Solar Basics – Know how to determine your solar system

By Greg Illes Books can be written (and have been) about all the nuances of solar power. For your RV, this article is meant to be a “thousand-foot view,” a way to see the entire landscape of solar power, without getting bogged down (yet) in too many details. I’ve tried to cover a lot of factors, and not too deep,…

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RV mods: Give your galley a stainless-steel makeover

By Greg Illes For many years, we lived with our factory Formica countertop. It was — well, serviceable is about the best I can say. Drab-to-ugly is more honest. We thought about Corian and some other products, but either expense or weight were big obstacles. Finally, I “bit the bullet” for a somewhat challenging job: resurface the counter in stainless…

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Full-time RVing: Safe and happy with the 3/300 rule

By Greg Illes Before I bought my RV, I thought I knew a lot about driving around the country. With almost 50 years of driving experience and several cross-the-U.S. trips, I didn’t think I had much left to learn. Wrong! RVs are different vehicles. Not only do they proceed — shall we say — more sedately, but they coax us…

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Why filter perfectly good water?

  By Greg Illes Why filter perfectly good water? The answer to that question is another question: How good is “perfectly good”? Many RVers use the water that the RV park supplies, straight from the tap. After all, that water comes from treated sources and should have no problems. Right? Well — maybe. Yes, it’s reasonable to assume that a…

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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…

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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…

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