OverKill trailer ready for the rough life

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If RVing for you doesn’t equate to “glamping” somewhere in a high-end resort, but on the other end of the spectrum, there may be an RV for you. The “OverKill” touts itself this way: “Adventure comes from new experiences. Danger comes from being unprepared for them. Whatever your journey throws at you, your OverKill…

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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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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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Getting high in your RV – without altitude sickness

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A recent survey asked RVtravel.com readers, “Are you affected by altitude sickness?” The largest response, an amazing 67 percent, affirmed that no, altitude sickness didn’t affect them. Perhaps we should have asked, “Have you ever traveled to a high elevation and been affected by altitude sickness?” We put it that way, because the American…

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RVer makes a living finding the dead

By Russ and Tiña De Maris There are thousands of RVers who make a living on the road. Perhaps the largest number of positions for these “work campers” is that of campground host. Others work as traveling company representatives, some deliver RVs. But finding the dead? It’s not as quirky as it may seem off the top. Just ask Len…

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California city tries new approach to “RV homelessness”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many big cities are wrestling with the issue of RV dwellers on their streets. Mountain View, California, is just another one of them. With rent prices in this Bay-area city shooting through the roof, many people don’t have fixed roofs to live under. By one account, at least 600 folks in the area call…

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Feds may penalize foreign LP cylinder manufacturers

By Russ and Tiña De Maris More RV industry woes: If tariffs on imported steel and aluminum weren’t enough to keep RV manufacturing execs awake at night, now a new worry looms: Propane containers. American RV manufacturers put thousands of imported LP tanks and cylinders into the rigs they build, and now two American LP container manufacturers are crying foul.…

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New park project takes the stink out of the outhouse

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Officials at West Virginia’s Camp Creek State Park may have hit upon an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of dealing with human waste. At a cost of less than $1,000, park workers are installing so-called micro-flush toilets, doing away with the old-time privy system. Along the way, they’re giving employment opportunities to thousands –…

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Investigative journalism busts Quartzsite, Arizona?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A Fountain Valley, California, boating and fishing news media outlet called The Log may have gotten into investigative journalism. Recently, one of the outfit’s intrepid reporters did an exposé that centered on popular snowbird haunt Quartzsite, Arizona. In the amazing reveal, writer Parimal M. Rohit pointed the journalistic finger at one of the little…

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Interior Department claims major investment in U.S. parks

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a “good news, bad news” scenario, the U.S. Interior Department says America’s national parks are looking at a $11.6 billion backlog in maintenance and repairs. The good news? The agency has approved spending to take care of 2.2 percent of the need. Under the banner headline, “Trump Administration Announces $256 Million in Construction…

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