Is filling water tank from mountain stream safe?

  Here’s a question from a reader of about boondocking.  Hi Bob — I enjoy your articles and appreciate the insights. You spoke to Dan about conserving water but the truck camper picture prompted yet another question. We are considering using a solar-powered 12-volt DC water pump with an inlet strainer and an inline whole house water filter to refill our fresh water... Read More

Leaf peeping – and camping – in Connecticut

By Bob Difley The New England states are famous for their spectacular fall colors, and Connecticut is not lacking when it comes to vibrant autumn foliage. Like the tourism promotion folks say, “When it comes to autumn, Connecticut is much more than seemingly limitless shades of reds, oranges and yellows waving in the trees and wafting to the ground –... Read More

weBoost Drive Sleek claims faster cell signals, cell data

  ST. GEORGE, UT – September 25, 2017 — Wilson Electronics, the industry leader in cellular boosting technology, today launched its most powerful and versatile 4G in-vehicle cell phone signal booster — the weBoost Drive Sleek. Priced at $199.99, the Drive Sleek is an affordable, single-phone cradle that uses coupling technology to improve 4G LTE and 3G cellular signals up... Read More

OK to boondock on unmarked government property?

  Here’s a question from a reader of about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Several times while traveling I’ve noticed areas of land that appear to be government property (no development), some without signage and others stating they are a National Wildlife Refuge or  State Forest, or some other designation other than a National Forest or BLM land. Can I boondock for... Read More

New SmartPlug RV cordset more flexible and easily coiled

Most RV power cords stiffen as the temperature drops, making them difficult to lay out and retrieve. SmartPlug Systems’ new SUPERFLEX50 50A 125/250V cordset is different. Even in freezing conditions down to -58° F, it remains incredibly flexible and easy to coil. And because it boasts the revolutionary SmartPlug, it’s the safest and simplest to use RV cord available. Delivering... Read More

How to defeat RV burglars

By Bob Difley RVers, and especially boondockers, take safety seriously. We tend to camp out in the hinterlands, often far from any possible response from law enforcement and well beyond the possibility of a thief being caught in the act. Safety can be broken down into two issues: personal safety and protection from burglary. Here I will offer some ways... Read More

ASA Electronics introduces new Voyager rear mount camera

  ASA’s top-of-the-line Voyager rear mount observation camera is completely protected from the elements. With IP69K-rated waterproofing and ASTM-B117-tested corrosion resistance, the VCMS17B is designed to withstand any environment or weather condition. The 12-volt DC-powered CMOS technology ensures high noise resistance and low static power consumption. Combined with high-performance color optics and 12 LED lights, the VCMS17B will give you... Read More

Dimmable windows coming soon to an RV near you

  Following the launch of its new Smart Lite division last September devoted to the development of dimmable solutions, Vision Systems exhibited its electronically dimmable windows in the Lippert booth at Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf in late August. Vision Systems’ dimmable solutions, which is integrated into the glazing, allow passengers to adjust the tint of their window from clear to... Read More

Stay safer with Towpower’s HAZARD LED roadside warning device

  Information obtained from press release. SOLON, Ohio, (August 11, 2017) – REESE® Towpower has designed the innovative POD HAZARD LED roadside warning and work light device. It’s not only an ideal LED warning solution for motorists who stop their vehicle near passing motorists during a roadside emergency, it’s also a convenient work light for any possible situation. The bright... Read More

King adding new powerful Wi-Fi extender for RVs

  King, a Minnesota-based designer and manufacturer of satellites and antennas, will begin marketing a powerful Wi-Fi antenna this fall. The King Falcon will be out this October (2017) and is geared for RV, camper, and mobile home owners. The device is part omni-directional antenna, which gathers signals from all around it, and part directional antenna, which points to a... Read More

Stuff this backpack/duffel for day trips and weekend escapes

  By Bob Difley I like containers of all sorts. Big ones, small ones. Plastic bins and large duffels. Hard-sided, and soft. But I especially like soft containers that have divisions or pockets to organize stuff. So when Solo New York asked me to review the Weekender Backpack Duffel I couldn’t resist. This duffel is the perfect size and configuration... Read More

How to minimize and manage waste when boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of 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