What are grade signs and what do they mean?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Get out of the flat country and hit the hills, sooner or later you’ll find a sign warning of a “steep grade,” often associated with a percentage number. Road grades seem mysterious at first, but really are simple. Simply put, road grade is the amount of rise or drop over a given distance. A... Read More

Custom RVs available for the physically challenged

Here, courtesy of GoRVing, is a list of RV manufacturers, equipment suppliers, and clubs that serve RVers with physical challenges. Besides standard RV conveniences and amenities from power and plumbing systems to the latest in kitchen appliances and entertainment options, typically accessible RV modifications or accessories include: Wheelchair lifts or ramps Lower kitchen counters and cabinets Widened entrances Roll-in showers... Read More

Boondocking: Stay longer and cheaper

By Bob Difley Boondocking (living with no hookups) several days simply requires that you approach water conservation differently. Whether you just want to stop for a night’s sleep while meandering cross-country or stay longer in Death Valley National Park, boondocking is easy. Your RV is self-contained – you have everything to live comfortably. Boondocking does not mean living primitively –... Read More

Become a camp host in exchange for free, scenic campsite

Many full-time RVers work part-time and sometimes full-time as camp hosts, usually during the summer travel season. In exchange for a few hours of work a week, camp hosts receive a free campsite, usually with water, utility and often sewer hookups. Camp hosting positions are plentiful, with opportunities in many public and some private campgrounds. Anyone who has done much... Read More

Make dumping less of a “crappy” situation

Dumping the waste tanks: If you camp, you can’t avoid it. But a few simple techniques can make this aspect of RV life easier and help you avoid unpleasant accidents. These suggestions apply whether you are on hookups at a campground or just emptying your tanks at an RV dump site. First, always start with your black tank followed by... Read More

A fact of RV travel: Breakdowns

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Breakdowns happen no matter what form of “transportation” you use. Whether it’s a car, plane, cruise ship, yacht or RV, there’s always the possibility you could get stuck on your vacation. As Forrest Gump said, “It happens.” I have had a number of breakdowns over the years and have taken... Read More

The ABCs of RV shopping: Slide-in truck campers

By Russ and Tiña De Maris   In our series on the ABCs of RV shopping, we’ve talked about motorhomes and towables of all sorts. While not a “towable” as such, there is one other non-motorized RV that fills a real need for some RVers: slide-in truck campers.   These non-motorized units don’t tow behind you; instead, they slide into... Read More