Thinking of full-timing? Some basic advice

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Thinking about becoming a full-time RVer? There are plenty of things to be considered. It can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? Here are some things seasoned full-timers recommend you chew on when making that important decision. On “stuff” You can’t take it all with you. It comes down to a decision as... Read More

Definition of “boondocking” stumps experts

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Last month we polled readers on what constituted “boondocking.” Last week we published the full results and many comments on the subject. To recap the poll results, here they are again: “In which of these circumstances would you be “boondocking?” 21%   Staying free on public lands (desert, forest, etc.) 14%   Staying anywhere... Read More

The readers write: No-frills RV parking on the cheap

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Ten Buck Chuck’s After editor Chuck Woodbury suggested what America needs is a chain of no-frills RV overnight spots at a decent price, we had plenty of feedback. Perhaps the defining word came from Edward Price: “You need a snappier name for your chain of bare-bones roadside park-grounds [rather than Chuck’s Super... Read More

Full-time RVing — Will your rig haul the weight?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Moving from a sticks-and-bricks home to an RV makes for plenty of challenges. Where will you put all your stuff? That’s a great question, but a critically important related question: Will my rig handle the weight of all my stuff? Do you know how much weight you can carry? Here’s a lift from... Read More

Before driving RV, please engage brain

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Traveling by car to an appointment in the “big city” of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, we noticed with some alarm as a commercial truck pulled out into the “suicide lane” to pass a vehicle. Since a commercial driver’s license is a pretty-much coveted possession of truck drivers, it seemed to us an unusually... Read More

Propane leak tests — Here’s one from the Darwin Awards!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s another reminder from the Darwin Award files. A 79-year old RVer in St. Amant, La., had a problem with his motorhome. Somewhere there was a gas leak, and he just needed to find it. You know the rest of the story — take out a cigarette lighter, strike off a flame, and KABOOM!... Read More

RVers: Find TV signals easily with a free app

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re like us, you probably aren’t a satellite antenna user. Too much junk for too much money. But when you’re traveling and you still want to catch the news, or put your feet up for a little down-time, having the boob-tube is still something we call “a necessary evil.” But at the... Read More

The readers write: Back up your RV & keep off the grass

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Forest River leans on its dealers Our story Forest River’s new policy: Good news or an idiot’s tale? discussed the mega-RV builder’s new policy to apparently demand more from its dealers when fixing “under warranty” RV repair issues. Plenty of nerves were struck. Here are a few reactions: Marcel Ethier relates an... Read More

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