VIDEO: “Top 5 Places to RV Camp” in the USA

March 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminSubscribers to our YouTube Channel already know about this latest video. (Subscriptions are FREE and found at Our new show will address key questions about RV camping and travel that we’ve received from viewers over the years. Of course, one of the most popular questions is always, “What’s your favorite place to go RV camping?” We decided to answer the question in this video. In a landscape as diverse and beautiful as the United States, we couldn’t pick just one. You can watch the new video here: More to come. Got any more topics you want us to gab about?  Read More →

TECH: The New Kindle Fire HDX

November 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We enjoy using tablets to browse the Internet when RV camping. While Apple practically invented the tablet category with the iPad (, Amazon has upped the ante with its Kindle Fire series. The new Kindle Fire HDX ( takes on the iPad Mini ( With the HDX, Amazon has delivered a powerful tablet with premium features that goes head-to-head with the iPad. Yet it costs almost half the price. Over the past couple of years, it’s become clear that consumers love the small 7-inch tablet size. Steve Jobs swore that Apple would never make a smaller iPad; well, even ol’ Steve was wrong about a few things. The new Kindle Fire HDX is powerful and lightweight. (Click the pic for more info.) Shortly after Steve moved on to that great product launch in the sky, Apple unleashed the iPad Mini. For many people, the 7” size simply feels right; it’s about the same as a traditional book. It’s easy to slip into a bag or purse (or “murse” if you’re so inclined) and take it wherever you want to go. Let’s take a look at some highlights of the Kindle Fire HDX. LIGHT WEIGHT The Kindle Fire HDX is light as a 10.7-ounce feather. That light weight means you can hold the Kindle Fire HDX for lengthy periods of time without getting fatigued. It makes a difference when you’re relaxing in bed with your evening reading. BEEFY PROCESSOR This year Amazon has beefed up the Kindle Fire HDX processor to a quad-core... Read more

Protect Guns (and RVs) with CorrosionX

July 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently we’ve been discussing our favorite anti-corrosion products for use with an RV. In addition to Boeshield T-9, we sometimes use a product called CorrosionX. CorrosionX was developed by a company in Dallas, Texas, for use by the military on metal gear from tools to tanks to guns. CorrosionX claims to be the only product available to the public that meets the US Navy’s tough corrosion prevention requirement. Polar bonding helps CorrosionX stick to metal like a magnet. We use it on our RV to prevent the spread of filiform corrosion. It's also popular among gun enthusiasts. (Click the pic for more info.) Unlike ordinary oils and greases, molecules of CorrosionX stick to metal almost like a magnet. CorrosionX actually kills existing rust and corrosion (keeping it from spreading) and provides long-term protection on any metal surface. Do you carry guns in your RV? Swab a dirty gun bore with CorrosionX , and the product works its way through fouling to reach the metal, lifting dirt out of the metal for easy removal. If you leave a light coat of CorrosionX all over the weapon, it will prevent rust between uses. Polar bonding is the key to the performance of CorrosionX. Due to polar bonding, CorrosionX causes common metals and alloys like iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and bronze to chemically behave more like noble metals such as gold and platinum. The upshot is that when CorrosionX is present on metal, it can’t rust or corrode! Our... Read more

Using an Apple iPad 4 as a Camera

June 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For many of us, our favorite souvenirs from RV travel, shows, and events are the photographs we bring home. Over the years doing the Long Long Honeymoon website, I’ve used a lot of cameras – from burly $10,000 professional rigs to rinky dink $100 point-and-shoot models. Since many people ask me for camera recommendations, I thought it would be helpful to put together a series discussing my favorite (and/or recommended) cameras. My first camera recommendation is a surprising one, even to me: the Apple iPad (4th Generation). I have a basic 16GB iPad 4th Generation with wifi only. It’s the cheapest “new edition” of the iPad. This model is equipped with two cameras: a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a 1.2MP camera on the front. Both of these cameras were upgraded from the 3rd Generation version. I must admit that the first time I saw someone using an iPad to take photos, I thought they were crazy. Yes, it does look a little strange to be holding a tablet aloft at eye level, composing a photograph. So why am I recommending using an iPad 4 as a camera? There are several reasons. First, my iPad 4 is capable of surprisingly good image quality. I am impressed by the sharp resolution (2592 x 1936, plenty of detail for making prints) and pleasing color that the camera captures. This is the most important criteria for judging a camera: it can be used to take great pictures. I’ve taken several photos with my iPad that have left me pleasantly surprised. The... Read more


