The topic got me to thinking, or at least what passing for thinking in my head.
Always a dangerous activity. Some may be offended by my Wal-mart opinion. C'est la vie.
Just my comfort level.
I boondock as a destination quite a bit. Mostly because I normally don't plan my vacations until the summer and by then, the campsites have all been reserved. Rustic campsites are usually on a first come first served basis in Michigan. I frequently do a long weekend. I leave Thursday evening, return on Monday in order to be sure to get a choice site.
I. Boondocking as a destination/activity:
A. Limitations are a larger consideration.
--- Comfort level in discarding grey water into the bushes?
--- Sink water into toilet?
----- Larger capacity than grey tank.
----- Will require more tank chemical however.
------- My experience is that the soap "kills" the odor hiding properties of the toilet chemical.
--- Reserve grey tank for showers.
--- I feel dish rinsing generates too much grey water.
----- Value when dry camping
in the woods?
----- Modest return of amp-hours unless $$$ panel(s).
----- Can be more than adequate if:
------- Goal is to prolong battery
vs. completely replenish.
------- Modest power requirements.
------- Expensive and quiet vs. loud and cheap.
------- Inverter technology.
--------- Load dependant speed.
--------- Quality of power needed.
------- Limit run time to return to 70 to 80% of battery capacity.
------- Late morning early afternoon.
II. Boondocking as a waypoint on a trip:
A. Asphalt boondocking:
* Personally, I'm not comfortable with Wal-Marts.
* Less an issue with Flying J, Cracker Barrels and other locations obviously serving transients.
* An exception rather than the rule
* Something bothers me about expensive RVs camping on the cheap.
--- I guess I fear being called a cheapskate.
--- I am unpersuaded by the assertion that all the money went into the RV. Isn't the point. To buy something that allows you to afford to camp?
--- Habitual use ruining for the occasional use.