How To Setup Camp At A Full Hookup Campground

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 At A Full Hookup Campground. We’ve done a video about setting up camp while boondocking but thought we should show how to set up camp when we have full hookups as well. We apologize for any noise in this video, the campground is right by the highway. Once you check in at the front office of the campground and find your assigned spot the first step is pulling into the spot. You need to make sure that all your hoses and cords are going to reach to the water, sewer, and electric. You may also want to check that your door won’t hit a tree or that you can open any awnings you would like to.

Once your RV or Airstream is situated its time to level side to side using blocks and chock the other wheels to ensure you are secure. Then it’s time to unhitch if you have a travel trailer of 5th wheel. Now level front to back using the tongue jack. Now that the trailer is nice and level we can put the stabilizers down to keep it from feeling like we’re rocking side to side when walking around inside.

Now it’s time for the hookups. You can do these in any order but we prefer plugging into electric first, especially on hot days, to get the A/C going. So we plug-in electric, then water and the sewer. Lastly, it’s time to set up the fun stuff like the awnings, chairs, grills, etc.

This week’s links:
How to Setup Camp when Boondocking

 

Rafting, Bald Eagles, & Smokey Tetons

In today’s video, we head to the Snake River with Black Dog Rafting Company to do a scenic morning float. It was a gorgeous morning and we got to see over a dozen Bald Eagles along the river’s edge. Amazing! We also take a drive through Teton National Park which unfortunately is smokey and hard to see and finally take the boat shuttle across Jenny Lake to hike to Hidden Falls.

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Mike Harris Campground
Black Dog Rafting
Jenny Lake Boat Shuttle

 

Heading To Victor & Getting Up High in Jackson Hole

In today’s video, we leave Jefferson County Lake once again and head to Victor Idaho to meet family. While there we are staying at the Mike Harris Campground which is nice and quiet but has the most unique water pump system we’ve seen. We also spend the day at the Jackson Hole Resort and ride the Tram, Gondola, and Chairlift to get some awesome views!

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Jefferson County Lake
Mike Harris Campground
Jackson Hole Resort

 

Exploring Mesa Falls & A Solar Chat

In today’s video, we decide to skip the crowds in Yellowstone and instead head down to Mesa Falls which is about 30 minutes south of where we are boondocking. Unfortunately, there were crowds there too due to a bike race and being closer to the zone of totality for the eclipse the next day. The falls were both definitely worth the trip though, especially the Upper Falls! We take the opportunity to fill up our water jugs too, or course.

After we return from our adventures Steve chats about our solar setup and everything we run/charge on a typical day. We’re loving these cooler days of full sun here in Idaho, we never have to worry about our batteries getting too low. Steve also talks a little bit more about equalizing our tanks when we are boondocking.

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Bootjack Boondocking
Mesa Falls

 

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

 

More Sun Valley: Bikes rides, Free Dump Stations & Sawtooth Botanical Garden

In today’s video, we are still boondocking along Trail Creek in Sun Valley Idaho. We go for a nice bike ride along a paved path. There are a number of paved paths in this area, not to mention LOTS of mountain biking trails. Next, we head down to a free dump station in Hailey Idaho. We have to deal with very smoky conditions from nearby wildfires but luckily the air wasn’t too bad. Last we walk around the Sawtooth Botanical Garden which was absolutely stunning. We highly recommend you check it out if you are in the area.

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Trail Creek Road
Go Pro Clamp (Amazon affiliate)
Hailey Dump Station
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Warfield Brewery

Boondocking in Sun Valley, Water, & Exercise

In today’s video, we show some of the exercises we try to do while traveling. It’s a work in progress but we’re trying to come up with a routine for those days where we are not hiking. Next, we go on the search for water. We find a dump station in the Sawtooth National Forest which has potable water and trash for a $5 donation. There is also a bunch of boondocking and National Forest Campgrounds on the same road which is good to know for next time! We make a trip to the Sawtooth Brewery and Steve shows off his souvenir.

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Trail Creek Road
Bodylastics Bands (Amazon affiliate)
Sawtooth Dump Station
Sawtooth Brewery
Tervis Tumblers (Amazon affiliate)

Tuesday Talk – Water Conservation While Boondocking in Our Airstream

This week we’re talking about our tips and tricks for water conservation while boondocking for weeks at a time in our Airstream We discuss the composting toilet, showers, washing dishes and how we top off our fresh water tank without moving the Airstream.

Do you have any tips for us? Questions? Let us know!

This week’s links:
Similar siphoner (Amazon affiliate).

7 Gallon Blue Jugs (Amazon affiliate)

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.

 

Friday Favorites – Our Nature’s Head Composting Toilet (Boondocking Game Changer)

This week’s Friday Favorite is our Nature’s Head Composting Toilet. Many of you saw our install video and our previous update on how we liked it. We’ve had so many questions about how it was working out we thought we would share our experiences plus the tips and tricks we’ve learned to make the process so much easier! For anyone who wants to boondock for weeks at a time we highly recommend looking into a composting toilet. It is a huge difference maker!

This week’s links:
Installing our Composting Toilet
Original How We Like It Video

Nature’s Head Composting Toilet (affiliate link)
Coconut Coir (affiliate link)

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.