June 13, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers I’ll devote this edition of the blog to a question from a reader and my response to her.  As you know if you’ve been following this series, we are a little over a week away from hooking up with a caravan for a 48-day trip into the Maritime Provinces on the east coast of Canada. Following is the question and my answer: From Lois Thurston, I was sitting here thinking if I want to do an Alaska cruise when I saw your post that you took a caravan tour to Alaska and I thought thats how I want to see Alaska, so thank you!  I have been doing a little research but do you have any advice on picking the right company to use? Thanks for your blogs I really enjoy them and also learn from them. Barry’s Response In answer to your question about choosing a caravan company, I have two quick suggestions — 1) pick a company that has lots of caravans to different places, and 2) ask the company about the wagonmaster’s style. 1)  I don’t know of any caravan companies that have gone out of business, but I think a well-established company is probably safer.  Among other things, the campground owners and others they deal with are more likely to court their business and try hard to keep them happy.  Ask for catalogs from each of the companies, which can be found by an internet search. 2) We had no desire to sign up with a caravan company until I happened to meet a wagonmaster for one of the big companies and set... Read more

Use Blogger to Keep Your Journals

April 21, 2013 by Chris Guld · Leave a Comment 

Did you keep a diary when you were a kid?  I did.  I love being able to go back in time and find words that express exactly what was going on.  Many of my paper journals have been lost or destroyed over the years.  I wanted something better for our travel logs.  When we started thinking about traveling in an RV back in 2003 – I found and decided to keep my journals there.  Tioga and George were my inspiration.  A solo, fulltime RVer, George used Blogger and wrote every day!  Because of reading his blog, we met up with George on the road a few times.   We credit Blogger with making us many friends over the years. Most everyone we meet who travels wants some way to record and share their travels.  Some keep a paper notebook just for themselves, some send an email blast to their list of friends.  We think Blogger is the easiest way to keep your journals.  It’s free, and it’s certainly simple to share with your friends – just tell them the link.  They can even subscribe to your blog via email and get a message in their inbox every time you post.  What if you don’t want to share? If you just want a private journal – Blogger has settings for that.  You can even specify a small group of people that are the only ones with access.  You could give each of those people the ability to write in the blog and turn it into a family affair!  You could even have one public blog... Read more


April 16, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Dear Lug_Nut, We cringed during yesterday’s posting, wondering how we get ourselves into these no-going-back & no-going–forward situations.  We had a few, but, honestly, none that I can remember as harrowing as your knuckle-whitener.  Good writing, Lug! Since “Comments” aren’t active these days, a victim of spammers (who sent me over 400 messages at one time), I’ll relate a few of our experiences in this blog.  I wrote this same type column about a year ago, but Monique urged me not to run it.  I must have erased it, because it has disappeared from my files. First incident happened about the fifth day of our RVing experience, so naturally I was still nervous.  We approached a long, narrow bridge pulling our 22-foot Starcraft Antigua travel trailer.  As we moved on forward, I realized there was a truck with a wide load heading toward us !!! at a high rate of speed !!! and weaving a bit.  I truly white-knuckled it, hanging onto the steering wheel for dear life. We must have made it across, because we’re still RVing.  I may have blacked out as we almost scraped past. Not long afterward, we pulled into a shopping center … only it wasn’t the entrance to the center’s parking lot.  It was the entrance to a small Starbuck’s – no way to back up or turn around, only the narrow drive-thru driveway.  We didn’t order a Frappuccino:  we were just happy with our escape. Still new to the... Read more

