Personal RV Safety Tips

While RVing is relatively a safe lifestyle, it never hurts to take a few precautions because you never know when an emergency or crime may occur.

1 - Emergency Exit Windows – Do you know where the emergency exit windows are located in your RV (emergency vents in some truck campers)? Do you know how to use them in the event of an emergency? Gather the family and take the time to practice removing the window screen (if so equipped) and opening the window. Are you and your loved ones physically able to climb out through the window if needed?  If not, think about what other items like an escape ladder you might carry to make this possible.

RV Camping at Liberty Campground

With our second child born at the end of June, this summer has gone by so fast… and camping season along with it. After only one day trip with our new little one under our belts this season, we were overdue for an overnight. We wanted to pick something close once again in case things got too difficult with our little one. We settled on Liberty Campground, also known as William’s Creek Campground, just before the town of Liberty off Highway 97, about 30 minutes from our house. We only planned to stay for one night, but this campground allows you to stay for up to 2 weeks at a time for free and is a Bureau Land Management Campground.

Choosing Curiosity as Your Guide

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they are going.”  ~Paul Theroux

As we write from the parking lot of a Walmart in Maine, we can’t help but reflect on the poignancy of this article.  We had other ideas for this weekend, but a quick tire change on our trailer revealed a more complex issue.  Of course it’s Friday, and it can’t be addressed until Monday.  So, here we wait, making the most of the opportunity, exploring the area on foot and by bike while limiting our driving to short hops around town.  If we had firm reservations or plans, they would have been canceled.  We would have been stuck with the fees, disappointment, and whatever goes along with it. 

RV Stay at a City Park

A recent survey at (see below) revealed that 5% of those responding have utilized city parks for overnight stays. City parks many times are a great option for overnight or longer stays, but many RVers are unaware that many cities offer overnight stays / camping at their parks.

Luckily those of us in the Pacific Northwest that live on the more temperate side of the Cascades can enjoy camping in our RV throughout the year including the cooler fall and winter months.

In addition to soaking in the fall colors and winter scenery, my wife and I enjoy clamming, storm watching, geocaching and sitting around a roaring campfire with friends. If you also enjoy the freedom that comes with boondocking like we do, you will not be hooked up to shore power in a campground which leaves your batteries up to the task of powering your RV.

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