Find boondocking sites in British Columbia

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many U.S. boondockers are familiar enough with some of the alternative sources of finding boondocking sites in the Lower 48. Forest Service maps and BLM-provided information can yield a wealth of spots to check out. But if you’re traveling north of the border and into Canada, things can get a little sketchy. If... Read More

RV weight terminology you should know

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris When shopping for an RV, everyone has their own ideas of what’s “important.” Be it the floor plan, the electronics gear, the comfort of the bed — tastes matter. Here’s something that we should ALL be concerned about – weight. No, not whether you’ll fall through the floor, but the weight of your... Read More

Dump station “engineering” comes up short

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old joke about, “Did you get your driver’s license at Walmart?” has a new variation as far as we’re concerned: “Did you buy your engineering license through Craigslist?” As RVers, you’ve probably had an experience like ours that leads to such a question. Here’s the scenario: The days of free dump stations are... Read More

Sewer hoses: Lacking honor — but we all gotta have one

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s something without a lot of glory. It’s a lot more fun to go shopping for something with a little more bling — a smartphone maybe. But those things that have “a purpose lacking honor,” namely sewer hoses, are still necessary things. On a trip back in the distance, we found ourselves in... Read More

Carry a spare tire on a Class A — safely and usefully

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris There’s one thing that many Class A motorhome owners don’t have that plenty of other RVers do have – a spare tire. Manufacturers often leave spare tires off the list of factory-provided equipment with an explanation: “Spare tires for big motorhomes are just too heavy and too bulky for owners to deal with.... Read More

Got enough battery to power that inverter?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re considering adding an inverter to your rig, or already have one, it’s important to keep in mind the battery power you have available. Nothing can ruin a spot of boondocking quicker than killing off your “house” batteries. Replacing deep-cycle batteries is an expensive proposition, and a bit of quick math can... Read More