Roof sealing questions and answers

Courtesy Dicor Corporation Here are some of my most frequently asked roof sealing questions: Our RV has an all-aluminum exterior. We’re looking for a roof sealant for use around plumbing vents and seams. What’s the best product for the job? Dicor Products’ 501 Lap Sealant is the ideal product to use in these applications. Designed for sealing along roof edges,…

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Park Service responds to public backlash on proposed fee hikes

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It may be a case of “The people speak, and the government listens.” Earlier today, April 12, the National Park Service issued a news release regarding its proposed fee changes. When the Department of the Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, suggested that many parks should increase their entry fees to $75 per car, he apparently…

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Visit one of the West’s earliest buildings still in use

Mission San Xavier del Bac By Bob Difley If you are a history buff, you know that in the Western states, unlike along the eastern seaboard or New England, you don’t see many historic sites chronicling European exploration with dates in the early 1500s, 1600s and early 1700s, when the Europeans were settling what would eventually become the United States…

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Prevent roof leaks: Keep an eye on your sealants

[Editor’s note: This information is provided by roof membrane manufacturer Dicor. While there’s plenty of “promotion” for their product included, some of the information and principles may be of assistance to our readers.] If the sealant around your roof edges, skylights and the like is looking cracked, brittle, loose or turned up at the edges, some repair and replacement is…

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Wanted! Live campground hosts in Idaho

The U.S. Forest Service in Idaho is looking for more than just a few good folks. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests need volunteer campground hosts. There are multiple openings available. Volunteer campground hosts are front-line representatives of the USDA Forest Service. Typical duties include informing visitors of recreational opportunities, answering questions from visitors, monitoring campground sites for fee compliance, recording…

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Heading “Out West”? Don’t miss these BLM gems!

Russ and Tiña De Maris The Weather Channel once published a photo-heavy feature called, “Most Amazing Hidden Gems in Every State.” Included in the lot were four “gems” under the watch-care of the Bureau of Land Management, all of them Out West. California: Black Sands Beach (Humbolt County) Here’s an amazing “off the beaten track” feature you’ll want to visit.…

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Actively using your RV? Maintain it even now

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. One of my best friends likes to say that once the Fourth of July hits, the summer is over. I’m not so cynical, especially now that RVs can be so capable of extending the camping season.…

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Solar charging in a shady spot?

By Bob Difley Boondocking in the national and state forests in summer and using solar power to provide your electricity presents different challenges than found when snowbirding in the southwestern deserts. In the desert, because most campsites are open to the sky, you get charging from your panels from the first glint of sun over the morning horizon until it…

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Fulltime RVing – Plan ahead for “hanging up the keys”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Fulltime RVing is great, with so many places to explore, people to meet, things to learn. Sadly, the clock continues to run during the adventure, and eventually you may need to “hang up the fulltime keys.” So how do you leave the fulltime lifestyle and return to a non-nomadic life? You might think this…

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