Burning Man: Tips for RVers

Headed to Burning Man? If you are traveling in an RV, there are a few things (Okay, lots of things) you’ll need to know to make the most of the experience.

Situated in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, the annual Burning Man festival draws a crowd of over 65,000 in what can best be described as part temporary art installation and as a place for radical self expression. Yes, everything goes at Burning Man, but as highlighted in the Burning Man’s First-Timer’s Guide, you can pretty much count on not being the weirdest kid in the classroom.
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Now, back to RV’s. The good folks at Burning Man have also put together a section for those Burners (that’s the term for those attending the festival) who are planning to use RV’s as a basecamp. Here are come things to consider:

  • It’s dusty. Really dusty. While RVers have things much better than tent campers, you’ll still need to take precautions to protect your rig from dust. Before arrival, make sure your rig has been thoroughly washed and waxed. While there, plan on insane amounts of dust getting into every nook and cranny of your RV (you can fend a lot of it off by using painter’s tape on seals and compartments), and immediately after the event you need to perform an in-depth rewash, wax, vacuum – the total works. Seriously. Here’s a tip: if you rent an RV through Outdoorsy, we’ll take care of all of that for you when you depart.
  • You are boondocking. Yep, there are no electrical hookups at Burning Man. That means you’ll need to be comfortable with camping with limited resources. Go light on your water consumption, and take it easy on lights and other electrical appliances.
  • Arrive with a full tank of fuel. You can plan on running your generator for quite a bit during the festival, but be mindful of your fuel consumption. There are gas stations near the festival, but good luck on getting in and out of those in a reasonable amount of time.
  • No pets allowed. A lot of RVers travel with pets, but you’ll need to leave the four-legged family members at home for this one.

Of course, these are just a few things to remember when heading to Black Rock City. Also, check out the Gone With the Wynns blog post on stuff to know before you take your RV to Burning Man.

(Header image Flickr: Gwen Schroeder/gweyen)