Trailer folk: Jack the frame – not the axle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When we were new to the RVing-with-a-trailer set, we bought an older fifth wheel that had been sitting about on its tires for some time. Lots of tread left, sure, but the tires themselves had been exposed to plenty of UV radiation. Our RVing mentors “learned us” quickly that just because there’s plenty of…

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RV Mods – A quick disconnect for your RV’s LP heater?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many RVers have found it to their advantage to shuck the use of the factory RV furnace in favor of a “Blue Flame” or catalytic style heater. For boondockers, these LP-fired heaters are a godsend, as most use no electricity (no battery run-down) and are far more efficient than RV furnaces ever dreamed of…

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Sticky 5th wheel hitch, Cowboy? Slick ’em up!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris One of the most neglected areas for fifth wheels, the hitch, can be one of the most cantankerous. Having a “stuck” hitch release can really take the joy out of the lifestyle, yet it’s easy to care for problems before they come up. Fifth wheel hitches having moving parts, and the locking assembly that…

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It’s a great time to visit “the Grand Canyon of the Mojave”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Looking for a place that’s off the beaten track, offers amazing desert wildlife views, yet still has a year-round river? Before summer (and the heat) arrives, consider a trip to California’s Afton Canyon. East of Barstow, the Bureau of Land Management oversees an amazing chunk of public land that offers a little bit of…

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Boondock near the highest summit in the Lower 48

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It’s a mountain with an interesting history – and a debatable altitude. The first recorded ascent of this highest peak in the contiguous United States was made by a group – not of mountain climbers – but fishermen. Charles Begole, A.H. Johnson and John Lucas tossed away their fishing poles, made the climb and…

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Wildlife Refuges – often National Park next-door neighbors

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers spend plenty of time on America’s public lands. National Parks are a natural. National Forests get plenty of visits. Many have discovered the Out West treasures managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But one part of your public lands sometimes gets neglected – Wildlife Refuges, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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Fulltime RVer: Tips for using General Delivery to get your mail

By Russ and Tiña De Maris One question many new fulltime RVers have is this: “How do I get mail when I’m on the road?” Often the suggestion is made that they establish a relationship with a mail-forwarding business, which they use to “receive” their mail. Simply pick up the phone, or in some cases, use the internet, to direct…

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