Add these side trips to your snowbird migration – Part 2

September 20, 2014 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

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 Admin In last week’s post (Part I) I suggested that instead of making a near non-stop head long rush to your winter home in the Southwestern Desert, you instead take some time to visit some short side trips along the way. This week I follow with the next highlight following Wupatki pueblo that I wrote about. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument From Wupatki, continue on the loop. You will pass Sunset Crater (photos), Lava Flow, and Lenox Crater Trails before arriving at the visitor center, which is two miles before rejoining 89. Lava Flow Trail, a self-guided loop, depicts a variety of volcanic features, while Lenox Crater Trail is a more strenuous climb up the side of a cinder cone, two miles round trip. Sunset volcano erupted in AD 1065 and displays in the visitor center illustrate various volcanic phenomena, such as squeeze ups, where the lava is forced upward through cracks, and hornitos, strange hornlike protuberances. Ranger Stephen Nycz explained some of the geology of the area. “From the visitors building we see the same top layers as in the Grand... Read more

VIDEO: RV Boondocking & Water

April 16, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Here’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 →

Isn’t it time to work less and RV more?

January 11, 2014 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

By Bob Difley Productivity. Connectivity. Accumulating Wealth. These are considered positive attributes and goals for working Americans to strive for. Yet “Ecologists warn that economic growth is strangling the natural systems on which life depends,” writes Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle. You read everyday that we are running out of – or eventually will run out of – many of our natural resources, for example lithium that powers most of our devices, or we will hve to ration some resources, like water that comes from diminishing aquifers and – at least in California – decreased rainfall threatening devastating droughts and wildfires. “As the world economy grows relentlessly,” Lochhead continues, “ecologists warn that nature’s ability to absorb wastes and regenerate natural resources is being exhausted.” And if that isn’t enough to be concerned about, psychologists and health professionals warn that our drive for wealth, continuous connectivity, and relentless need to work more hours, produce more, improve efficiency, and all the other pressures on today’s workforce to be ever more competitive, could have deleterious results on both our mental and physical health. Whether you are a believer or non-believer in global warming, worried about diminishing resources or believing that nature or science will provide, or are a political liberal or conservative, there may be a solution that would... Read more

Don’t discard those cans of food squirreled away in your RV as study reveals flaws in food expiration dates

September 20, 2013 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

By Bob Difley In previous posts I wrote about shelf life of food, and whether the shelf life recommended by manufacturers was valid. As I found out in my research, canned food had a virtually endless shelf life regarding safety, as evidenced by meals canned for the military back in WWII and still edible. By edible, I mean mainly safe to eat, though some–but not all–of the taste may be compromised by the length of time in the can. Bulk foods kept in airtight containers also have a long shelf life. Now the San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent, Carolyn Lochhead, has written a piece for the Science section of the Chronicle this week titled Masses of food wasted – ‘use by’ dates mislead in which she reports on a study by Harvard University Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The date labeling system is not a system at all,” said NRDC staff scientist Dana Gunders, co-author of the report, the first to assess date labeling laws nationwide. Americans send to the compost pile or landfill 40 percent of the food they purchase–often because “of misleading expiration dates that have nothing to do with safety” the report says. For RVers that are concerned about the food stored in their RVs ready for the quick getawway or as a hedge against natural disasters, the article should provide... Read more

Is this the BEST RV SHOWER?

July 31, 2013 by · Comments Off 

RV camping is all about water management. At the same time, we all love hot showers with good water pressure. That’s why we own an Oxygenics showerhead ( It delivers the best RV shower we’ve found. Life without fresh water quickly becomes intolerable. If you are camping at a campground with water and sewer hookups, then your needs are met. But if you are boondocking or dry camping – camping without any water hookup, which my wife and I do often – you are reliant on a limited fixed supply. It’s critical that you use water wisely. Click the pic for more info. No matter what kind of RV you own, you probably have a fresh water tank. That tank contains a limited supply of water that you use for drinking, cooking, washing, showering, and flushing. Our freshwater tank holds 54 gallons of water. Until a person goes RV camping, they have no idea how much water they use on a daily basis. In the United States, the average water usage per person (amongst non-camping persons) is 80-100 gallons per day. Think about that for a moment. Let me repeat: we have a 54 gallon fresh water tank in our Airstream. The average daily usage for two people is 160-200 gallons. If we used water in the same way non-camping people do, our freshwater tank would be dry by noon every day! We’d constantly be running out of water, and life would be a pain in the buttocks area. But we don’t, and it isn’t. Here’s why. Over the years, we’ve... Read more


July 24, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Every RV camper needs a good flashlight. In fact, as anyone who’s ever stumbled around a campsite in the dark can tell you, every RV camper needs several good flashlights. We sometimes boondock in rural areas that are pitch black at night. So we carry a bunch of flashlights in different styles and sizes, ranging from tiny handheld units to strap-on headlamps to the best and baddest of them all: our Stanley FatMax waterproof rechargeable LED spotlight (try saying that three times fast). The FATMAX is more than a mere flashlight – it’s a MONSTER LED SPOTLIGHT. It’s the perfect answer to that timeless after midnight question: “Hey, what’s going on out there?” Even if you have an old fashioned halogen spotlight, you should consider this new LED design. Overall, LED is better – a lot better. I replaced a dying old halogen unit with this LED model and have been very pleased with the change. The new LED lighting technology really offers some major benefits compared to older designs. With HALF the size & weight of the old style, the LED spotlight burns cool - with a 10-hour battery life! (Click the pic for more info.) This Stanley FatMax LED is 50% smaller than the typical spotlight – that makes it great for carrying in the RV, or in your tow vehicle. It’s small enough to fit in a backpack. My old spotlight was much more bulky. The Stanley LED spotlight is lighter in weight than the old halogen designs. It weighs a mere 1.8 pounds, less... Read more


