Vintage RV photos: “Harriet” the house car

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We don’t imagine that too many of our readers attended this RV gathering. It was January 10, 1929, in Arcadia, Florida, when “Harriet” the house car attended the Tin Can Tourists convention there. Harriet must have had quite a trip in those days, as the house car apparently traveled down from Brattleboro, Vermont. Originally…

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Camping World customer satisfaction poll deeply lopsided

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We hear plenty from readers about experiences with Camping World – usually bad ones – and it’s tough to draw conclusions from “what you hear” in a wide-open environment. That changed last week when we posted a poll, asking readers who had bought an RV at Camping World how happy they were with their experience with…

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For a Lewis & Clark wilderness experience visit Idaho

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve been anticipating a trip into the “Wild West” for years and now are on our way from our home in St. Louis, the first gateway to the West. What would you suggest for a “don’t miss” driving tour where we can experience the wildness firsthand? —Bev and Don Hi Bev…

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RV Electricity – (Printable) Pedestal Power Checklist

Dear Mike, The procedure at the top of the Pedestal Power article is great. But for newbies (or those of us who are just forgetful), a checklist we could print and keep with our surge protector and non contact voltage detector would be an awesome way to always have this info handy. —Carissa Dear Carissa, All you have to do…

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Small purchases on credit cards not such a bad idea – if…

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a recent reader poll we asked: “On routine store purchases of $10 to $20 how do you most often pay?” Nearly 2,500 of you responded – and a pretty lopsided majority of more than 1,110 of you (47 percent) said, “With a credit card.” That “plastic purchase” method surprised at least one reader.…

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BLM campgrounds closed due to spreading NorCal wildfires

As the Northern California wildfires spread and new ones break out additional areas are closed – the latest are two Bureau of Land Management recreation areas and campgrounds.  The BLM Ukiah Field Office is temporarily closing the North Cow Mountain Recreation Area, Rifle Range and South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area for public safety due to the proximity of both the…

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Camping World plans to open 40 Gander RV stores in 2019

In 2017 Camping World surprised the RV industry by purchasing the Gander Mountain retailer in a bankruptcy auction, reports Gear Junkie. Many assumed CW wanted to add more general camping and outdoors products to the CW line, but according to a press release, Camping World said that since the Gander acquisition, it has negotiated leases “for a number of the old…

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Mendocino and Lake county wildfires force residents to flee

Two different wildfires that erupted Friday between Lake and Mendocino county lines doubled in size Sunday, forcing 10,000 people to flee near Clear Lake and knocking out power to more than 40,000 people where temperatures had reached triple digits. Fire officials ordered residents to leave the towns of Lakeport, Upper Lake, and Nice, on the west and north shores of Clear Lake, including…

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