Articles About the RV Lifestyle

This page contains short articles about the RV lifestyle. We cover topics important to the recreational vehicle owner and operator, from the RV camper all the way to the fulltimer.

A Night In The Lilly Pad Tree House

Landra and I recently stumbled on a very unique travel destination. It required us to leave the RV behind for a few days, but it provided an experience that most people are not even aware exists. Read article »

Boondocking Etiquette

RVers' code of conduct when spending the night in private business parking lots

Many RVers, including myself, occasionally park overnight on the property of generous retailers, such as Wal-Mart. Even though retailers are located in urban areas (not the boonies), this practice has become commonly known as boondocking. Read article »

Changin' Gears

Our Story - Charlie and Landra's Transition Into the RV Lifestyle. Read article »

Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

New experiences make me nervous, and I assume that holds true for most of us. Towing our fifth wheel through a major tunnel for the first time was such an experience. Read article »

Determining an RV's Fair Market Value

Whether buying a new or used RV, the exercise of determining the fair market value (FMV) is well worth the effort to avoid over-paying. Read article »

Fifth Wheel Gooseneck Adapter

Those of us who choose a fifth wheel trailer will wonder at some point if there is an alternative to the hitch taking up most of the truck bed. One option commonly considered is a fifth wheel gooseneck adapter, which requires only a vertically mounted ball hitch in the bed of the truck. Read article »

Hard Labor Creek State Park Earned Its Name

One afternoon during a trip across the country in our fifth wheel, we were racing the sun to an RV park before sunset. We were driving through Georgia and convenient RV parks near the highway were sparse. Hard Labor Creek State Park was near our path and reachable before dark. Read article »

Home Schooling in Your Motorhome

At first glance the terms "hitting the road" and "hitting the books" might appear mutually exclusive. But if you home school your children and have access to a motor home, read on. Read article »

Large RV-Towing Truck Issues

Now that you have decided on a towable recreational vehicle, take time to research the tow vehicle requirements before finalizing your trailer decision. This is a crucial step because large trucks required for the safe towing of heavy trailers introduce potential issues which car and light truck operators may not be aware of. Read article »

One Year in the Rogue Valley

Our recommendations of fascinating places to see in southern Oregon

The choice to make the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon our first major RV stop turned out to be a wonderful decision. The summer months had perfect weather and the scenery was breathtaking. Read article »

RV Boondocking

What is RV boondocking? It is simply camping in your recreational vehicle in an area with limited or no facilities. In many areas of the west, you can just drive into the desert, and stay free for up to two weeks. Read article »

RV Lifestyles Examined

All RV lifestyles have many things in common, yet each has a distinct set of characteristics that set them apart. In this article I attempted to capture the most significant characteristics of the major lifestyle categories. Read article »

RV Moisture Control

Living in an RV requires attending to certain tasks that permanent foundation houses do not require. One such task is to keep the air moisture level low enough to avoid condensation. Moisture control is easily accomplished with roof vents and a dehumidifier, and just as easily forgotten. Read article »

RV Owner and Handyman

Thinking of becoming an RVer? Prepare yourself to also be the handyman.

In the excitement of considering life as an RVer, it may not occur to some that the new lifestyle demands several non-recreational roles to be assumed. One of these roles is the handyman (ladies included). I point this out not to throw cold water on the exciting plans, but to prepare you for a certainty that comes standard with living in an RV… Read article »

Silent Night, Noisy Night

Hindrances to sleeping well in an RV, and solutions to overcome them

Our new life as fulltimers brought me an unexpected challenge—getting a good night's sleep. Being a very light sleeper, RV life has cost me many restless nights and prompted me to seek out a solution. Read article »

Snowbound in Harmonie State Park

The first stop of our first major RV trip was in Harmonie State Park in southern Indiana, just in time for the 2004 Christmas holidays. It turned out to be an unexpected adventure full of lessons about RV camping in cold weather. Read article »

Truck Stop Fueling Etiquette

Those of us driving large, diesel-powered recreational vehicles will soon realize that many gas stations cannot accommodate us. Fueling up at truck stops is preferable for a number of reasons: Read article »