Tricks and tips from a veteran RV traveler about how you can save up to 50% on the fees you pay for campsites. Been there. Done that. It works!
RV slide rooms are popular, but before buying a unit that has them, make sure you know both their good and bad sides.
Advice from an experienced RVer about how to prevent and get rid of mildew in your motor home, travel trailer, or camper.
What you need to do before and during your RV trips if you greatly want to reduce your travel expenses.
Fully illustrated with tips and photos to help those who wish to remodel or repair older RVs and travel trailers.
This article explains how one of the more popular Scams is being perpetrated on owners of RVs and Motorhomes. It is basically a Check kiting type of scam with a twist to use it on Motorhome sellers.
Here are some useful tips to help minimize your power usage in your RV throughout the day, especially on a hot day with kids around.
RV repair costs are high. This article gives you some idea of what you might have to pay for parts and labor along with tips for reducing costs.
Some RVs have special lock assemblies that can malfunction and lock you out. Here's how to get back inside.
Step-by-step photos for replacing or installing a rooftop RV air conditioner in a camper, either in a motorhome, camper, or travel trailer. FAQS and a question and comment section for any problems.
A detailed answer to the question many RV buyers have always wondered about, which is just how much profit do RV dealerships make when they sell you a recreational vehicle!
Maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair tips for absorption refrigerators that use electricity and LP gas in Airstream travel trailers and other RV's.
Camper-trailers and small travel trailers are great if you love to get away from it all. Small travel trailers are easy to park and easy to tow, and you will be the talk of every campground.
Moisture is the number-one destroyer of recreational vehicles. Learn its causes and how to prevent it from damaging your RV.
Have you ever asked yourself, "How do I park my motorhome in a campsite?" If you own an RV, you know how hard it can be to get your rig into a campsite. Read this and you will have a new perspective on how to park your RV.
Today I will be telling you how to fix many of the problems that you might be having with your RV water pump. Few people actually understand how the water system works in their RV, but after reading this article, you will have a better understanding.
A guide for RV shoppers that will help them separate the bad from the good when inspecting recreational vehicles for potential purchase.
To get the most out of your batteries and avoid problems, you really need to understand the basics of RV batteries and their care and maintenance.
Suppose you have a camper and you want to trade in the vehicle you tow it with? You will need to understand the regulations for vehicle towing and your vehicle's capabilities and limitations.
Take your new (or just newer) RV on a Shakedown Cruise to make sure you don't have any serious problems when you finally hit the road for real.
So you've built your camper van or motorhome, and now you want to make it more like home by having things like TV, laptop phone chargers. How do you do it? With an inverter.
This is a step-by-step how-to with photo illustrations chronicling the DIY removal and replacement of a floor and repair of the roof of a 2002 Palomino Stampede Ultralight travel trailer RV.
A discussion about an alternative way of RV camping and living that people can use in special circumstances or simply to save money.
If you drive an RV or pull a camper, there are certain critical things about handling one properly and safely. Read this to learn those little secrets about driving a motorhome with confidence.
Tips that will help RV owners to make their travel units seem more spacious and provide more comfort.
Several well-known RV manufacturers have begun producing 5th Wheel travel trailers with six slide rooms. People should think carefully before buying one.
There are ways to get rid of an invisible bra on an RV. You can throw money at the problem. Or if you like doing things yourself, you can get the job done very cheaply using good old elbow grease.
A discussion about the various aspects of RV detailing including how to find a good detail person and how to reduce the costs of having this work done.
A basic guide for people who are new to RV travel that will help them to avoid many of the problems that might potentially ruin their vacations.
It's very easy for people to do things that damage their recreational vehicles. Here are eight of the most common.
This is a Dutchman RV floor repair guide. I've included over 100 questions and answers for all types of motorhome or travel trailer floor repair procedures. Have a question? Ask away!
Find out what really happens when people decide to sell everything and move into a recreational vehicle.
Dumping, cleaning, and maintaining your holding tanks is easy if you follow the right procedures. This guide will help you avoid those nasty accidents and get rid of your sewage efficiently.
Complete step-by-step, fully-illustrated article on how to install a Coleman RV rooftop air conditioner. Includes questions and a comment section for any problems you may encounter.
