Fulltiming doesn’t have to mean major eating change

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Despite the fact that a lot of “high end” motorhome builders have eliminated the “old fashioned” oven, it seems many fulltimers still eat much as they did before they went on the road. In a question posted on a fulltimer’s forum, a huge majority of respondents said they pretty well stuck with the way…

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New fees – and fee hikes – in the Idaho Panhandle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a move that may be unsettling for some Pacific Northwest recreationists, fee increases, and new fees where none existed before, are being trotted out for review by managers of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It’s a broad spectrum of changes that managers say will simply bring rates more into line with other existing…

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Propane exchange could be an expensive pain

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Look outside nearly any hardware store, supermarket or Walmart, and there’s the enticing offer: Bring in your empty propane cylinder and “trade it in” for a refurbished full one. With the number of live “filling stations” said to be decreasing, and the “convenience” of nearly 24-hour access to propane, it may seem a real…

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Take care with your RV generator switchovers

Got a “built-in” RV generator? Don’t have to “plug and unplug” shore power cords when switching from shore power to the genset? Then you have an ATS (automatic transfer switch). They’re convenient, indeed, as the rest of us without them have to go outside, typically open a door, and plug the shore power cord into a special receptacle fed by…

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Not all RV antifreeze is created equal

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If your rig is sitting in cold country and you haven’t already done so, it’s high time to get it winterized. We’ve written on this important subject before. Keeping your RV water lines from freezing (and breaking) is serious stuff. One question that pops up when discussing winterizing is this: Is there a difference…

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Fulltime RVing – What’s the best kind of RV for you?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A poll running on the fulltime RVers’ club, Escapees, website asks: What type of RV do you fulltime in? We found the results rather interesting. In order of use: 50.56 percent do so in a fifth wheel. 23.6 call a Class A diesel pusher home. 12.36 a Class A “gasser” unit. 5.62 percent an…

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RV Mods: Fuel-saving devices for your RV?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you recall that infamous scene from “Blazing Saddles,” you know that there’s a lot of gas floating around these days. Some of the hottest air in the marketplace is on equipment and additives “guaranteed to help you save at the gas pump.” Add-on devices to modify your motorhome or tow vehicle come from…

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Slow cellular internet: When will carriers catch on?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re in Quartzsite, Arizona, you don’t need turkeys or fat guys in red suits to mark the season. Just try and fire up your internet service using one of the largest providers in the area and you’ll know the winter season has arrived. Springtime in the Northwest may be characterized by slow-moving slugs,…

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RV Mods: Table drop-leg chewing floor? Here’s a quick fix!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you own a “vintage” RV, you probably have a “bag of tricks” you reach into to make your RVing life easier. Older equipment can sometimes act up, and there’s not always a modern fix for problems. Here’s one we ran into. Some RV dinettes are equipped with a single, folding leg. With the…

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