How to minimize and manage waste when boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking, and Part 2 of the answer.  Hi Bob, In the past you have probably reflected on various boondocking techniques. If so, some reruns would be appreciated. For a neophyte boondocker interested in staying in the woods like maybe for 2–3 weeks: How to maximize energy usage? Routine for use of... Read More

Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly

Okay, it’s sewer hose education 101 time. Here are three RV sewer hoses spotted at RV parks. Our panel of sewer hose experts commented on each setup. Their conclusions: This is a good hose setup. It’s sloped nicely for good flow. The hose is off the ground, which is a requirement in some states. So the owner of this hose... Read More

Update on keeping black tank smells out of your RV

In last week’s Quick Tips, we included a tip from a reader about keeping black water smells from getting back into the RV by using Soft Scrub and petroleum jelly. We removed the tip when we heard from Brian and Sue Robertson, who passed along information from Thetford. Thetford advises: “Your toilet, sinks and showers should all be cleaned in... Read More

Stripped threads on RV water heater anode

  Hi Gary, This pertains to a  Suburban water heater, specifically the anode rod threading. I cannot get the new anode rod threading to “catch” and screw in straight. It’s been getting more difficult every year but this year I’m stymied. Any help? —David B. Hi David, As will happen every now and again with repeated procedures, the female threads... Read More

Can gray water be dumped into a pit toilet?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Is dumping sewage and grey water into pit toilets permissible? Thanks. —Jim E. Hi Jim, This is another hard question on the hard topic of dumping waste water. The question is so hard that officials can’t even decide on a uniform definition of what gray, black, sewage, and... Read More

More on the gray (legal) area of dumping the gray tank

  In last Saturday’s Ask BoondockBob in the RV Travel newsletter a reader asked about dumping gray water onto or into the ground rather than driving to a dump station when boondocking. Judging from the response to the question and having written about this practice before, it appears that the question (and lack of good answers) is still paramount in many... Read More

RV product “vanished” from store shelf? Here’s help

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Call us old-fashioned. While it seems every product has to undergo at least one “upgrade” every year, we tend to stick with what we know. When we had to replace a computer some time back, we bought the last Windows 7 computer a major electronics retailer had in stock — we have no... Read More