Free up stuck hardware, snaps and zippers with E-Z Snap

  By Bob Difley Outdoor storage wreaks havoc on snaps, zippers and hinges. Even after washing off the dirt, they can still be sticky and tough to use. It can get so bad that the fabric will actually tear before they work. Iosso Products’ E-Z Snap frees the most stubborn fastener back to a like-new condition. It’s made in the... Read More

Dometic introduces first pedal-operated macerator RV toilet

  By Bob Difley The MasterFlush 7640 RV toilet is the first pedal-operated macerating toilet in the recreation vehicle industry. Fitting in the same space as older RV toilets, the MF 7640 toilet offers a user-friendly, powerful performance upgrade from typical gravity-flush toilets. It easily replaces many gravity-flush toilets or makes a great “second” toilet without having to locate directly above the waste... Read More

Definition of “boondocking” stumps experts

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Last month we polled readers on what constituted “boondocking.” Last week we published the full results and many comments on the subject. To recap the poll results, here they are again: “In which of these circumstances would you be “boondocking?” 21%   Staying free on public lands (desert, forest, etc.) 14%   Staying anywhere... Read More

Furnace gobbles electricity when boondocking: Try this instead

  Here’s a question from a reader of about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Our RV’s furnace, though powerful and keeps us warm, uses a lot of electricity while booondocking. Is there a better way to stay warm? —Karen and Thelma Hi Karen and Thelma, I remember having the same question when I first started boondocking many years ago. Today, a lot... Read More

Bureau of Reclamation camping — an RVing win-win

  By Bob Difley The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s mission is to “manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American Public.” This mission encompasses 289 developed recreation areas on 6.5 million acres of land and water in 17 western states, mainly for water-based outdoor recreation including camping... Read More

Beyond Forest Service and BLM public lands for boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I’ve just begun boondocking on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands and enjoy it very much. But I’m wondering if there are other public or private lands where boondocking is permitted. —Oscar G.  Hi Oscar, There sure are, though the BLM, with 247.3 million acres –... Read More

Get free, but valuable, RV info from the Forest Service

  By Bob Difley Summer is almost here, and boondockers will soon be looking for campsites in the national forests. These tips may help make your camping trip more efficient and more pleasurable. Plan to reach the Forest Service (FS) office or visitor center before it closes, but also allow enough time to dump, fill water, and shop for food... Read More