René M. Agredano
Dirt trails, running and RVing combine for the ultimate trifecta. Point your rig to any of these great West Coast trail running destinations for RVers and you’re guaranteed a first-place finish with good times and better health as your grand prize.
For many RVers, nothing says romance like RV upgrades, gadgets and special camping gifts that add fun and comfort to camping. If you’re looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for RVers in your life, consider my 10 favorite must-have camping gifts, guaranteed to win the heart of your favorite road tripper.
RVing with intelligent dogs like Wyatt means taking extra precautions. Image: LiveWorkDream.com
3 Dangers Of RVing With Dogs That Are Totally Preventable
Many of us canâ€™t imagine life on the road without our canine co-pilots. For their safety, we must be aware of important dangers of RVing with dogs.
Dogs enhance our experiences in nature. They force us to take time and smell the flowers, to sit and savor the scenery and explore our surroundings when the time is right. But for all the joys of RVing with dogs, certain dangers lurk in this lifestyle that donâ€™t exist in the real world.
At best, these pet hazards can cost you a lot of money at the vet clinic. At worst, your petâ€™s life may be at risk. If you think of yourself as a responsible pet parent, youâ€™ll want to avoid these common RVing dog dangers.
1. Donâ€™t let your pooch drive the RV.
As parent to a high strung, intelligent German Shepherd who recently passed, I always worried that one day he would take his role as co-pilot a little too seriously. Thatâ€™s why anytime we park our Dodge RAM, we put on the emergency break to ensure he doesnâ€™t attempt a getaway.
After all, thousands of children have been known to accidentally hit a gearshift and send the vehicle into motion. Knowing my dog is as smart as the average two-year-old human, it makes sense that heâ€™s capable of doing the same.
Setting the emergency brake seems like the common sense thing to do whether youâ€™re driving a passenger car or RVing with children or pets. But I also know that after a long dayâ€™s drive, even little pet safety tasks like this are easily forgotten. And thatâ€™s exactly what happened to this poor guy in Texas:
Whatever kind of RV you drive, make it a habit
Trees can be a curse and a blessing. (Image: @lunarlight, iRV2 Forums)
10 Hard Truths About RV Parks (And What To Do About Them)
Experienced RVers know that not all RV parks are created equal. These ten truths about RV parks can prepare you for the unexpected and sometimes disappointing surprises of finding a place to park your home on wheels.
One of the best things about RV living is that itâ€™s always an adventure when you turn the key and head onto the open road. But sometimes this lifestyle throws curveballs at you, especially when it comes to the range of quality among privately-owned parks. You can make the most of the adventurous life by preparing for these uncomfortable truths about some locations.
1. Sewer hookups arenâ€™t always easy to access.
Sometimes you have to wonder what RV park architects are thinking when they decide on utility hookup locations. Many RV park sewer drain locations are in awkward locations on a campsite.
In a perfect world, RV park sewer drain locations should accommodate all size rigs, and multiple sewer drain locations would be a dream come true. Carrying an extra sewer hose comes in handy when your RV dump valve is too far from the sewer hookup.
2. You might get to know the neighbors really well.
Everyone has different ideas about the ideal RV campsite size. Many privately-owned RV parks maximize every square foot of space by packing it full of campsites. This can make for an uncomfortable time when you walk out your front door and right into your neighborâ€™s steps. In our pandemic era when social distancing could save your life, itâ€™s wise to carefully check campground reviews and customer experiences before deciding on a place to stay.
3. Size matters when it comes to RV park sites.
Too many RV park layouts assume that one-size