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Solar Power in your RV (part 1)Solar Power in your RV (part 1) | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 18-Aug-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Solar power is no longer a technology for the future. Over the past decade, it's become an extremely popular source of energy for homes and the RV industry is no different. In fact, RVers throughout the country are adding solar panels to their motorhomes and travel trailers. It's a natural and clean, renewable and sustainable option to gas and coal. Plus, besides a fairly large initial investment, it's free.

Unfortunately, the technology is a bit complicated and can be difficult to understand. For example, many people believe that solar panels actually replace the other power sources in their coach. In reality, solar panels don’t run anything; the batteries, generator, and shore power do. Solar panels merely recharge the batteries, but they're great additions for those who prefer to boond....

Avoid RV Fires: Follow These Safety TipsAvoid RV Fires: Follow These Safety Tips | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 16-Aug-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Heat, smoke, devastation—even with a decent security system and a great RV insurance policy, a fire in your motorhome or travel trailer can be catastrophic. Results range from minor inconvenience and cosmetic damage to total loss, personal injury, or worse. Fortunately, most fires can be avoided by taking preventative measures, following a few easy safety tips, and having a contingency plan just in case. Consider adhering to these suggestions.

Related Read: Staying Fire-Free in Your RV


1. Fuel Lines

During periodic maintenance, have the fuel lines of your RV checked for corrosion. Personally, our lines have small metal "elbows" that are susceptible to rust. During one weekend, we had two of them fail, spewing diesel. We have replaced all of them. Although the temperature at which diese....

RV Mail Forwarding: Get Your Mail Wherever You AreRV Mail Forwarding: Get Your Mail Wherever You Are | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 11-Aug-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

The post office—even though most correspondence and even bill-paying is handled online, the post office is still quite active. Some people genuinely prefer to receive a physical copy of their bank and credit statements and bills. For others, deliveries usually consist of greeting cards and packages. Whether you live in your RV full-time or just travel regularly,
keeping up with your physical mail can be difficult, especially when it has to follow you around. Fortunately, there're several ways you can have your mail forwarded to wherever you are with a bit of information, research, and planning. Most of them aren't even that expensive.

Related Read: RV Full-Timer Tips: Getting your Mail


Online Options

The easiest option is to bypass physical mail altogether by taking all your business t....

RV Tires: Selection and CareRV Tires: Selection and Care | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 09-Aug-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

BAM! We've literally had THREE of our six RV tires and two of the ones on our cargo trailer blow on the road. Each one sounds like a bomb exploding; and each can cause a differing degree of damage. For example, one derailed our plans for the premiere of a Star Wars event and another caved in part of our side battery compartment. Basically, the foundation of each RV consists of its tires.

Related Read: Tires: What to do with a blowout, and HOW much damage it can cause!

They aren't glamorous but they are among the three most important aspects of a home on wheels. The compromise of any of them can cause a spin out or even the collapse of the structure of the vehicle. And did I mention that these issues typically occur on Sundays when most repair shops are closed? Experts suggest replacemen....

RV Security: Keeping You and Your Possessions SafeRV Security: Keeping You and Your Possessions Safe | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 01-Aug-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

As full-timers, so far we've been pretty lucky. We often boondock to save money and although we usually try to overnight only in safe locations, a few times we've misjudged. Winter of 2015 saw us in one of those creepy situations. We were drycamping in the parking lot of a closed-down Bob Evans restaurant in Florida. At around 2 a.m. there was knock at the door and voice called "Hey, is anybody in there?" When our dog barked, they sped away with their headlights off.

Security—whether for your brick or stick home or your home on wheels—there's little more important than security. With a good security system, your home and possessions will be safe from burglary, as well as fire or vandalism.

Related Read: RV Security: Protect Your Family and Your RV

Why You Might Need a Security System

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How to Choose a New RV Mattress for Better SleepHow to Choose a New RV Mattress for Better Sleep | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 27-Jul-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

As peddlers of beds and mattresses will tell you, the average person spends about one-third of his or her life in bed. Typically—unless you spend the extra money for an upgrade—the standard issue mattresses found in most motorhomes are thin and less than comfortable. Manufacturers usually do this to keep costs down and avoid adding a couple of pounds to the overall weight of the vehicle. This general discomfort is why replacing the original mattress is one of the first things many people choose to do when they purchase an RV or travel trailer of their own.

Related Read: Improving Your RV Sleep

Some experts recommend using a similar or identical mattress to the type you're accustomed to. So, when we began RVing full-time, we merely switched out our RV mattress with the pillow-top spring o....

Protect Your Exterior and Tires with These Top TipsProtect Your Exterior and Tires with These Top Tips | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 21-Jul-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Whether you bought your motorhome or trailer new or previously owned, you want to keep it in shape. This ensures it looks good driving down the road and is worth more if you intend to sell or trade it in the future. According to many RV dealers, one of the most important factors in determining the resale value is the condition of RV’s exterior.

Related Read: Buying a Used RV: What to Look For

Since the surface area of the exterior—as well as the tires—is quite large, it takes a while to clean and properly maintain it. However, by regularly attending to it you reduce the amount of time invested in each cleaning. These tips will help you keep up with the chore without spending a huge chunk of your week doing so.

First, Keep the Exterior Clean

Depending on the environment, as well as how m....

RV Techniques: Bed-Making Made EasyRV Techniques: Bed-Making Made Easy | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 14-Jul-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Why make the bed? You're just going to mess it up again at bedtime… When I was a child, that was my rationalization, and for many adults the chore of making the bed seems like an unnecessary pain in the rear. Personally, I like the idea of slipping into clean (or relatively clean) sheets that haven't been exposed to the dust (and perhaps transient bugs) of the day. Especially in an RV, it seems that making the bed is an essential aspect to keeping a clean and tidy homestead. So, how can you make this vital task easier?

Related Read: Improving Your RV Sleep

Changing the Sheets

Depending on your rig—and your bed's placement in it—this can be difficult or nearly impossible. If you have room to at least partially walk around your bed, this part of the chore can be made easier by pulling....

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RV Safety on the Road: Learning How to Safely DriveRV Safety on the Road: Learning How to Safely Drive | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 10-Jul-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Have you ever driven 25 to 40-plus feet of machinery down the road? It's vastly different than operating a regular-sized passenger vehicle. Whether it's a travel trailer, camper, or coach, if you don't have previous experience maneuvering one it can be more than a little overwhelming.
 
Many RVs are nearly equal to an 18-wheeler in size. For this reason, several states require a non-commercial Class B license if you operate an RV over 40-feet long or 26,000-pounds. Besides state requirements and insurance incentives, you might just feel more comfortable navigating that amount of machinery in a variety of circumstances once you've had a few classes.

The best driving classes are similar to those for professional truck drivers. They often include how to make sure your R....

Hydronic Heating Systems in your RVHydronic Heating Systems in your RV | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 06-Jul-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

A warm floor on a cold morning, a warm shower after a long day, these amenities are a couple of the primary reasons some people camp in motorhomes rather than sleep out under the stars. Typically, a traditional RV heating system depends on a couple of things: one or more propane furnaces to heat the interior and an electric and/or propane hot water heater. The Aqua-Hot hydronic heating system, however, replaces all of this with a structure that supplies the domestic hot water and satisfies all interior heating needs, making it one of the most popular features in diesel coaches today.

Related Read: The Benefits of Using a Hydro-Hot System

Why Hydronic?
Built by Aqua-Hot (previously Oasis) Heating Systems, these systems use a boiler to circulate hot antifreeze through a series....