If you plan to live off-grid in a motorhome on your property, you should check for any local ordinances or restrictions. As long as you comply with all local regulations, you can comfortably live off-grid in a motorhome. You can lead a pretty normal life offline and stay up to date with what’s going on in the world. Living offline can provide a sense of normalcy in the midst of chaos, but also an opportunity to disconnect.
What does Off-Grid Mean?
Living off the grid means not using public utilities, especially electricity. Autonomy means no direct running water, no electricity, and no waste disposal. Going offline means no utilities, no electricity, no water, and no waste disposal at the campsite.
To live off the grid, you’ll need clean water, a way to dispose of waste, food stores, and create energy. In other words, your camper needs its own source of electricity, its own source of water, and its own waste management method. If you’re going off the grid, you need to understand how much waste your RV can store and how close you are to the nearest landfill.
Know Your RV Limits
The size of the freshwater tank is an important factor when camping off-grid. The size of these tanks varies from trailer to trailer, so keep that in mind when purchasing. You’ll see RVs in these items, and freshwater tanks range in capacity from 8 gallons to 55 gallons, which is a big difference among caravans in this class. The Revel also comes with large fresh and gray water tanks and drinking water tanks so you can add water on the go.
For off-grid living, it’s really great that this rugged motorhome has a built-in water purification system so you can get clean drinking water from unclean sources like rivers or streams. Chances are if you want to get away from it all, you need to bring enough gear and supplies with you to truly enjoy your offline time; not to mention fresh water, gray water, and black water. It’s important to consider how much water you can take on off-grid hikes (not to mention how much black and gray water you can hold on to!).
If you can get a cistern-less toilet that doesn’t require a black water tank, that will greatly expand your off-grid usage. Those who really want to save water and not have to worry about making trips to the dump station will opt for a self-contained toilet called a dry closet or a composting toilet Most self-contained trailers have a decent bathroom with a toilet where you can shower and sit. The bathroom serves as a hallway for storing and drying wet clothes and tools.
Learning to unload waste bins and clean them safely is essential to living off the grid. One of the least beautiful aspects of living in a motorhome is taking out the garbage and emptying the black tank. If you invest in a good water filtration system, you can pull water from streams and not have to worry about going to find water. This will increase the time that you could boondock immensely!
Off-grid motorhome living is doable, but you need the right equipment for the job. Most travelers do not plan to live offline for a significant period, which means some systems can be upgraded to make life in a self-contained motorhome easier. A separate travel trailer will have things that let you go offline for a week, but that doesn’t mean you can go offline indefinitely.
While any RV can go off the grid, travel trailers are the most popular way to get around. In general, the best self-contained travel trailers have some features that make it easier to get off the beaten track AND live on it. One of the best installations for offline use might be a luxury travel trailer on a property located in the city. An offline living environment means you are no longer burdened with having to travel from one place to another with utilities that can provide for your offline situation.
Producing Power for your RV
In order to live as normal a life as possible during offline adventures, solutions must be found for the lack of plug-and-play connections. Let’s take a look at a few ways we can learn to live off the grid while traveling on wheels. If you want to spend some time outdoors in a camper, there are a few things you need to understand beforehand.
Solar power is the main addition needed for this off-grid lifestyle, but it’s not the only factor to consider. Autonomous living with solar energy may be cheaper or more expensive than you might think. Once you review the batteries needed and the cost of those batteries, it does get expensive. Solar panels are very affordable, and at about the same price as a similarly sized generator, you can integrate solar power into your system.
For example, many RVs include a good generator that produces electricity without the need for an electrical connection. Large battery packs powered by huge solar panels mounted on the roof of an RV could allow RV owners to use all their electronics while living off the grid, with the exception of AC. Whether your off-grid motorhome is on the water or on land, batteries are the heart of your off-grid power grid.
For help configuring a solar system, you can find a guide here.
Once you’ve found the right RV for off-grid living, or equipped your rig with portable solar power kits and other options to make your off-grid camping more viable, it’s time to figure out where to go. (check out my article here for some ideas) As you prepare to live off the grid, take a look at the camper and decide what tools and equipment it needs before you hit the road. This article explores for the first time the need for off-grid camping, whether camping on a platform, trailer, or motorhome. A properly equipped and in the right environment, an autonomous travel trailer can remain offline for long periods of time, potentially even unlimited.