Free camping along the Colorado River near Quartzsite

By Russ and Tiña De Maris With summer coming along soon, the snowbirds have flown their winter “coop” in Quartzsite. Yes, the weather is actually warming up, and for those who can’t stand much above 80 degrees, it is time to flee northward. But what about those who are a bit more heat tolerant? Not far west from Quartzsite, the... Read More

Take advantage of other RVers’ wisdom — save bucks

By Russ and Tiña De Maris An old friend of ours who’d recently bought a big motorhome detailed a “tale of woe” he’d experienced while trying to get ready for a road trip. Somehow things went gunnybag with his “pre-owned” rig’s inverter. Aside from having to replace the inverter, he also learned he’d need to have a big, 250 amp... Read More

Reminder: Tighten your (hidden) air conditioner bolts

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As Federal Highway Administration funds get tighter, the condition of America’s roads reflects this budgetary bulimia: Potholes and rough roads abound, and you and your RV are the recipients. Those washboard workouts are not only hard on your dentures, but your RV gets thoroughly rattled as well. One area not often thought about: the... Read More

Trailer hitching: Keep your rig where it belongs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For a “heart sinking into your stomach” experience, there’s nothing like looking in the rearview mirror and finding your travel trailer isn’t there. Friends of ours recall one such occasion when theirs “got loose” and rolled off the road and into the brush. Theirs was a “good” experience of a runaway trailer—nobody got hurt... Read More

You don’t have to “be” a newbie RVer to “do” the newbie RVer

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many new RVers are deathly afraid of doing something dumb, particularly in front of more experienced RVers. The first time backing the trailer into an RV site is perhaps the most terrifying of all experiences for a new RVer. We’re here to tell you that even “seasoned” RVers can do some completely off-the-wall things,... Read More