April 6, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Friday we arrived in Huntsville, Alabama, “the Rocket City,” climbed the mountain to Monte Sano State Park, unhitched and set out for NASA’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center, where in the 1950s, a team of scientists, led by Dr. Wernher von Braun, designed and tested the rockets that put men on the Moon. Monique acceded to my whim to visit the center, mildly interested at best.  When we walked in, I was blown away by the exhibits.  I think Monique was even more impressed.  (Last blog I mentioned that the World War II Museum in New Orleans is a “must see.” This certainly is another “must see.”) I thought it was a hair dryer for King Kong -- turns out, it was the cones beneath the rocket. In hall after hall, what we saw and experienced was grand.  When we walked into the space center, we were overwhelmed with the grandeur, the spectacles, the active exhibits – and how the designers put into perspective the importance of the space program to our everyday lives. Our trip to Huntsville was our fourth or fifth deviation from the planned route.  When wanderlust calls, we enjoy the spontaneity of our trip, the ability to stay a day longer or leave a day early, the freedom to veer off the yellow-highlighted routes on the maps Monique worked on so diligently. If you’re wondering about all this freedom, it comes first with being retired (except for writing and photography).  It also means willingness... Read more

Saving money on the road: Many states offer special rates for seniors or state residents

October 6, 2012 by Bob Difley · 9 Comments 

By Bob Difley The following is “Number 7 State Parks” from my ebook, 111 Ways to Get the Biggest Bang from Your RV Lifestyle Buck which is available in the Kindle store at Amazon or in PDF format from my website. Many states offer special rates for seniors or state residents Many state parks offer special reduced rates Examples of special rates include California that offers $2 off their regular rate to seniors over 62 and Oregon that offers an annual pass for off-season camping at reduced rates. New Jersey offers free camping Sunday night through Thursday night in the off season; some states offer a small discount for non-weekend camping. Georgia offers discounts to veterans. Check as you go from state to state as some states alter their rates based on their current visitation, such as in Arizona where some state parks will offer seven days if you pay for five if they are not full. How to find these special rates. When you visit a state park check with rangers or office personnel for any special rates being offered. You can find official information on the park’s Web site, but some deals are made only at the individual park. Offer to do some park clean-up, maintenance, or other volunteer services in trade for a free campsite. ►Tip By checking in advance on states’ specials, you may be able to plan your trip to take advantage of the best rates offered. The following is “Number 7 State Parks” from my ebook, 111 Ways to Get the Biggest Bang from... Read more


August 30, 2012 by Barry & Monique Zander · 13 Comments 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers We remember when, six years ago, we bought our first 22-foot travel trailer and prepared for full-time life on the road.  We were parked at our son’s desert hide-away, learning everything we didn’t know about living in an RV.  Joe and Vicki Kieva’s books and columns on RVing were too advanced for us.  (The 22-footer, as cute as it was, lasted a year before we decided the RV life was for us, but the time had come for a more durable vehicle.) I fondly recall mentioning to the satellite dish installer working on top of the trailer in the desert heat that we didn’t know where to connect the hose to fill the freshwater tank.  He showed us what we should have learned in the 45-minute walk-through when we purchased the trailer. Monique and son Patrick do all the work while I write about it on the computer. We’ve progressed far from those neo-natal days of excitement and dread.  We have parked 403 times in different places overnight in 36 states and 3 provinces so far.  We’ve been to what I consider every conceivable kind of camping spot, from a cousin’s driveway to Yellowstone, from Alaska to “I’m too tired to go any further.” Bear with me for a moment more to find out where your experience and expertise comes in. After five years of continuous RV travel, we have been almost stationary for the past year while we turned a tiny mountain cabin into a livable abode, as we look farther down the road... Read more

How to live the RV Lifestyle in turbulent and unsettled times – Part 3

June 23, 2012 by Bob Difley · 9 Comments 

By Bob Difley In last Saturday’s post I wrote about how spending just a few days a month boondocking can save a pile of money on campground fees. There are other ways also to rein in expenses , one of the perks of living the RV Lifestyle being the ability to abruptly change course when current economic conditions continue to fluctuate. One of these methods is to work out a monthly budget based on current income and expenses. The key is to make the budget flexible so you can instantly adjust for unfolding events. Here are examples: Fuel prices rise – Reduce miles driven by making shorter trips, staying longer in each location (which can also result in lower campground fees by taking advantage of longer term discounts), use the internet to find the cheapest fuel along your  route and filling up even if you aren’t yet low on fuel. Fuel prices fall – Bank (hold in reserve) the savings in reduced fuel prices and use when prices rise again. Income (dividends) from stock portfolio drops – Prepare a list of discretionary spending ahead of time from which you can make cuts when necessary, such as from eating out, gifts (your gift list recipients don’t really care how much money you spend on them–it’s the thought that counts), visits to expensive attractions (they will still be there when the economy improves), and spending less time in expensive RV resorts and more time in scenic and more rustic campgrounds. Take temporary positions as... Read more

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