Nothing will wear you down faster than a long day of RV driving with banging and clanging going on behind you. Random RV rattles and squeaks can drive you crazy! Fortunately, most RV noises that are created by road travel can easily be quieted with a simple RV hack. These are the ones that work best!
Full-time RVing isn't for everyone, but for many it's a wonderful way of life! If you're thinking about RVing fulltime, then you'll appreciate the personal experiences & advice for new FT RVers here. See how to choose the right RV for fulltime RVing, winter RV camping tips, fun ways to spend holidays on the road, and RV office advice -- RV tax deductions, RV insurance issues, and clever ways to make money while RVing. You'll find tips for downsizing your current RV for FT RVing, plus clever RV storage solutions after you've purged all your stuff in preparation for living in an RV fulltime, and ideas for living in an RV modestly & affordably. See how to forward your mail, vote, pay bills, do laundry, get healthcare, file taxes, stay fit on the road, pursue hobbies, travel with pets, and more. If it affects someone who RVs year round, you can bet we're talking about it here!
What’s in your RV tool kit? Here’s a checklist of 10 must-have RV tools that you should always carry with you + 6 RV tool boxes that make traveling with tools much easier!
Too much humidity and too little humidity are both bad for your camper and your camping gear. See the #1 thing you need to do as soon as you get home, if it has rained on your camping trip! Plus, 5 steps to REDUCE RV humidity in damp, wet conditions and 4 steps to INCREASE RV humidity on dry, arid days. Everything you need to know about RV moisture levels, the perfect humidity level to maintain inside an RV, and how to solve RV window condensation problems.
Every RVer will eventually make the mistake of turning down a road or path that won’t support their rig. The desire to explore remote camping locations makes the chance of getting stuck a real danger. It happened to me! Since then, I carry some specific RV gear and equipment with me at all times. See my list of RV self-rescue gear you need. Plus tips that I’ve learned firsthand to help you get out of a bad situation when you’re stuck in your RV.
How to prevent RV battery theft. A full time RVer’s thoughts on RV battery lock boxes & how to lock RV batteries affordably. All about RV battery theft protection!
I’m almost 70 years old. As a senior who is enjoying full-time RV living to the fullest right now, I recently experienced something that has me coming up with new plans for my future as a full-time RVer. Have you given any thought as to how prepared YOU are for accidents and emergencies that might arise in the future? Here’s my RV exit plan — what’s yours?
Have you considered living off the grid in your RV? I’ve been full-time RVing for the past 7 years. I split my time between long term stays in RV parks and living off the grid in my RV as a nomad wandering with the weather. If you’ll be staying in one place for at least 6 months at a time, then living off the grid (boondocking) is an option that you might want to consider. I’ve put together this helpful guide to give you an idea of what to expect in the way of living expenses and overall comfort when living off the grid in an RV, compared to on-grid RV living. See the costs and comforts associated with both on- and off-grid RV camping.
Wondering which electric bike for RV owners is best? I live full-time in an RV travel trailer and I just bought my first e-Bike. My choice for an RV electric bike is one that folds in half, making storage simple! Mine is the Lectric XP ebike. I’ll share with you some tips to make sure you get the right e-bike setup for your needs while RVing and camping.
For me, the 3 most important items inside an RV are: a decent bed, a decent shower, and a decent kitchen. You’ll notice that an RV dinette is not on that list! Since a dinette is not an item that I use, I decided to remove it myself. Here’s how I tackled the RV dinette replacement myself… and put a comfy recliner in its place!
Wondering what other RVers do for Halloween on the road? Here’s what you can expect to see at the RV parks and RV campgrounds – a fun Halloween guide for RVers. Plus tips for making your own RV Halloween decorations!
How RV nomads plan their seasonal RV travel routes. These are the best RV apps to use when following 70-degree temps is your main goal. Find places to stay!
Making healthy, home-cooked meals doesn’t need to stop when you go RVing. RV cooking is easy as long as you have the right camping cooking equipment! See a list of camp cooking gear and appliances that I regularly use in my RV as a full-timer who cooks 95% of his own meals.
Trying to decide between National Forest camping vs. National Park camping? Having done both, I can attest to the fact that there are pros and cons to each. Here’s what you need to know about RV camping in or near National Parks. If backcountry camping in an RV is your goal the next time you visit a National Park, start here!
Adding a sun shade tarp to make your own RV awning room will greatly improve the livability of your outdoor space AND reinforce the awning should modest wind or rain suddenly appear. If you want more RV awning shade, here’s how to do it… on a budget.
I’m going to show you the easiest and most affordable way to empty your RV holding tanks (both the gray water tank and the black water tank) without tearing down camp just to empty your tanks. It involves an RV macerator pump and an RV portable waste tank — but NOT the Blue Boy RV waste container! Plus, I’ll show you the best way to find RV dump stations.
When boondocking or RVing full time and living off the grid, you will have to tailor your Solar Power System to meet your specific needs. Here are some clever ways to set up your RV Solar Power System. Plus, everything you need to know about solar arrays, your solar system’s batteries, and solar power wiring tips. See the differences between parallel vs serial wiring connections, and why I chose a series-parallel configuration for my RV solar installation.
When it comes to seriously looking at solar power as a dedicated source of electricity when boondocking, a great place to start is a 200-watt Solar Kit. Is 200 watts enough? Yes, it’s enough to power a refrigerator… and watch TV. Here’s what to look for when you’re buying an RV solar system. And remember… you can always add more solar power over time.
