Verizon “dirty tricks” hit RV group below the belt

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Imagine getting mobile Internet service for less than $50 a month — along with a free device to connect you to the network. And tack on a provider who has (reportedly) the best coverage in the U.S. That’s what members (and prospective members) of FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) got pretty excited about... Read More

Want cold food & drinks? Keep your RV refrigerator happy!

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. RVers are fortunate to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle — and the equipment that makes it possible. One such piece of technology is the RV absorption refrigerator. While it is not my intention to give a detailed breakdown... Read More

Don’t let your RV wind deflector be so much hot air

  By Jim Twamley Just how effective are those RV wind deflectors you see on trucks pulling 5th wheels and travel trailers? Though somewhat technical (what you’d expect from a Professor of RVing), this information could save you some serious cash. Trucks pulling trailers lose a majority of their energy at highway speeds through aerodynamic drag. Using computational fluid dynamics,... Read More

It’s roll-out time for your RV awning — Is it ready?

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. With summer here, you may have already rolled out your RV awning. It’s a great addition to any RV and with a little care it will provide many years of service. But just what kind of care... Read More

Dealing with ticks — an expert’s advice

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If your travels take you to tick country, be on the lookout for these biting and often disease-carrying insects. Here are the latest “tick tips” from Amanda Roome, an expert in ticks with Binghamton University. Find ticks on your clothing? Put your clothing in the dryer on high for at least 30 minutes.... Read More

Definition of “boondocking” stumps experts

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Last month we polled readers on what constituted “boondocking.” Last week we published the full results and many comments on the subject. To recap the poll results, here they are again: “In which of these circumstances would you be “boondocking?” 21%   Staying free on public lands (desert, forest, etc.) 14%   Staying anywhere... Read More

The readers write: No-frills RV parking on the cheap

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Ten Buck Chuck’s After editor Chuck Woodbury suggested what America needs is a chain of no-frills RV overnight spots at a decent price, we had plenty of feedback. Perhaps the defining word came from Edward Price: “You need a snappier name for your chain of bare-bones roadside park-grounds [rather than Chuck’s Super... Read More

Full-time RVing — Will your rig haul the weight?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Moving from a sticks-and-bricks home to an RV makes for plenty of challenges. Where will you put all your stuff? That’s a great question, but a critically important related question: Will my rig handle the weight of all my stuff? Do you know how much weight you can carry? Here’s a lift from... Read More