Fulltime RVing: What of your “stuff” do you miss?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A common “problem” in making the transition to the fulltime RV lifestyle is STUFF – the stuff that you’ve collected over the years and sits in the attic, the basement, the garage. We hear from plenty of those who are in the planning stages of the fulltime life, and typically the question is: How do…

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RV Mods: Don’t let appliance control boards throw you into fits

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Perhaps some of the most mysterious of RV technical issues surround electronically controlled appliances. “Back in the old days,” as some of us recall, we didn’t have fancy control boards on refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters. Of course, “back in the old days” a lot of us had to go outside in the cold…

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Distracted driving is deadly driving

By Russ and Tiña De Maris April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Is the situation of such serious concern that it needs its own month? Consider: Every day across the U.S. about nine people die in traffic incidents related to distracted driving – that’s pushing 10 percent of the total auto incident death toll. Yep, about as serious as a…

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Put a cordless screw gun in your RV arsenal

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 the most useful tools you can carry in an RV is a good battery-powered screw gun. As a professional technician, I use a DeWalt 12-volt screw gun every day. I’m never without it. What’s…

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Free public lands resources, great for planning

By Bob Difley You’ve probably read about camping and boondocking on public lands, or maybe you even bought my e-book, BOONDOCKING: Finding the Perfect Campsite on America’s Public Lands  (that’s a hint). I’ve long been an advocate of using the millions of acres of public lands that are available to everybody for many forms of outdoor recreation, including camping and boondocking, most of…

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Don’t let snakes frighten you out of RV country

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Boondocking – traveling out away in the “boonies” and away from traditional campgrounds and hookups – has its own variety of knowledge base. Recently an RVer who contemplated trying boondocking inquired of other RVers, “What about snakes?” It’s not uncommon to be a bit fearful of snakes, and when you get out away from…

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Nevada Highway 93 boondock jewel: Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge

By Russ and Tiña De Maris There are plenty of long and lonely stretches of road Out West. Traveling north out of Las Vegas on the 2-lane blacktop of US-93, things get pretty scary for an RVer. The voices on our tape dramas begin to loll one into a (dangerous) trance-like state. Oh, it’s time to be off the road and resting…

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Prescription refills on the road: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We once ran a video tip showing how easy it is to get drug prescription refills while traveling. The upshot of the video was to simply carry your pill bottles with you, and when you get close, take them to a pharmacy wherever you are and ask the local pharmacist to have the prescription…

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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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