Go RVing Near Great Bike and Walking Trails in the West

Does your bicycle hang on your RV bike rack more than it actually gets used? Are your walking sneakers lonely? Stop making excuses for not heading out. Now’s the time to go RVing near great bike and walking trails in the West.
How to Find RV Campgrounds Near Awesome Trails
Many great RV campgrounds are near multi-use paths. Image: OregonDOT
If you’re going to pay good money for a RV park or campground, it might as well be near a near multi-use path. Having a biking and walking trail nearby gives my husband and I an easy way to get daily exercise as we travel. And on those unpleasant occasions when our vehicle needs a mechanical repair, staying at an urban campground near bike paths makes it super easy for us to get around by bike while the truck is in the shop.
We typically roam around west of the Rockies. When searching for western campgrounds near bike and walking trails, I go to traillink.com. This extensive directory is by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization creating a nationwide network of trails. Using former rail lines, the RTC connects towns and people to create more walkable, bikeable communities in America.
Traillink.com allows you to search for trails any number of ways. Plan your RV adventure by searching for trails near your destination and get full descriptions of what to expect on the route. Of course Traillink has an app, and if you upgrade to a paid membership you get all kinds of trip planning benefits as well as donate to a great cause.
Three Places to Go RVing Near Great Bike and Walking Trails in the West
Tons of great multi-use paths exist between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean. These three legendary trails will inspire you to get on your bike or off your butt and

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Two RV Boondocking Basics For New RVers

If you’ve never tried RV boondocking, you’ll quickly learn that full-hookup RV park stays are totally different from a dry camping experience. When you’re thinking of making the switch, these two RV boondocking basics for newbies will help you do it with ease.
The Two Most Important RV Boondocking Basics You Need to Know
Quartzsite is a great place to learn how to boondock.
To some RVers, dry camping is unthinkable. Camp off-grid? Never! It’s hard to give up creature comforts we take for granted, like water, sewer and electric on demand, but many of us find the benefits to be worth the sacrifice. The benefits of RV boondocking include:

Camping far away from crowds and noise
Getting closer to natural surroundings
Enjoying the slower pace of life in comfort, like sleeping under the stars on a real mattress!

When my husband and I transitioned from tent camping to RVing twelve years ago, we couldn’t wait to try RV boondocking. But our earliest attempts to camp without hookups were epic fails. Our RV felt so home-like that we often forgot the backcountry conservation tips we practiced when we carried our home on our backs.
For example, the two biggest hassles we repeatedly encountered in our first few years of RV boondocking were running out of water and firing up our Honda Super Quiet generator more often than we wanted. Twelve years later, we have the art of dry camping down to a science.
Here are the two most basic RV boondocking tips we’ve learned that can reduce your learning curve to make camping easier and more enjoyable.
Tip #1: Start with Water Conservation
Water conservation is your first priority.
Most all of us leave the faucet on while dishwashing and tooth brushing with full-hookups. That bad habit must stop when you go dry camping without a water connection.
Ironically enough, on-board water conservation

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Why a Springtime Deer Attack isn’t So Unusual

Newborn deer fawns in the wild are a precious sight. Just don’t get too close or a mother deer attack could ruin your RV trip. Here’s how to keep you and your pets out of harms way.
That Adorable Deer Fawn is Not Abandoned
Keep moving, there’s nothing to see here.
Deer fawns look so small and fragile. They are born in spring, which is when you are most likely to see one up close. Oftentimes you’ll see a baby deer curled up in a ball without a mother deer in sight. If you see a fawn all alone like this, don’t assume the mother rejected her offspring. Chances are, there is a doe hiding in the woods and she’s watching every move you make. Get too close and you are asking for a deer attack on you, or even your dog.
Deer attacks on humans are quite rare, but these docile looking creatures won’t hesitate to pull out all the stops to defend their young from intruders. Does are extremely protective during fawn season, which occurs between late April and July in North America.
When Deer Attack, There’s a Good Reason For It
Although deer mothers leave their fawns alone in the woods, they are not abandoning their offspring. Instead, the mother is using her instincts to protect her fawn from predators by “hiding� it. Then she waits nearby, watching until nobody is around. Occasionally she returns to feed or relocate the infant to another safe spot.
She looks docile, but stay away.
But if a camper or domestic animal gets too close to the fawn, a mother deer’s behavior can be unpredictable. Domestic pets, especially dogs, are often the victims of deer attacks as shown in the video below. The result can be fatal. Many campgrounds with heavy newborn fawn populations during spring, implement rules prohibiting

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