When towing, can I use cruise control and overdrive?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When towing a travel trailer, can you use the cruise control? What about an overdrive transmission? These are questions that can puzzle new RVers – and even some veterans. First, let’s talk about cruise control. Here’s a school of thought where most folks who’ve had cruise control tend to agree: Towing a trailer with... Read More

ABCs of RV shopping: Motorhomes (pt. 2)

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For those shopping for their first RV, it helps to have an understanding of types. We previously discussed two popular motorhome classes, Class A and Class C. Now we’ll talk about two other kinds of motorhomes. Class B Motorhomes: Often called a van conversion or van camper, a Class B motorhome looks like a... Read More

Make sure your RV’s VIN number isn’t bogus

One of the latest scams that affect RVers hales from Canada. It seems that nasty crooks are stealing RVs, modifying the VIN plates, and then selling the stolen trailers on Kijiji. Up in Canada, Kijiji is a “kind-of-like” Craigslist Internet classified ad outfit. The outfit is owned by eBay, and is quite popular for selling used items and moving people... Read More

Choosing a floor plan for your new RV

The following advice is from Mark Polk’s book Insider’s Guide to Buying an RV.  When shopping for an RV, you will quickly discover that there are many available floor plans. Some were designed with two people in mind and others with six or eight people in mind. There are floor plans with front bedrooms and others with rear bedrooms. There... Read More

How is my RV affected by higher altitudes?

By Russ and Tina De Maris A new RVer was studying his rig’s appliance manuals and came across statements that suggested his LP appliances might not work at higher elevations. How big of a concern is high-elevation operation? Traveling in high places with your rig can mean a few changes, but the drama of “no shower, no cold beer” may... Read More

Campsite checklists: arrival and departure

By Russ and Tiña De Maris  Camping with your RV can seem like a complicated process when you’re first getting started – kind of like flying a plane. Here are two “checklists” that can make your own RV “flight” arrivals and departures easier and safer. RV Arrival Checklist 1. Before you “land” your RV on a site, do a quick... Read More

Always read the fine print – no matter what you’re buying

By Russ and Tiña De Maris  It seems a common thread among RVers is trying to get the most mileage out of the travel dollar. Whether shopping for low gas prices or the lowest rates on RV parks, you can count on RVers to do their shopping. But be careful, not every deal is a great deal – slow down... Read More