What RV City Slickers Need to Know About Small Town America

There are a few things people who live in cities take for granted, such as the availability of cell service, free cell service, banks and ATMs, different types of food, supplies and restaurants. Below are some tips to help you city slickers navigate small town, rural America.


Money and Plastic:

If you live in a city, you may not think twice about using your debit or credit card for every purchase. Not so in small town America; many small, family owned RV parks do not accept debit or …

RV Expenses We All Need to Budget For

There is no such thing as a one size fits all RV budget. Some people manage to live on $1,000 a month, but many others may need a budget much higher. But there are a few common expenses that every RVer has.

Familiarizing yourself with these common RV expenses will help you decide which RV best fits your needs, and how to budget your money to maximize your RV lifestyle.


Insurance

Just like your car, your RV needs insurance. On average, RV insurance can range from several hundred …

Fulltime RVing Isn’t the Same as Being on a Fulltime Vacation

For many people, there is a belief that living fulltime in an RV will transform life into a fulltime vacation; carefree, full of adventure, and devoid of anything that could distract from your happiness. If that is your idea of the fulltime RV lifestyle, you might be disappointed.

You may think you are being realistic, but it’s very easy to get your hopes up as a new RVer; your imagination may run wild with how perfect this new lifestyle will be; no rent or mortgage, all the places you’ll go, “living free”. Your …

Safety and Stabilization Upgrades for Gas Class A Motorhomes


You may be used to the smooth ride of the typical passenger car or pickup truck, or even a diesel motorhome, so you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you first drive a gas engine Class A motorhome. It may wobble and sway around every corner, and a gust of wind or a passing 18 wheeler could push you off the road.

You may be battling the steering wheel, fighting to keep it straight. If you let go, even with one hand, for even just for …

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 …

RV Boondocking Tips & Tricks for Newbies

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 …

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 …

Places to Find Fresh Water on the Road

If you have been dry camping for days, or even weeks, one of the first things you’ll need to do is fill up on fresh water. Here are a few tips on where to find it, other than a paid campground.

Dump Stations

This may be the first place to look for fresh water. Please be alert, dump stations often have a “non-potable” water spigot near the sewer dump, and a fresh water spigot somewhere else. Don’t get the two confused, and only fill your fresh with potable water.

Rest Stops

Many rest …

4 Places to Avoid in Your RV

RVing can either be care free living, or total disaster. Without paying attention to road and weather conditions, your next move could end in tragedy.

Driving on a Narrow Road with No Turnaround

One of the scariest places for an RV to is at the end of a long, narrow road with no place to turn around. An RV GPS may help you to avoid most of these dead ends, they’re not 100% foolproof. If you find yourself stuck at the end of a road with no turn around, you will need to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

Finding Free RV Dump Stations on the Road

There are a few free options on the road for dumping your black and grey tanks, and refilling the fresh. Here are a few tips to help you to find free locations for dumping and filling. Mark these locations on your paper map, in case you don’t have cell phone service while on the road.

Use the Internet

Websites like SaniDumps.com and rvdumps.com have just the information you need: master lists of RV dump sites across the country. Some of these are free, so check on the listings, and map out the dump …

Buying a Travel Solar Charger for Your Next Trip?

A travel solar charger is a great purchase for anyone who likes to travel. This portable energy device is easy to use and runs off of the sun’s energy. A portable charger does not need any international voltage adapters because it never needs to be plugged into electricity. You will not have to worry about what adapter is used in the country you are going to; just bring your solar charger with you.

Portable energy has long been talked about among fanatical energy conservatists. It no longer is only for those people who …