Gas pains: Debit card holds at the fuel pump

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris As more RVing snowbirds hit the road, turning the season into “tour time,” there can be an unexpected bit of financial reckoning. Even as gas prices are still pretty reasonable, there’s still a possible snake-in-the-grass waiting for you at the fuel pump: Debit card holds. It works this way: You pull up to... Read More

Find boondocking sites in British Columbia

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many U.S. boondockers are familiar enough with some of the alternative sources of finding boondocking sites in the Lower 48. Forest Service maps and BLM-provided information can yield a wealth of spots to check out. But if you’re traveling north of the border and into Canada, things can get a little sketchy. If... Read More

Alternatives to expensive RV resorts and campgrounds

By Bob Difley It’s easy to find a campground when traveling, even in unfamiliar territory. You simply pull out your Trailer Life or Woodall’s Campground Directory and find one. You can also use the Campground Owners of America directories to find the fanciest of amenity-filled RV resorts or a near-the-freeway overnight mom-and-pop campgrounds with easy in and quick entry back... Read More

Two magic ingredients that can handle all your cleaning chores

By Bob Difley Before you go out and buy high-priced, fancy-packaged, specialized cleaning supplies, try these two items you probably already have in your rig. If you don’t already have them, they are readily available in any grocery store — and you may be pleasantly surprised at their versatility. What are these magic ingredients? White vinegar and baking soda! Don’t... Read More

Slide-outs “out” okay at Walmart?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Walmart “overnighting,” has its attractions. Low costs, easy in and out, handy to shopping, the list goes on. Of course, it’s not without its detractors. And not everyone who looks down on “Camp Walmart” owns or manages an RV park in the same town as a Walmart. There are RVers who think that RVers... Read More

Beware trying to save a buck when dumping tanks

By Russ and Tiña De Maris I’ve long been an advocate for saving a buck. I use every discount I can find when shopping for stuff. My Internet connection sizzles when I’m shopping for RV parts. I scrutinize new “apps” to help me find public campgrounds and other spots for boondocking on the cheap. Some of my favorite websites are... Read More

Free camping along the Colorado River near Quartzsite

By Russ and Tiña De Maris With summer coming along soon, the snowbirds have flown their winter “coop” in Quartzsite. Yes, the weather is actually warming up, and for those who can’t stand much above 80 degrees, it is time to flee northward. But what about those who are a bit more heat tolerant? Not far west from Quartzsite, the... Read More

Save money at RV surplus and salvage yards

By Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician Sad to say, RVs are a lot like cars: As they bounce down the road of life, they wear and tear, and sooner or later you’ve got to replace something. And like cars, parts aren’t usually cheap. But here’s a little secret that many don’t know about RVs: Like cars, you don’t always have... Read More