Traveling to Canada? Here’s how to get Internet connected

By Greg Illes When we began planning our Canada-Alaska trip, we knew we’d need to have Internet now and then — checking emails, paying occasional bills, tending to the various surprises that can come up when leaving home for many weeks.   Normally when we travel we use our cell phones and a 3G/4G hotspot, pay Verizon some extra bucks... Read More

Check your fuel tank plumbing to ensure a fast, easy fill

By Greg Illes For years I struggled with my fuel filling speed. Sometimes, gas would flow into the tank without complaint. Other times, I couldn’t get more than a trickle before the nozzle would auto-shutoff. It was maddening, especially for those 40-gallon fills, which could take (literally) a half-hour. Of course, I checked the filler tube for blockages and kinks — there... Read More

Swing your wall heater out for better coverage

By Greg Illes We’ve been running non-fan-driven heaters for quite a while now, for all the well-known reasons: outstanding propane efficiency, zero battery usage, silent operation. We’ve used ceramic heaters like Mr. Heater, but those have altitude limitations, and we switched over to a true catalytic heater, the Wave from Olympian. But whether the units were ceramic or catalytic, we... Read More

Radiant heaters: An alternative to RV forced air furnaces

By Greg Illes Heating in most RVs is with a forced-air, propane-fired system. These heaters are effective at heating up the trailer or coach in short order but they have disadvantages. A forced-air heater is noisy and it uses a 12-volt driven fan to circulate air. If you’re not on shore power, a long cold day could deplete your battery.... Read More

How to “reserve” your newly occupied campsite

by Greg Illes Everyone’s been there, perhaps many times. You found a good campsite, but you need to leave for a while. Whether it’s getting some groceries, going sightseeing, or just driving that annoying half-mile back to the entrance to register, you have to leave that (great or last) site vacant. Other campers are trouping by, eager for a vacant... Read More