VIDEO: RV Boondocking & Water

April 16, 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 AdminHere’s another episode of “The Loloho Show,” our ongoing chat series that broadcasts to our YouTube Channel ( In this episode, we talk about boondocking and water management. Anyone who RV camps eventually does some boondocking. And why not? Camping without hookups is arguably the most rewarding aspect of RV ownership. Sure, we all enjoy taking a long hot shower in a full hookup campground. But some of our fondest camping memories have been made off the beaten path. In the video we mention several products that have helped us stretch out our water supply. These include: RV WATER FILTER ( The 2-pack is by far the best deal. JERRYCAN FOR WATER ( DRY SHAMPOO ( OXYGENICS SHOWER HEAD ( BRITTA BELLA WATER PITCHER ( THE NEXT EXIT – INTERSTATE HIGHWAY EXIT DIRECTORY ( And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more fun free videos.  Read More →

VIDEO: How to TURN OFF the Ford F250 “Autolock” Feature

April 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

On our YouTube Channel ( we recently demonstrated how to program a spare keyless remote ( in a Ford F250. This got me thinking about our F250’s autolock feature. CLICK THE PIC TO WATCH THE VIDEO! On paper, autolock is a nice feature – the doors automatically lock once the truck moves faster than 5 MPH. It makes sense in theory. There’s only one problem with autolock: it often succeeds in locking me out of the vehicle. Doh! To be more accurate, autolock succeeds in locking both doors – driver side and passenger side. I can’t count how many times I’ve stopped the truck, gotten outside, and approached the passenger door only to find it locked. Our F250 has no keypad entry on the passenger side; it’s only on the driver side. So if I’m locked out on the passenger side, I must make the long long trek back to the driver side. I know it’s a First World Problem, but it’s a problem nevertheless. The upshot? I’d remove an annoyance from my life if the autolock was disabled. Well guess what? If I’d taken the time to RTFM (”read the Ford manual“) I would’ve found that it’s surprisingly easy to activate and deactivate the autolock feature. So we made a video demonstrating just that. Click the pic to watch the video on YouTube. Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel ( – over 3 million views and counting!  Read More →


March 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Our drive down Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula took us along Hwy. 1, a very narrow and winding passage with no room to move off the blacktop.  Through desert and rocky hills, it passes scarce outposts of civilization where few people, if any, speak English. POW! We heard the blowout on a trailer tire.  I looked to the right and realized we were 10 feet from a Pemex gas station, the Mexican-owned system of fueling stops with mini-markets.  I pulled in just POW! enough to get us out of the road.  Ten minutes later the “Green Angels” arrived to change my tire. The Green Angels is a posse of government-sponsored multi-talented people, ready to help and protect tourists plying the remote spaces of Mexico.  Fantasy RV Tours, with whom we were traveling, had hired them to escort our RV caravan for the entire trip, and, I assure you, no members of our troupe were as thankful to Our heroes -- Tony & Isaiah have them along as Monique and I. I have often written and spoken about how RV caravans are not journeys where rigs all travel in a queue.  That’s obviously not always true, because on our 1,200-mile round-trip, our 14 rigs mostly stayed together, almost always in sight of the rig in front of us.  It’s not a command, but it seemed like the best way to travel these precarious roads. When one travel trailer in our band tried to leave room for a motorhome to exit first from a resort RV park, the truck... Read more


December 26, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers At the end of my previous posting, I printed a comment from reader Mary Hansen and my response.  Mary wrote: “The description ‘Vicki’ gives doesn’t really clarify (how to make a reservation at for me. It’s a very convoluted description. In addition, it didn’t address our situation: we drive a small motorhome (on wheels with cooking and other living accommodations) AND we tow a small car. Is our car a trailer? Which sort of lot would we fit on? Thanks for trying to clarify the situation for us all (love especially your photo mash-up!) but you didn’t include a toad in your pics either!” I sent a follow-up question to, which resulted in this email [I bold-faced elements in her response]: Dear Barry Zander, Thank you for using for your camping needs.  It is my pleasure to assist you today. We are sorry for any confusion the website terminology has caused.  

For the purpose of making a federal camping reservation at, an “RV” refers to an all-inclusive wheeled camping unit that may be driven on its own (often known as a “motor home.”)  A “trailer” is referencing a wheeled camping unit that is being pulled or towed by another vehicle.  (Many campgrounds include fifth wheels in the “Trailer” category, because a fifth wheel is not drivable on its own.) 

If... Read more

A Sometimes Overlooked Motor Home Safety Tip

November 30, 2013 by Lug_Nut · Leave a Comment 

Lug_Nut, with an eye on safety. All motor home owners observe certain procedures prior to taking off from a camp stay. Things like, disconnect all connections, slides in, jacks up, antennas down, and more, are standard rituals they are all accustom to. A vehicle walk around after everything is set, is a good policy and hopefully is done by every RV’er. These often reveal issues that need attention such as open compartments, obstacles beneath the coach or wheels, awnings not locked, etc. A little time spent completing this can save a lot of time and possibly costly repairs later. Okay, all checks out as ready for the road, but, what about loose items within the coach? Those items like toasters, coffee pots, cutlery and other personal things that we all carry, are they safe? They create little or no danger while driving down the road outside of possibly rattling in harmony with the bumps on the road surface. However, in the case of a sudden deceleration caused by a collision or even a panic braking action, these items can become lethal. The sink with several dishes, knives and forks, can be tossed up and become ballistic household shrapnel. Many makes of class “A” RV’s do not fair well in a collision, and in some impact instances, the body may practically disintegrate, offering little or no protection for the occupants. Unlike automobiles, trucks and even buses made today, RV’s do not have to meet the same crash test safety regulations. But, even if they... Read more

