The readers write: From parking lot camping to the RV industry

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s our biweekly compilation of your views on a variety of topics. CAMP WALMART Our reader poll article, How often do you stay overnight at Walmart? drew plenty of feedback. The question we posed, “In a typical month’s time, how often do you RV overnight at Walmart?” Here are the results, as of…

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Are computers stealing your favorite campsite?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Ever tried making an online reservation for a popular campground – say Yosemite Valley – and just couldn’t get a spot? Maybe you set your alarm clock for the morning those precious spots “open” for reservation, and parked your coffee cup right next to your computer mouse. As the clock ticked away to…

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We tried an RV roof coating — Here’s our six-year report

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris To hear RV manufacturers talk, EPDM rubber roofs are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Problem is, even sliced bread eventually gets stale. After a few years in the elements, rubber roofs take the hit of weathering and exposure to UV radiation. From personal experience we can say that a non-maintained rubber roof…

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RV Mods: Stretching your basement storage

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris It seems like we can never have enough “room” to carry all the stuff we find a use for. With the invention of fifth wheels and tall motorhomes, “basement” storage came into vogue. For some, it was like the luggage storage bays on a Greyhound bus! But basement storage, being what it is,…

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Full-time RVing: Keeping the peace in a small space

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris I’m not sexist — and I don’t think the “better half” is either. Nevertheless, it seems that the male of the species comes in for a larger share of criticism, particularly in regard to “good nest-keeping.” It seems the habits of men are the basis for plenty of humor in sitcoms; in the…

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Use your RV levelers to lift a tire off the ground?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris One of the biggest “helpers” that Class A motorhome owners often have is a good leveler system. At the push of a button or two, their rig is soon leveled up and stable, ready for an overnight, or weeks, without fussing with blocks, jacks, and the in-and-out of the cab that other RV…

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RVs and WD-40: Unusual combinations that work!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Seems like every RV has at least a can or two of WD-40 for lubricating various parts. But there’s more use for old WD-40 than just the occasional thread loosening. Here are a few tips that may make for slicker RV trips. Galley and household tricks: Why on earth do RV manufacturers use light-colored…

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RV Mods: A place to carry your “grass carpet”

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Plenty of RVers carry a “grass carpet” with them to stick out under the awning. It’s great to simulate a little green when parked at some high-class RV park where your parking area is solid concrete and the nearest green is at the shuffleboard court. Problem is, how do you store your grass…

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Transition to RV solar with low-cost task lights

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many RVers that are new to boondocking shudder at the expense of putting in a solar charging system. They love getting away to the back country, enjoy the solitude and quiet, but find it hard to cough up the big bucks. Here’s a thought on how you may be able to still enjoy…

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Full-time RVing: Don’t ignore these health signs

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris When we got into the full-time RVing lifestyle, we spent more and more time away from our “usual haunts,” including the doctors we’d developed relationships with over years of “landlocked” living. When you’re on the road, it’s sometimes easy to lose track of regular health maintenance. For those without any ties to the…

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