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

How a hospital stay can help you save water

As RVers, it’s natural for us to be a bit on the “conservative” side. After all, fresh water comes dear, and places to put waste water are just the same. Most RVers recognize that when it’s dishwashing time, it’s best to wash in a dishpan, rather than in the sink. Why so? Because using a dishpan means you’ll usually use... Read More

Beware of battery-draining phantom loads

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Phantom loads are electrical connections to your batteries that continually draw power, however small. Loads that are run off the house batteries will not be a problem as they are slight and since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to... Read More

Free camping along the Colorado River near Quartzsite

By Russ and Tiña De Maris With summer coming along soon, the snowbirds have flown their winter “coop” in Quartzsite. Yes, the weather is actually warming up, and for those who can’t stand much above 80 degrees, it is time to flee northward. But what about those who are a bit more heat tolerant? Not far west from Quartzsite, the... Read More

What can we do about vandalized public property?

Dear RV Shrink: One of the comments someone made under last week’s column caught my attention. We have not spent much time in campgrounds during the past 30 years. Now that we have retired, that has all changed. One thing we notice constantly is the disrespect to public property. We do not remember so much blatant graffiti, vandalism, defacing and... Read More

Coyote camping (boondocking) in the Southwestern deserts

By Bob (BoondockBob) Difley Of all the styles of camping, from backpacking tents to fancy RV resorts accommodating 40 foot+ motorhomes, coyote camping (ultimate boondocking) in the Southwestern deserts may be the most challenging – but also the most rewarding for lovers of nature, open space, free campsites, and solitude. Coyote camping, by my unofficial definition, is camping away from... Read More