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…

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Leveling your RV is easy!

Unless you always park in level areas, eventually you will need to level your motorhome when you camp. Sleeping is more comfortable, cooking is easier, and doors will work properly when your coach is reasonably level. Leveling may also prolong the life of your refrigerator. With motorhomes, leveling is usually a simple exercise. Most Class A and larger Class C…

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First, do a trial run – Take your RV out for a few days

Congratulations! You did your homework, shopped and talked, wheeled and dealed. Now you’re driving your new RV home and talking about that first outing. Before you get carried away and take off on a two-week or longer trip, it’s a good idea to start a little closer to home with a shakedown trip. Regardless of type, RVs are complex beasts…

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“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…

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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…

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Helpful “water fitting” accessories for your RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris  If you’ll be camping in a park with “city water,” that is, water from a faucet, here are some good accessories to keep in your RV storage compartment. These can make your visit easier, even safer, for your rig. Inexpensive, you’ll thank yourself for having them when you need them. Even before you hang…

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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…

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