2017 RV Shows in the USA and Canada

  RV shows present a rare opportunity to see many recreational vehicles without driving from RV dealer to RV dealer. Most RV shows charge an admission, but for most RVers it’s a modest investment for the opportunity to see such a wide range of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, truck campers and even pop up trailers in one place, often... Read More

Wants to boondock but nervous about isolation

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking. Do you have a question for Bob? Email him at bob.rvtravel (at) gmail.com . Hi, Bob, I have always wanted to try boondocking, but my husband is nervous about being out in the “boonies” away from all support when we’ve never tried it and don’t know what to expect. Is there a way to... Read More

How an automated RV dumping system works

  Doug Swarts, the inventor of the Drain Master electric sewer valve, explains how the system permits an RVer to dump his or her holding tanks remotely from inside the RV. This is the same system that RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury installed in his motorhome. Read Chuck’s essay about his system here and/or watch the video below to see its... Read More

Why to keep your RV’s gray tank closed when hooked up

  RV waste management expert Doug Swarts of Drainmaster.com explains why RVers should not only keep their black (sewer) tanks closed when hooked up in campgrounds, but their gray water tanks as well. Open both tanks to dump when they’re two-thirds full, but do not keep either open until then. You’ll be surprised to learn why the gray tanks (sink... Read More

RV Stabilizer: The easy way to stop the sway

  By Bob Difley Rock and roll is here to stay — but those song lyrics shouldn’t define how your 5th wheel or travel trailer behaves in your campsite. The Valterra RV Stabilizer is your stabilization solution. This simple and effective Stabilizer creates a rock-solid foundation for your fifth wheel, class “C” motorhome, toy hauler or travel trailer. It sets... Read More

RV industry goals ignore consumer interests

  By Chuck Woodbury editor, RVtravel.com The “internal reorganization” statement below is from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which represents the RV industry, mostly manufacturers of recreational vehicles. The statement notes new or redefined goals for the organization. With all the problems with the bad quality of today’s RVs, you’d think at least one new goal would be to improve the quality of RVs rolling off... Read More

Tour a defective motorhome with a Norse god

  In this short video, the owner of a 2015 Thor A.C.E. motorhome transforms himself into the Norse god Thor to show the many defects that came with his new motorhome and the difficulties of getting them fixed. The RV spent five months of its first year-and-a-half in the shop. Watch as “Thor” describes the hassles he encountered with Thor and the Camping World where he... Read More

Full-time RVing: Insurance to meet your needs

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris One of the big questions of folks making the jump from “sticks and bricks” to a “life on the road” is a good, solid, important one: What about insurance on the RV? Sticks and bricks insurance protects you from loss: The house burns, the burglars burgle, the unexpected (and probably) uninvited one trips... Read More