Seeing through campground reservation “smoke and mirrors”

  Dear RV Shrink: We are in Yellowstone National Park and are finding our RV is too big to camp in some of the campgrounds. We tried to make a reservation today at Madison Campground and they tell us we will only fit into a 40-foot-plus site, but there are none available. They combined our total rig length (motorhome and... Read More

Tips for slipping your rig into a narrow campsite

  By Bob Difley You will find many of the most scenic, nature-focused, and “nesty” campgrounds in national and state forests and parks. They often are the least developed, with small pads (but with lots of space), crowded by trees, rocks, bushes, or other natural objects. But that’s why many of us choose these campgrounds — we would rather be crowded... 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

Birdwatchers want earlier access to campgrounds

Dear RV Shrink: We are avid birdwatchers and full-timers. This makes us full-time birdwatchers. Our travel lifestyle puts us into a lot of boondocking/dry camping situations. What we have discovered, especially in the spring, is a lack of opportunities to use public campgrounds in excellent birding areas. Many state and federal campgrounds are gated off and do not open until... 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