What have I learned after six months on the road?

by Nanci Dixon I started asking myself that question when we were in Yellowstone without (gasp) internet. There in the deep woods I could not distract myself with Pinterest or Facebook or Google or even much email. Now, as we return to the place where we began six months ago, what have I learned on this continual journey? This journey... Read More

Need a step up when hitching up your fifth wheel?

By Deanna Tolliver As a vertically challenged person (i.e., short), and the owner of a fifth wheel, it’s difficult for me to reach over the bed of the truck to either hitch up or unhitch. I’ve carried a step stool and I’ve also had small side steps attached to the side of the truck. But I’ve found another, better, option:... Read More

RVer concerned about overnight parking bans

By Deanna Tolliver We received a letter from California RVer Curt Dowd, who is concerned about finding places to “dry-dock” his RV in an urban area. With his solar-equipped motorhome he can live entirely off the grid. But finding a place to park has become increasingly difficult because of parking bans. Here’s what he wrote: “My wife and I are... Read More

Majority of readers not fond of campfire smoke

Last week’s poll showed our readers seem to be firmly divided into two camps: the smokers and the non-smokers: Here are a few comments (some have been edited for brevity). Which “camp” to you belong to? Michael–If you are a true camper, you don’t need the full-hookup convenience of a RV Park. You can have your campfire and enjoy it... Read More

RV Pet Vet: Is your pet prepared for a medical emergency?

Ask the RV Vet With Dr. Deanna Tolliver, M.S., DVM  YourRVvet@gmail.com It’s a Sunday afternoon, you’re in an RV park walking your dog when suddenly he cries out and starts limping. You quickly look down and are startled to see blood dripping slowly from one of his back paws. What do you do next? Let’s stop this scenario right here... Read More

The wrath of grapes: Don’t feed them to your dog!

Ask the RV Vet With Dr. Deanna Tolliver, M.S., DVM  YourRVvet@gmail.com Dear RV Vet–I’ve heard that grapes are toxic to dogs, but I just read something on the internet that says that is a hoax. Is it true or not? Are there other foods that are bad for pets? —Chris M. Dear Chris–Wow! I’m stunned that someone would post that... Read More

RV Pet Vet: Easter lilies in your RV? Not with pets!

Ask the RV Vet With Dr. Deanna Tolliver, M.S., DVM YourRVvet@gmail.com Last week we asked if your dog was on monthly heartworm prevention. This week it’s the cat’s turn. If you have a cat, please take a moment to answer the poll below. Thank you! Dear RV Vet, Every year at Easter, my mother-in-law gives us an Easter lily. I’ve heard... Read More

Are you transporting alien bugs in your RV?

By Deanna Tolliver Stink bugs! Specifically, brown marmorated stink bugs. Have you seen them in your RV? They’re more common in the eastern U.S. but are rapidly heading west, in part because they’re hitching rides in our RVs!  They are not just ugly and smell bad: They present a potentially devastating threat to North American agriculture. RV Travel editor Chuck... Read More

RV Pet Vet: Heartworms in pets: bad news, even deadly

Ask the RV Vet With Dr. Deanna Tolliver, M.S., DVM YourRVvet@gmail.com Occasionally I forget to take a daily vitamin pill. And I may forget to set out the trash to be picked up. But there’s one routine I don’t forget: I always remember to give my dogs their monthly heartworm prevention. I remember because it’s vitally important and potentially fatal.... Read More