Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.
We are planning a cross-country trip this summer and would like to boondock along the way to avoid campground fees for just sleeping overnight. I’m concerned that without hookups I will not be able to run my air-conditioner while camped in the hot and humid Midwest. Do you have any hints for keeping cool? —Trevor P.
Answer: Go jump in a lake, Trevor. Literally. My wife and I made several trips from California to Connecticut to visit our four granddaughters, and you’re right – it can be HOT and HUMID. This may sound crazy, but we found that for many of our overnight stops we could find forest service (both federal and state) campgrounds that were cheap but of course had no hookups.
Secondly, we searched our guidebook for FS campgrounds next to or near lakes. When we pulled into the campsite (sweaty and tired) we would first open all the windows and turn on the Fantastic fan – to draw the hot air out and the cooler air in as the day winds down. Overhead fans pull very little amperage – and after driving all day your batteries are now fully charged.
After leveling it was off to the lake to cool our bodies and rejuvenate. It did wonders! After a casual swim and long soak in the soothing lake waters we quickly cooled down and relaxed. And unlike commercial campgrounds, the forest service ones often had ample shade trees that helped keep our campsite cooler.
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