Add Your RV/Car as a Contact in Your Phone to Save Important Info

Your RV and car are a giant box of information that you need to keep sorted for one reason or another. Year, make, model, VIN, last oil change, next oil change, engine size, etc. Keep that information straight by adding your RV and car to your phone’s contact list. You can use this section to

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How to Back Up a Trailer

With some coaching, and a lot of nervous practice, I eventually became quite good at it, and now I can back a trailer around corners and into little garage doors on the first shot. Reading this article is not going to substitute for practice, but it should prepare you to start. The principles are the

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We Won a FREE 1 year membership to Passport America!

teamed up with RVing Illustrated (“RI”) together with Passport America, were giving away a free 1 year membership to their awesome camping club! This membership ($44 value)  gives you half-price (50% off) camping at over 1800 RV parks, resorts and campgrounds across the US, Canada and Mexico! New places are being added almost every day. All we had to

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How Do You Work From The Road?

Probably the most asked question to any full-time RVer: How do you work and still travel? These days there’s a slew of computer jobs (if you’re savvy), and working opportunities available to the part-time or full-time RVer. You just have to think outside the box of a corporate or big box store job.  Of course, those

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2014 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

America’s Best Idea… the National Park Service! Even better? When it’s Fee FREE! Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2014: January 20th Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 15th thru 17th Presidents Day weekend April 19th thru 20th opening weekend of National Park Week August 25th National Park Service Birthday September 27th National


Banish RV Slide-Out Squeaks and Noises

How many of you cringe when you hear a squeaky slide-out?  Oh it’s one of those jarring noises that send waves to the nerves…perhaps it’s the same affliction that hits you when fingernails are drawn across a chalk-board. Here’s a way to rid you of those squeaks… First, with your slide-out extended, take a close

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Do You Need an RV Voltage Regulator?

RV Voltage Regulator keeps the power flowing safely Managing your vehicle’s voltage can get tricky – too low and you run the risk of damaging appliances like your air conditioner, and too high and you could fry the circuitry and have no power at all. The Technology Research Corporation has developed an RV Voltage Regulator that will

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Federal and State Fee Free Days for 2014

Below is a compilation of the Fee FREE Entrance to the following participating agencies: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service U.S. National Park Service   Date(s) Event Participating Agencies January 19-20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend National Park Service January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day National

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DIY: Scarf and Ball Cap Storage

Wondering how to store all of your scarves and ball caps? Check this out. All you need is a hanger and shower curtain rings! Super Duper cute and clever! What else could we use this for…let’s discuss it below! Gotta go round-up those missing ball caps…


USB Flash Drives Bring Music to Your RV or Tow Vehicle

Car and RV stereo systems are turning to newer digital methods of playing music. While CDs aren’t yet a thing of the past, you may find a USB flash drive connection on your stereo system. How do you bring “your” music to that flash drive port? It’s easy if you have music on your computer

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Are Propane Tank “Trade-Ins” Worth It?

You see them nearly everywhere: Propane cylinder trade-in kiosks. Bring in your empty and trade it in for a refreshed, full one. Often with 24-hour service it may be tempting to trade-in rather than fill up…but are they really a bargain? On a visit to a Flying J truck stop you’ll find bulk propane for

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Video: How a Paper Cup Can Save the Day at an RV Sewer Hook-Up

Every once in awhile, typically in older RV parks, you can run into a problem with a sewer hook-up. Here’s an easy way to handle this uncommon situation. This is so simple you’ll say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”   Source:

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Video: The ABC’s of RV Camping at Wal-Mart, Editor, Chuck Woodbury explains the “unofficial rules” for spending the night in an RV in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The price is right: FREE!  However, there is a right way, and wrong way, to do it.


How to Remove Algae Growth in Your Fresh Water Tank

Q.  Are there any kits out there that I can install on the very bottom surface of my fresh water tank, to allow me to drain it from its low point?  We rarely move our trailer, and thus, have a large build-up of algae.  A.  Though not installed at the bottom of the fresh water


Video: A Helpful App for Finding Mailboxes and Post Offices

Jim Guld of tells you about a great app for your mobile phone that will make it easy for you to find mailboxes and post offices wherever you happen to be in the USA.

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Video: How an Ice Cube Can Help You Avoid Food Poisoning’s Ashley Hirst, shows you a simple trick involving an ice cube for alerting you to possible spoiled food in your RV freezer.

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Video: How to Keep RV Batteries in Good Condition

Check-out the below video to learn how to keep your RV batteries in good working condition.

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Camping Etiquette

Camping Etiquette Seems Like Common Sense …but some folks (you know who) need to be reminded Every year is a new generation of campers, and sometimes it’s important to share common courtesy and camping etiquette. Sure there’s always rule breakers, but they’re not reading this article, so let’s just focus on us, and educating the

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DIY: Mosquito Repellent

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Ingredients * 2 cups of rubbing alcohol * 4 ounces of whole cloves or 2 ounces of citronella pure essential oil * 1 cup of baby oil or almond, chamomile, lavender, etc. Instructions Place cloves/oil into the alcohol, and allow 4 days to marinate. Store in glass container or Mason jar with

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DIY: Pallet Bike Rack

Instant bike rack made from two pallets — no assembly needed! This would be an ideal bike rack for camping.  No more bikes tossed to the ground, and waiting to be ridden off by the not so trustworthy camper that just happens to pull up stakes, when your bike comes up missing.  You know…those guys!

