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 RVtravel.com 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

Monitor/control RV functions with iN-Command Control Systems

  By Bob Difley iN-Command® Control Systems is a multi-function RV controller that puts the user at the helm of their RV.  With app control technology, a user can monitor and control many of their RV functions from their smart device in or around their vehicle. The system can also be controlled from the Display Commander (DC), a touch screen... Read More

Free RV spot? Try caretaking — trade skills, or your presence

  By Bob Difley Caretaking takes many forms, such as simply camping at a remote location to deter theft or vandalism or staying on someone else’s property while they are away. This could often entail watering plants, feeding pets or gardening. Usually you will stay in your own rig but have access to electrical and water connections and the use... Read More

Perform your own diagnostics on your vehicles with CarMD

  By Bob Difley Using CarMD is like having a crystal ball for your car or light truck. We’ve all had that dreaded “check engine” light suddenly cast its ominous red glow from our dashboard. “When your car’s ‘Check Engine’ light comes on,” says online automotive resource Edmunds.com, “it’s usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.... Read More

Try this Oregon Coast nesty forest service campground

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We will be traveling down the coast of Oregon this summer and though I know that lots of RVers want to have an ocean view, I thought there might be some interesting campgrounds/boondocking places along the route that don’t have an ocean view but are equally interesting. Can you... Read More

Full-time RVing: Save on your top three expenses

By Bob Difley Three of the biggest expenses for full-time or near-full-time RVers are fuel, campgrounds, and eating out. But one of the great advantages of RVing is that you can easily change any one or all three of these expense categories to adjust to the changing economy or the fluctuation of your personal finances. To save on the fuel... Read More

Evaluating 303 Products’ Grill Cleaner and Multi-Surface wipes

  By Bob Difley When I recently reviewed Sta-Bil Rust Stopper, a product from the Gold Eagle Company, I found out that the company had quite a variety of products, many of which were formulated for the automotive industry. I found several products in their 303 brand line (they’ve been formulating products since 1980) that would be of interest to... Read More