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RV Boondocking Is Trendier Than Ever

RV sales have grown over the last year. And since the coronavirus pandemic intensified, people have been inspired to social-distance far, far away in their own RV or luxury camper. But amid this growing trend, some campers prefer the additional solitude of boondocking. 

What is boondocking?

More people are about  RV living, making some campsites look more like a popular suburb, which can be off-putting. That’s why boondocking, also known as dry camping, has become increasingly popular. CNN Business found that people are willing to sacrifice running water and sewer access, but aren’t as willing to give up the Internet, so previously empty, traditional camping sites are fuller.

So, if you want to go way off to the boonies, you’re leaving frills like electricity or sewer hookups behind. But on the flip side, you won’t have any direct neighbors, and you get to enjoy the best of nature. Another benefit is that boondocking is usually free, unlike traditional camping sites.

The boondocking trend has inspired additional camper trailer designs 

A Toyota Prius hauling a Polydrop RV camper.
Polydrop travel trailer | Polydrop

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Going to a secluded spot also means that you are further away from drivable roads, so you’ll want an RV camper designed for rougher terrain. Fortunately, you have a variety of options for a trailer suitable for off-grid living. Whether you want something lightweight and functional or a more luxurious rig, you’re bound to find the right fit. 

The inside of a Polydrop trailer with faux leather trim.
All Polydrop trailers have a durable and eco-friendly interior

Polydrop is one company that sticks out because its RV trailers are light enough for any car to tow, including a small car like the Toyota Prius. Polydrop trailers have a cool spaceship inspired design, and they’re available in four distinct styles, ranging from $14K to $20K. There isn’t a toilet in these, but Polydrop trailers provide a comfy place to sleep and a kitchenette. 

If you want a heavier-duty camper, you’ll want to check out Opus models, which act as inflatable tents. Opus trailers start around $20K and have amenities like a slide-out stove and a refrigerator. They’re also off-road ready and have water tanks to hold clean water. What’s also pretty nifty is that Opus has a hybridized option that’s worth a look.

Old-school favorites are getting in on the boondocking trend too

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More conventional RV companies like Airstream and Winnebago are now offering dry camping inspired models also. Airstream has a new Basecamp 20X travel trailer that’s 20-feet long and can sleep up to four people. There are also smaller options like the Basecamp 16, which is 16-feet long and can sleep two.

The smaller Basecamp models start just under $40K, while the larger ones are almost $50K. Compared to other Airstream options, the Basecamp RVs have a higher ground clearance and more rigid tires. Additionally, they have extra protection on the windows, so they aren’t easily broken. 

At the same time, Winnebago is focusing on a different group of buyers with its new off-road-oriented Revel motorhome. This RV starts at $175K. The Revel has generous room for gear and is easier to handle.