Spend several hours in an RV before buying it

Whether you plan to spend $10,000, $50,000 or $550,000 for that first or fifth RV, you need to look at it “differently” before plopping down your cash. Walk into any new RV and you will likely see various decorative accessories – e.g., vases, scarves, flowers – tastefully placed to enhance the “look.” My RV doesn’t look like that and yours... Read More

Dip your toes into the lifestyle by renting an RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVing can be a lot like checking out the swimming pool. Some folks are brazen enough to launch themselves out into the water like a cannonball, others gingerly stick their toes in the water and make a gradual immersion. If you want to try out the RV lifestyle without major financial risk, consider renting... Read More

Which towable trailer is right for you?

Presumably, you are here because you have decided that a towable RV makes sense for your travel style and budget. Leaving aside pop-up campers, which aren’t really in the same class, your choices are travel trailer (TT) and fifth wheel trailer (5er). As with other decisions in the RV spectrum, there is no single right answer. Both have their strong... Read More

Own a pickup truck? A fifth wheel might be your best option

If you are one of the millions of Americans whose family “car” is a pickup truck, you hold the key to what is fast becoming the most luxurious recreational vehicle lifestyle in North America! The power and weight-carrying capacity of the pickup make it the ideal tow vehicle for the modern fifth wheel travel trailer. While mini-vans and passenger sedans... 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

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

Do this before seriously considering buying an RV

RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury has advice about buying an RV that you do not want to ignore. . . Too many potential buyers do not think of this one thing that could make them regret their new toy on their first camping trip. You don’t want to be sorry about your purchase. Sign up for one of our newsletters about... Read More

ABCs of RV shopping: Class A and Class C motorhomes (pt. 1)

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re in the market for your first RV, there’s plenty to be learned about the differences in RVs. This is the first installment of a multi-part series to help better acquaint you with your choices. This week we’ll talk about the two most popular kinds of motorhomes. Class A Motorhomes: Often called a... Read More

The ABCs of RV Shopping: Towables (pt. 2)

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In our discussion about towable RVs, we’ve talked about travel trailers and toy haulers. Now let’s talk about two other towables, fifth wheels and pop-ups. Fifth-Wheel Trailers: A favorite among those who take long vacations or even live full-time in their RV, the fifth-wheel trailer is a specialized unit requiring a pickup truck or... Read More