Nine easy steps to holding down fuel costs

By Bob Difley In an article in the Financial Edge newsletter from, Jean Folger points out these nine effective ways to increase your gas mileage by driving more efficiently. This can be even more timely and important as projections for fuel prices appear to be on the rise. And as events from 2017 remind us, unexpected “outside” events and forces... Read More

RV shopping? Two “musts” you may not have considered

By Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service How do buyers decide which RV to buy? They focus on interior design and floor plans. Manufacturers know this and go to great lengths in “staging” their various models for photographs used in advertising. Potential owners likewise pick their favorites based on what they see inside and, to a lesser extent, the outside of the... Read More

Doing the “Quartzsite Crawl”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In their travels, RVers encounter many strange phenomenons. We’re not referring to the “UFO Highway” or even appearances of the Aurora Borealis. It’s more circumstances on the road that just seem to pop up that try our ability to adapt. It could be interstate traffic that’s “wall to wall and ten feet tall,” or... Read More

RV Mods: Is a “solar ready” RV right for your needs?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As you stroll through the miles of aisles at the big RV shows, be prepared for a new offer from some of the RV manufacturers. At first glance it might seem like something far more practical than the usual “bling” thrown at RV shoppers – it’s the feature that calls itself “Solar Ready!” Most... Read More

A sewer hose that withstands cold weather

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as’s technical editor. RVing in winter has its challenges as well as rewards. One major challenge is trying to keep liquids liquid, whether that be fresh water or waste. Having been a fulltimer in the Northeast for ten years,... Read More

Is reverse osmosis water safe for your RV batteries?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Not long ago we got a message from a reader who was traveling across the United States. Before he left home, he’d hit the local shopping centers looking for distilled water for use in his RV batteries and, much to his dismay, couldn’t find any. Could he use RO (reverse osmosis) water to keep... Read More

Snowbirds – Can you feast on fresh fruits and veggies?

By Bob Difley About 10 percent of all the energy consumed in the U.S. – about 100 billion gallons of oil each year – is used just growing the food we eat. Processing and transporting all those tomatoes, pork chops and strawberries to our table raises the figure to about 17 percent. The Chicago Produce Terminal reports that food in... Read More

Fulltiming doesn’t have to mean major eating change

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Despite the fact that a lot of “high end” motorhome builders have eliminated the “old fashioned” oven, it seems many fulltimers still eat much as they did before they went on the road. In a question posted on a fulltimer’s forum, a huge majority of respondents said they pretty well stuck with the way... Read More

New fees – and fee hikes – in the Idaho Panhandle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a move that may be unsettling for some Pacific Northwest recreationists, fee increases, and new fees where none existed before, are being trotted out for review by managers of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It’s a broad spectrum of changes that managers say will simply bring rates more into line with other existing... Read More