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

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

Is it time to change to a composting toilet?

By Greg Illes If there’s one single topic that can sponsor an entire evening’s conversation among RVers, it’s the RV toilet. Everyone has their preferences and their funny/horror stories. The horror part is almost always associated with the dumping process, a noxious affair where days or weeks worth of accumulated, concentrated sewage is carefully deposited deep inside some septic system... Read More