Use an inexpensive inverter to minimize generator runs

By Greg Illes Not very many of us like the sound of a generator — it’s regarded by most as a necessary evil. In some areas, there are significant restrictions on generator-use times. Add to this the need to “warm up” a generator before you put a real load on it, and running a generator becomes even more annoying. But... Read More

Don’t freeze the pipes of your RV

  By Greg Illes When we first bought our motorhome, we never figured we’d be out in freezing weather. Freezing means snow and ice and things that just aren’t fun to camp in (we thought). And when we weren’t using our RV (“Howie”), we parked him in our Mediterranean-climate driveway in central California. So we never gave much thought to... Read More

RVers’ panic over HUD proposal unfounded

By Greg Illes It’s early April, 2016, and the RV Internet is a-buzz with gossip, rumor, and (fearful) speculation concerning a soon-to-be-released regulatory revision from the HUD government agency. A quick search for “HUD RV” will turn up plenty of threats and worries. Quick summary: the rule benefits RVer’s and does not restrict residency. Here’s why: HUD is an acronym... Read More

The appeal of boondocking in the desert

By Greg Illes Originally published in November, 2014 Soon, my wife and I will hit the road again. Even though it’s not the ideal season for traveling, our summer has been consumed with tasks and projects, so we’re RV-deprived at this point. Most folks think of “camping” in terms of lofty trees, babbling brooks, hikes in the deep forest. We... Read More

Don’t you get lonely traveling with an RV?

By Greg Illes RVtravel.com contributing writer One of the most-asked questions from my non-RV friends is, “Isn’t it awful lonely traveling around in a motorhome?” It’s a somewhat ingenuous query that always makes me smile, but I try to answer seriously, in a way that the novice can understand as a takeaway from our conversation. Fact is, my wife and... Read More

Choose your camera(s) carefully and make great memories

By Greg Illes There are literally thousands of different kinds of cameras, any of which can make digital snapshots to last a lifetime. But, depending on your skills and preferences, there are probably only a few that are just right for you. To help you think about your preferences and your choices, I’m going to share with you my personal... Read More

Mosquitoes — deal with them (even if you can’t beat them)

By Greg Illes The first thing you’ll always hear about mosquitoes is DEET, the active ingredient in the most-effective (to date) repellent. “Get some DEET and go soak in it,” or something like that, is common advice. Our attitude about DEET is thoughtfully considered: it’s a toxin, you can’t drink it, so why put it on your skin? Now, that... Read More

Use the right lubricants to keep your RV working right and quietly

By Greg Illes It’s truly surprising how many different ways modern technology has provided to lubricate moving parts. When I was a kid, the choices were likely between “axle grease,” motor oil, 3-in-1 and Liquid Wrench. Nowadays, we have a plethora of synthetics, Teflon-bases, penetrants, dry-lubes, and food-grade (you can swallow it) lubricants. Let’s start with the basics — your... Read More