What Do You Need to Look for in an Off Grid Boondocking RV

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While some types of RVs are more off grid friendly for boondocking than others, there are a few features that need to be considered when RV shopping, if your goal is to camp off grid. While a 4×4 truck camper has a higher clearance and better off road ability, a Class A will have larger fresh, grey and black tanks, as well as a bigger refrigerator, allowing for a longer stay. What you ultimately choose is up to you, but here are five things to keep in mind for a boondocking RV.

Ground Clearance

While many camping areas are accessible by almost any RV, the more ground clearance you have, the more options you will have in off grid locations. A good ground clearance can get you to the more isolated areas, and down rutted dirt roads. If going far off the main road is your goal, then a 4×4 truck camper or a light weight pop-up camper, with a high clearance would be the best choice.

Fresh & Gray Water Capacity

We each need approximately 3 gallons a day to drink, cook and bathe. When you run out of fresh water, it will be time to break camp, and go for more. Therefore, a large capacity fresh water tank is essential. Anything less than 60 gallons will be too small for a couple. *Note: Some RV manufacturers may include the water heater capacity in the total fresh water capacity, so make sure you know the real fresh water tank capacity.
You also need to be concerned with the gray water holding tank. While there are ways to minimize waste water, and legal ways to dispose of it, a large capacity gray tank is desireable, and something important to consider when choosing your RV for boondocking.
You may be asking, what about the black tank? Running out of fresh water or filling your gray tank to capacity will happen before your black tank needs dumping. *Note: You can also extend the capacity of your gray tank, by bailing dish water into the black tank.

A Generator

Many RVs, especially Class A, B and C motorhomes, have built in generators, but many don’t, such as travel trailers and 5th Wheels. If you want a trailer or 5th, consider how you might transport and store a heavy generator; you can store and transport the generator in the bed of your pickup, or if you buy a motorhome or truck camper that does not have a built in generator, on a bumper rack. And remember, you don’t want to store or operate a generator in a compartment that is not air tight from the living area of the RV.

Solar Power

Many newer RVs will come pre-wired for solar panels, making it easier to install the panels. If you are shopping for a used RV, one that already has solar installed would be preferable.
Those who are full time boondockers have at least 300-400W of solar, so take a look on the roof, to see if there is room for the panels. Portable suitcase style solar panels are an option, but you’ll need room to store them, and under certain circumstances, you may not want to leave them out where they can be stolen.

Room for Extra Batteries

Conserving your battery power is essential when boondocking. While you can survive with just one battery, you will last longer with a larger battery bank. A minimum of two quality deep-cycle batteries is recommended. Make sure the RV you are looking at has a rack designed to hold two batteries, and possibly a solid storage compartment to add more (batteries can weigh 70-80 lbs, each).

Cheap Tactical iPhone Case – Zizo Bolt Series

Being tough on your phone is probably the biggest issue for most men. We work and play hard. I have been in search for a decent tactical phone case for my iPhone 7 plus that would protect my investment. I planned on paying $70 on something and figured that it was worth the money. Luckily, I think I have found something for under $20!

The tactical iPhone 7 plus case I will be reviewing today is called the Zizo Bolt Series. They come in many different colors which you will see samples of throughout this article. I ended up with the Red/Black to support my kids sports team.

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Delivery of the Tactical iPhone Case

My case had a deliver time of 2-3 window. It showed up earlier than that at around a week.

The aggressiveness of the colored lines on he back do not stick out as far as I thought they would. That’s a good thing.

The glass installed much easier than expected. I may have gotten lucky but it went right into place. One tip is to make sure you get EVERY little thing off your screen before installing. If not, you will get bubbles and will not be happy.

Zizo Bolt Series Tactical iPhone Case Review

As for he case itself: I really, really like it, but I’m not completely sold on a couple things that I list below.

  1. The belt clip does look very nice but the I’m not sure it is made to take abuse. I would not use it at work.
  2. I’m not sold on the lanyard. Just not my cup of tea. The only time I could see myself using it is if I was outdoors and didn’t have pockets. Since I have an Apple Watch, don’t see myself using it much. I may, but I’m sure the lanyard will be nowhere to be found by that time… in any case I knew that before my purchase.

My 7+ fits very snug and all buttons work as expected. I like the feel and look. I was looking for a tough case that was not bulky. We love the protection of the Otter Box but I hated the bulkiness.

I also purchased one for my son’s iphone 6 and it fits just as good.

What Phones Will The Zizo Bolt iPhone Case Fit

Regular size

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone7s
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8s

Plus Size

  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 Plus

Time will tell if this protects my phone like so many people claim. I do wish the outside was more rubberized, It would make me feel much better in the hands.

Pros: looks good, decent space between phone screen and outer front of case (face plant protection), comes with tempered screen, shipping time decent for non Prime, phone stand, not bulky, price compared to Otter Box (if it really protects against decent drops).

Cons: belt clip not made for abuse, not rubberized on the outside of the case and corners.

Update after a couple months of using

It’s going on about four months since I have started using the  Zizo Bolt Series iPhone case and gotta say, it is holding up well. My phone has taken a couple drops from waist high. I have not had any damage. The screen glass that came with it is still in tact with no cracks.

Notes from use

  • I have not been using the belt clip, just not my cup of tea.
  • The phone proper-upper gets much easier to open after it breaks in. I’m getting more use out of it than I expected. It’s kind of nice!