DEAL: Ford & GM Keyless Remotes

November 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Most of us who tow our RVs use burly pickup trucks for the task. In our case, we have a Ford F250 diesel. Our truck came with only one keyless remote. Dealerships often want more than $100 for these remotes. So I’d rather pay $2.82 for this one: It's nothing fancy, but some dealerships think it's made of gold! (Click the pic to browse the store.) You use these little remotes to unlock and lock your truck doors, and they also are able to activate the alarm. I don’t know why a dealership would charge more than $100 for a little remote, but they often do. What did we do before the Internet came along? We got ripped off – that’s what we did. See? I'm cool with you GM guys too. Let's sing a little Kum-bah-yah. (Click the pic for more info.) Although this keyless remote is meant for Ford trucks, you can find all sorts of keyless remotes online. Yes, GM fans, I’m talking to you. One of my missions in life is to broker goodwill between Ford and GM fans. Afterwards, I’ll move on to easier tasks like peace in the Middle East. Click here to browse the keyless remote store. Just don’t tell your dealership about this one. We’ll keep it our own little secret.  Read More →


November 18, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers I’ve been confused for years by the terminology on two park reservations sites: and  When asking what type of site I’m looking for, among the choices are “RV” and “Trailer.” We have a trailer, but it’s also an RV; so, which one is the correct selection.  After mentioning this to a friend earlier this week, I decided to get the definitive answer on behalf of all owners of RVs of the various classes.  Here’s what I was told by Vicki, customer service representative for,, and Dear Mr. Zander, Thank you for using for your camping needs.   It is my pleasure to assist you today. A “standard site” will accommodate 1 RV/trailer/wheeled camping unit with 1 tent, or if there is not an RV/trailer/wheeled camping unit on the site, it will accommodate up to 2 tents.  An “RV only” site will only accommodate 1 RV/wheeled camping unit (no tents allowed) and “Tent only” will usually accommodate up to 2 tents unless specified otherwise.  I hope this information will assist your further. We appreciate your business and I hope you enjoy the beautiful camping season. That does answer my original question.  Thank you.  But my next question is, “What is a ‘trailer,’ as differentiated in the list of types of sites from an ‘RV’?” Vicki replied: An RV is one large... Read more

RV TOWING: Is the “Value” Antisway Bar Worth a Try?

November 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year our old antisway bar got bent (and I don’t mean it developed a drinking problem). So we went shopping for a new antisway bar and discovered the “Value Friction Sway Control” ( which is simply a lower priced antisway bar. We decided to give it a try on our rig. The "value" antisway bar weights over 13 pounds and costs less than half the price of a standard bar. (Click the pic for more info.) Why bother with an antisway bar? These bars reduce trailer sway and improve handling in adverse towing conditions. For example, when you’re hauling your rig across a wide open stretch of West Texas on a windy day. The idea is that the antisway bar improves the stability of your rig and therefore increases towing safety. If you are towing a trailer any substantial distance, you really need one of these antisway bars working for you. It’s a cheap form of insurance. In some scenarios, a humble antisway bar may help you avoid a disastrous accident. Now on to the bar itself. From the word “value,” I was expecting compromises from this bar. So far, after a full season of camping and literally thousands of miles of towing, I have found none. As Buzz Lightyear might say, the value bar has performed to my expectations – and beyond! The "value" antisway bar appears to be a great, well, VALUE. (Click the pic for more info.) This is a solid, heavy, well constructed piece of gear. The value bar weights 13.2 pounds. The kit... Read more

Get More “Cigarette Lighter” Power Outlets with this Handy Device

September 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the most useful devices we carry in our RV tow vehicle SEEMORE is a 12V socket duplicator. What is a socket duplicator? It’s a little adapter cable that gives us more “cigarette lighter” 12V charging receptacles. This guy gives you FOUR 12V "cigarette lighter" adapter outlets instead of one! (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) These days, it seems we’re always charging something like a phone or tablet. Then there’s our GPS, which requires 12V socket power. We also carry a radar detector. With a socket adapter, we have all the charging recptacles we need. I like the XTG socket adapter, because it not only includes FOUR 12V sockets, but also a USB charge socket (for phones and tablets). If you travel extensively, you need a socket adapter! ‘Nuff said.  Read More →

Get lost

August 24, 2013 by Bob Difley · Leave a Comment 

By Bob Difley In the good ‘ol days, as we oldtimers like to recall, the RV lifestyle was quite different than it is today. When I first started RVing you could camp in state parks in California for $6, forest service campgrounds for  $4–if you had to pay at all. Back then most RVing was limited to smaller RVs, and hook-ups meant electricity and maybe water, with a dump station in the campground. No cable TV hookups or wifi, campsites spaced well apart from each other, quiet time after 10 o’clock that actually was quiet. For entertainment we hiked, swam, paddled, visited historic sites, went fishing, rockhunding, birdwatching, star gazing, and took ranger-led nature walks if we weren’t out boondocking in the outback. It seems today that hook-ups have become a de rigueur part of RVing, including full-service RV resorts that offer continuous activities and programs throughout the day to keep us entertained. But with the addition of all these amenities came increased costs. Back in the day, the concept of spending $100 or more per night (one Palm Springs area RV resort had rates as high as $184/night) was unthinkable–and the amenities now being offered would have been beyond an RVer’s wildest imagination. And that’s OK. The RV Lifestyle need not be defined by how I do it, or how my neighbor does it, but how each individual person enjoys using their RV, whether it’s a pop-up trailer or a 45-foot diesel pusher with a garage for the Ferrari... Read more

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