retro195man
Had anyone gone boondocking yet? 

If so, what camper and what issues that you would want to share? 

What would you do differently? 

Any tips for someone new to boondocking? 
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mikes
That's a lot of what we do. Folk festivals, state forests, sometimes a Walmart or Cracker Barrel parking lot (or a friend's driveway) when traveling and we just need an overnight. The only reason we search for sites with utilities is when it's hot and we want air conditioning. Everything else is self-contained. We have a 177SE.

Hints: be aware of what you use and the limitations for your routine.

Black tanks: For us, that's the 10 gallon black tank, which is relatively small. Pee on a bush, when able. Short flushes. For #2, put an inch or two of water in the bowl (half press the pedal) before you go, it will flush easier with less water. Don't worry about the brown streaks, if you're bothered fill the bowl to cover afterwards and they'll dissolve. We also carry a 12 gallon tote, which lets us carry and dump at remote facilities without having to move the camper.

Fresh water/gray tank: We've never come close to running out/getting full. Short showers, use the button on the nozzle for on/off. On. Get wet. Off. Lather up. On. Rinse off. You should be able to take a full shower using only a couple of gallons. If you shower a lot, have and can use an outdoor shower, do so. It's easier to bring in more fresh water (we carry one of the 5 gallon collapsible water carriers), much harder to empty a full tank. But, in some spots you can also let gray water drain on the ground. This can be controversial, but IMHO, if you're at a remote spot which isn't an established campsite (it doesn't look like anyone's been there for a few weeks), away from open water, and legal, you can drain it on the ground (just the gray, never the black). Just be sure you keep enough in the tank to later flush the hose after dumping the black water.

Electric: We have 200W of solar, so battery isn't really an issue - if we're in the sun, it's charged up by noon. But, if you're camping in shade, or there are a few cloudy days, conserve. Changing to LED lighting can save 80% over using incandescent (I understand more recent - 2017+? - units come with LED). The Maxxfan actually draws less power (and way less, if you keep it below 30%) than the cheap bathroom fan. Turn off things when not needed, and carry some flashlights and battery lanterns.

Propane: Make sure one tank is always full. Ours has 2 tanks with an auto-changeover, so we're always drawing on one tank with the other in reserve. When it runs out and switches to the full tank, fill the empty one at earliest convenience. A tank should go a week or more for cooking and refrigerator. With furnace, "it depends."
Mike
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retro195man
Great stuff mikes. Thank you
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sunvalleyjoe
camping in Nevada we always are in the desert .we take 10 gals 0f extra water, have 2 batteries, 2 propane tanks,a generator (first time in 50 years) and always 2 spare tires . Sounds like over kill but we are proud of having The Loneliest Road in America. also extra ice chest good for 2 of us for a week.services can be far between. good luck
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retro195man
That's quite awesome Joe. 
The extra gear you selected is interesting. 
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sunvalleyjoe
overlooked I have 2 batteries on our 150 I do not carry a spare.ps gas for generator almost forgot.sometimes we have 60 plus miles for services so I might over due it .Habit from the  time in the Army in the  60's ha ha
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retro195man
actually,  I have room for 2 batteries under the hood. But I only have one in there now. But a good idea to put another one there. 
I have but haven't used it yet the Yamaha 2000i. I think to run everything I'll need to get another and hook them together. If I'm not going to use the ac I could probably get away with just one.  Soon I will have the time to test all this. But still working and having all the other chores to do limits my time for unfortunately not being able to have fun. 
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sunvalleyjoe
just bough a Yamaha 2000i real please so far. Had a Generac 2000 but my son borrowed it so I got the new one at Costco. It runs my air or micro perfect not at same time. the 150 is small so  air needs only 10 minjs to freeze us out.
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retro195man
I actually had it for several years but never used it.  When I lived in Florida a dozen years ago we were getting hurricanes. I swore I would prep for anything like that again. So I did. The great news is I never had to use supplies I put aside. But I feel better knowing I have them. Lol.  I  ran out of food when Francis and Jeanie hit. I lived in Stuart FL then. 
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sunvalleyjoe
I love Florida specially in the winter. Too much snow and freezing cold in the Desert.But the humidity kills me.When the humidity get over 25% we all complain. When have Dust Devils which are like dry Tornadoes and they blow sand and flip truck and trailers over.
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retro195man
I don't think anyone likes high humidity. I sure don't! 
I sure wouldn't want to tangle with those dust devils. Don't know much about them. I'll have to do some research. 
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fireblot
+1 on mikes comments about the Maxxfan. On sub 50% settings, it uses 1/4 of the current that the bath fan draws. We set the Maxxfan on intake and leave the bath fan off with the lid open (windows closed) to ventilate the bath. 

Not sure if we have LEDs or not on 2018 model 181b. Every time I try to remove an interior light cover I chicken out because it feels like I'm going to break it! 

Peter
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sunvalleyjoe
from what I have seen on the newer Retros they should be leds . to me they produce a whiter light than incandescent lights. I lucked out when I bought the 150 previous owner put in Leds . The outside lights are still incandescent . I am going to look into this Maxxfan .But I plan on using it to replace bathroom fan. Hope it is a easy project.My 150 is a 2013 but price was right.
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fireblot


The Maxxfan in our Retro is one of my favorite features. It really moves a lot of air and increases the range of temperatures that are comfortable without AC. When hookups aren't available (boondocking) it makes a big difference. I plan to replace my bath fan with a second Maxxfan. (If you opt to install one, I recommend you get the Rain Sensor). I think the fans all fit a standard 14'x14' hole, so you shouldn't need to do any cutting. Youtube has multiple install videos, but it would be neat to see pics of a Retro install.

Peter
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