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

Why coyotes pose a threat to your pet in campgrounds

By Chuck Woodbury National parks require pets to be leashed to protect the local wildlife. But where coyotes roam it’s the pets that need protection. As in many expanding suburbs, coyotes in national parks have become so accustomed to people that they often forage in plain view. Cats and small dogs are easy prey for the quick, powerful predators when left... Read More