Pack those RV cabinets so contents don’t escape

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris “How do you store stuff in your cupboards?” asks the new RVer. Fearful that the shifting and bumping of the road would cause grief (and broken crockery), the question becomes, “How do you store your stuff safely?” Will dining life on the road be limited to paper plates, Styrofoam cups and plastic knives... Read More

Are air brakes for you?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you hear the word “Westinghouse,” your mind probably jumps to kitchen appliances, and you’d be right. But George Westinghouse, founder of the company that later produced appliances, can also be remembered as the inventor of air brakes. First designed for trains, air brakes later moved to heavy trucks, and today they’re in... Read More

The readers write — with power!

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Electric pedestal fears not groundless Mike Sokol, RVtravel.com’s resident electrical safety expert, had sent a response to an RVer concerned about a missing ground on an RV park power pedestal. This energized a number of readers to write their own comments, a portion of which we present: Tommy Molnar wondered about theft... Read More

RV parts catalogs and Internet can save cash

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Go into nearly any RV parts house and ask for something other than an ordinary, common part and you’ll be asked to come back to get it the next day. How come? Well, it’s difficult for most mom-and-pop RV supply outfits to stock everything that could be needed – the parts might molder... Read More

Don’t get stuck — Have a ‘Plan B’ when boondocking

By Bob Difley If you are reading this you might be either (A) a boondocker, or (B) thinking of becoming a boondocker. The very fact that you are/may be a boondocker could also be one of your problems. If you are a boondocker, you are by definition adventurous, curious, bold, a little bit devil-may-care, impetuous, sometimes daring, possibly eccentric and,... Read More

Seven brutally honest truths about full-time travel

  By Melissa Dohmen Editor’s note: Carson Vaughan and Melissa Dohmen are two full-timers formerly from Nebraska. After renovating their 18′ travel trailer, “Elsie,” they hit the road with their dog, Costello,  for adventures to come. Here is a set of reflections penned by Melissa. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do... Read More

What’s causing a sweating mattress?

  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, When someone sleeps on the air mattress of our fold-out couch the mattress sweats. We generally have to dry it off each day with a hair dryer before we fold... Read More

RV Mods: Remove and replace rotted flooring

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Those who love — and preserve — an older RV often find a painful reality in their treasure: soft spots in the flooring. The problem is usually traced back to a water leak that’s compromised the integrity of the floor. Sometimes it can be ignored for a while, but it can get downright... Read More

Alternative locations to view the August eclipse

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris With the August 21 eclipse getting closer, state and national parks in the path of the solar event’s totality are ramping up for huge crowds. Planning on watching the eclipse but unsure of where to go? Here’s a resource that you may not have thought of: U.S. National Wildlife Refuges. More than a... Read More