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How to hang thing on RV Walls using Pop Rivets

Clever step-by-step video demonstration on how to securely attach things to your RV walls.  


Video: Hitching and Unhitching a Fifth Wheel Trailer

Video demonstration on how to *properly hitch, and unhitch, a fifth wheel trailer to a truck. Not shown in the video, but an important step, is to do a pull test prior to raising the jacks completely. Pull Test: Start the vehicle and put it into gear. Slowly let out the brake pedal, and make

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Video: Demonstrating the Importance of an RV Water Regulator

RV Regulators and What They Do In the video below, Mark Polk with RV Education 101 demonstrates the complete line of RV water regulators by Valterra Products. Did you know RV water regulators protect your RV drinking hose and RV water system from high campground water pressure? There are standard, high flow, lead free and adjustable RV

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How to Save Money While RV Travelling

10 Tips To Cut Your RV Travel Costs Saving money while you’re on the road will go a long way in stretching your RV vacation costs – even a few extra bucks can go a make a huge difference when trimming your RV costs. Although RV travel is one of the most affordable types of

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No Room For An Upright Sweeper?

3 Tips on Vacuuming Your Floors If your motor home/RV is like most, there’s little room for storage.  Every inch counts and adds up fast.  What to do when there’s no room for a full size sweeper?  Watch this video for a few ideas: Also read the comments below the video on YouTube for more

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An Option to Standard RV Day and Night Pleated Window Shades

This seems like a winner to me! Day and night pleated window shades for Jimmy Lee! My oh my how the 6 of us need our privacy. Especially that darn Ivy always peeking out and snooping at the folks taking a stroll.  Don’t even get me started when she thinks she sees a bear in

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Use a Magnetic Strip for Extra Bathroom Storage

Traveling abroad in an RV leaves little room for extra stuff.  It’s a real eye-opener to see what you can and cannot live without.  That extra pair of boots you thought you needed in another color, easily takes-up room that you may need for every day uses, or even quintessentials, that you must have. Because of that,

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Shrinking RV Hose

I’m sure we’ve all watched the television commercial by now introducing the hose which coils down like a snake into a small bundle.  They look great for Jimmy Lee!  I was tempted to order us one, and hadn’t gotten around to it, yet.  Good thing before I did, I viewed this video….could had saved our


Extension Cutting Board/Counter Space

Everyone Say, “YES!” If you’re in need of additional counter space in your kitchen. Say, “YES!”  I know we are…it’s amazing how limited on space for food prep and cooking we have in our Motor Homes/RV’s.  Heck, forget the cooking, there’s no room to make a cup of tea! Well, look what we can add

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Mystery Solved of the Exit Ramp Sign

To figure-out which side of the road an exit will be on, pay attention to the small rectangle portion of the sign.  It sits atop of the main sign, with the exit number. The sign will be on the same side as the exit. In this instance, exit 1B is on the right side of

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Want to Know the Value of Your RV?

Being a newbie to the RV Life, anything I come across, seems important to share.  With this in mind….did you know there is a site to look-up the price of an RV?  I didn’t!  Of course, I heard of Kelley Blue Book for car values, but NADA, was a new treasure find for me! Initially

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Protect Your Tires

Don’t forget to take care of your tires. Tire rubber will oxidize over time and can result in cracking of the sidewall. To remove the oxidation, use a nylon brush to scrub the tires four times a year with mild detergent. Avoid harsher cleaners and degreasers since they can dry out the rubber. Keep the

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What is Boondocking? How to make it work for you… The word boondock originated early in the 20th century from American military servicemen serving in the Philippines. It comes from a Tagalog word for mountain  bundog.  They started using it to mean a rural, remote, bushy area. When they came home they developed the slang word “boonies”.  The


Cleaning: Stem To Stern

Cleaning an RV begins with washing. For siding – be it fiberglass or aluminum – choose an RV wash or RV wash-and-wax. If the color has faded, it may be time to remove oxidation and restore the color with a product designed for this purpose. Use the least amount of abrasive possible because it will

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Frozen Toilet?

