How To Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping

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 Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping. We did a video a couple of weeks ago about How to Find Free Camping and mentioned we have created our own Google Map to keep track of good boondocking locations. A few viewers asked for a tutorial so here it is.

The first step is to sign into a Google Account since that is where the map will be saved. Then go to Google maps and click on the menu, then My Places and finally My Maps. At the bottom click the link for Create Map. From there you can name the map, name layers and add new pins for camping locations. Don’t forget to personalize the icon and color and fill in a title and description too. Once there you can open your new map on any device with google maps, including a smart phone, and use it to direct you to all the cool spots you’ve saved!

This week’s links:
How to Find Free Camping
Google Maps
Campendium

 

How To Keep Your RV/Airstream Clean While Camping in the Wilderness

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 Your RV/Airstream Clean While Camping in the Wilderness. We try to boondock or camp in the wilderness without hookups as much as we can. We’ve learned that this can mean a very messy Airstream home between us and our dogs. We’ve worked out a method and some tips and tricks that work for us. Keeping the Airstream clean on the inside means taking some preventative measures on the outside. We highly recommend an outdoor area rug right outside your RV door to prevent tracking in mud or dirt. We also have a mat right inside the Airstream to wipe feet on as well. It is also useful to get or make a portable sprayer to spray down muddy feet or animal paws outside on the area rug before stepping inside.

Once inside it’s important to have someplace close to the door to store shoes so that they aren’t worn too far into the RV. We also recommend changing out any carpeting in the entry area as it is hard to clean. We switched ours out to a vinyl plank flooring which is so much easier. We vacuum and Swiffer it every day or two to keep everything nice and clean. A few other tips involve watching for dusty days and dirt coming in the windows, making our own cleaner and covering upholstery with blankets that we can wash instead of having to deal with the upholstery itself.

This week’s links:
Outdoor Rug (Amazon affiliate)
Outdoor Portable Sprayer (Amazon affiliate)

 

How To Find Free Camping – How We Find All Our Airstream Boondocking Spots

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 Find Free Camping. We touch on finding free overnight camping at stores or rest areas, to finding places to stay in the wilderness for weeks at a time. For free overnight camping, we rely mostly on the AllStays app which has great information on Walmarts, Cabelas, rest stops and other great spots.

When trying to find free wilderness camping we start our search on Campendium. We also check FreeCampsites.net for more information. Some other places to look are on the National Forest/BLM websites or at local ranger stations. The Rangers have the most up to date information on an area and are a great resource for finding dispersed camping. Another great resource is social media. We follow other full-timers on Youtube and Instagram who enjoy boondocking and make sure to bookmark any spots they show. Lastly, our biggest tip for finding free camping is to have a way to store the information you find. We use a personal Google Map where we store all the interesting free camping spots that we run across.

This week’s links:
AllStays
Campendium
Free Campsites

 

How To Find Water & Dump Stations When Boondocking in an RV/Airstream

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 Find Water & Dump Stations When Boondocking in an RV/Airstream. When camping out in the wilderness without hookups how do you find a place to find or dump stations? You can find water in a number of ways. Look for water at National Parks and State Parks that you are visiting anyway. You can also find water at some trail heads and picnic areas in National Forests. If you are in the mountains, some towns have free water sources if they are headwaters of rivers. You can always pay for water at a Glacier Water Dispenser at a grocery store. Some dump stations will also have potable water.

To find dump stations we use a few applications. We use AllStays on our phones. They have a specific symbol for dump stations. We also use Campendium, which also has a specific symbol for dump stations. Lastly, Sanidumps seems to be a great website for finding dump stations as well.

This week’s links:
AllStays
Campendium
Sanidumps

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

How To Keep Plants Alive When Traveling Full-time in an RV/Airstream

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 Plants Alive When Traveling Full-time in an RV/Airstream.The Airstream is our home and part of making feel like one, for us, is having living plants. We struggled with maintaining plants in our moving house but after the last 6 months have come up with some tips and tricks that have worked well for us. First, make sure to pick hardy plants, they’re going to have to go through a lot of change so a delicate plant will probably not do well. Also keep in mind that in every new spot the plants might need different things, different lighting and different watering based on humidity. Lastly, you need to make sure the plants are nicely secured on moving days so we show you how we do it and talk about some other ideas.

How To Store Shoes in an Airstream/RV & How Many to Bring

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 Store Shoes in an Airstream/RV & How Many to Bring. Living full-time in our Airstream, we have all our shoes to try and fit and easily access in our 200 sqft. The first step in having the perfect shoe solution is to really look at the shoes you have or are bringing in the RV. We have limited our shoes down to 5 pairs each which seem to be enough for almost every occasion. Having to store 10 pairs of shoes is a lot easier than 20. Next, we created shoe storage near the door of the RV. We think this is an essential step so that the shoes you wear every day are easy to take on and off by the door. We recommend something like our screen door solution if you don’t already have show storage there. Next, take advantage of your vertical space. We have a shoe rack hanging on the back wall of our closet where we store most of the rest of our shoes but you could do something similar on any untaken vertical space. Finally, check out all the nooks and crannies of your RV. We store our hiking boots in little cubbies under the bed which otherwise would be empty.

 

Some Products Mentioned:
Shoe Rack (Amazon affiliate)

 

How To Wash Dishes With Very Little Water For Dry Camping in an 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 Wash Dishes With Very Little Water For Dry Camping in an RV. When boondocking or dry camping in our Airstream we have to conserve as much fresh water as possible. Washing dishes is one-way water is often wasted. While we don’t just spray down our dishes with a vinegar and water solution (which would conserve a lot of water) we do follow a couple of guidelines to use as little as possible. We always wipe down the plates as well as we can before putting them in water. Then we soak them in soapy water in a tub in our sink and only use fresh water to rinse them. We use our tea kettle to heat water if necessary and dump the soapy rinse water outside if allowed. While some RVers choose to use disposable products instead of real dishes, we find the least wasteful solution is to use real dishes but wash with as little water as possible.

Some Products Mentioned:
Collapsible Tub (Amazon affiliate)
Camping Tea Kettle (Amazon affiliate)

 

How To Combine Gray & Black Waste Tanks in an RV & Why You Want To

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 Combine Gray & Black Waste Tanks in an RV & Why You Want To. There are two main ways to combine tanks. The first is to actually get a new combined tank and the second is to get a valve like the Valterra Valve which allows you to close off the sewer connection and let the existing tanks equalize. Obviously having more gray water storage is a huge help when trying to extend time boondocking without having to go into town to dump tanks.

If you have a composting toilet like we do, and no longer have sewage in your RV then combining tanks is a no-brainer. However, even if you still have a typical RV toilet combining tanks can still benefit you as well. If your black tank doesn’t fill near as quick as you gray tank you can allow some of the gray water to fill the black tank and again extend your gray tank life. This also has the added benefit of cleaning the black tank. Win Win.

Some Products Mentioned:
Valterra Valve (Amazon affiliate)