Okay to overnight in an RV at a truck stop?

  Video from the RV Travel Channel. . . Many RVers routinely stay overnight in truck stops. Some do it only as a last resort when an RV park is not nearby. Is staying in these places okay? Jim O’Briant of OvernightRVparking.com says that yes, it is okay to stay at some truck stops, which he names. But there are ways to... Read More

Gun-shy about boondocking near Mexico border

  Dear RV Shrink: This is our first year living in our RV. We are not looking for the next RV resort with a pickleball team; we prefer the wide-open spaces. The problem is one you have talked about before: border safety. We have never camped down near the border on boondock BLM land because of all the stories we’ve... Read More

Don’t freeze the pipes of your RV

  By Greg Illes When we first bought our motorhome, we never figured we’d be out in freezing weather. Freezing means snow and ice and things that just aren’t fun to camp in (we thought). And when we weren’t using our RV (“Howie”), we parked him in our Mediterranean-climate driveway in central California. So we never gave much thought to... Read More

RV too long for that site? Maybe not.

By Bob Difley When a National Park’s or forest’s campground designates a maximum length limitation, what does that mean? You’ve seen it. In campground guides and on entry kiosks: “Maximum size 27 feet,” for instance. So, driving a 28-foot Class C, or towing a 28-foot fiver, you crossed it off as a potential camping location, and a missed opportunity to... Read More

Prevent thieves from stealing your generator

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If it’s December or thereabouts, you can be sure that there’s plenty of RVers boondocking on the desert near Quartzsite. And you can also bet good money that the local police agency will be investigating reports of stolen generators from some of those same boondockers. Just what can you do to keep somebody... Read More

Overnight with prehistoric graffiti near Phoenix

  By Bob Difley Most historic or recreation sites managed by the BLM don’t get a lot of publicity and even less advertising. So you may zip on by such a location and not even know it existed, or that you’ve passed within a stone’s throw from it. Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, about 90 miles southwest of Phoenix, is typical.... Read More