How to avoid expensive and damaging RV plumbing problems by using simple, preventive maintenance methods that work!
Advice and detailed directions that will help RV owners to keep their black water tanks sanitized and sweet smelling so that they can eliminate the putrid odors that can result from poor tank care and clogs.
Specific information about design and construction items you should look for if you want to purchase a quality coach.
Answers to questions you may have about living in a motor home or camper year round. What does it cost? What is it like? Will I enjoy it? Find out here!
An overview of the living choices that are available for people who want to full time in their recreational vehicles.
Before you buy an RV, you need to understand the financials involved in order to get your best deal. This article explains how the different pricings of an RV are determined.
If you are on a trip in your RV and the weather is rainy or just nasty, there are a lot of things that you can do to entertain yourself until the weather changes—just check the options listed here.
Proven and unique strategies you can use to save yourself a good deal of money when buying a motor home, travel trailer, or camper.
A tutorial that will show you the best methods and materials to use to keep the internal living area of your coach clean and sanitary.
Boondocking in the Arizona desert is a favorite winter pastime for RVing snowbirds. Here are tips on how and where to boondock in southern Arizona with pictures of some of the most scenic areas.
Proper sanitation is an important concern at any time. Every camper should take these extra steps to ensure their family avoids contracting bacterial infections or even illness.
How to maintain and repair the roof-mounted Airstream RV air conditioner. Photos and comments included.
What you need to know before you purchase the RV you plan to use for living and travel so that you don't make a buying mistake.
A warning for people wishing to buy luxury RVs that can help them to avoid horrible financial losses when it comes time to sell.
Planning which electrical equipment you will use when while camping can help the RV owner avoid overloading the camper's electrical breakers.
An electrical multimeter is an important tool for any RV camper owner to possess. This article tells how to use a multimeter to find shorts and test both 12 and 110 volt electrical systems in most RVs.
Get rid of the bungee straps on RV tire covers and make the installation and removal process easier and much safer.
This guide will teach you what to do if your RV's plumbing system becomes clogged and how to avoid having this problem in the future.
For Valentine's Day this year, my wife and I decided to give ourselves a gift for the future: a Travel Trailer. Our imminent retirement looms, and with it comes a decision: keep working or enjoy life.
Class A Motorhomes are a great form of transportation for those who love the open road, but they are far from perfect. Learn the truth about them before you buy one.
A discussion about the financial and lifestyle issues that people might face if they decide to start living in a recreational vehicle.
RVers have many options for free or cheap camping if they know where to look. RVers on a budget can find many suggestions here on how to find free and cheap places to camp.
Before you buy an RV, you need to understand the financials involved in order to get the best deal. This article (part two of seven) explains how the different pricings of an RV are determined.
Explains RV 110-volt AC and 12-volt DC electrical systems. Troubleshooting tips for finding and repairing electrical shorts and power converter problems.
Curious about full-time RVing? Here are some great reasons to choose the RVing lifestyle. The top three reasons to choose RVing are: to lead a simpler life, to live more cheaply and to see the country. This article includes many tips on how to get started.
Planning. Thought. Months of work detailing our first real RV trip, and we still made mistakes. Learn from what we went through to make your trip even better. Where we went and stayed: an overview.
A peek into what those big, luxury RVs are like and why you may decide that owning one is not for you!
How (with pics) we converted our Renault Kangoo micro-van into a camper with a 6-ft bed! This design would work well with any small car or van such as the Peugeot Bipper.
The good and bad points of RV thermal windows, and what you need to know about buying andt repairing them.
This article shows you how to use your crock pot during RV vacations to create great meals for your family with only a small amount of work.
There are both good and bad things about owning a lot where you can park your motorhome, trailer or camper, so do your homework before you invest.
A discussion about various options for full time RV living and the financial and physical costs of pursuing each one of them.
Important advice about buying previously owned RVs that will help people to avoid problems and financial losses.
A financial analysis of what it can cost an individual to own various types of recreational vehicles.
Are you tough enough to leave high bills and commercialism behind by living with less and using your RV as rustic housing? Find out here!
