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Old 11-07-2020, 04:42 AM   #1
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For those that BoonDock Dry Camp

For those that boondock/dry camp. What temps would send you in to a powered campground? Has there been cases where you left a campgroung early to go boondocking?
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Old 11-07-2020, 04:58 AM   #2
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That's a personal question, but I'm of the opinion, it depends Assuming we are talking summer temps:

Humidity 70 with 100% humidity can be tough...

sunshine or shade, about 20 degrees difference...
activity level ?
wind/breezy ?


We are wimps and enjoy the cool so probably high 80's with no humidity.
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We are both from N. Europe so definitely prefer it cooler. :-)

Here in Michigan your in shade more often than not. I don't have roof top solar because of it. I use ground panels.
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I did do an energy audit and at 70f I might use 75ah a day. If colder it would be about 110ah a day.
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Multiple days of low teens to single digits and highs below freezing might think about hookups if we can't run from the weather. It's nice using the fireplace supplementing the heating while on the pedestal power, tough doing it off of solar/ lfp.
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Old 11-07-2020, 07:55 AM   #6
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Sounds good itinerant. At those temps we are definitely heading for a power connection.
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We have never bailed out because of temperature, but left a lake once because of snow. We had about 5 miles of muddy road between us and the highway, and it was not cold enough to keep that road solid.

We did not go to a place with hook-ups. We just went home. I am not sure where to find places with hookups in the areas we like. We have probably had sewer hookups once, and power hookups half a dozen times in 30 years. That is simply our preference.
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I am like Itinerant for cold weather. Since we head to the desert for the winter, we haven’t ever been forced to go to a hookup location except on the journey down. In the summer I also head to electricity when temps get high. In a dry climate that means 85 or so, and in a humid climate about 75-80. I can’t stand hot and humid weather, but I am much more resistant to cold.
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Same here with the cold but when it's hot I need air con.
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We've discovered, through lots of trial and error, that we can boondock in 20 degree weather (night time temps). When it gets down into the 15 degree range, we run the risk of freezing our pipes.

We have installed Ultra Heat cables on our water pipes -- they work fine, but they would use a lot of juice if daytime temps were well below freezing. That would drain our batteries, even with our 120 watt portable solar panel.

And on the hot side, the answer depends on humidity. We have camped in 75 degree weather in high humidity, and it can get sticky. We have camped in 85 degree weather in low humidity with no problem at all.
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Love to winter camp. You really appreciate that campfire when it's cold out. We normally spend most of our time outside, so clothing is more important than how we heat the RV. When we do go in , propane heat goes a long way.
At the other extreme, when it's hot/humid, we try to head for a big lake with good air flow.
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Generally speaking if it's too hot to sleep at night - one or two nights can run generator for the air at a push but by third night, which means days are too hot and humid, we're usually outta there.

We rarely ever are in a situation where we need hookups planning our travels around the weather somewhat. Like Treker & OP, can tolerate the cold much easier than the humidity and heat, using our buddy heater whilst boondocking if need be for odd days in the winter in the mountains here.

Picking cousin up from McCarran in Las Vegas in late june 2018, did appreciate the times hooked up and pool, 3 days front and back end of her trip as it was too too hot for sure.
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Heat and humidity is worse than cold for us. That's why our plans are centered around elevation. You can always add clothes/blankets but can only take off so much! Using a propane heater is a must for us. They supply an even warmth using much less propane than a furnace.

In summer 7,000' + EL is ideal and we've been up to 8500' and even 9,000' EL with the motorhome. Nights can get cold but almost always warms up enough by 9am during the day. We like sleeping in a cold room.

Along the West coast is very pleasant during the summer at any elevation.

In the West 80-85 deg is fine because humidity is low. Use window coverings on the sunny side and crack a window or two on the shady side and using the Fantastic fan; it's comfortable.

During winters we love the desert. Again, we dislike humidity.
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As we get older, boondocking is a comfortable weather sport. Probably 40-85F daily and low humidity.
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