The town of Laughlin NV came into being in 1964, when Don Laughlin, who owned the 101 Club in Las Vegas, purchased the land at the southern tip of Nevada, across the Colorado River from Bullhead City AZ. Mr. Laughlin built the Riverside casino and hotel, and built a bridge across the river so the folks from the nearby communities in Arizona, as well as Needles, CA, could easily come gamble at his new casino. By the mid-1980’s, Laughlin was a complete and bustling town, catering not only to the Snowbird visitors and gamblers, but to summertime family fun along the river.
For the RV community, Laughlin/Bullhead City is conveniently located along the North/South migration route along Hwy 93/95, …
Mission San Xavier del Bac was founded in 1692 by Father Kino, a Jesuit missionary, at the center of a centuries old Tohono O’odham Indian settlement along the banks of the Santa Cruz River, about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson. The original church was built in 1700, but it was razed to the ground in 1770, during an Apache raid. The Mission we see today was built under the direction of the Franciscan priests Juan Bautista Velderrain and Juan Bautista Llorenz, between 1783-1797, and is the oldest European structure in the state of Arizona. It is widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States.
Following the Mexican independence from Spain in …
The United States has an infinite variety of culture between the different states, and much open, wild land, it could take you a lifetime to see it all. From national and state parks and forests, from historic monuments to theme parks, it’s no wonder that more and more people set out every year in their RVs, to travel across the United States.
If you or your family plan on making a trek across the United States, either as a long road trip from coast to coast, or just as one state or city at a time, the best way to plan a trip is with maps. Laying out a map, and pin pointing different places you want to go is …
Cathedral Gorge is along U.S. Highway 93, approximately 165 miles north of Las Vegas, and just one mile from the tiny farming and ranching town of Panaca, in beautiful Lincoln county, Nevada. It has been a popular local picnic area, as well as a dramatic backdrop for open air plays and Easter celebrations, since the area was first settled in the 19th century, and Cathedral Gorge became one of Nevada’s four original state parks in 1935.
The Civilian Conservation Corps built the distinctive stone water tower, the stone picnic area that is still in use, as well as a stone restroom, which is no longer useable.
The elevation of Cathedral Gorge is 4,800 feet above sea level, and the area …
The idea of RVing and boondocking alone can be intimidating, especially if you’re a woman. As a woman, you must be armed with both experience and common sense, but in most places, RVers and boondockers are friendly and neighborly, just good people who are there to enjoy solitude and nature, just like you.
However, there are some basic steps you can follow to ensure your solo boondocking is safe and enjoyable.
Make sure your RV and tow vehicle are in good shape; check the air in the tires, check the radiator, make sure you are filled up on fuel. If you have any doubts about the road worthiness of your vehicles, stay put.
Why living the van life? Vans absolutely do not have the homey comforts of an RV, such as a bathroom or a kitchen, but it’s cheaper compared to an RV, it’s easier to park, and you can go places a big rig can’t. Below are some tips to make life as a van dweller more comfortable.
Van dwellers absolutely need a system to keep things organized, in order to keep the living space inside the van useable. You must make your van something that’s liveable and useable for you, especially if it’s going to be your home for weeks or months at a time. You need space to move around.
I have a simple set up to collect rainwater off the roof of the motorhome while boondocking. During a recent desert storm, that lasted half a day, I collected around 25 gallons in 6 blue buckets. I could have collected more, if I had the storage!
After collecting the run off, I filter it through a ceramic gravity fed filter. I’ve changed it since the video, from a Katadyn filter to a Zen filter, because the Zen filter has a lower profile, making it better for stacking the blue buckets into the white 5 gallon buckets for storage. It also is impregnated with silver, to kill bacteria.
The ceramic gravity filters can take a long time to …
Many newbie RV dry campers may be disappointed to find that their fresh water only lasted two or three days, because they used it as if they had an unlimited supply, like at their house, or a full hook up campground. But there are tricks to making your fresh water last longer, allowing you to spend more time boondocking, and less time worrying about dumping and filling tanks.
The general rule of thumb is, 3 gallons of water per day, per person, for drinking and washing, but you can make it less, with some smart water conservation.
1- The first and most important rule is, never let water just run down the drain! When you run up the …
If you’ve been in an RV park, you may have noticed what seems to be a disproportionate number of South Dakota and Montana license plates. The truth of the matter is, they are not really from Montana or South Dakota, but have established a residency and registered their vehicles in those states, for a number of reasons, mostly economic.
Montana for RVers
Montana has no sales tax on RVs, making the purchase cheaper, and the vehicle registration fees are relatively low; this makes registering an expensive vehicle like an RV in Montana a good option.
Many RVers make Montana work for them by establishing an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) in Montana, and registering their RV as a business vehicle. If …