RVing to the stars – McDonald Observatory, West Texas

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory RVing to the stars – Visiting an astronomical destination: McDonald Observatory I am starting another recurring theme with this article, so buckle up, buttercup. We are about to hit the road. All around this great country there are many wonderful destinations that include interesting astronomical-related features. Telescopes, Dark Sky sites, planetariums, museums and historical... Read More

Car alarms – sometimes unnecessary noise pollution

Dear RV Shrink: As many campers have expressed recently, we, too, find generators annoying and always opt for generator-free campground loops when available. Our unit has a generator but even we find it annoying when we have to run it. We would never consider running it around other campers who are enjoying a quiet camping outing. My concern is yet... Read More

Saturday is National Public Lands Day!

This Saturday, September 30, is National Public Lands Day. Celebrate in a National Park! All national parks throughout the country will waive entrance fees and many will sponsor volunteer work events. National Public Lands Day is the country’s largest one-day commemoration of shared spaces. There is something for everyone. Visit a national park for free. Attend a special event. Or lend... Read More

Nice neighbors but noisy generator – What to do?

Dear RV Shrink: We were recently camping in Yellowstone in one of our favorite, usually quiet campgrounds. Unfortunately, we ended up next to a lovely couple with a very noisy generator. I don’t think it even had a muffler. During the summer season it is combat camping and moving was not an option. We were lucky to get the spot... Read More

Thinking of camp hosting? Here’s how

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve stayed at a couple of Forest Service campgrounds and like them very much, especially the space, plants, and trees surrounding each site. In one of them, there was a camp host that seemed to be in charge and kept the campground neat and tidy. How does one... Read More

Public lands management — Does history repeat itself?

  By Bob Difley Editor’s note: In light of the recent push by some agencies of the U.S. government to increase the amount of management of public campgrounds by private concessionaires, it’s interesting to look back to 2010 regarding the same topic. Writing under the headline “Campers express displeasure with public lands campground concessionaires,” Bob Difley presented some interesting notes... Read More

National Parks to get millions for maintenance

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Recognizing that U.S. National Parks are in need of an injection of cash to handle deferred maintenance backlogs, it was of interest that Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, appeared before the press to announce funding to help cover the backlogs.  Zinke made the reveal July 22, using Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National... Read More