Common RV Terminolgy and Definitions

For the RV neophyte, some RV terminology may seem like a foreign language! Here is a nice long list of typical RV related terms and their definitions used within the RV community.

AC or A/C: AC is the 120 volt alternating current electrical system. (the same as ina house). AC or A/C can also mean the air conditioner.

Actual Weight: Also referred to as “Weight” this is the measured weight of an object, such as a trailer or motorhome.

Anode Rod: An anode rod is used in the water heater, to attract the …

What Are the Emotional Challenges of the Fulltime RV Lifestyle?

fulltime rving

Fulltime RVing can involve some unique emotional challenges, especially if you have an extroverted personality, or very close to your family or community. Many of these challenges can be overcome, but if you’re considering the RV lifestyle, you need to know what to expect emotionally. By knowing what to expect, you can be prepared.

What Are Some of the Common Emotional Challenges?

Missing friends and family is probably one of the most painful emotional challenges, and along with this goes missing special events and occasions with family and friends.

Meeting with new people. …

Boondocking Basics

boondocking basics and safety

First, let’s define boondocking: RV camping out in the “boonies” (nature) with no designated sites, hookups, or facilities.

Newbie RVers can have many fears and questions about boondocking. This isn’t the typical RV park experience! Some common questions and fears are, is it safe? How do you find boondocking spots? How long can I make it on my water? Will I smell if I can’t shower every day? Will my RV get stuck? Let’s go over a few of the basics!

How Do You Find Boondocking Spots?

Most boondocking spots, officially called “dispersed …

Things to Check When Buying a Used RV

The Roof

One of the most important checks you can make on an RV is the roof. A leaky RV roof can cause massive damage, often unseen. A leaky roof can cause rot inside the walls, weakening the entire structure, and also cause unseen mold, which can make you sick. These problems are usually very expensive and time consuming to repair. Before you climb up on the roof, check the ladder for loose screws or cracked rungs. If you don’t feel comfortable going up on the roof, get someone who is.

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3 Easy Steps to Keep Our Free RV Overnights

Back in the good old days RVers, could park just about anywhere, without getting told to leave. Unfortunately, too many RVers have overstayed their welcome, leaving trash, and even dumping their sewer water on the ground. As a result, city ordinances against overnight RV parking are enacted every day, leaving less areas for us to park. Don’t contribute to jeopardizing free camping privileges. Be respectful! If you can mind your Walmart boondocking manners, you can help avoid having another free overnight parking place get closed down, and denied to the RVing community. Here’s …

Is It RV Friendly? Use This Indispensable Tool to Choose the Safest Route

For more than 20 years, the Mountain Directory books have been an essential guide for both truckers and RVers, with over 700 mountain passes and steep grades. MountainDirectory.com now offers this information not only as printed books, but also three digital versions; eBooks for Windows and Mac computers, and apps for Android phones and tablets, as well as iPhones and iPads. The eBook and app versions are downloaded onto your devices, and you do not need to be online; they will work anywhere, with or without a cell signal.

You can consult the …

7 Pieces of Advice for Stress Free RV Living

After fulltiming for a while, you will learn a few things. These are a few RV lessons you may want to learn before you hit the road.

Take it Leisurely

Sometimes you need to be somewhere at a specific time, but generally, your travel should be leisurely. To really enjoy RVing, you need to be able to stop when you want, where you want, and driving should be stress free. You can follow the 330 rule; stop when you have driven 330 miles or it’s 3:30 in the …

EMP Protection For Your Tow Vehicle and RV

Vehicle Micro-circuitry & Computer Chips Will be a Problem During an EMP

First of all, most of the tests performed by the government and by private companies have conclude that most vehicles, pre-1990, will be largely unaffected by the EMP. The engine and mechanical parts of a vehicle will remain intact, however, the computer ignition systems and microcircuitry that controls much of a vehicle’s internal functioning could be fried instantly. If the engine is fine, but it won’t start because the chip in the ignition is fried, well, the result would answer the …

Is Your RV Bug Out Worthy?

What is a bug out vehicle (BOV)? What does “bug out” mean? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, bug out is slang for “to depart especially in a hurry.” A bug out vehicle can quickly evacuate you and your family or from a natural or man made disaster, as well as away from areas of civil unrest.

A bug out vehicle will give you a greater ability to evacuate or respond to almost any emergency; everything from hurricanes, forest fires, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, nuclear reactor leaks, civil unrest, and terrorist attacks. If you …

RV Boondocking Tips & Tricks for Newbies

boondocking tips and safety

Nearly all RVs are designed to be self-contained for camping, but new and off the lot, most RVs are not going to last more than a few days without hookups. Fortunately, there are many ways to help you boondock more efficiently. Below are some very useful boondocking tips and tricks.

Parking the Rig

If you have solar panels on the roof, park your rig so they get full sun for most of the day. Remember, when boondocking, it is much easier to heat the RV than to cool it down, so also try …

Is Boondocking Safe?

boondocking safety

Think about it… most crime happens in the cities, not out in the wilderness. The chances of criminals, gang bangers, sexual predators and drug addicts driving all the way out to the middle of nowhere, looking for boondockers to rob, rape and murder are miniscule. The stuff criminals and gangs want (money, drugs, guns, easy prey, and turf) are not out in a national forest or BLM land, but back in the big city, where there are stores and homes to rob, rival gangs to shoot, and easy access to drug dealers. Don’t …

7 Easy Steps to Get Started in the RV Lifestyle

Living the RV lifestyle is not as hard as it looks! Simply follow these seven easy steps, to get started on the adventure of a lifetime!

#1 Decide on the right RV for You.

It is perfectly OK to go window shopping for an RV at dealerships and RV shows, to help you narrow down the type of RV that’s right for you. Ask lots of questions, get behind the wheel, lay on the bed, sit at the dinette, to get a feel for what it would be …