René M. Agredano
The RV lifestyle can sometimes be deceiving. RVs give us the freedom to go nearly anywhere, but that doesnâ€™t always translate to the ability to do what we want, when we want to do it â€“ if we care aboutÂ camping and boondocking etiquette. If we don’t care, we are practically guaranteed toÂ annoy campground and RV park neighbors by following these five simple behaviors:
The Five Best Ways to Annoy Campground and RV Park Neighbors
Are you taking common courtesy on the road?
Keep your RV generator running at all hours.
Who needs to hear crickets chirping at dusk, or the silence of nature in the back country? If you keep your generator running all day and all night, you can enjoy life as usual. Watch TV at all hours, run that microwave and keep the A/C going without sacrificing one bit of your own comfort while youâ€™re out in nature. Itâ€™s just like staying home.
Don’t turn off your outside lights.
Your RVâ€™s manufacturer wouldnâ€™t have included pretty LED patio lighting on the side of your rig if they didnâ€™t want you to use it, right? But turning patio lights on and off when you need to go outside at night can be such a hassle. So as soon as the sun sets, just keep your patio lights blaring until morning. You never know when youâ€™ll need to walk the dog at 3 am. Besides, your neighbors can use the light too. If it bothers them, they always get a sleep mask or install RV night shades.
Allow your dog or children to run around off-leash and unsupervised.
Kids and dogs can be wild by nature, so when you want your human or furry children to experience the real meaning of freedom, just turn them loose on the campground and see what happens. Donâ€™t interrupt your important binge
Each year serious off-road and RV camping geeks find nirvana at the The Sports Equipment and Manufacturing Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. As the biggest show of its kind, this industry event showcases awesome new RVÂ gear specifically designed for everything from sports cars to campers.
SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas attracts tens of thousands of vehicle enthusiasts.
The SEMA Show segment dedicated to off-road transportation and camping comforts spotlights the latest trends, like these three new products that make life easier in the outback.
New,Â Awesome RV Gear Must-Haves
The SEMA Show is a four-dayÂ festival of up-and-coming products making their way to the marketplace. Out of hundreds of great outdoor vehicle gear spotlighted, threeÂ stood out on the show floor.
The Dometic Portable Lithium Iron Battery PLB40
The RV appliance manufacturer Dometic is breaking into the portable power market with the new Dometic PLB40 Ah lithium Iron Phosphate battery. This lightweight power-on-the-go system is specifically designed for powered coolers but it can charge other 12-volt appliances too.
Straight out of the box you can charge it for five hours from the 12V cigarette lighter outlet in your car, your RV solar panels or a standard 120V AC wall outlet. When itâ€™s ready, just pick it up and go and it will power your Dometic CFX40 cooler (or any other portable powered cooler) for a little over 40 hours on a single charge â€“ five times longer than conventional lead acid batteries ever can.
As a portable power source itâ€™s light years ahead of normal lithium ion batteries. For one, you canâ€™t charge normal lithium ion batteries in your 12-volt power source. And itâ€™s also more stable. The PLB40 also has a LCD panel readout that displays battery capacity, charging status and output, while an internal battery management system protects against overheating, low current, over current, reverse charge and
Letâ€™s face it, RVs are great for driving into the outdoors. Unfortunately our houses on wheels canâ€™t go everywhere. True outback exploring requires more nimble, rugged overlandÂ RV trailers or at minimum aÂ tow vehicle (toad) outfitted with sleeping quarters.
The annualÂ SEMA ShowÂ in Las Vegas is aÂ prime source of ideas forÂ overland RV trailers and toads. Itâ€™s the biggest trade show for the automotive industry, but the public can also attend for a price. At this year’s event, dozens ofÂ overlanding RV trailers and toadsÂ were on display but two stood out from the rest: Australiaâ€™s Patriot Campers and Portugalâ€™s James Baroud Rooftop Tents.
A MiniCooper outfitted with James Baroud rooftop tent.
Explore Anywhere with Overland RV Trailers
Sturdy and built for off-road travel, overland RV trailers are popular with people who want a back country experience that normal RVs just canâ€™t deliver. Many opt to convert their existing tow vehicle into a DIY overlanding toad while others with more cash just buy a ready-to-go model with all the bells and whistles. A few brave souls will even triple-towÂ it behind their RV’s toad!
