Save $$ on fresh fruits and veggies — Pick your own!

  By Bob Difley Picking your own fruit and vegetables is catching on as health- and taste-conscious consumers seek fresher and healthier food. You can now find everything to pick yourself from apples and nuts to fruits, berries and vegetables. Prices are considerably cheaper since you have eliminated the labor cost of harvesting from the farmer’s overhead. Look along rural…

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Don’t let your RV wind deflector be so much hot air

  By Jim Twamley Just how effective are those RV wind deflectors you see on trucks pulling 5th wheels and travel trailers? Though somewhat technical (what you’d expect from a Professor of RVing), this information could save you some serious cash. Trucks pulling trailers lose a majority of their energy at highway speeds through aerodynamic drag. Using computational fluid dynamics,…

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RVers: Find TV signals easily with a free app

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re like us, you probably aren’t a satellite antenna user. Too much junk for too much money. But when you’re traveling and you still want to catch the news, or put your feet up for a little down-time, having the boob-tube is still something we call “a necessary evil.” But at the…

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Free RV spot? Try caretaking — trade skills, or your presence

  By Bob Difley Caretaking takes many forms, such as simply camping at a remote location to deter theft or vandalism or staying on someone else’s property while they are away. This could often entail watering plants, feeding pets or gardening. Usually you will stay in your own rig but have access to electrical and water connections and the use…

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How long can canned food last?

  By Bob Difley Do your food storage lockers hold hidden contents that were placed there shortly after your rig rolled off the showroom floor? And one day you’re boondocking mucho miles away from the nearest Safeway and have this enormous craving for artichoke hearts? So you dig through your food stores and voila! You discover a can of these…

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RVs and WD-40: Unusual combinations that work!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Seems like every RV has at least a can or two of WD-40 for lubricating various parts. But there’s more use for old WD-40 than just the occasional thread loosening. Here are a few tips that may make for slicker RV trips. Galley and household tricks: Why on earth do RV manufacturers use light-colored…

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RVer attractions: Low advertising budget equals low costs

By Bob Difley Many RVers focus on the destination and forget the trip. Think of all the great attractions you pass when you have the blinders on barreling down the interstate. Many of these attractions, whether scenic, historic, or of unique interest, are free, and since they would therefore not have big advertising budgets, like large commercial attractions, you can…

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RV Mods: Upholstery foam sagging? Give it the bum’s rush!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re an RV manufacturer and need to save a few bucks, where do you shave? One oft’ done area is where the rump meets the road – the quality of foam rubber in cushions. A few years down the road, and sitting down at the dinette may be an exercise where you…

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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…

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