Definition of “boondocking” stumps experts

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Last month we polled readers on what constituted “boondocking.” Last week we published the full results and many comments on the subject. To recap the poll results, here they are again: “In which of these circumstances would you be “boondocking?” 21%   Staying free on public lands (desert, forest, etc.) 14%   Staying anywhere... Read More

RVers dodge a bullet from generator exhaust

By Greg Illes Contributor, RVtravel.com My generator is quiet, but never quiet enough. I usually run it on a long cord, away from “Howie,” our motorhome. In fact, I run it very rarely: our solar system usually keeps our batteries charged. But, as the fortunes of weather would have it, one week was perpetually overcast and rainy, and the batteries finally... Read More

Use an inexpensive inverter to minimize generator runs

By Greg Illes Not very many of us like the sound of a generator — it’s regarded by most as a necessary evil. In some areas, there are significant restrictions on generator-use times. Add to this the need to “warm up” a generator before you put a real load on it, and running a generator becomes even more annoying. But... Read More

Don’t freeze the pipes of your RV

  By Greg Illes When we first bought our motorhome, we never figured we’d be out in freezing weather. Freezing means snow and ice and things that just aren’t fun to camp in (we thought). And when we weren’t using our RV (“Howie”), we parked him in our Mediterranean-climate driveway in central California. So we never gave much thought to... Read More

RVers’ panic over HUD proposal unfounded

By Greg Illes It’s early April, 2016, and the RV Internet is a-buzz with gossip, rumor, and (fearful) speculation concerning a soon-to-be-released regulatory revision from the HUD government agency. A quick search for “HUD RV” will turn up plenty of threats and worries. Quick summary: the rule benefits RVer’s and does not restrict residency. Here’s why: HUD is an acronym... Read More

The appeal of boondocking in the desert

By Greg Illes Originally published in November, 2014 Soon, my wife and I will hit the road again. Even though it’s not the ideal season for traveling, our summer has been consumed with tasks and projects, so we’re RV-deprived at this point. Most folks think of “camping” in terms of lofty trees, babbling brooks, hikes in the deep forest. We... Read More