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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

The readers write: Fun (or not so fun) and games

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris We often get piles of mail regarding a particular article that sets readers’ mental wheels spinning. In this installment we’ve also had some thoughts come in, not based on any particular story, but which still caught our attention. Here are a few to start. Volunteers – or slaves? Arthur Jacobson wrote, “We... Read More

Parking your RV in Lonsdale: In 22 “simple” pages(!)

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris A new ordinance affecting RV parking in Lonsdale, Minnesota, was designed to clear up parking issues – but a reading of the language may lead some to believe the city is doing an exercise in classic bureaucratic doublespeak. It took city leaders a mere 22 pages to codify their new regulations. First, you... Read More

National park campground alternatives: Joshua Tree

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We never thought we’d see the day when it would be nearly impossible to find a spot for our RV in one of this California park jewels’ campgrounds. But the phrase we’ve been hearing so much lately, “Our national parks are being loved to death,” might apply to this Southern California not-so-quiet-anymore place. We... Read More

RV quick tricks: Substitute GPS mounting “hardware”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris My, how the times have changed – stacks of those infernally-hard-to-refold road maps have given way to a simple electronic device. For those who used to think that the patron saint of travelers was Saint Christopher now know it’s “Our Lady of the Dashboard.” But if the old hassle of “refolding that confounded map”... Read More

RV fluorescent lights gone dim – What gives?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris An RVer who was hooked up to shore power reported a sudden “dimness” in his fluorescent lights. Then a short time later, they simply failed to turn on. Meantime, his incandescent lamps were shining away brilliantly. At first he wondered if it might be a ballast or tube issue, but since the problem was afflicting ALL... Read More