Backup Systems

Things are going to break. Things are going to fail at the worst possible time. Therefore it’s critical to have backups for everything, especially if you’re going to be dispersed camping in the middle of nowhere.

Below is a list of things you’ll need to consider, and some options for each one. For each system, you should consider having at least two choices while you’re on the road. These are just the ideas I’ve found. Continue reading “Backup Systems”

Cell phones, Internet, and Wifi

You’re probably gonna want to stay connected. You need your phone for work, and without the Internet, most people these days would likely go insane. You may also be one of the lucky ones who get to telecommute. So let’s examine what exactly it takes to get a signal.

First off, if you’re going to be Urban Camping, then you’ll probably always have a cell signal and a variety of open Wifi access points. So this article is going to target the Dispersed Camping folks. Continue reading “Cell phones, Internet, and Wifi”

Living in Your Existing Vehicle – Pros and Cons

Obviously this will vary a bit, depending on your vehicle, but I figured I’d give it a quick rundown anyway.

Pros:

  • 4-Wheel Drive, depending on the vehicle
  • Best price (you already own it)
  • Best possible mileage (usually)
  • Can get basically anywhere
  • Minimal startup cost
  • Great stealth; blends right in (just be sure to cover the windows)
  • If you really have to, you can do it right now

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RV Fulltiming Problems You Rarely See on YouTube

It’s not always the wonderland you see on the Internet. Your troubles aren’t merely eliminated; they are replaced with other, less familiar ones.  Here are a few of them you might experience.

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Useful Apps for Fulltiming / vandwelling / van life / RV life

  • AllStays Camp and RV (Android | Apple)
    • Campsites (Army Corps, National/County/State/City Park, Forest, Independent, KOA,  BLM, overnight parking, Walmart (and even suggests whether they allow overnights; but check with the manager anyway))
    • Visual map with icons and icon filtering
    • GPS-aware; shows you what’s nearby but you can look around beyond that; shows your current location in relation to the things on the map
    • Look up data by type, state, city
    • Photos and reviews
    • Primitive spots that other apps don’t show
    • Truck and rest stops
    • Weather
    • Dump stations
    • Supplies
    • RV service
    • Low bridges
    • Many parts of the app work even without service

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Fifth Wheel Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Huge (it’s basically a bus)
  • Great quality
  • Can stand up in it
  • Great amenities and luxury
  • Great safety and security
  • Great extensibility and customizability
  • Great tank capacities and hookups
  • It’s basically two yachts on wheels
  • Tons of storage
  • It’s literally designed for this
  • Room for the whole family, and possibly a small orphanage

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Class A Motorhome Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Huge (it’s basically a bus)
  • Great quality
  • Can stand up in it
  • Can walk around while in motion (questionable legality)
  • Great amenities and luxury
  • Great safety and security
  • Great extensibility and customizability
  • Great tank capacities and hookups
  • It’s basically a yacht on wheels
  • Often has a washer/dryer combo unit built in
  • Tons of storage
  • It’s literally designed for this
  • Room for the whole family

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Class C Motorhome Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Medium to large size
  • Low to medium price
  • Decent to good quality
  • Can stand up in it
  • Can walk around while in motion (questionable legality)
  • Fairly easy to set up and break camp
  • Good amenities and luxury
  • Good safety and security
  • Decent accessible locations and maneuverability
  • Great extensibility and customizability
  • Easy transition
  • Great tank capacities and hookups
  • Very common
  • Exhaustive community
  • Widely favor
  • It’s kinda designed for this

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Class B Motorhome Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Cheaper models usually have a decent price (especially used)
  • Good quality
  • Decent stealth
  • Decently easy maintenance
  • Easy to set up and break camp
  • Decent mileage
  • Good safety and security
  • Great accessible locations and maneuverability
  • Decent extensibility and customizability
  • Decently easy transition
  • Simple

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Slide-In / Truck Camper Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • 4-Wheel Drive (truck)
  • Great price (especially used; and fairly easy to build one yourself)
  • Good quality
  • Can stand up in it
  • Easy maintenance
  • Easy to set up and break camp
  • Don’t need to break camp to go somewhere (but it’s probably a good idea)
  • Decent amenities and luxury
  • Great mileage
  • Decent safety and security
  • Great accessible locations and maneuverability
  • Decent tank capacities and hookups
  • Can get anywhere
  • High ground clearance

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