Full-time RVing – Storing off-season clothing

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For those moving over into the full-time RV lane, some are still looking in the rear-view mirror. Here’s a question: If you’ve got too many clothes to carry with you, how can you safely store the stuff you won’t be using this season? Much depends on your “storage unit.” Some full-timers have found that... Read More

Dolly for truck camper comes in handy

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVing with a truck camper certainly has its advantages – but at times there are some drawbacks. Storage for some can be an issue. We’ve heard situations where a truck camper owner’s landlord wouldn’t permit him to off-load the camper and store it on the slab with the jacks supporting it. “It’s gotta... Read More

The readers write: RV financing and more

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Getting off our assets In his editorial column in Issue 811, Editor/Publisher Chuck commented with some alarm about the real cost of financing new RVs. “After 10 percent down, at 4.99 percent APR, that monthly payment stretches for 20 years! That’s crazy — 20 years of payments, while the coach depreciates to... Read More

Need hospital care? Your RV may be welcome

  By Jim Twamley Many hospitals have designated RV parking. In fact, many have hookups that patients and family members can use for free. Often the idea of a designated spot for parking RVs comes as an afterthought, so hospitals may have sites grafted into an existing parking lot. In cases like these, electric is great, water sometimes, but don’t... Read More

How to defeat RV burglars

By Bob Difley RVers, and especially boondockers, take safety seriously. We tend to camp out in the hinterlands, often far from any possible response from law enforcement and well beyond the possibility of a thief being caught in the act. Safety can be broken down into two issues: personal safety and protection from burglary. Here I will offer some ways... Read More

RV “chain” as strong as the weakest …

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris For years we’ve been talking to the bully pulpit to preach the importance of knowing your weight ratings and scrupulously sticking to them. I don’t know how many obviously overloaded rigs we’ve seen in campgrounds and on highways – sometimes broken down as a result of failing to heed such advice. Every RV... Read More

Full-time RVing: Tips for downsizing your possessions

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Are you preparing to head out into the new world of full-time RVing? Congratulations! But if you’ve been a sticks-and-bricks dweller for many years, you’re probably face-to-face with a BIG problem: What do I do with all this stuff? Yep, accumulations of possessions can be a major issue when moving out of the... Read More

“Easy-lube”-ing your RV axle bearings? Take note!

  By Roger Danforth Much has been written about the wisdom of pulling your trailer wheels apart every year or two and taking the time to inspect and repack the axle bearings. Oftentimes you’ll hear a response like: “Why waste the time? Just put on a lube system that allows you to pump fresh grease into the system. No need... Read More