This cold winter a propane heater may provide welcome warmth

  The Mr. Heater is “the most popular portable propane heater in North America.” This patented radiant 4,000-18,000 BTU liquid propane heater connects directly to two 1 lb. cylinders and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed spaces like RVs up to 450* sq. ft. An integrated fan increases the heating capacity of this unit, blending radiant and convection style... Read More

Nine easy steps to holding down fuel costs

By Bob Difley In an article in the Financial Edge newsletter from Investopedia.com, Jean Folger points out these nine effective ways to increase your gas mileage by driving more efficiently. This can be even more timely and important as projections for fuel prices appear to be on the rise. And as events from 2017 remind us, unexpected “outside” events and forces... Read More

Searching for evidence of prehistoric hunters and gatherers

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’re headed to the deserts for the winter right after New Year’s Day and were told by another RVer that it was possible to find signs of the existence of prehistoric Native Americans in places not protected (such as in National Parks and monuments). We thought it would... Read More

Snowbirds – Can you feast on fresh fruits and veggies?

By Bob Difley About 10 percent of all the energy consumed in the U.S. – about 100 billion gallons of oil each year – is used just growing the food we eat. Processing and transporting all those tomatoes, pork chops and strawberries to our table raises the figure to about 17 percent. The Chicago Produce Terminal reports that food in... Read More

Are public land boondocking options in jeopardy?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, It looks to me like the trend in the uses of public lands like the Forest Service and BLM is leaning toward commercial ventures and away from recreational. Examples are the Forest Service’s new Travel Management Plan restricting boondocking to only approved areas, the reduction of the size... Read More

High-tech accessory has the power to be a lifesaver

Though the threat of being attacked in a campground or while boondocking is minimal, the threat still exists. And even just having a defensive device with you can provide confidence in your ability to protect yourself. The Defense Alert Device (D.A.D.) in this press release can be such a device – and it works on bears too. Unique features of... Read More

Waterless engine coolant defends against boil-over and corrosion

Evans High Performance Waterless Engine Coolant, EC53001, is specifically designed for all modern, classic, and vintage gasoline engines, light-duty diesels, LP and CNG vehicles. Evans High Performance Coolant (HPC) defends against boil-over and corrosion while allowing the engine to continue producing its peak horsepower. When converting an engine from a water-based coolant to HPC, great care should be given during... Read More

Blue Ox Ascent lightweight tow bar enables easier turns

The Blue Ox Ascent is a lightweight (only 31 lbs.) aircraft-grade aluminum tow bar with a 7,500-pound rating. The tow bar is easy to hitch up (watch the video) and unhitch in your campground. Product Features Can maneuver tight corners as legs are 2” longer No centering pin – easy to store Non-binding latches Off-set triple lugs makes unhooking simple... Read More

Southwest snowbirds — Beware the wind of many names

By Bob Difley When snowbirding in the Southwestern deserts this winter, be careful not to allow yourself to be lulled into complacency when you take off for a day of exploration and the desert is calm with nary a breeze. Desert winds (also called chubascos, Santa Anas and dust devils) can come up quickly and unexpectedly – and blow strongly... Read More