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

Looking for a campground? Think alternatives

By Bob Difley Traveling unfamiliar territory and need a place to put up for the night? Pull out your Trailer Life or Woodall’s Campground Directory and find one, right? Or there’s always the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds that will point you to the fanciest of amenity-filled RV resorts or a near-the-freeway overnight mom-and-pop campground with easy in... Read More

Tricks for camping in National Parks without a reservation

By Bob Difley   When campground usage is up, reservations become harder to nail down. It’s a real problem for those who procrastinate, make last-minute travel decisions, or find themselves wherever their RV leads — most of the time without campground reservations. But don’t let that discourage you from visiting the national parks. You just need to practice some tricks... Read More