RV Weight and Measurement Terminology

There are all types of weights and measurements in reference to RVs, and sometimes, it can be confusing. What does it all mean? Below, you will find some answers.

If you are curious about your weight, many truck stops have scales, and they may be willing to weigh you. Also, be mindful of “weight distribution” in your RV. You want to try and keep the weight of your load evenly distributed, with the heaviest items over the axles. Also, avoid collecting too much unnecessary junk, and make regular trips to a thrift store …

Reality Check. What is Your Low Cost RV Comfort Level?

You may have been watching some of the young, hip, urban stealth campers on You Tube, living free on the streets of big, expensive cities in a plain, white, urban stealth van, while they pursue school, or a career. They make it look so easy! So glamorous! So anti-social in a really cool way! Maybe, but hold up, reality check…. Knock, knock, knock, the glare of a flashlight… it’s the cops! “You can’t park here. License and registration…” Maybe this time, you get off without a ticket, or maybe not. Bang, bang bang! …

Snowbird RV Living in the Desert Southwest

Spending the winters in the Desert Southwest, particularly Arizona, is one of the cheapest ways to live for RVers. You have many options, from luxurious RV resorts, to basic RV parks, to BLM LTVAs and free boondocking, out in the desert.

What makes the Desert Southwest Such a Great Place to RV?

There are millions of acres of public land, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the desert Southwest, as well as a lot of Forest Service land. Also, the privately owned RV parks in the small towns of the …

What is Boondocking? How Do You Boondock?

Boondocking is a term given to a type of dry camping (camping without hook ups, 100% off grid). Some term it “free camping” or the trendy term, “wild camping”, because it does not cost any money, and many of the boondocking sites are out in nature, well away from the cities. Below you will find the different types of boondocking locations, and how to locate them.

Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS), as well as other government agencies, such as the Army Corps of Engineers, …

Play It Safe with Fire! How to Build a Fire Pit.

Most RVers are aware of the need for campfire safety, but may not really think about a few simple rules, when they are setting up camp. Many wildfires get started unintentionally by careless campers. Many campsites, but not all, will have a fire pit properly situated and set up. But if you are boondocking in more primitive locations, knowing a few rules about your campfire spot is essential.

• DO NOT build a fire in and area with hazardous, dry conditions.

• DO NOT build a fire in high wind areas.

• DO …

Things to Consider Before Going Fulltime RV

#1) STUFF!

You can’t take it all with you; in fact, you may have to get rid of 90% of your stuff. You need to decide what’s really essential to your new RV lifestyle, and what isn’t. You need to strive to keep everything at a minimum, and very practical. The name of the game is, yard sales, donations, and more yard sales, and more donations. Give away family heirlooms to other family members. Just remember, you may not see those heirlooms ever again.

Some people will rent a storage unit, and pay …

5 Essential RV Dump Station Rules

If you’re an RV newbie, the correct procedures at the dump station can seem rather confusing. Getting used to the novel world of dumping human waste can be unnerving for RV newbies, but follow a few simple rules, and it will be trauma free! Dumping your tanks doesn’t have to be a big production, it is really very simple. By following proper dump station procedures, you’ll be in and out in a jiffy!

Don’t Be This Guy!

1. Black Water First, Gray Second

Always dump the RV’s black tank first. It helps to …

11 Tips for RV Camping in High Winds

There are things you can do to reduce the impact of the wind on your RV while camping, as well as reduce any potential damage.

1) Point the Nose of Your RV Into the Wind

If possible, park your RV with the front end into the wind. For a motorhome, you might park it with the tail to the wind, to prevent windshield damage. The front end of a travel trailer or 5th Wheel are aerodynamically designed for highway speeds, so you’ll have a lot less rocking and noise, compared to the wind …

The 7 Noob Mistakes ANY RVer Can Make

Traveling and living in an RV takes a lot of thought and preparation and there are a lot of little things you need to keep in mind… so many things, that it’s easy to miss something. Let’s look at seven common, and easily avoidable, mistakes you can make as an RVer.

#1- Don’t Mix Up Your Fresh Water Hoses & Fittings With Your Waste Water Hoses & Fittings

Mixing up your fresh water and waste water hoses and fittings will can lead to bacteria contamination that will make you very sick. A quick …

Why NOT to Have a Composting Toilet in Your RV

While there is a huge interest in using a composting toilet in an RV, instead of the conventional, flushable RV toilet, especially from those with a desire to live a sustainable, green, off grid lifestyle, there are many environmental reasons, as well as practical and financial reasons, to NOT install a composting toilet in your RV.

