Sun gone. Now lightning, rain, hail, freezing temps

  It’s Thursday evening. We’re holed up in Seligman, Arizona. Two days ago in Camp Verde, the afternoon high was about 80. Today, it never reached 50. It’s dipping into the 20s tonight. Seligman is near the western edge of the largest remaining passable stretch of Route 66, about 87 miles. The town of about 450 was the inspiration, in part, for Radiator Springs in the... Read More

Make your powerful 50-amp service safer with SmartPlug

  By Bob Difley So you have a big box filled with power-hungry appliances like microwaves, lots of bright lights, and a couple of air conditioners and you know how to use ’em. You also know that it takes 50 amps to run them – and that’s a lot of power. But that much power can also overheat connectors and... Read More

Water, water, everywhere. Do you have enough to drink?

  By Bob Difley The top three reasons — maybe four — why you may have to abandon your boondocking campsite are all the result of diminishing resources: (1) Your freshwater tank is sucking air, (2) Your black water holding tank is backing up into your toilet, (3) Your gray water tank is backing up into your shower, and (4)... Read More

Find your stuff with TrackR bravo

    By Bob Difley With so much to remember these days, the deluge of information flooding our email inboxes, news updates, and virtual megaphones from all directions, remembering where I put my stuff is becoming harder and more complicated. Luckily a couple of guys (who haven’t even come close yet to experiencing senior moments’ memory lapses) have invented what... Read More

Full-time RVing: Living small while living large

By Jim Twamley Jim Twamley’s writings were a favorite among our readers for many years. Jim’s health finally forced him to “hang up the keys,” but we like to dip into the archives and pull out pertinent “oldies” to share. Here’s one of them: We love RVing, in fact we enjoy it so much we sold our house and now... Read More

Power requirement for a residential style fridge

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, In the latest newsletter you talked about boondocking and charging your batteries. We have a residential refrigerator in our 2016 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. It is not a three-way. How do I keep the fridge going while boondocking without harming the batteries? —Judy and Mark  Hi Judy and Mark,... Read More

Silicone Steamer makes steaming veggies, fish easy

  By Bob Difley From the microwave to the stove, the OXO Good Grips Silicone Steamer makes steaming simple. High walls keep food from falling into boiling water and a large center makes the Steamer perfect for fillets of fish and other large food items. The pleats on the Steamer make it flexible enough to fit into many different pot... Read More