National parks: Did you make your reservation?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Some say America’s national parks are more than beloved – they’re being “loved to death.” The popularity of some parks makes for more than just irritable bears – irritable visitors have become the order of the day as parking spaces are scarce, and the so-called solitude of many parks gives way to shoulder-to-shoulder crowds... Read More

Have you checked your rig for recalls?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris This could be a cautionary tale for us all. And while the investigation hasn’t closed at this writing, it may be that the experience that befell a North Carolina RVer may actually have been “prophesied,” in a manner of speaking. Joe McPherson of Old Fort, N.C., was piloting his Class A motorhome down a... Read More

National park fees to skyrocket — Comment now or forget it

By Russ and Tiña De Maris The calendar is quickly closing in on the last day to make comments on the National Park Service’s move to possibly jack up entry fees on some of the most popular parks in the U.S. In a move that Department of Interior Secretary Ron Zinke calls “targeted fee increases,” 17 parks would see entry... Read More

RV Mods: Keep the chill from climbing in your window

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When my feet hit the deck one morning in the old RV, I knew something was decidedly wrong. Even with a bit of neuropathy, my sensors indicated that it was one COLD Arizona morning. The recording thermometer confirmed it: 24 degrees in Quartzsite. Yes, folks, it does sometimes get a wee bit on the... Read More

Carnage at Texas church has ties to RV resort

By Russ and Tiña De Maris The mass shooting at a Texas church last Sunday has brought another disturbing tremor to American life. When Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 more, it seemed unimaginable to many that a house of worship could be the scene of such unholy carnage. Some 35 miles away from the shooting in... Read More

Paying an RV park for power? Read your meter!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Spend any amount of time in a commercial RV park and you’re apt to get a power bill. Since power is expensive anywhere, it’s a bitter pill for RVers when they are often presented with a bill for rates higher than the locals pay. We’ve all heard the “Cost of reading the meter,” “Administrative... Read More

How to avoid damaging slides when leveling an RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris So what’s the correct way to level your rig without damaging the slides — before or after they are extended? The safest (and most warranty-wise) answer: “Do what your rig’s manual tells you.” Here’s a lift from a Keystone manual: “The recreational vehicle must be level to avoid binding the slide-rooms. Remember, stabilizing jacks... Read More

Camping World cuts off the competition — again

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a move that might be viewed as a “don’t let the door hit you on the way out,” National RV Supply Company, a major wholesale RV parts and supply distributor, has shut down sales to the public. Evidently “the public” includes RV dealers who’ve come to depend on the outfit for getting parts... Read More

Reader questions: Making the tow vehicle safer

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Reader Mike Connolly writes in with this question: I have a question maybe you can help me with. I just bought a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab, 5.7 liter hemi v-8 395 horsepower 8 spd tranny with a Class 4 receiver. It has a tow assist inside the cab, and I’m looking at... Read More