How To Setup Camp While Boondocking or Free Camping in an Airstream/RV

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Setup Camp While Boondocking or Free Camping in an Airstream/RV. We do a lot of boondocking or free camping in the wilderness where there are no assigned spots. Setting up camp with our Airstream in this situation can be very different from setting up camp in a campground. We go through the steps we take to setup our camp spot including finding a level spot, figuring out where we want the patio, leveling, ensuring we have water and our generator easily accessible, cooling down the Airstream as much as possible with awnings and windows, setting up the rug and the rest of our patio furniture and finally raising the antenna for our 4G Booster.

 

Tuesday Talk – Is Full-Time RVing All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

This week we’re answering “Is full-time RVing all it’s cracked up to be?” The short answer is for us it is but there are some things to keep in mind. First, what we see on social media is often the best parts of full-time RV living and it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it’s hot, dirty and filled with mice. Also, this lifestyle requires you to give up on controlling everything and to go with the flow sometimes which can be difficult for some. However, if you love seeing new beautiful things and living small then it could be the perfect lifestyle for you.

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

 

Hiking the Bruneau Sand Dunes in Idaho

In today’s video, we decide to go on a short hike in Bruneau Dunes State Park but then once out there we decide to go for the whole enchilada and hike the big dune. It was a difficult hike and it got very hot but it was absolutely gorgeous and we had a great sense of accomplishment! We will probably never do the hike again but we are very glad we did it this time. Amazing!

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Bruneau Dunes State Park

Friday Favorite – Yelp (Yum!)

This week’s Friday Favorite is Yelp. We use Yelp, either on the web page or through their app, almost everywhere we camp. We use it to find restaurants (since Courtney has dietary restrictions) but also breweries, ice cream, grocery stores and even sometimes propane! It is the only way we’ve found we can find restaurants that satisfy everyone in our families when we are all together. An absolutely essential app for us.

This week’s links:
Yelp

Occasionally on Friday’s, we’d like to share with you some of our Favorite Things. These can be products, websites, or anything else that we love. Note we will ALWAYS say whether we are sponsored in any form from the companies we are sharing and these videos will ALWAYS reflect our true opinions. These are the things that bring us joy and we hope they can become your favorites as well.

 

Leaving Oregon, Casino Camping and Heading to the Sand Dunes

In today’s video, we leave the Columbia River Gorge and head into East Oregon before making it to Idaho. Our last stop in Oregon is a one night stay at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton. We didn’t want to boondock because the temperatures were in the high 90s so a full hook-up site was appreciated. We leave Oregon for this trip and head to Bruneau Dunes State Park in Idaho where it is hot hot hot! Luckily we still have electric! We’re looking forward to climbing those dunes.

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Wild Horse Casino
Bruneau Dunes State Park

How To Keep Cool While Boondocking/ Camping in an RV Without Electricity in the Heat of Summer

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Keep Cool While Boondocking/ Camping in an RV Without Electricity in the Heat of Summer. We’ve been surviving this summer boondocking as much as we can when weather and circumstances allow. As long as temperatures are in the low 90s or below we will boondock. Anything about 93 or so and we start looking for hookups. But here are our tips to survive some 90 degree days while boondocking.

Tip #1: Try to find shade. Tip #2: Use awnings. Tips #3: Tilt windows and window covers. Tip #4: Open windows to maximize airflow. Tip #5: Use Fantastic Fans. Tip #6: Use fans if possible. Tip #7: Use water to cool off. Tip #8: Cook outside. Tip #9: Camp where it gets cooler at night. Tip #10: Close blinds and use Reflectix on areas with direct sun. Tip #11: Run A/C if possible.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Talk – Settling Down or GoGoGo!

This week we’re answering a question about whether we are looking forward to settling in one place for a while after all this go-go-go. The answer is complicated as we explain. We are definitely honing in on a travel style we enjoy and have been a little too go-go-go for the last little while but we fear the whole winter in Tucson will be a bit too long. What do you think? Which do you prefer?

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

 

Last Day of Hiking Waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge

In today’s video, we take two hikes to see 4 more waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. Another great day with 4 waterfalls rounding out our total count of 12 waterfalls in 3 days. Amazing! We then head to Hood River to get groceries and check out Full Sail Brewery.

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Wahkeena Falls
Fairy Falls
Latourell Falls
Full Sail Brewery
Cascade Locks KOA

Chasing More Waterfalls and Walking Behind One!

In today’s video, we go chasing 4 more waterfalls. Horsetail Falls is beautiful and right off the road. It’s amazing how easy it is to get up to the basis of it. The next falls is one of our absolute favorites so far and that is Ponytail Falls or Upper Horsetail Falls. You can walk behind the waterfall which was so amazing! The next waterfall on the hike was Oneonta Falls, also pretty and finally, Triple Falls. We’ve never seen three falls like that before. We hiked to just beyond Triple Falls and played in the creek for a while admiring the bridge and Cairn garden in the water. A wonderful hike followed by a fabulous time at Thunder Island Brewing sitting along the Columbia River.

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Horsetail Falls
Ponytail Falls
Oneonta Falls
Triple Falls
Thunder Island Brewing
Cascade Locks KOA