years. Your blog is an inspiration! My number one gadget would be a solar oven. Sure beats a camp fire.
Very good ideas for gadgets. Those LED flashlights have so much power now with the rechargeable batteries it is great they can be used to charge other things.
Great video guys… wait contest only open to US residents? Guess I am not among the awesome ones, sigh
Sorry about that! We will have more and the next ones should be US and Canada!
Y’all have convinced me that the composting toilet is the way to go! We will be starting full time next summer and y’all have been so helpful!!
I think the Maxx fan would be something I would really appreciate!
Great content and video! Where were you guys wild camping during the filming?
I think the solar holiday lights would be a great addition to our rig!
very Informative, Thanks for the info on the phone boosters and the water bottle.
Love the rv if I could sell my house and get one and travel all over, thank you for the contest
The faucet aerator change is definitely a top saver. A good idea all the time, not just boondocking.
Rex J. Covington
Great post, love the blogs and videos!
Jim and Barbs RV Adventure
Great post! We love boondocking and the freedom it allows. By far our favorite boondocking accessory is our solar set up we had installed earlier this year.
Think it’s great that you guys are doing these kinds of things. Also, tons of awesome advice, especially since my S.O. and I will be off the grid a great majority of the time.
We have been tent camping for years and are now in the process of selling our house and going on the road in a motorhome for at least 2 years. Since we plan to do as much wild camping as possible much of our old camping gear will come in handy but my favorite is our solar shower. We have 2 of them (we traveled with our son who is now in college) and we’d leave them up during the day and use them in the afternoon. Rarely did we have anything less than a toasty warm shower. We’re talking now about setting up a pan and curtain outdoor shower so we can continue to use it.