If you want to use solar power when you’re RVing, but you fear taking on a DIY project that involves wiring and mounting solar panels & charge controllers, an RV Solar Suitcase may be exactly what you’re looking for! Here are the pros and cons of using a Solar Suitcase for RV boondocking.
My hands-on DIY cargo van insulation tips. See step-by-step how to insulate a van roof, how to insulate cargo van walls, and how to insulate a van floor. I’ve done it myself… and you can too!
Did you know that you can save money on your taxes if you buy an RV? Yep. Here are all the IRS tax deductions for RV owners. And… if you run your business out of your RV, then the RV tax deduction is even greater!
See how I built a Class B motorhome from a cargo van. Today, I’m covering the first step in my DIY RV camper van conversion series: How to choose the best cargo van for an RV conversion.
If cheap RV living is your goal — as it was mine — here’s proof that you can manage living in an RV fulltime. Even on a fixed income! I’ve found that living in an RV is attainable for about $500 a month — whether you drive and park for free for 1 month, or you spend a month at a time in an RV park. I’ll show you the numbers…
With a little planning, your undersized RV kitchen can produce everything for a Thanksgiving dinner that you’ve prepared for past family gatherings. Helpful RV Thanksgiving turkey tips!
An RV mail forwarding service will send you everything you need. But do you really need to pay for this service? Here’s how I get my mail forwarded for FREE
Why do RVers flock to Quartzsite AZ each winter? How much does it cost to stay there? What is there to do there? A fulltime RVer shares his experience.
When it comes to closing up your house and downsizing your life to fit inside an RV, drastic measures must be taken. But living in an RV is worth it!
RV living is for anyone and everyone. See how I’ve managed to enjoy RV travel for years now, and how you can too — if that’s your dream.
Beyond sightseeing, how do you REALLY spend your time in an RV? Perhaps it’s time to find a fun RV hobby! Here are some super interesting RV hobbies that are perfect for RVers who live their life on the road.
Maybe it’s time to find a different source of heat to keep you warm inside your RV. Have you considered a catalytic heater? Catalytic heaters require no electricity to operate. Catalytic heaters also consume propane at a much slower rate.
I turned our RV bunkhouse room into a space that was more usable to us: an RV laundry room! See how I did it… and how you can too.
Health care is the one stumbling block that keeps many RVers from pursuing their desire to travel with no particular agenda. Here’s how to find health care when you’re on the road.
If you want to take some leisurely spins through the campground or RV park — and be able to stop and visit with other campers along the way — then you’ll probably want to bring along an extra set of wheels that’s easily towable inside or behind your RV. Here are all the best ways to get around RV parks and campgrounds.
Here are some questions you need to ask yourself before you jump into fulltime RV travel. This is how worked for us. With a little planning, you will do just fine too.
As long as you have access to a computer, Internet & faxing services, a digital camera, and a cell phone — you should be able to make a living from your mobile RV office. Here’s exactly what you need to know before you take your RV office on the road.
Your new RV interior will be a blank slate when it’s delivered to you. Hanging pictures is one way to decorate your RV and add your own personal touch at the same time. Here are 2 semi-permanent methods for hanging pictures on the walls inside your RV.
As an RVer, doing your laundry on the road can be a real pain. Here are some reasons to consider installing an RV washer & dryer. Plus, some features that you should look for when purchasing an RV washer & dryer — whether it’s an all-in-one washer/dryer combo unit or a stacked RV washer dryer.
There are many decision that you must make when choosing the best RV for you. Think about your circumstances these other factors and then make a list of pros & cons of each type of RV.
Thinking of fun things to collect from the states you’ve visited in your RV? There are all sorts of ways to do it. We’ve come up with a few ways that you can customize your state collectibles to your own tastes.
Having your kids birthday parties while RVing presents many opportunities… it’s time for an RV party! Here are some great ideas to help celebrate your child’s special day while on the road in your RV.
Winter RV living takes a little extra effort but really is a workable situation. It can even be quite cozy and romantic all bundled up against the elements in your comfortable home on wheels.
Check out our list of all the best free RV parking spots when you need a place to stay overnight. Looking for a place to stay for free on a longer basis? We’ve got that too! All aspects of RV boondocking are covered here.
When my wife and I headed out as fulltime RVers, we had 2 middle aged cats and a small dog. They were never a burden and many times they were the life of the party — creating lots of fun memories. Here are my RV pet tips — before you go RVing with a cat or a dog.
How do full time RVers simplify their lives? They only take what they need! Full time RVing requires ridding yourself of excess baggage. There just isn’t room to take it all with you. Here’s how to simplify your life and make fulltime RVing even easier.
RVs make great portable temporary housing — on the job site, when evacuating after a natural disaster, even when relatives come to visit!
The 5th wheel RV trailer is way out in front in popularity when it comes to full time RVing. You do need to be careful hitching up, because dropping a 5th wheel can cause expensive damage.
No matter where you set up camp, you will inevitably have to deal with sand, gravel, pine needles, and leaves that get tracked in on the bottoms of shoes. A good welcome mat will help to eliminate most of the dirt and grime that would otherwise find its way into your RV kitchen or living room area.
Here are 5 ways to make the most of the limited storage space inside your RV.
When you need to evacuate quickly what better way than in an RV. Here’s how to use your RV during times of emergency.
By looking at all aspects of the RV lifestyle ahead of time, when it comes time to sign the contract on that new RV your decision will be based on a clear understanding of the types of expenses associated with RVing as a whole.
Just as you need to know your RV’s height limitations and width limitations, you also need to know your RV’s weight limitations. Here’s how to tell how much weight your RV can legally carry, as well as how much your RV weighs with everything on board.