Navigating parking lots with a big RV

By Jim Twamley Maybe you’ve had experiences like mine: My very first time out with our new 5th wheel we decided to stop at a Subway sandwich shop. Believing the parking lot was accessible behind the store, I pulled in. It turned out to be a boxed-in parking arrangement and I was stuck. Mrs. Professor had to get out and... Read More

Is AGM or lithium in your RV battery future?

By Greg Illes If you thought you knew a lot about batteries, be prepared to go back to school in the near future: The world is changing. Once upon a time, RV batteries came from familiar factory names such as Lifeline, Trojan, Interstate, and the like. They were 12V, or better yet 6V “golf cart” styles, made with 19th-century lead-acid... Read More

Going solar? Be realistic about your power needs

By Greg Illes So you’ve decided to “go solar.” Congratulations! No doubt you’ve read a lot about panel types and inverter technologies, and maybe received a few quotes. You have probably become familiar with the basic arithmetic of energy management by now, too. The advice you’ll typically see is to size your panels according to how much power you use... Read More

Running low on water? Bring it to your rig

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RV boondocking brings great rewards. Wonderful scenery, quiet solitude, the constant search for water — Whoa! That is one of the boondocking drawbacks: Where do you get your water? In the one of the great winter boondocking meccas, Quartzsite, Ariz., RVers have been working that problem out for decades. Like most boondockers, once we... Read More