Printing Pictures with Picasa

April 14, 2013 by Chris Guld · Leave a Comment 

I don’t print.  We live in an RV – there’s no place to put printed photo albums!  I love being able to share my pictures by uploading them to Picasa Web Albums / Google+.  (see Member Tutorial Video: Intro to Web Albums)  But that’s me.  I know that some people still like to have prints.  And, I have been known to print some pictures for my Mom to have.    Printing to Your Own Printer Just select the picture (or pictures) you want to print and click the Print button at the bottom of Picasa’s screen (see Member Tutorial Video Printing).  You will have options for print size, Shrink to Fit, printing captions on borders, printer setup options, and number of copies.  For a quick way to get something printed, this works great, but keep reading and I’ll tell you a much better way to print your pictures. Let the Pros do the Printing You will get much better results if you use commercially available photo-printing services like Walgreens, Walmart, Shutterfly, or CVS.  Many people know that already and they export their photos to a USB thumb drive and take them to the store for processing.  Oh no!  It’s so much easier than that!  Picasa will upload your pictures (the edited version) directly to Walgreens, Walmart, Shutterfly, and more.  Then you can go pick up the finished prints in an hour!  Or you can have them mailed to you – or whoever you want to get them. Here’s how:  Just... Read more


March 13, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Man, this computer stuff is another “can of worms”! After several days of frustration, I have two new announcements … and a smattering of advice at the end of this blog. ANNOUNCEMENT 1 – I have switched the website to another new name: (replaces, which we think is a pretty cool name. ANNOUNCEMENT 2 – The problem in accessing the site, as many of you have reported, is ‘site visibility,’ at least as far as search engines (Bing, Yahoo, Google, etc.) go.  I’ve learned that it’s more complicated than I ever thought it would be.    Good news is that the problem is being corrected. The best way to reach the Alaska blogs, photographs and a bit more on is by typing or pasting it into the bar at the top of your Internet page that starts out http://  . From what I can tell, you can access it through Google, but it’s tougher with Yahoo and Bing – the better, quicker way is in the space at the top of the page. If you’re wondering if it’s worth the effort, apparently lots of people who have unraveled the knot tying up access are finding it valuable … or at least enjoyable.  Once the glitches are worked out, I will upload (that’s computer talk, of course) much more onto the site.  Please bear (maybe “moose” is more appropriate) with me. Whetting your appetite for a visit to the Alaskan pages on NOW FOR... Read more


March 9, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers “WE GET LETTERS” is a line from the 1950s era Perry Como Show, where a bevy of beauties would come out singing the lyrics to “Letters, we get letters, we get stacks and stacks of letters.”  Then Perry sang requested songs from the home audience.  Well, enough trivia for this evening.  Just consider yourself lucky that I won’t sing, but here’s some of the mail received in the past week at [each letter begins in bold]: You asked for “wrong route” stories.  We’ve found that traveling in our 38-foot motorhome is always an adventure. As we were driving home to Jacksonville, Fla., from a cross-country to Yuma, Ariz., we needed to buy fuel. When I checked GasBuddy, I found that diesel was several cents cheaper at a Chevron station near the Louisiana border just before crossing into Mississippi. We saw the gas station’s sign and pulled off. Jim slowly pulled in front of the station to see if we could access the pumps. By the time he decided we could, it was too late to pull into the station. He said he would turn around up ahead.  We kept following it, until it turned into a Y and climbed a rise. The road narrowed, and we found ourselves on top of a levee, on a narrow one-lane dirt/gravel road, with no turnaround in site. “Garmina” (our GPS) actually knew about this road … sort of. She told us it went straight for a couple of miles, then turned back... Read more

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