Composting toilets generally cost around $1,000, so they are not cheap. They are flushless, and are designed to compost human waste into a rich soil for planting in a garden. Unfortunately, it takes several months for …

Tips for Towing a Trailer

Towing a trailer is not always simple. To make sure you are towing your trailer safely, you need to keep the following tips in mind.

Weight Distribution

One of the essential rules of towing a trailer is to evenly distribute the weight of your load as evenly as possible. As you pack up, keep your weight distribution in mind, and spread out the weight as evenly as possible, between the front and back, as well as the left and right of the trailer. Also, it is essential to know the maximum weight you …

Getting Rid of Rodents in Your RV

If you love the great outdoors, and spend a lot of time boondocking, or camping in wilderness campgrounds, you are likely to pick up a few unwelcome visitors. Here is what you need to know about those pesky little critters — and how you can get rid of them, and keep them out.

There’s never just one.

If you see one mouse, you most likely have more than one. Rodentsare looking for the same things that humans are looking for; food, water, and shelter. When you have one, others will find their way …

Does Your RV Stink?

If you have ever had a mysterious stink inside your RV, you need to have a plan for how you are going to find the source, and get rid of a nasty smell inside your rig. An unpleasant odor can really spoil your vacaton, so take the below advice to help you eliminate that nasty smell, and get your vacation back on track.

Air Out the Rig

This might be obvious, but it needs mentioning, as it is very important for keeping your RV smelling fresh. Whenever you can, open up all of …

Can You Tow Your Car 4 Down?

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With two wheeled tow dollies and four wheeled trailers, almost any car can be towed behind an RV, as long as the weight of the car plus the weight of the trailer or tow dolly doesn’t exceed the motor home’s recommended towing capacity. But towing wth a dolly or trailer isn’t very popular; first, there’s the expense of purchasing and maintaining a trailer or dolly, then there is the storage space those additional conveyances require when not in use. Also, there is the extra work …

How to Find Free RV Boondocking Spots

As a fulltime RVer, I have mapped out suitable areas for boondocking. I stay west of the Rockies, where most of the free camping and BLM land is.

One thing to consider when boondocking with your RV is appropriate roads for your particular rig; an Expedition vehicle, a 4×4 truck camper, or a 4×4 truck towing a micro-lite trailer can go deeper off the beaten path than a Class A, B or C motorhome.

It is highly recommended, to check out any boondocking area by car, before you take a motorhome in, especially

Staying Connected Online From Your RV

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If you are traveling, and especially, if you like to go boondocking off grid in your RV, you often won’t have cellphone service, or an internet connection. That is a simple fact. In order to optimize your chances of getting cell service while on the road, and while off grid, most fulltime RVers go with Verizon or AT&T, because they have the widest coverage, as well as the strongest signals. Check your area coverage maps for all the cell providers in your area, …

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Off Grid Home or Bug Out Location

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The perfect off the grid location is not one-size-fits-all, especially if you are working on a small budget. Price and affordability is probably the most important issue for most of us.

Choose an area where the land is very affordable, but not many people have discovered the area yet.

Choose land with good potential for solar and wind energy is very good.

Choose a location with a mild climate, especially in winter; you don’t want to find yourself in a remote location, unable …

Build a Tiny House from a Pre-Fab Storage Shed

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If you don’t have the time or skills to build your own tiny house, an economical way to get started is to start with a pre-built shed shell. You may have seen these small wood buildings lined-up along the side of the road, or in the parking lot of your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. These pre-fab buildings are sold as storage sheds, but some come with the appropriate windows and doors, and large enough to be used …

Avoid RV Tire Blow Outs

RV tire blow outs are very dangerous; replacing the tire may be expensive, losing a tire while in motion can cause a serious crash. Avoiding tire blow outs on your RV is one of the most important things to do to keep you and your family safe.

Don’t Run on Old Tires

Rubber deteriorates with age, and old tires are more prone to blow outs. Even if there is still some tread left, it’s important to get new tires every 5-6 years, to make sure you have quality tires on your RV. Replacing …

Pre-Flight RV Check List

Before you take off in your RV, there are a lot of little things to remember before pulling out. It’s a great idea to create a checklist which you can use to remember all the vital steps. What should be on such a checklist? Below are a few ideas to get you started.

Check Your Tires

One of the most important things to do is to check the pressure in your tires. The wrong tire pressure in your motorhome, trailer or truck tires, either too much or too little, will create a risk …

Free Overnight Parking for RVers

There are many places where you can park your RV for a single day or night along the road. Keep in mind, it’s just for one night, and it’s not the same as a campground; don’t put out your awning and lawn chairs, and set up the BBQ! Keep it low key, keep it clean, stay out of the way, and be ready to move. It’s also a good idea to write down more than one location, in case your first choice doesn’t pan out.

Walmart: Probably the best known overnight stop over …