Your own map of visited states

    By Chris Guld, Would you like to have your very own map of visited states?  Many travelers include this as part of their email signature, or in their blog posts or on Facebook.  It’s easy and free by going to  Just choose ‘Visited States Map’ and ‘Create Map.’  You should now see the choice of Visited... Read More

Use a “memory flag” to remind yourself of dangerous conditions

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For RVers, there’s nothing like the heart-stopping feeling you get when you’re happily motoring down the road and another rig pulls up beside you. It’s when they lean out of the passenger window and start gesturing wildly —pointing at something on your rig — and the wind blows their words away. Oh, the adrenaline,... Read More

A Benchmark Atlas may change your view of the road

by Greg Illes   The Benchmark series of atlases have long been favorites with wanderers, and with good reason. Covering the 11 western states, these tabloid-sized books are a wealth of information and far richer than the typical road atlas. Each one covers one state, and the information is generally provided as two sets of maps: recreation view and landscape.... Read More

Use bicycle water bottle racks for rattle-free holders

By Greg Illes   I’ve been using bike bottle racks for a variety of purposes for several years now. They’re cheap, solid, rattle-free, easy to install, and they fit a surprising number of different objects that you typically find in and around an RV. Also, once installed, they look tidy and neat whether empty or full. Currently, I have a... Read More

How to maximize your RV storage with plastic totes

By Curtis Carper A place for everything, and everything in its place. Sounds like the mantra for someone with a compulsive disorder, but in reality neatness counts when you’re restricted to only a few hundred square feet of living space. Most RVs today have an ample amount of storage, both inside the rig and outside in compartments that are supposedly... Read More

Shake, rattle, roll down the road — but the crystal stays put

By Jim Twamley It’s often been said that by driving or pulling our rigs down the road we expose them to earthquake-like conditions. It’s a wonder more stuff doesn’t fall and break! So, how do we secure something like a crystal vase that we want to stay in one place while we travel? The answer is found in products like... Read More