If you love RV travel and have never heard about vintage Boles Aero travel trailers, you need to read this article.
These true stories of vacations gone bad explain what happens to RV travelers when they aren't paying attention to what they are doing.
Enjoying a lengthy RV vacation is not as expensive as you might think. Much depends on the decisions you make when planning your trip.
Advice that will help RV enthusiasts avoid the hundreds of internet buying and selling scams that are perpetrated every day.
Recreational vehicle living: What do you need? What will it cost? What about kids and pets? Find the answers to these questions and more right here.
Let's talk about why it is important to keep ladders on board when RVing and why choosing the right types can keep you safe when you're on the road.
Advice from a veteran RVer that will show you how to enjoy recreational vehicle vacations without spending a lot of money.
Often, the heat of the summer can be overwhelming. Following these handy tips will give added comfort to everyone by helping reduce excess interior heat.
Learn how to determine the true value of a coach you are selling or wish to purchase so that you can negotiate the best possible deal for yourself.
Your Airstream rooftop AC has seen its best days and you're ready to replace it with a new AC unit. Newer rooftop RV AC units are more efficient and do a better job of cooling your Airstream.
It's easy to make a mistake when buying an RV, but not so easy to correct it. Learn what you can and cannot do and how to protect your interests in the future.
There are hundreds of vintage trailer styles out there. While it's hard to pick favorites (two of them are mine), here are my top ten.
Important information for RV owners about our most visited national parks. You don't want to show up only to find there is no campsite available, do you?
Tips for how to troubleshoot, repair, or replace the power converter in an RV, camper travel trailer, or motorhome. FAQs and answers to common camper electrical problems.
A discussion about the 12 features RVs should have in order to make living and traveling more comfortable. The more of them a coach has, the nicer vacations will be!
When life spins out of control and you are overwhelmed with debt and bills, bailing out and reducing your living costs may be the only chance you have. Here is my story.
Will a used camper shell fit your truck? This article will help you choose the best shell for your truck and what to look out for in a used shell.
This article focuses on the expenses involved in owning a recreational vehicle. They can be much more than you may think!
Step-by-step instructions for converting a van into a comfortable, professional-looking camper, with photos.
The proper adjustment of your mirrors is one of the most important things for driving an RV safely. Here's how to adjust your mirrors for the best coverage.
This is a step by step guide for trading or selling your RV, NADA pricing, dealer markups, what your motorhome is actually worth, and how to determine the true value of other motorhomes.
This article discusses three ways to tow a motor vehicle behind an RV and three kinds of electrical connectors that can be used to connect them.
A brief guide that will help RV travelers who want to save money find zero-cost overnight parking or camping spots.
Older motorhomes used black-and-white rear monitoring systems. Many of these systems are now going bad and need to be replaced. Here's how I replaced mine.
Learn how to guard against and clean those ugly water stains on RV ceilings and curtains that are caused by leaks and condensation.
It's impossible to know what will happen when you're traveling in an RV, so it's a good idea to take information with you that you may need in the event of illness, accident, lost pets and even death. You may not think these things happen, but they often do, so better safe than sorry!
If you want to buy an RV, do yourself a favor and take the time to find out which methods and materials manufacturers use. Doing this could save you a fortune!
Each winter, thousands of RVing snowbirds flock to the Imperial Dam Long-Term Visitor Area on the California–Arizona border for the mild weather. Check here for RV camping information, ideas on things to do, and photographs of Senator Wash Reservoir campground and surrounding areas.
A discussion about specific steps you can take when buying an RV that will protect your interests in the event of post-purchase problems.
My choice of best RV washing machine. Reasons why, and tips to get best performance. Extra ways to use your portable RV washing machine when camping. Photos.
RV owners are finding it increasingly difficult to sell their recreational vehicles. This article explains why and should serve as a warning to all RV buyers.
I live in the travel trailer that I'm telling you about in this article. Though some of the appointments of these trailers just aren't built to handle someone living in them full time, luckily for me (and anyone else living on one of these), the problems aren't anything major.
Specific directions for keeping your RV fresh water tank clean and sanitized so that you can avoid contamination when you travel.
When you love to camp and travel but want some of the amenities while staying within your budget, building your own conversion van can be just the answer you are looking for.
