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

“Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints,” please!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A columnist in an Idaho newspaper has a few gripes about bad campground behavior. Trash in fire rings, dog poop on trails, and the other usual suspects. Sometimes bad behavior is just that – a person with a nasty attitude. Other times it’s just a matter of education. How’s your campground courtesy knowledge? Here... Read More

Travel with an empty fresh water tank? Maybe not a good idea

Do always travel between campgrounds with an empty fresh water tank to cut down on weight and improve fuel mileage? That may not be the best idea. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury explains why you should always carry at least some water in your RV’s fresh water tank even when you will be fully hooked up at a campground. And don’t... Read More

Where do I put levels and how do I use them?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris   Having your RV level when parked not only makes it easier to get around in, it’s also critical for keeping your RV refrigerator alive. Most RV refrigerators can be damaged if run off-level, so keeping them happy is the priority. Leveling your RV is a lot easier if you have levels mounted outside... Read More

Under-value RV check-in/check-out checklists at your peril

  I know you’re thinking, I won’t forget anything when I arrive at my RV campground or when I pull up stakes and move on. Why would I need a checklist? I’m glad you have a perfect memory and don’t get distracted. But I have known several – lots – of fulltime RVers that have, in fact, forgotten something. And it’s especially... Read More

America’s farms and wineries invite you to stay overnight in your RV

  Harvest Hosts is a service for RVers that enables members to stay free overnight at hundreds of participating farms, wineries, museums and other locations, where they actually want you to come and visit, and stay a spell. In this video, Harvest Hosts owners Kim and Don Greene explain how the program works including benefits for members at farm and... Read More

Campgrounds vary, fancy to barebones

RVers have many choices about where to camp from official, amenity-paced campgrounds to barebones “boondocking” sites in the middle of nowhere. Campsites can cost $50 a night or more, or they can be free. Most are in the $25 to $50 range. Reservations with private campgrounds can be made with individual campgrounds or through a central number for campgrounds with... Read More

Protect you and your campground neighbors from a dangerous slideout!

One usually doesn’t think about their slideouts as being dangerous – especially to kids. But though you may not have thought about it, the slideout on your RV that makes your living space so roomy, can also be your – and your campground neighbors’ – enemy. Find out why in this short video by Chuck Woodbury from RVtravel.com. What you... Read More