Free RV spot? Try caretaking — trade skills, or your presence

  By Bob Difley Caretaking takes many forms, such as simply camping at a remote location to deter theft or vandalism or staying on someone else’s property while they are away. This could often entail watering plants, feeding pets or gardening. Usually you will stay in your own rig but have access to electrical and water connections and the use... Read More

Forest River’s new policy: Good news or an idiot’s tale?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Perhaps it’s a coincidence, or maybe there really is an RV manufacturer that’s “seen the light” and wants to do something to make peace with the RVing community. Whatever the case, a new move by RV giant Forest River has created a bunch of “unhappy campers” among the ranks of its dealers. At mid-month,... Read More

RV Mods: Here’s a use for your fridge front!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers live in small spaces, and making all that we can of that space just makes sense. Much has been said about increasing kitchen storage capacity by adding extra shelves, conquering “dead space” and using your microwave oven as a storage area. But here’s an area that’s rarely thought of: the front of... Read More

RV driving: Understanding grade signs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re new to RVing, or have spent your time in the Midwest flatlands, first hitting mountain country can be a bit of an eye-opener. Those yellow warning signs that talk about a “steep grade,” often accompanied by a percentage number, can be confusing. Road grades seem mysterious at first, but really are simple.... Read More

Full-time RVing: Save on your top three expenses

By Bob Difley Three of the biggest expenses for full-time or near-full-time RVers are fuel, campgrounds, and eating out. But one of the great advantages of RVing is that you can easily change any one or all three of these expense categories to adjust to the changing economy or the fluctuation of your personal finances. To save on the fuel... Read More

All your trailer brakes should lock up at the same point

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, I have a new Coleman camper that seems to have a brake issue. While it stops okay, one tire seems to lock up first. This happens while adjusting the brake... Read More

The readers write: From parking lot camping to the RV industry

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s our biweekly compilation of your views on a variety of topics. CAMP WALMART Our reader poll article, How often do you stay overnight at Walmart? drew plenty of feedback. The question we posed, “In a typical month’s time, how often do you RV overnight at Walmart?” Here are the results, as of... Read More

How long can canned food last?

  By Bob Difley Do your food storage lockers hold hidden contents that were placed there shortly after your rig rolled off the showroom floor? And one day you’re boondocking mucho miles away from the nearest Safeway and have this enormous craving for artichoke hearts? So you dig through your food stores and voila! You discover a can of these... Read More

Are computers stealing your favorite campsite?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Ever tried making an online reservation for a popular campground – say Yosemite Valley – and just couldn’t get a spot? Maybe you set your alarm clock for the morning those precious spots “open” for reservation, and parked your coffee cup right next to your computer mouse. As the clock ticked away to... Read More

We tried an RV roof coating — Here’s our six-year report

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris To hear RV manufacturers talk, EPDM rubber roofs are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Problem is, even sliced bread eventually gets stale. After a few years in the elements, rubber roofs take the hit of weathering and exposure to UV radiation. From personal experience we can say that a non-maintained rubber roof... Read More

RV Mods: Stretching your basement storage

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris It seems like we can never have enough “room” to carry all the stuff we find a use for. With the invention of fifth wheels and tall motorhomes, “basement” storage came into vogue. For some, it was like the luggage storage bays on a Greyhound bus! But basement storage, being what it is,... Read More