Trim your RV weight and increase storage space, too

By Adrienne Kristine There is a direct connection between reducing the weight inside your RV and increasing the mileage for every gallon of expensive gas you purchase. Storage space is limited, but you can make the best use of the space you have by thinking outside the box or can. When you shop for groceries and sundries for your home,... Read More

Coyote camping: Your RV at home on the open desert

By Bob Difley Boondocking around Quartzsite on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and called Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) is an easy and effective introduction to desert boondocking and snowbirding. Support services and supplies are plentiful, and the great gathering of veteran boondockers, much like the mountain man rendezvous of 150-200 years ago, stand ready to... Read More

National parks: Did you make your reservation?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Some say America’s national parks are more than beloved – they’re being “loved to death.” The popularity of some parks makes for more than just irritable bears – irritable visitors have become the order of the day as parking spaces are scarce, and the so-called solitude of many parks gives way to shoulder-to-shoulder crowds... Read More

Some household cleaners may not be RV-friendly

Courtesy shurhold.com Editor’s note: The following is information provided by an RV products manufacturer. While there is plenty of product “puffing,” our readers may find some of the non-advertising information useful when working on their RVs.  A clean RV provides the same level of accomplishment and pride as a spotless home, but the products used to get to that point... Read More

Heading to the desert? Read these tips

By Bob Difley If you are planning to head south to the deserts this winter for the first time, here are a few tips to help make your winter escape comfortable, safe and stress-free. • Add a few desert guidebooks to your library, such as Southwest Camping Destinations by Mike and Terri Church, an excellent guide to the RV resorts, campgrounds and... Read More

Have you checked your rig for recalls?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris This could be a cautionary tale for us all. And while the investigation hasn’t closed at this writing, it may be that the experience that befell a North Carolina RVer may actually have been “prophesied,” in a manner of speaking. Joe McPherson of Old Fort, N.C., was piloting his Class A motorhome down a... Read More

National park fees to skyrocket — Comment now or forget it

By Russ and Tiña De Maris The calendar is quickly closing in on the last day to make comments on the National Park Service’s move to possibly jack up entry fees on some of the most popular parks in the U.S. In a move that Department of Interior Secretary Ron Zinke calls “targeted fee increases,” 17 parks would see entry... Read More

RV Mods: Keep the chill from climbing in your window

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When my feet hit the deck one morning in the old RV, I knew something was decidedly wrong. Even with a bit of neuropathy, my sensors indicated that it was one COLD Arizona morning. The recording thermometer confirmed it: 24 degrees in Quartzsite. Yes, folks, it does sometimes get a wee bit on the... Read More

Is it safe to camp in a desert wash?

By Bob Difley Setting up your boondocking campsite in a desert wash is considered by many RVers to be foolhardy and should be avoided. Many real-life stories circulate about hikers being washed away in flash floods, and boulders, trees and splintered RVs tumbling down washes ahead of a raging torrent. But these tales do not in themselves prove that every... Read More

Paying an RV park for power? Read your meter!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Spend any amount of time in a commercial RV park and you’re apt to get a power bill. Since power is expensive anywhere, it’s a bitter pill for RVers when they are often presented with a bill for rates higher than the locals pay. We’ve all heard the “Cost of reading the meter,” “Administrative... Read More