Tuesday Talk – Our Top Three Renovations for Boondocking

This week we are talking about our top 3 renovations we’ve made to our Airstream for boondocking or free camping in the wilderness. The first major renovation/upgrade we did was solar. Solar power while not necessarily cost-effective when compared to using a generator is much more convenient in our opinion and makes our power a passive process when we’re out in the wilderness. Our 2nd major renovation is our composting toilet. The composting toilet has eliminated the need for our black tank which allows us to double our gray water storage. It also means we don’t waste any of our fresh water on a toilet which allows us to stay out longer. The third renovation we’ve made for boondocking is installing the propane line and our catalytic heater. The catalytic heater allows us to keep the Airstream nice and toasty even in freezing temperatures without using ANY power and only a trickle of propane compared to a typical furnace. We even give you another gadget we love for boondocking, our Valterra shutoff valve which allows us to combine our gray and black tanks. So really it’s 3.5 things!

Links this week:
Our Solar Show & Tell
Installing Our Composting Toilet
Natures Head Composting Toilet (affiliate link)
Installing our Catalytic Heater
Olympian Catalytic Heater (affiliate link)
How to Combine Waste Tanks
Valterra Waste Valve (affiliate link)

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


Baby it’s Cold Outside

In today’s video, a cold front moves into Montana and we hole up in the Airstream to stay warm and dry. Being from AZ these are some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in the past few years so we have a lot to say about them. We also rejoice in out Catalytic Heater, burn candles, bake cookies and enjoy our times indoors.

Carbella BLM


How To Keep Warm In The Winter In an RV Without Electricity!

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 Warm in the Winter in an RV without Electricity. We share 6 techniques we’ve used to keep warm in freezing temperatures while boondocking in the middle of nowhere. Hopefully one of these tips can help you the next time you are camping in your RV!

Products Mentioned:
Catalytic Heater (Amazon affiliate)
Hot Water Bottle (Amazon affiliate)
Tea Kettle (Amazon affiliate)
Sleep Cap (Amazon affiliate)
Flannel Sheets (Amazon affiliate)
Down Comforter (Amazon affiliate)
Reflectix (Amazon affiliate)


Installing a Catalytic Heater in our Airstream

Now that we have Solar Power we’re trying to continue decreasing our power usage in any way possible. One great way is using a Catalytic Heater for heating the Airstream instead of the furnace. It takes NO power and a minimal amount of propane to run meaning it saves us lots while providing plenty of warmth on even the coldest days and nights. Check out how Steve and his dad decided to install our catalytic heater.

Camco Olympian Wave 6 Gas Heater (affiliate link)

Let us know what you think! Have any suggestions for us? Any questions about Airstream Life? Let us know!