Choose your camera(s) carefully and make great memories

By Greg Illes There are literally thousands of different kinds of cameras, any of which can make digital snapshots to last a lifetime. But, depending on your skills and preferences, there are probably only a few that are just right for you. To help you think about your preferences and your choices, I’m going to share with you my personal... Read More

Mosquitoes — deal with them (even if you can’t beat them)

By Greg Illes The first thing you’ll always hear about mosquitoes is DEET, the active ingredient in the most-effective (to date) repellent. “Get some DEET and go soak in it,” or something like that, is common advice. Our attitude about DEET is thoughtfully considered: it’s a toxin, you can’t drink it, so why put it on your skin? Now, that... Read More

Use the right lubricants to keep your RV working right and quietly

By Greg Illes It’s truly surprising how many different ways modern technology has provided to lubricate moving parts. When I was a kid, the choices were likely between “axle grease,” motor oil, 3-in-1 and Liquid Wrench. Nowadays, we have a plethora of synthetics, Teflon-bases, penetrants, dry-lubes, and food-grade (you can swallow it) lubricants. Let’s start with the basics — your... Read More

Is it time to change to a composting toilet?

  By Greg Illes If there’s one single topic that can sponsor an entire evening’s conversation among RVers, it’s the RV toilet. Everyone has their preferences and their funny/horror stories. The horror part is almost always associated with the dumping process, a noxious affair where days or weeks worth of accumulated, concentrated sewage is carefully deposited deep inside some septic... Read More

Use bicycle bottles for your handy drinking water suppliers

By Greg Illes After many years of anywhere from serious to casual cycling, bicycle water bottles had become a familiar accessory to us. So it was no leap of imagination when we saw opportunities to use them outside of our cycling activities. We’ve found these bottles to be extremely versatile for many venues. They have so many virtues: •  Inexpensive... Read More

Choose the right vacuum cleaner to keep your rig tidy

By Greg Illes Whether we live in stick-and-brick houses or in our cherished RVs, the grime of daily living always seems to intrude. Dust, dirt and debris find their way into our pristine living quarters and suddenly— we just can’t stand it anymore. Break out the broom, hand brush, damp rag or the vacuum cleaner. At home, a vacuum simply... Read More

Traveling to Canada? Here’s how to get Internet connected

By Greg Illes When we began planning our Canada-Alaska trip, we knew we’d need to have Internet now and then — checking emails, paying occasional bills, tending to the various surprises that can come up when leaving home for many weeks.   Normally when we travel we use our cell phones and a 3G/4G hotspot, pay Verizon some extra bucks... Read More