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.
Winter And Snow
Each winter, RV snowbirds in search of warmer weather make their way south. See why Quartzsite and other places are so popular. Plus RV winter driving tips & RV winter camping tips -- for diehard RVers. Indoor & outdoor RV storage options (RV garages, RV covers, tire covers) -- for those who park it during the colder months. RVers show you how to prepare your RV for longterm storage, avoid a rodent infestation, prevent winter snow loads from damaging the RV, and winterize your RV yourself (water & fluids, generator, battery, tires, and more) -- even how to prepare for your first spring/summer outing after getting the RV out of storage.
See a list of fall/winter RV maintenance tasks that are most important. These are the things you should do every year during the fall before winter hits. One of the MOST important is RV roof maintenance… see why!
Driving an RV is very different than driving a car! Most of us learned how to drive an RV the hard way — through trial and error (and a lot of mistakes). But sitting behind the wheel of a large RV on your first road trip is not the best time to figure out all the challenges and nuances that come with driving RVs. Here are 12 important first-time RV driving tips for newbies to learn before renting an RV… or buying one.
Should you take your RV to a professional to have it winterized? Or is this something you can do yourself? The professionals are only concerned with what damage ice in the water system will do to your RV. Here’s how to do ALL of the RV winterizing yourself… according to someone who’s been winterizing RVs for over 50 years!
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!
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.
I finally found how to keep mice away from my camper! Here are 6 ways to avoid a rodent infestation and keep mice, squirrels & rats from damaging your RV.
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.
The 4 best choices for indoor RV storage and outdoor RV storage — including the pros & cons of each: heated garage, steel building, enclosed RV storage facility, and outdoor RV storage facility.
Protect your RV from costly sun & weather damage by keeping it under cover in an RV garage. You’ve got many options and different styles to choose from. They’re all listed here for you.
RV plumbing problems such as leaky faucets or shower fixtures are easy do-it-yourself repairs. Your best bet is to spend a few extra bucks and upgrade to household quality faucets & fixtures. Here’s how to replace the bathroom faucets, kitchen faucets, and shower fixtures in your RV.
Avoid costly repairs in the spring by following an RV maintenance checklist when you winterize your RV.
Winter RV storage can lead to some serious issues. Leaving any food items in your RV will guarantee a mice problem. Read on to find out how to deal with that, but don’t forget to watch the snow load too. You don’t want to start next season with water damage.
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.
A teardrop RV trailer can be the perfect way to stay comfortable when you’re winter camping. This video shows why teardrop trailers are great for winter camping.
Just like the RV water system, your RV batteries need to be winterized to prevent expensive damage.
RV water pumps are reliable right up to the time you forget to winterize the RV and temps drop below freezing.
Liquid when allowed to freeze expands, distorts, and even cracks.
There is a liquid-based material within the screen of LCD TVs. Will it be damaged overnight in freezing weather? Worse yet, if left in storage through the winter where temperatures can get bitterly cold, will an LCD flat-screen TV survive?
Any amount of snow beyond a few inches is enough to cause serious damage. The melting and refreezing cycle will force water to creep into all kinds of little places. When it freezes and expands, any slightly leaking seams will turn into major entry points for water. Soon the insulation will be saturated and water stains will start appearing on the ceiling. Here’s what you need to know.
Here’s what you need to know to drive your RV safely through snow, sleet, and ice.
Tired of the cold and snow? A number of years ago, my wife and I reached the point of ‘Enough Already’, so we packed up the motorhome, hit the road and headed south. We learned a few things along the way that may be helpful if you’re brand new to the idea snowbirding in search of warmer weather during the winter months.
Is it possible to survive the winter months in an RV? Absolutely! Here’s how to retain heat inside your RV, how to keep the RV water line from freezing, tips for winterizing the sewer line, and how to make sure you always have enough propane on hand.
If you haven’t already, you need to winterize your RV’s water system. If you wait much longer, you’ll have a pretty stiff repair bill next year because the water system in every RV must be protected from freezing.
RV covers not only protect your motorhome from the sun’s rays, they also keep your RV cooler inside, and they allow moisture to escape while being stored for long periods of time. Here’s what to look for in terms of RV tire covers, windshield covers, dashboard covers, and covers for the entire exterior of your motorhome.
If you’ve stored your RV for the winter, then it’s time to get it out of storage and get things in order for your summer travels. Here’s how I prepare our RV each year for a summer of fun on the road…