• vaccine QR code
    Here in lalaland (California) it even varies county to county. It’s generally no-mask in San Diego County but you must mask up in LA County when going out to eat or to the gym.

    We traveled extensively in the last two years in our rig, which was delightful. Our rig is a 4x4 so we can avoid crowds which is our preference anyway. The more rural you travel the more freedom you’ll find, but with freedom also comes responsibility. So get informed and do what’s right for you.
  • Finally Headed South Again Fall 2021
    Ray, thanks for keeping American green…..with your money!! Appreciate it.
  • RV Security - Protect your RV from being stolen
    A Spot Trace ( would work like a charm. Other brands out there to track assets. The problem with a kill switch is that you would disarm it while your rig is at the mechanic’s place.
  • What Spare Parts Do You Carry
    I carry a pair of small wood blocks that will hold my automatic steps in the down position if the motor fails as it’s done twice now. Other than that, the spares I carry for the truck are a fuel filter, fan belt, idler arm, doser for the DEF system, fuses, and a relatively small but complete tool kit. I also carry a roll of repair tape for the awning, a roll of TPO for roof leaks, a roll of bailing wire, assorted zip ties and a volt meter. Yep, we’re boondockers and frequent travelers to Mexico.
  • Waste Tank Chemicals and Deodorants Poll
    LOL! The folks who never use toilet deodorants and claim to never have had problems with smells probably lost their sense of smell due to covid. :-)
  • Gen acting up
    Does the generator stall when you are parked? If not, I’d suggest tracing the generator’s fuel line. Does it pass by the main engine exhaust, the engine block, or even the generator’s exhaust where operating temperatures might conspire to vapor lock the generator? If so, think about either insulating the genset’s fuel line or moving it away from any source of heat entirely.

    Again, the key question is: Does the generator die when you are parked? If not, it’s probably related to the heat generated by the engine while you are underway.
  • Installing (LED-UV) RV Water Purification System
    As attractive as UV systems seem to be, I’d love to see a scientific paper or study on the efficacy of UV sterilization? Anybody know of any that I can read? What is the power of that UV light? Is the water flow past this light slow enough to sterilize the water or is this just a feel good device? As they say in Missouri, “show me”.

    I’m also somewhat worried about a sterilization product that turns on a blue light when you’re using it. Does the blue like make you feel better about buying a $600 product or does it really serve a purpose by telling you that the UV light is working? If the UV light becomes ineffective or burns out, will the blue light on the faucet still glow blue, giving you a false sense of security?
  • 12 Volt Refrigerators
    We run a 12-volt only Isotherm refrigerator/freezer and love it. It only uses 5 amp hours when it’s compressor running. Also check out Indel Webasto products and snoop around boating websites and/or blogs and see what boaters are using because many long range cruisers are solar dependent for their power needs.

    We are very stingy with our electrical use as we mostly boondock, but we’re not stingy with our camping lifestyle. I suspect most of our community’s challenges with power usage comes from an unrealistic expectation that our RVs be “just like home”, power hungry appliance and all. With a little bit of knowledge and a rig that is energy efficient, it’s fairly easy to unplug or at the very least, use a lot less power.
  • Starlink Satellite Dish Internet
    Please allow me a second to provide an alternative voice on “being connected”.

    My wife and I get out about six months of the year in one or two month spurts. We boondock 95% of the time, mostly in the western US. We’ve also been retired four years after long careers in government and business.

    During the past five years or so society has gone through a massive upheaval, in my opinion caused by drama fomented by a manipulative media and social networks that we have unwittingly participated in like a drug user.

    My wife and I have chosen to drop out of the digital world for the most part. There is no TV in our rig and if we are boondocked where there is no cell signal, we read books and enjoy nature. Our connected gizmos are used to check email from the grandkids and to plan trips. There is no BookFace, no Twitter, no Instagram.

    Our lives are much more rewarding, we have very little stress, and we really don’t care about anybody’s political beliefs, thank you. Rather than inviting Starlink into your RV, why don’t you consider unplugging Internet social applications first? Try it, you might like it!
  • Anyone ever use to locate cell towers?
    I use the OpenSignal app to do the same thing. It works for both wifi and 4G depending on what you have enabled on your device at the time you’re using it. But remember, the signal finding app is limited to the signal that your cell phone or tablet is getting at the time you’re using the app, not the possible signal that a cell phone booster might find for you. In other words, there might be a usable signal out there but your ground situated device might not see it.

    Perhaps you could look into some of the cellular boosters on the market and combine it with yagi (directional) antenna.
  • Best RV GPS?
    I use my gps enabled iPad mounted on a MyGoFlight holder that sits between the front seats and below the dash and use Avenza maps. I’m a bit different, I know what route I am going to take, I don’t need or want a fussy voice doing my navigating for me. But I do want to know where I am at any given time.

