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

Desolenator enables water independence: Just add sun

By Bob Difley The first paragraph you read on Desolenator’s  website states: “Desolenator is a clean technology venture that has developed and patented what’s on track to becoming the most affordable and environmentally friendly method of water purification on the market.” That’s a pretty strong statement from an idea incubator in the United Kingdom on the concept of drinkable water that... Read More

Six safety tips for overnight RV parking at casinos

By Jane Kenny Question: Why do you suppose so many RVers are attracted to casino parking lots? Answer: It’s the free overnight parking. RVers looking for a place to “blacktop boondock” (dry camping, parking lot style — overnight) soon discover there aren’t too many places that allow free overnight parking. Most states discourage overnight parking at interstate rest areas, Shopping... Read More

Boondocking 101: Solar power for your RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For those who haven’t experienced boondocking, a question often pops up: “Where do you get the stuff you need to make your trip fun, and not a bunch of misery sitting around a candle every night when the sun goes down?” For the boondocker, electricity has to come from somewhere. For some, a mechanical... Read More

Can you plug a friend’s RV into yours to charge his batteries?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician Dear Chris, I am a new RVer and have a new Class C motorhome which we purchased this spring. I have a friend that my wife and I boondock with and as fall comes on, his ability to recharge his fifth wheel batteries by solar panel becomes troublesome due to cloudiness or just plain... Read More

Bagging sewer waste to prevent tank fill-up?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Being an occasional “follower” of various RV discussion groups – forums, if you will – we run across some, shall we say, interesting subjects. No doubt there’s plenty of chatter about the best tow service, clever hints for how to prepare quick meals, and the perennial favorite of what’s the best holding tank treatment.... Read More

What would you do if your dump valve suddenly malfunctioned?

If you’ve never had your RV waste valve leak, break, or freeze in the open position, you’ve likely never thought about the need for a quick fix. But consider these situations: (1) You park in your campsite and start setting up, which includes attaching your dump hose. But you discover that your valve is leaking onto the ground. (2) You... Read More

America’s greatest camping deal! Winter stays in Southwest deserts

By Bob Difley RVtravel.com writer Wintering in the Southwestern deserts offers some of the nation’s most frugal camping and boondocking opportunities. Making it possible is: (1) the abundance of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the desert areas, and (2) cheap, privately owned land outside of urban areas, enabling entrepreneurs to build campgrounds with lower... Read More