Campsite “arrival” and “departure” checklists

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Camping with your RV can seem like a complicated process when you’re first getting started–kind of like flying a plane. Here are two “checklists” that can make your own RV ‘flight” arrivals and departures easier and safer. RV Arrival Checklist 1. Before you “land” your RV in a site, do a quick eye-ball (or... Read More

The appeal of boondocking in the desert

By Greg Illes Originally published in November, 2014 Soon, my wife and I will hit the road again. Even though it’s not the ideal season for traveling, our summer has been consumed with tasks and projects, so we’re RV-deprived at this point. Most folks think of “camping” in terms of lofty trees, babbling brooks, hikes in the deep forest. We... Read More

RV park owners say: ‘Wal-Mart campers are cheapskates’

By Chuck Woodbury editor, RVtravel.com Originally published in July, 2011  My original essay back in 2011 sparked more than 100 comments from readers. The idea was this: Why don’t some RV parks offer $10 a night “no-frills” camping for self-contained RVers (only) who just want a place to sleep — no hookups, no use of the restrooms, pool or WiFi,... Read More

Is AGM or lithium in your RV battery future?

By Greg Illes If you thought you knew a lot about batteries, be prepared to go back to school in the near future: The world is changing. Once upon a time, RV batteries came from familiar factory names such as Lifeline, Trojan, Interstate, and the like. They were 12V, or better yet 6V “golf cart” styles, made with 19th-century lead-acid... Read More