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Viewer Q&A: Boondocking & Batteries

We receive so many questions everyday that we thought we’d start knocking out the answers on our YouTube channel! We could easily talk for an hour on each individual question, but no one wants that. So instead we will provide you with quick, short answers to get you going in the right direction. We will accompany each video with a blog to provide you with links for further research. Enjoy!

Question #1: Is there an app you can use to find free camping sites?

Of course, there’s an app for everything! Free camping is often referred to as “boondocking” or “dry camping”. Basically, this is legal camping without hookups on public lands managed by organizations like the Bureau of Land Management, National Forests, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, and others. Here are our favorite resources for finding this magical type of land:

  1. iOverlander – both a mobile app and website

  2. Free Campsites – web-based resource

  3. Campendium – both a mobile app and website

Question #2: How do you keep camera batteries charged if you don’t have power and not end up carrying 3 dozen spares?

When living on the road, it is important to find convenient and easy ways to charge your batteries (for me, camera and laptop), and also to minimize the amount of charging necessary. Here are some tips/links we mentioned in the video!

  1. Charge while driving: Here are our favorite inverters to plug into your 12V car outlet that will allow you to charge: Bestek 300W Power Inverter (around $29) – best for multiple devices Foval 150W Power Inverter (around $18) – best for one device

  2. Solar power: Here are links to the portable solar options we mentioned: Goal Zero Sherpa 50 and Sherpa 100 are great battery packs Goal Zero Nomad 20 solar panels will charge above battery packs Renogy portable solar generator is a great option for a van or RV

  3. Charge by generator: While it isn’t our first choice, it is reliable, and 2 gallons of gas will last all day. Yamaha EF2000i Generator (this has been our reliable generator for 2 years) Honda EB2000 (a common alternative to the Yamaha) Ryobi Bluetooth 2300W Generator (popular in the RV community for the bluetooth connectivity)

Question #3: Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?

Finally! Our answer to this age-old question (okay, maybe only a question since 2003). By now you’ve hopefully watched the video above and know Kendrick and my answers. Here are a few links I think are worthy of wasting a few minutes of time at work:


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