RV water: How fresh is “fresh” water?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Having your RV sitting in the driveway, “ready to roll” on a spur-of-the-moment trip, is one of the gifts of our lifestyle. Got propane and gas in the tanks? Holding tanks empty? If you keep a few clothes in the rig, some non-perishable food items, and grab whatever else from your house fridge, your... Read More

Add-on small shelves can organize or display

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It seems like there’s never quite enough “space” for everything in the RV. Sometimes an off-the-wall idea can help. Actually, in this case, it’s an on-the-wall idea. Need a handy spot for small stuff you need beside the bed at night? Tired of knocking pill bottles, glasses or that paperback book off the nightstand?... Read More

Goodyear tires under investigation

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A consumer group is saying Goodyear Tire could be treading on thin ice with the federal government’s safety watchdog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Earlier this month, the agency opened an investigation of complaints concerning Goodyear’s G159 tires, popular among some Class-A motorhome owners. The tires in question were manufactured between 1996... Read More

Doing the “Quartzsite Crawl”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In their travels, RVers encounter many strange phenomenons. We’re not referring to the “UFO Highway” or even appearances of the Aurora Borealis. It’s more circumstances on the road that just seem to pop up that try our ability to adapt. It could be interstate traffic that’s “wall to wall and ten feet tall,” or... Read More

RV Mods: Is a “solar ready” RV right for your needs?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As you stroll through the miles of aisles at the big RV shows, be prepared for a new offer from some of the RV manufacturers. At first glance it might seem like something far more practical than the usual “bling” thrown at RV shoppers – it’s the feature that calls itself “Solar Ready!” Most... Read More

Is reverse osmosis water safe for your RV batteries?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Not long ago we got a message from a reader who was traveling across the United States. Before he left home, he’d hit the local shopping centers looking for distilled water for use in his RV batteries and, much to his dismay, couldn’t find any. Could he use RO (reverse osmosis) water to keep... Read More

Fulltiming doesn’t have to mean major eating change

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Despite the fact that a lot of “high end” motorhome builders have eliminated the “old fashioned” oven, it seems many fulltimers still eat much as they did before they went on the road. In a question posted on a fulltimer’s forum, a huge majority of respondents said they pretty well stuck with the way... Read More

New fees – and fee hikes – in the Idaho Panhandle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a move that may be unsettling for some Pacific Northwest recreationists, fee increases, and new fees where none existed before, are being trotted out for review by managers of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It’s a broad spectrum of changes that managers say will simply bring rates more into line with other existing... Read More

Propane exchange could be an expensive pain

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Look outside nearly any hardware store, supermarket or Walmart, and there’s the enticing offer: Bring in your empty propane cylinder and “trade it in” for a refurbished full one. With the number of live “filling stations” said to be decreasing, and the “convenience” of nearly 24-hour access to propane, it may seem a real... Read More

Take care with your RV generator switchovers

Got a “built-in” RV generator? Don’t have to “plug and unplug” shore power cords when switching from shore power to the genset? Then you have an ATS (automatic transfer switch). They’re convenient, indeed, as the rest of us without them have to go outside, typically open a door, and plug the shore power cord into a special receptacle fed by... Read More