Tailgate open or closed? Which is more fuel efficient?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It’s an age-old campfire discussion among RVers and pickup owners. Everybody wants to save money on gas — do you drive with the pickup truck tailgate open or closed? Up or down? Driving with the tailgate closed would seem counterintuitive. After all, won’t the wind get “caught” by the tailgate and simply tend to... Read More

You carry extra shoes – how about an extra hose?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Sometimes as RVers we aren’t sure of what gear to carry. After all, there’s only so much space in the rig — being piled from floor to ceiling isn’t conducive to moving about freely. But there’s one thing you may want to carry more than one of: a water hose. Keeping a long water... Read More

LP-sniffing bugs — It’s time to watch out!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Frustrated with a frigid RV furnace, our friend Joe tried everything he could. The thing refused to light and made odd noises. He’d switch it off, wait, and try to relight it. The final relight cycle was the culmination. A hearty “Kaboom!” retorted like a cannon shot. After ascertaining that certain muscles in his... Read More

Making your RV grocery budget stretch

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Aside from fuel, one of the biggest expenses RVers cope with is that of groceries. Tight budget? Here are some food dollar-stretching tips: Don’t go grocery shopping without a list, as you’re more likely to buy things you don’t need. We “word processed” a list of all our frequently purchased grocery and non-grocery items.... Read More

Dry camping? Use smarts when charging your RV batteries

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Some RVers rarely stray from an RV park and that’s a real shame. There’s a lot of beauty that can be reached only when “dry camping” or boondocking. If you’re new to the idea of RVing without hookups, this is a good reminder regarding battery life. RV batteries take a LONG time to charge,... Read More

Why a brake controller?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris “I’ve been looking into buying a travel trailer for taking my family camping. I keep running into information about brake controllers. I’ve towed boats on trailers for years without any such thing as a brake controller — what gives? And how do they work, anyway?” Smaller boat trailers with typically light loads don’t usually... Read More

Zoning in your brake controller for optimum trailer braking

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Question: “I have a question about brake controllers and travel trailers. How do you adjust them? How do you know if they are too tight or not adjusted correctly?” Answer:  The job of the brake controller is to send the appropriate amount of current flow back to the brakes. You could send a full... Read More