Nothing says New Years like camping, s’mores, and fireworks!
Build and Shakedown Review:
So here we sit roughly 45 days later with 3500 driving miles and 2000 towing miles (yeah we had some traveling plans) on our new Duramax powered Chevrolet Suburban. The one word that is continuously thrown around to describe this project as a whole, whether it is by friends, family, fellow travelers, or car enthusiasts is, and I quote…. “Unbelievable”.
Check out our Tennessee Campground review from this last trip!
What is yamping you ask? Well it’s yard camping! So we had originally planned to go yamping with a little bit of boondocking on this next road trip. Our plans had to be altered, so we’ll just be doing some yamping and camping this trip. Our new plan is to stay with family and camp in their yard for a day or two in between staying at some campgrounds. We’ll be boondocking in a way because we won’t be hooked up to anything while staying with family.
Why yamping? First and foremost, it’s a great way to visit with family and friends that are near or on the way to your destination. You can catch up with people you may not normally be able to visit with, and that is truly a great experience! Another bonus: it’s a great way to keep down costs of traveling!
What is boondocking? It is another name for dry camping, which means parking anywhere without any or with limited amenities. Dry camping is more describing camping without hookups at a campground, while boondocking typically means staying in a completely undeveloped area. So for this particular trip, we’ll be boondocking while yamping. 🙂 This actually works out for the best considering we’ve never dry camped, so we’ll work out all the kinks in the comfort of our family’s yard on the front and back end of our trip. When we first bought our trailer, we had all the intentions of dry camping in our driveway to work out any kinks, but got so excited in traveling that we forgot all about that whole “testing it out before getting on the road” theory.
Why boondock? It’s a great way to get out into nature, away from busy cities, towns, traffic, and crowds! Best part…it’s FREE!!
How we’ll prepare for boondocking &/or yamping: We’ll be packing more batteries, along with a charger to charge them each day should we need to. We’ll carry full water tanks instead of our typical half or a third because we’ll need all the water we can get! Since it’s starting to feel like fall, we’ll be packing extra blankets for colder nights. We have a 4k watt Powerhouse generator that has a supposed 8 hour run time at full capacity. Therefore, we’ll only be using 1 A/C instead of both. We run this generator on our pack days, but plan to test it on this trip so we can give you all a review after we get back! Also, we plan to refill the generator on travel days whenever we stop for gas.
We haven’t even been boondocking yet, but already on our boondocking dream list is:
1. More RV batteries! We’ve been told 4 is a great number! We have….1.
2. Solar Panels!!!!! We can’t wait to make our own power to save for a later time. Not to mention being able to camp in the middle of nowhere for more than a few days! Sounds AMAZING!!
Alright, let’s get this thing on the road!
For those of you that don’t know, Duraburb, Inc. just happens to be located in Apopka, Florida. Apopka just so happens to be about an hour from the happiest place on Earth!!! So, of course we had to plan a Walt Disney World vacation in conjunction with our Suburban drop off! Duh! Actually, it was a complete shot in the dark, but totally paid off and appeared planned to perfection!
Since we were dropping off the Suburban, which is obviously our first choice for road trips, we had to fit everything for the trip into the hubby’s car. Yikes! I have a new found respect for those earth friendly Sedan families out there! I also learned why stroller rental companies are so incredibly profitable. Here I thought it was just for families who fly into Orlando, but it’s really for those people who are less crazy than us and want to use their trunk for actual luggage and not a huge jogging stroller! Lesson learned, but we made it fit! Check it out!
All set up with our newest library books! I highly recommend hitting up your local library prior to any road trip! We were stocked with tons of books and audio books! These are a staple for any road trip for us!
After a long rainy drive in two separate cars prior to dropping of the Suburban, we are finally here!!! WooHoo!!!
My husband is lying and I finally have proof! I can’t tell you how many times I hear some sob story about how he drove the WHOLE way, and is sooooo exhausted.
For those of you that are parents though, know good and well that the REAL work on a road trip is from that of the passenger. If I had a dime for every time I turned around to…