RV spring shakedown primer

  As memories of a cold, long winter begin to wane, many of us get antsy for that first RV excursion of the season. Holed up all winter, we’ve been making travel plans, waiting for the trees to blossom, the birds to chirp and the campgrounds to open. The majority of us readied our coaches last fall for storage; some... Read More

Wife is sleepless thanks to hubby’s “stealth camping”

  Dear RV Shrink: We have just started living the RV lifestyle and immediately the price of camping caused sticker shock. My husband now wants to do what he calls “stealth camping.” He likes to park in crazy places when we are traveling that cost little or nothing. I know many people spend nights at Walmart and other retailers who... Read More

Water, water, everywhere. Do you have enough to drink?

  By Bob Difley The top three reasons — maybe four — why you may have to abandon your boondocking campsite are all the result of diminishing resources: (1) Your freshwater tank is sucking air, (2) Your black water holding tank is backing up into your toilet, (3) Your gray water tank is backing up into your shower, and (4)... Read More

Find your stuff with TrackR bravo

    By Bob Difley With so much to remember these days, the deluge of information flooding our email inboxes, news updates, and virtual megaphones from all directions, remembering where I put my stuff is becoming harder and more complicated. Luckily a couple of guys (who haven’t even come close yet to experiencing senior moments’ memory lapses) have invented what... Read More

What don’t you know about the Grand Canyon?

  Courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior For more than a century, tourists from all over the world have visited the Grand Canyon to experience its awe-inspiring vistas. First protected in 1893 as a reserve and later as a national monument, it wasn’t until February 26, 1919, that the Grand Canyon became a national park. As we celebrate nearly... Read More

Full-time RVing: Living small while living large

By Jim Twamley Jim Twamley’s writings were a favorite among our readers for many years. Jim’s health finally forced him to “hang up the keys,” but we like to dip into the archives and pull out pertinent “oldies” to share. Here’s one of them: We love RVing, in fact we enjoy it so much we sold our house and now... Read More

Power requirement for a residential style fridge

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, In the latest newsletter you talked about boondocking and charging your batteries. We have a residential refrigerator in our 2016 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. It is not a three-way. How do I keep the fridge going while boondocking without harming the batteries? —Judy and Mark  Hi Judy and Mark,... Read More

Enter National Parks free on 13 days in 2017

  Grab a pen and get your calendar. Here are 13 reasons to enjoy a National Park in 2017 — free admission days. Here they are: •January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day •February 20: Presidents Day •April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week Weekends •August 25: National Park Service Birthday •September 30: National Public Lands Day •November 11-12:... Read More

Funny pet names

  Last week (March 11), to enter our contest we required only that entrants tell us the funniest pet name they had ever heard. Enjoy reading some of those we liked the best. (Note: Some people sent in an email but left off a pet name. So, if you don’t see your name here that’s probably why.) From editor Chuck Woodbury: This is not a contest entry, but my... Read More