Spring 2020 will be etched in everyone’s memory for many years to come. Kids are out of school for weeks, sports are cancelled, restaurants are closed, movie theaters are shuttered, employees are furloughed or encouraged to work from home, borders are restricted and stores are sold out of toilet paper across the country.

March of 2020 has certainly changed the paradigm for recreation. Effects from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to change daily as we all try to follow the recommendations from the CDC and our state governments. In Washington State, we had been able to get out and camp while still practicing social distancing…until March 25th when the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” policy went into effect.

Camping is often seen as an escape from the hustle and bustle of your busy, daily life. An excuse to get out of the city and in the great outdoors. But if it starts to become an excuse for poor personal hygiene, that’s where we all should draw the line. I’ve put together a list of my top 10 favorite travel toiletry items, perfect for your next camping adventure. So the next time you find yourself sniffing a shirt to decide if it’s re-wearable, or excusing that rats nest you call your hair because, “hey, it’s camping,” refer to the list below. Easy no muss, no fuss travel toiletry items to bring along on the next camping trip with your RV.

Tires and Brakes - Keep Your RV Safely Rolling Along

Welcome to the first edition of “Ask Dave” where lifetime RVer and former RV dealer Dave Helgeson answers readers' questions. A reader named Ron recently asked, “On a typical Class C 25 – 30 foot motorhome, how long do brakes and tires typically last?”

RV TIRES

RV Tires will typically “age out” before they “wear out”, while wear is typically the determining factor on when to replace brake pads or linings.

I was not an RVer.  Nope, not even close.  I didn’t know anyone who was a full-time RVer, or even know that was a term.  I knew nothing about long-term RVing except that retired snowbirds left my home state of Michigan and headed south for the winter.  In the winter of 2010, my wife, Shari, put an impromptu bid on a beat-up, 1957 Sportcraft camper, and we soon had an instant project parked in our driveway. 

Was I ready to own an RV?  What did it even mean to become an RVer? 

“Rain, Rain Go Away”, the words of this familiar children’s tune can ring in loud and true when camping in the Pacific Northwest. If you’ve got rain in the forecast for your next trip, or if you just want to be prepared, try bringing along some items to help keep your little ones entertained in the dry shelter of your RV. Here are 5 ideas we love and use, to get you started.

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