How to use your RV toilet in cold weather Some people prefer not to use the plumbing system during the winter for fear of doing something wrong and risking a freeze-up, and subsequent damage. Others prefer to just use the toilet, and depend on campgrounds for their other needs. It’s possible to use your RV

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Keep Mice Out Of Your RV

A plant-based, safe, non-lethal method to keep mice out of your RV Keeping mice out of our rigs is a constant challenge to boondockers. Since we camp out in the wilder areas where wildlife is always present, and mice just love the dark confines of our rig’s hidden places, many methods have been used to


QCC-1 vs. POL Connector

Do you know what’s the difference between a QCC-1 Connector and POL Connector? A Prest-O-Lite (POL) adapter is a commonly-used brass nut-and-nipple connector with left-handed threads, used for propane cylinders. A wrench is necessary to tighten a POL fitting. The QCC-1 connector is also a nut-and-nipple assembly, and is easily identifiable by the large, external

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Efficient, Economical Propane Power For RV Accessories

What is LP? A hydrocarbon product, liquefied petroleum (LP) is composed of propane, butane and small amounts of propylene. It produces a heavy, colorless gas and is highly flammable. When refined, LP is odorless. The pungent odorant (Ethyl Mercaptan) is added as a warning agent in the event of a leak. Used properly, LP is


Escape a Fire in Motor Home

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Beware of Rip-Off RV Park Memberships

Customers say this half-off RV park memberships a rip off Looking for $10 a night or 50% off RV park camping? Be careful before signing up (and paying) for a service that claims to provide such deals that many RVers say does not deliver what it promises. A Wilmington, Delaware firm that bills itself as


How to Get Mail While Traveling

Whether you live on the road full time, or just like to take extended road trip, you can get your mail on the road with minimal inconvenience. The trick is to plan ahead, and follow proper postal and/or courier addressing procedures for the country you plan to travel to. The more money you are willing

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Avoid Damage to Screen Door

Have you had kids or grandkids (or your spouse) go through your RV screen door–without opening it first? Or have you had it ripped out of your hands by a sudden gust of wind, or do you just feel that it needs more beef? Then you could use Camco’s RV Screen Door Cross Bar that


17 Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

I’ve written a lot about the joys of solo travel on Gadling. Articles like “Mastering The Art Of Traveling Solo” and “How To Make Friends When Traveling Alone” reflect my passion for traveling without a companion, and aim to show others how they can do it, too. One common inquiry I get from readers who

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RV Power Made Easy (Part 2 of 2)

GENERATORS Gasoline, diesel or LP-powered generators are a source of 120V power when shore power is unavailable. Generator power gives you all the convenience of AC power for your accessories, whether you are sitting in the stadium parking lot before the big game or on the banks of your favorite trout stream. Portable generators give


RV Power Made Easy (Part 1 of 2)

12V DC AND 120V AC POWER What powers the accessories in an RV? Electrical power to operate lights, jacks, slide-outs and other 12V powered accessories comes from a 12V battery or a battery bank consisting of two or more batteries joined together. Microwave ovens, most TVs and VCRs, toasters, blenders and other 120V accessories must


History of Earth Day

History of Earth Day

By the early 1960s Americans were becoming aware of the effects of pollution on the environment. Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestseller “Silent Spring” raised the specter of the dangerous effects of pestisides on America’s countrysides. Later in the decade, a 1969

Easy Earth Day Cookie Pops

Easy Earth Day Cookie Pops

Show Planet Earth you love her this Earth Day by celebrating with these globe decorated sugar cookie pops. Planet Earth does a lot for us, the least we can do is make her cookies.     Yields about 12 cookies



Oh my gosh….aren’t these Cinnabunnies, ah-dorable?!  I think so, too!  My goodness, let’s get started….first the prep photos, followed by the instructions…..Hoppy Easter! Create the ears by curving the split halves of the cut roll into the shape of floppy

West, Texas Tribute Video

West, Texas Tribute Video

Today marks the anniversary of the tragic explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Here’s a video we made in their honor last year. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all those touched by this incident. Eyes up!

U.S. National Parks Opening Weekend 2014

U.S. National Parks Opening Weekend 2014

Fee FREE Entrance U.S. National Parks Opening Weekend   April 19th thru 20th - Any U.S. National Park Service offers Fee FREE Entrance! Grand Teton and the Central Peaks Photograph by Ben Graham, Aurora

Cadbury Egg Fudge

Cadbury Egg Fudge

Oh how I love Cadbury Eggs! I usually buy myself three eggs as a treat each Easter. I’ve seen this recipe several times on Pinterest and really wanted to try it out; however, I know me, I’d eat the whole mess

Cadbury Creme Egg Scones

Cadbury Creme Egg Scones

Ingredients 8 regular sized Cadbury Creme Eggs 3 1/4 cups flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons cold butter, diced 2 cups

Nail Art: Goofy Giraffe

Nail Art:  Goofy Giraffe

Did you know it’s International Giraffe Day? Well, to honor our long-neck friend, we’re thinking about wearing his face on our toes! I know it’s not a Monday, but for the Giraffe, we’ll break the rules of Mani Monday, and

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Doge Meme

Maybe I’m not as quick as the average Jack Rabbit, and I missed this craze, but this is news to me….. Did you know if you typed, ‘doge meme’ in the search bar, your fonts change color and style?!

Dulce de Leche (Sweet Milk)

Dulce de Leche (Sweet Milk)

Maybe you’ve tried Dulce de Leche. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you eat it by the spoonful like me. Did you know it was so easy to make? All you need is some milk, sugar, vanilla and a little free time.