Campground closures? Here’s a work-around

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Major players in public lands recreation across the country are National Forests. Trails, recreation sites and campgrounds, along with a network of roads that makes access to all of these things easier for RVers, are a mainstay for many in the RVing community. But alarm bells just continue to ring that should be... Read More

Boondocking along America’s Byways

By Dave Helgeson America’s Byways is a great website for RVers and is especially useful for those of us that boondock in the western United States. The website lists National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads across America. The website offers a wealth of information to the traveling public featuring the archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities available along... Read More

Dunedocking — RVing in sand!

By Dave Helgeson Sand dunes exist throughout the western states and offer great camping opportunities for boondocking. While most of us associate sand dunes with the ocean, there are extensive inland sand dunes located throughout the west. Many of these inland dunes are administered by the boondocking-friendly Bureau of Land Management. Others may be controlled by state Department of Natural... Read More

Nevada alternatives to “Camp Walmart”

By Dave Helgeson With only around a dozen municipalities containing a Walmart or two within their city limits, finding a suitable parking lot for a complimentary overnight stay in Nevada is not as easily done as the more populous states. Conveniently, NDOT (Nevada Department of Transportation) stockpiles gravel about every ten miles or so along many of its highways. These... Read More

Drumi: the foot-powered washing machine

By Bob Difley The Drumi is a foot-powered washing machine that uses minimal amounts of water and no electricity. It is compact and easy to maneuver. Each cycle can hold up to five pounds of clothing, or about five to seven personal items (T-shirts, undergarments, baby clothes, etc.). It is not recommended for towels or bed sheets as they are a bit... Read More

Alternatives to expensive RV resorts and campgrounds

By Bob Difley It’s easy to find a campground when traveling, even in unfamiliar territory. You simply pull out your Trailer Life or Woodall’s Campground Directory and find one. You can also use the Campground Owners of America directories to find the fanciest of amenity-filled RV resorts or a near-the-freeway overnight mom-and-pop campgrounds with easy in and quick entry back... Read More

Generators: Less is more

By Dave Helgeson When it comes to boondocking I subscribe to the “less is more” philosophy. The majority of boondockers own a generator for one reason: to keep their 12 volt batteries charged. Unfortunately, many don’t understand that bigger is not better when it comes to generators and battery charging. Most converter chargers in an RV can operate on 1,000... Read More

Slide-outs “out” okay at Walmart?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Walmart “overnighting,” has its attractions. Low costs, easy in and out, handy to shopping, the list goes on. Of course, it’s not without its detractors. And not everyone who looks down on “Camp Walmart” owns or manages an RV park in the same town as a Walmart. There are RVers who think that RVers... Read More