    The nice thing about the Avenza maps, they are the official map vendor for the US government and there is a huge catalog of FREE motor vehicle use maps (MVUM) that show me dirt roads and boondock sites on national forest land. And by using the Avenza maps in my iPad, my location is always in the middle of the large screen and can use my fingers on the touch screen to expand the map and see what is miles and miles ahead of me.

    Around town, Google maps on my iPhone is perfect for finding the address of a business, but on the road....Avenza maps on the iPad is the bees knees.
  • Puzzler on our Furnace
    Gosh, not unlike the problem I had develop with my in-home furnace a few years ago with the same symptoms, shutoff after a short run time. The code thrown indicated that a vacuum sensor on the intake side was tripping. The tech did two things to solve the problem. He made the furnace intake more efficient by replacing the older registers with a more efficient design and he replaced the restrictive paper filter with one that is washable, reusable and allows for a more efficient flow of air. He said because of the fire prevention features (vacuum and back pressure sensors) that the key to a happy furnace is unrestricted air flow, both in and out.
  • 12 volt water pump
    Those of you who boondock, don’t be in a hurry to replace your noisy water pump with a quieter one.

    We can carry 40 gallons of fresh water. When we boondock we try and remember to turn off the water pump switch when we’re not using water. Luckily the switch is close to the sink.

    One night we were sleeping and were awakened by the “noisy” pump running. Seems that a water fitting in the bowels of the truck broke and my precious fresh water was being pumped out of the tank. We caught it fairly quickly and before my precious fresh water disappeared into the desert sand.

    So consider your noisy fresh water pump to be a friendly reminder of how much water you’re using and one day it could be the proverbial canary in the coal mine if a break develops in your fresh water system.
  • Floor Mat Question for Ray
    FYI, Cabelas sells floor mats that seem to be Cabela-branded WeatherTechs at a much more responsible price. I’ve had them in my Suburban for over ten years. They are excellent and with the upturned sides they will contain water/mud/snow and keep it from running into the carpet. They also made a similar mat that cover the rear cargo area of many SUVs.
  • Hauling a camper on bad roads?
    Towing a trailer on a rough road is an exercise in patience. In our experience, about half of the bad roads out there have bad stretches, but once you’re past the nasty stuff the road will usually get better. I figure a bad road is a filter anyway. The badder the road, the fewer campers will be at the end. Yes, we love boondocking by ourselves. After long careers dealing with people we now prefer wild animals and dark skies.
  • Dehumidifier
    Thanks Ray. We’re looking for something to use in the cold, too.
  • Dehumidifier
    I went to the ECOR website and checked out the stats. The machine looks well built but I noticed that the gizmo gets rid of your high humidity by venting humid waste air outside of your rig. That venting process results in a 15% air loss and a slightly negative air pressure inside your rig. Outside air will then be sucked into your rig to equalize the vacuum created by the venting process. If it’s cold outside, you’ll be sucking cold air into your rig which means you’ll have to heat that cold air.

    To me, that sounds inefficient.

    In my mind it’s better to have a dehumidifier that simply processes the existing air that is already in your rig. The difference is that the ECOR is automatic and a traditional closed loop dehumidifier requires the owner to manually dump the collected water on occasion.
  • Big Cargo Ship Across from the RV Park
    Ray, if you like to know more about a particular ship, download the MarineTraffic app. Simply click on the magnifying glass icon and enter the ship’s name, then select the ship from the list. In this case, the Oldendorff originated in Yokohama 22 Oct carrying general cargo.

    When a particular ship is underway, if you click on the Track icon, it will show you the ships path of travel.

    MarineTraffic relies on the AIS and VHF radio systems for accurate updates, so there are times that a particular ship may not show up on MarineTraffic. For example, when my son’s oil tanker is in transit between Alaska and Washington, it won’t show up on MarineTraffic while it’s off SW Alaska and northern BC. Military ships and small boats without AIS equipment don’t show up on MarineTraffic at all.

    I’d encourage people to download MarineTraffic app then minimize the display screen to show world-wide ship traffic and be prepared to be amazed at the number of ships at sea.

    Another interesting app is Flightradar24. If you want to know where that airplane overhead is headed, what airline, what flight, how high and how fast they are moving, open Flightradar24 and take a look.

    Both apps are free.
  • Traveling with multiple dogs
    Good morning Catie! As a life long dog owner and lover, I respect owners who have control of their dogs, both physical control and barking control. That being said, unfortunately there are dog owners out there who think their barking dog is cute and do nothing to deter barking. And there are the dog owners who allow their dogs to wander, off-leash, in the camping area or on the trail.

    If you want to be a good camping neighbor, don’t be that kind of dog owner. Be like Ray. His beagles were always on-leash and respectfully quiet.
  • Living on "High" when the temp is low!!!!
    Love that spray insulation! That’s the key. Did you consider an Espar or Webasto diesel fired forced air/water heater? We absolutely love our Webasto air/water heater. Running heater ducts would have been a no-brainer in the construction phase.