Tayama Thermal Cooker works like a crockpot with little energy

  By Bob Difley Crockpots and slow cookers are nice – if you are plugged into shore power. But when boondocking, not so much. But with the Tayama Thermal Cooker you can prepare those mouth-watering casseroles, stews, soups, veggies, and more with a fraction of the cooking time, and all for just minutes on a burner of your gas stove.... Read More

Don’t get stuck — Have a ‘Plan B’ when boondocking

By Bob Difley If you are reading this you might be either (A) a boondocker, or (B) thinking of becoming a boondocker. The very fact that you are/may be a boondocker could also be one of your problems. If you are a boondocker, you are by definition adventurous, curious, bold, a little bit devil-may-care, impetuous, sometimes daring, possibly eccentric and,... Read More

“Older woman” considers “fantasy” of solo RVing

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Following my husband’s unexpected death last year I decided to retire, sell everything, and travel full-time in an RV doing all the things and seeing all the places we planned to do before our plans were cut short. My question is, is it just a foolish fantasy for... Read More

How to find boondocking spots on cross-country RV trip

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My wife and I are planning a trip across the country with no planned agenda, going wherever something strikes our fancy. However, that prevents us from making campground reservations. We like to boondock and wonder whether we will be able to find dispersed camping options if we can’t... Read More

Can gray water be dumped into a pit toilet?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Is dumping sewage and grey water into pit toilets permissible? Thanks. —Jim E. Hi Jim, This is another hard question on the hard topic of dumping waste water. The question is so hard that officials can’t even decide on a uniform definition of what gray, black, sewage, and... Read More

Phantom electrical loads can spoil your dry-camping adventure

  By Bob Difley Phantom loads are electrical connections to your batteries that continually draw power, however small. Loads that are run off the house batteries will not be a problem as they are slight. Since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to keep up with... Read More