Okay to overnight in an RV at a truck stop?

  Video from the RV Travel Channel. . . Many RVers routinely stay overnight in truck stops. Some do it only as a last resort when an RV park is not nearby. Is staying in these places okay? Jim O’Briant of OvernightRVparking.com says that yes, it is okay to stay at some truck stops, which he names. But there are ways to... Read More

Volunteer: Save on camping, do good, have fun

  By Bob Difley Camp hosting is not the only form of volunteer position open to RVers. Though there are volunteer positions available to students, retirees, and for seasonal needs, RVers who bring their houses with them are top tier candidates for volunteer positions where local housing may not be available and where there is room to park RVs for... Read More

More than free camping from BLM — if you hurry!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris The Bureau of Land Management provides plenty of free boondocking opportunities on public land throughout the West. But did you know there’s another freebie that the BLM’s California office provides? Every year the California BLM hands out a huge, colorful, 12-month “planner.” These glossy calendars are great wall-hangers and help you keep your... Read More

Save dollars with PennySavers

By Bob Difley In just about every large- or medium-sized urban area you can find locally printed giveaway publications called the PennySaver or something similar that lists coupons and ads for local restaurants, services, and retailers. Often you can find two-for-one or early bird discount restaurant coupons or businesses offering a discount or free gift for visiting their establishment. Look... Read More

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