OK to boondock on unmarked government property?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Several times while traveling I’ve noticed areas of land that appear to be government property (no development), some without signage and others stating they are a National Wildlife Refuge or  State Forest, or some other designation other than a National Forest or BLM land. Can I boondock for... Read More

How to defeat RV burglars

By Bob Difley RVers, and especially boondockers, take safety seriously. We tend to camp out in the hinterlands, often far from any possible response from law enforcement and well beyond the possibility of a thief being caught in the act. Safety can be broken down into two issues: personal safety and protection from burglary. Here I will offer some ways... Read More

Winnebago’s “Revel” aimed at outdoor enthusiasts

  By Emily Woodbury STAFF WRITER This week, Winnebago announced five new RVs at its open house in Elkhart. The Revel, in my opinion, is the most impressive (only because it seems like the perfect fit for my outdoorsy lifestyle). This new, compact class B motorhome makes it easy for people to spend more time “off the grid.” Designed specifically for... Read More

How to minimize and manage waste when boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking, and Part 2 of the answer.  Hi Bob, In the past you have probably reflected on various boondocking techniques. If so, some reruns would be appreciated. For a neophyte boondocker interested in staying in the woods like maybe for 2–3 weeks: How to maximize energy usage? Routine for use of... Read More

Basic voltage measurements at a campground pedestal

  I just had a phone call from a nervous camper that went something like this: Hey Mike, Guess I should have read your columns more closely, but just what are the lowest and highest voltage readings acceptable at a campground pedestal? —Chuck Chuck, it does get a bit confusing at times since the acceptable voltage in the U.S. has... Read More

Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly

Okay, it’s sewer hose education 101 time. Here are three RV sewer hoses spotted at RV parks. Our panel of sewer hose experts commented on each setup. Their conclusions: This is a good hose setup. It’s sloped nicely for good flow. The hose is off the ground, which is a requirement in some states. So the owner of this hose... Read More

Neophyte boondocker interested in staying long term in the woods

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, In the past you have probably reflected on various boondocking techniques. If so, some reruns would be appreciated. For a neophyte boondocker interested in staying in the woods like maybe for 2–3 weeks: How to maximize energy usage? Routine for use of generator and inverter? How to minimize... Read More

Thousand Trails announces new member option

(August 31, 2017) —Thousand Trails has announced a new limited release reciprocal program for current camp pass and upgraded Thousand Trails Members. According to a news release, the Trails Collection will provide existing Thousand Trails members with the opportunity to camp at more than 100 Encore Parks nationwide, most with no nightly fee (18 properties will charge $20 per night).... Read More

Thinking of camp hosting? Here’s how

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve stayed at a couple of Forest Service campgrounds and like them very much, especially the space, plants, and trees surrounding each site. In one of them, there was a camp host that seemed to be in charge and kept the campground neat and tidy. How does one... Read More