Spend the night at vineyards and farms across America

A Harvest Hosts membership costs $49 per year and allows guests access to any of more than 620 campsites scattered about America for one night at a time. Guests are encouraged to support local economies spending $20 or more at local businesses as suggested by the website. In turn, RVers get to sleep at one-of-a-kind destinations, such as open-air museums,…

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Salinas, CA, enacts new restrictive parking ordinance for RVs

Salinas, California’s start of a new parking ordinance, which affects where RVs can park, continues to shift. Last week, Salinas joined a few other county cities by passing an ordinance that prohibits the parking of over-sized vehicles (read: RVs) overnight on city streets. Enforcement seems to have options at this point, ranging from a warning to a criminal citation. Officials…

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Is camping/boondocking permitted in National Recreation Areas?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I have seen some areas on maps called National Recreation Areas and wonder whether these are places where RVers can camp. I have seen that some have campgrounds, mostly primitive, but also wonder whether boondocking is permitted.  —Grant Hi Grant, Eighteen National Recreation Areas, or NRAs (not to be confused…

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Selecting alternate or replacement tires for large, heavy trailers

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble I found a thread on a forum for folks who own large, heavy 5th wheel trailers. This info would apply to non-fivers too. While I understand the concern for the tire dimensions, that is NOT the most important specification. Number one is to ensure any replacement tire is capable of supporting…

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RV Electricity – Hot grounds and the Stray Voltage Patrol

Dear Mike & Chuck, My wife and I love reading your newsletter – keep up the good work! I just finished reading the post regarding the note you received from Stephen Wickland and the hot-skin condition found at an RV park pedestal. I have been plugging into pedestals to support everything from pop-up trailers to a travel trailer to our current…

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Guided RV tours and caravans

By Deanna Tolliver Our readers have spoken out about RV Tours: “I’m currently on a Yankee Tours caravan through the Canadian Maritime including Newfoundland and Labrador. Great tour!” “We did a Passport America Caravan last year and really enjoyed it…… All the routes, planning and reservations are made by the organizer which makes the whole idea of traveling much less…

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Destination: the Amana Colonies

by Deanna Tolliver Imagine this: a slowly meandering river lined with tall overhanging trees, a patchwork of small family farms, and gentle hills with lovely views. Quick—where are you? Iowa! Yep, it’s not all corn and soybeans. This particular landscape I’ve described is what you’ll find if you visit the Amana Colonies, located along the Iowa River in the southeastern…

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