Learn the best methods for storing and protecting your RV's water and sewer hoses so that you can extend their lives and keep them in good condition.
Learn how RV travelers gain access to water, plumbing, electricity and other basic utilities while they vacation.
A complete list of "must have" tools and equipment items every RV owner needs to keep on board to help with basic repairs as well as emergency situations.
An honest explanation of two months of significant drops in RV shipments nationwide, and what they can mean to buyers and private sellers if this trend continues.
Detailed instructions on how to replace the fabric on an A&E RV slide out awning. Includes photos of the work being done.
If you own a recreational vehicle, this article will show you several options for living totally rent-free all over the US.
Rooftop air conditioner maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs for campers, motorhomes, or any other RV.
Mice are pests that RV owners do not need. Here are instructions on how to prevent mice from entering your camper, and if they do get in, how to get rid of them.
These days, professional detailers are charging upwards of $39 per linear foot, so it's important to find ways to keep RVs in good condition without spending a fortune to do so. This article provides a safe, effective and easy way for individuals to do this.
Cooking in an RV requires you to make some adjustments to your normal methods, but once you do, your travel meals will be easy to prepare.
There are two rules regarding teardrop trailers. Read this and find out if my SnoozeBox conforms to the rules.
RV Parks and Campgrounds each have their own guidelines concerning the amount of time people can remain in them. Here are some important guidelines for you.
RVs are big animals and require special attention when they get dirty. Read this and you will get some great ideas on how to keep your RV clean, cheaply and efficiently. It includes tips and planning methods that should help everyone.
RV Snowbirds and full time RVers, are you looking for cheap entertainment and fun things to do on a budget? Here are some great ideas for free and cheap things to do during your winter travels to Arizona or the Rio Grand Valley of Texas.
Learn the real truth about what happens at RV show so that you can save thousands of dollars and be able sidestep sneaky sales tactics.
When you run into weather colder than you expected, there is a lot you can do to plug leaks, insulate your space, and use your heaters wisely.
A discussion about the five most well-known camping clubs that will help RV owners choose the one that is best for their individual needs.
Step by Step guides, charting ideas and formulas for showing you how to plan the least costly RV vacation so that you can get the best bang for your buck.
This article details how to set up a campsite properly when it comes to equipment such as tables, rugs, lanterns, chairs, grills, lights, and more.
An overview of state firearms laws that will help you to stay legal as you pass across state lines in your RV.
Want to know the best RV road trip destinations in the U.S.? Come with me! I have been to all of them and can guarantee that you will not be disappointed!
Every RV seller needs to decide, once they have all of the proper data on their RV's value, to be realistic about their resale expectations and the price they can expect.
For great off-grid camping, head to BLM land near Quartzsite, Arizona, and use solar energy or wind power for electricity. The best things in life (like sunshine and wind) are free!
Learn why RV living does not work out for some people or why, for many, it turns out to be a temporary, rather than permanent way to live.
The history of campers and their generators, plus tips on how your generator operates and how to service it properly.
Formaldehyde and ethanol are toxic chemicals found in recreational vehicles that can make people sick or even kill them. Learn about them and what you can do to protect yourself from them.
Use these proven methods for quickly ridding your motor home, trailer, or camper of those nasty RV smells that make travel uncomfortable and selling impossible.
Written especially for those who are trying to decide between buying a travel trailer or a motorhome. This article gives the pros and cons of each type RV.
Information that will help RV travelers understand the importance of protecting their health and finances by avoiding dry camping and opting to stay at standard RV camping facilities.
Learn why motorhomes that run on diesel fuel are better to own than those that run on gas, even though their up-front prices may be higher.
How much do utilities cost for people who live year round in recreational vehicles? This article explains it all.
This is my personal review that explains why the quality, structure and design of the 1999 Holiday Rambler Motor Home make it a terrific coach to own.
Especially for lovers of small campers and travel trailers. This article is intended to help owners of the smaller RVs repair and maintain these great little campers. Also links to more descriptive and illustrative RV repair articles.
If you're new to using an RV, there are several systems that you need to know about. Holding tanks are nobody's favorite system but you must know and understand them.
