One of the most common misconceptions about RV fires is that they only happen in older or less expensive motorhomes. Not true. RV fires can and do happen in every make, model and year of RV. Why? Because vehicles, especially RVs, are a storehouse of flammable liquids that, given the chance, will explode or catch on fire. Continue reading
RV forums and support groups are a great way to find life long friends, traveling partners and even love, but they can also be a place to find scams, trouble and people who can do you harm. With a little education and preparation you can learn to spot the safe people and avoid the unsafe ones!
Just because someone is a fellow camper, RVer, retiree or fisherman doesn’t make him or her safe. Online people can be, or pretend to be anyone they want to be. While the majority of online friends we make are real people there’s a percentage who are there to cause us grief, or intend us harm. Learn to set and enforce your boundaries and take proper precautions, you can find some of the best, most helpful folks in the world only a mouse click away. Continue reading
If you have an RV or travel trailer you’ve probably learned to depend on propane (LP Gas) for a lot of things. There are a lot of things to learn and know about propane and propane tanks (also referred to as LP for liquid petroleum gas). LP gas is either propane or butane gas or a mixture of both. Know what you’re getting if you plan to be in colder or very, very hot climates or transitioning between the two. For instance, going to Mexico (usually where the butane blend is higher) and then returning to Canada in the fall or winter you may notice a difference or that your appliances aren’t working at all. Continue reading
Computers have done for RVing what RVs did for camping&##8211;made life easier, faster, cleaner, and ripe with more opportunities for fun, travel and safety on the road. If that sounds like overselling, it&##8217;s not. RVers who travel with laptops, smart phones and/or net books, or iPads have many more opportunities and much more information available to them than their non-tech peers. Internet access gives you the comfort of shopping, banking; travel planning, making reservations and checking the weather, connecting with friends via Skype and email and even learning about how to fix your RV with online tutorials. It&##8217;s hard to beat that kind of resource, especially when it&##8217;s all in something as compact as a laptop computer! Continue reading
People have always traveled from place to place, camping along the way. Early travelers traveled by horseback, packing their tents or tarps on horseback. Wagon trains, shepherd&##8217;s carts and other wheeled vehicles became home for months or years at a time for other travelers. Once trains criss-crossed the country travelers could camp in private rail cars that were pulled along side train routes. That kind of accommodation limited where a person or family could go. It was also difficult to set up camp if the rail car was already occupied.
Travelers wanted more. They wanted mobility and they wanted comfort. Just like today, they were willing to compromise on one to afford the other if they had to. Most of the early RVs had a place to sleep and to hold basic comforts. Some had bathrooms and kitchens or even stoves, most did not. They began to explore and create options as travelers have always done. Continue reading
Once you feel comfortable camping in a campground, chances are you’ll want to try what is called “boon docking” or “dry camping.”
Dry camping simply means totally self-contained camping. Being able to dry camp or boon dock means you’re as comfortable parking overnight in a parking lot or truck stop as you are in a field or on a back road in the wilderness or along the beach. Continue reading
There are a lot of benefits to financing your RV. Depending on your credit score, lower payments are only one advantage. When you finance your RV instead of liquidating your assets or paying cash you maintain personal financial flexibility, critical for many of us who like to travel and want the financial freedom to do so. If you’re a full-timer your RV may qualify as a home or a second home if you rent your permanent home or condo.
Check with your tax advisor to see works best for your situation. But consider these benefits when you do. Not all these benefits apply to everyone, but there many that will impact you and your decision, so take your time and explore all your options. Continue reading
You’ve found your dream RV. You’ve done the walk-through. You’ve kicked the tires. You’ve popped the hood, if it has one, and you’ve checked the vehicle or trailer inside and out. Dreams of hitting the road are filling your head. The salesman is closely eyeing you for subtle clues that will help him close the sale. Yet, before you leave the dealership, there’s still one more important decision you need to make. Should you buy a maintenance contract? Continue reading
Turning an RV into a mobile classroom for homeschooled children creates infinite possibilities for hands-on learning. Following in the footsteps of parents in the U.S., more Canadian families are choosing to homeschool. Sometimes that choice occurs as a result of a parent’s job demands. When Mom or Dad must spend a lot of time on the road, the flexibility of homeschooling gives families more options in reconciling job requirements with a family’s needs. If Dad can’t be with the family, then perhaps the family can be with Dad. A recreational vehicle is one way to solve that problem. Continue reading
Thinking of combining a love of the road with the ultimate mobile office? If you’ve thought about turning your RV into your business address, you’re not alone. People who run a business from a recreational vehicle are referred to as “Workampers.” The explosion of web-based entrepreneurs has inevitably led to an increase in this new breed of recreational vehicle enthusiasts. The choice is a natural for those on the professional speaking circuit, as they skirt delayed flights, cramped seats, missed connections, and lost baggage. Those who turn an RV into a business on wheels are also never lacking the comforts of home. Continue reading