Full-time RVing — How safe is it out there?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Some contemplating a full-time life on the road are a bit concerned about safety. They read about crimes and wonder — how subject to the criminal element are folks in RVs? If you sit around the campfire, sooner or later there’s some sort of RV “crime story” bound to come up — but... Read More

What is boondocking? The readers speak

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris “To the beatnik It’s his beard, beard, beard To the monster Something weird, weird, weird To a night owl It’s a good days sleep To the Yankee’s It’s a four game sweep Happiness is Different things to different people!” So ran the 1960’s tune made popular by Ray Conniff*. Yeah, everyone wants... Read More

Forest River’s new policy: Good news or an idiot’s tale?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Perhaps it’s a coincidence, or maybe there really is an RV manufacturer that’s “seen the light” and wants to do something to make peace with the RVing community. Whatever the case, a new move by RV giant Forest River has created a bunch of “unhappy campers” among the ranks of its dealers. At mid-month,... Read More

RV Mods: Here’s a use for your fridge front!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers live in small spaces, and making all that we can of that space just makes sense. Much has been said about increasing kitchen storage capacity by adding extra shelves, conquering “dead space” and using your microwave oven as a storage area. But here’s an area that’s rarely thought of: the front of... Read More

RV driving: Understanding grade signs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re new to RVing, or have spent your time in the Midwest flatlands, first hitting mountain country can be a bit of an eye-opener. Those yellow warning signs that talk about a “steep grade,” often accompanied by a percentage number, can be confusing. Road grades seem mysterious at first, but really are simple.... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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,... Read More