Seeing through campground reservation “smoke and mirrors”

  Dear RV Shrink: We are in Yellowstone National Park and are finding our RV is too big to camp in some of the campgrounds. We tried to make a reservation today at Madison Campground and they tell us we will only fit into a 40-foot-plus site, but there are none available. They combined our total rig length (motorhome and... Read More

Choose a Class C motorhome or Class B van conversion?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s a question that some new-to-RVing wonder about: “I’ve never had an RV before, and I’ll be traveling alone with my dog. I’m intimidated by big vehicles, and I want fuel efficiency but comfort, too. What do you think about a Class B motorhome?” Here are a few things to think about. Depending... Read More

RV grill connection befuddlement

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, I have purchased a Class A motor home that has an LP accessory, which is also low pressure. Therefore, I cannot use my existing grill as the flame control and... Read More

Winnebago to acquire towable maker Grand Design

  FOREST CITY, IOWA, October 3, 2016 – Winnebago Industries, Inc., announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company, a manufacturer of towable RVs for approximately $500 million in cash and newly issued Winnebago shares. Founded in 2012 by Don Clark, Ron Fenech and Bill Fenech, a management team with more than... Read More

Find boondocking sites in British Columbia

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many U.S. boondockers are familiar enough with some of the alternative sources of finding boondocking sites in the Lower 48. Forest Service maps and BLM-provided information can yield a wealth of spots to check out. But if you’re traveling north of the border and into Canada, things can get a little sketchy. If... Read More

RV weight terminology you should know

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris When shopping for an RV, everyone has their own ideas of what’s “important.” Be it the floor plan, the electronics gear, the comfort of the bed — tastes matter. Here’s something that we should ALL be concerned about – weight. No, not whether you’ll fall through the floor, but the weight of your... Read More

Dump station “engineering” comes up short

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old joke about, “Did you get your driver’s license at Walmart?” has a new variation as far as we’re concerned: “Did you buy your engineering license through Craigslist?” As RVers, you’ve probably had an experience like ours that leads to such a question. Here’s the scenario: The days of free dump stations are... Read More