Overland camping for most people isn’t usually as epicÂ as an Earthroamer off-road vehicleÂ or a KiraVan extreme RV. The typical camper tows aÂ scaled-down but sturdier version of a regular RV. Some rigs are as simple as a rooftop tent installed on a 4×4 jeep, while others also include a galley, sleeping quarters and bath.
The Overland RV Trailer Built for the Outback Tackles North America
At this yearâ€™s event, Australia-based Patriot Campers showcased their Grand Tourer trailers. These rigs meet the needs of serious overlanding enthusiasts who donâ€™t mind paying top dollar to have the best overland RV trailer money can buy.
The largest of the companyâ€™s two rigs is the X1. Built from a monocoque aluminum body that weighs in at just under a ton when fully loaded, you can
Tasty Tips for a Safe and Yummy Thanksgiving with RVing Pets
Some holiday traditions should be abandoned, like slaving away in the kitchen. What fun is it if everyone else is having a good time but you’re stuck with the cooking? If you don’t enjoy the hassle of making a big holiday dinner in your sticks and bricks home, it’s time to start the holiday season on the road with RVing holiday dinners.
It`s easy to cook old favorites such as green beans, brussels sprouts or even asparagus – seen here – over an open grill at a campsite for a side of any holiday dinner. Photo courtesy of Bruce B www.airforums.com member.
RVing Holiday Dinners are Easy
Do you live in an area with mild weather this time of year? Then pack up the RV and move your holiday season celebrations to a great RV campground. When you move the party to your favorite state or national park it`s like gaining an extra summer weekend at year’s end. As a result, the best part is that RVing holiday dinners are less labor intensive than a traditional sticks-and-bricks feast, but they are just as much fun to enjoy. Here’s how to prepare for your all new custom:
Meal Prep Tips for RVing Holidays
Many traditional holiday meal components like dips, salads and pies can be prepped and even made ahead of your departure. What`s more, once you arrive, a barbecue grill, pressure cooker and cast iron skillet can replicate your favorite holiday meals at the campsite, without any fuss. Use them in the following ways:
Toss the turkey and try Cornish game hens or turkey sausages. Most RV ovens are too small to cook turkeys, so consider grilling your main meat dish instead.
Pre-cook time intensive side dishes like squash and potatoes in the pressure cooker. Make them in shifts then pop them in the oven together.
Are you one of the thousands of BLM boondocking RVers flying south to Arizona this winter? If so you’ll love having one less thing to do before setting up camp in Yuma or Quartzsite.Â The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) short and long term visitation area (LTVA) permit systemÂ is now digital at YourPassNow.com.
BLM Boondocking Permit Changes in Arizona, Other Destinations
Arizona BLM boondocking just got easier.
Whether youâ€™re joining snowbird crowds and headed to a Quartzsite RV rally, boating on the Colorado River or making family road trip plans to the Grand Canyon, now you can buy your recreation permitÂ before ever leaving home.
â€œPurchasing a permit through YourPassNow offers our visitors improved access to recreational opportunities on public lands,â€� said William Mack, Jr., BLMâ€™s Colorado River District manager. In a recent press release outlining the service,Mack reported that â€œThis digital service will greatly improve the convenience of visiting LTVA sites for our visitors and streamline our internal BLM fee collection process.â€�
Between September 15 and April 15, BLM permits are required in many camping areas. For example, any camper who enjoys cheap or free BLM boondockingÂ in popular BLM Long Term Visitor Area dispersed camping destinations like Quartzsite, Lake Havasu and Yuma must have visible BLM parking decals on their rig.Â Boaters cruisingÂ along the 155 miles of lower Colorado River managed by the agency must also have permits.
How the New BLM Permit System Works
Remember when you had to arrive at a BLM LTVA during business hours to get a permit before setting up camp? The new YourPassNow.com website gives youÂ the ability to secure a permit online before ever leaving home.
After completing the online purchase process, you must print the receipt as proof of your purchase. Upon arrival in LTVA areas, you then trade it for visible BLM parking stickers. Buyers can obtain the decals during normal