Buying a previously owned RV is not the same as buying one that is 20 or more years old. This article explains why very old coaches are risky purchases.
Every RVer must eventually deal with dumping their waste water tanks. Here are good tips for keeping RV holding tanks in good working order. Learn when to dump, how to identify RV safe toilet paper and how to maintain black and gray water tanks.
Advice for new RV owners about how to find different types of campgrounds that will suit their personal and financial needs.
Important tips that can save people from having to deal with financial and legal problems when making an RV purchase.
This is a consumer review of the 1996 Safari Serengeti Motorhome, which has more pros than cons and is still a worthy travel unit today.
Many RV owners fear using their washer/dryer units. This article tells you what you need to know to take advantage of their many benefits.
How to repair an RV, camper trailer or motorhome roof. Emergency roof leak repairs and permanent RV roof repairs are addressed in this article.
Dangers lurk in the water RV travelers use and consume. This article explains what you can do to keep your RV's water supply safe so that you can avoid the many and sometimes dangerous health problems it can create during recreational vehicle vacations.
Living year round in an RV is different from making short trips in one. Learn the caveats of full-timing before you decide to move!
Any RV, whether it's a big motorhome or a small trailer camper, should have a multimeter in it for use when things in the RV stop operating properly. Using a multimeter can save you a lot of time in isolating the cause of a problem in your RV.
Simplify your life and downsize your stuff! Whether you are downsizing into an RV for a life of full-time RVing or downsizing to move to a smaller home, here's what to keep, what to donate and what to trash.
A tutorial that will help RV buyers to understand the difficulties they face when making a purchase and what can happen if a dealership cheats them.
Learn how to repair RV plumbing leaks with these step-by-step tips and photos. Easy DIY repairs for trailer or motorhome plumbing and fixtures.
Be a good neighbor by following some simple rules of etiquette when RV boondocking. Learn what others expect of you when camping out on public lands and you'll be a welcome member of the boondocking community. Respect the environment so that those who follow will be able to enjoy it as well.
The best campground directories, an RV repair and maintenance guide, and basic field guides to birds and wildflowers. Great gifts for the RVer or camper on your gift list.
Repair and maintenance info for the gray and black water tanks used on most RVs, motorhomes and travel trailers.
Learn about the differences between standard RV parks and RV resorts so that you know that you are not overpaying when you travel.
Basic and emergency RV repairs for RV owners who like to do their own repairs and maintenance. Also includes links to more fully illustrated articles that explain RV repair and maintenance.
If you want to sell your recreational vehicle and save a ton of money doing it, the best and smartest thing you can do is to avoid the professionals and sell it yourself. It is not hard to do and can save you thousands of dollars. The directions are right here!
There here are several reasons why people should think twice before buying a motor home or camper. You should consider them carefully before spending your money.
Living in a van may seem hard to imagine to the average person. How do you exist in such a small space? Is it too confining? How do so many make the space work for them? Investigating the van-dwelling lifestyle provides the answers to such questions.
How to troubleshoot a generator, and how to replace the fuel filter and fuel pump easily and simply on an Onan Model-5500 RV generator.
A discussion about why diesel pusher prices are so high, a warning to those wishing to buy them, and advice about how to avoid the risks of doing so.
Learn about the manipulative techniques salesman use to goad you into buying a recreational vehicle.
Tips for inspecting a used motorhome, travel trailer, or other type RV before making a purchase. What to look for when comparing different RVs and things to avoid when making a purchase. Checklist included.
How to prepare black, grey and fresh water tanks properly when you store your RV so that you can avoid travel problems later.
The wheel base ratio of any RV is an important safety feature because it could save your life. Learn what it is and how to measure it here.
Camping has once again become a very popular family activity. With the economic downturn, many families are choosing to purchase travel trailers as an alternative to pricey vacations staying in hotels.
I turn my van into a temporary camper within 30 minutes whenever I have to go away for more than one day. I have a standard set of equipment which covers all that I need on my many trips through my country.
Learn how to load and pack your RV to make you and yours safer and more comfortable when you travel.
Is placing a motorhome, trailer or camper on your own land legal or even a good idea? Find the answers here.