RV Livin’ Archive

Small Travel Trailers Under 3,500 lbs – From Teardrop Campers to Fiberglass Trailers

In our journey to downsize, we looked at quite a few small travel trailers. The number one requirement was the camper had to be lightweight. Specifically, we were looking for travels trailers under 3,500 pounds. Between all the research, visiting dealers and attending RV shows, we

Class B RVs – Complete List of Class B RV Manufacturers

During our search for the perfect camper van, we discovered many Class B RV manufacturers in the United States and Canada. Some of these companies make custom camper vans, others make standard Class B RVs found at RV dealerships. One thing we know for sure is

Overnight Parking at Truck Stops – Flying J, Pilot, Love’s and More

Did you know there’s free overnight parking at truck stops throughout the United States? The Flying J, Pilot and Love’s are some of the truck stops that offer designated overnight parking for big rigs, RVs and cars. Overnight Parking at Truck Stops Since we

Top 5 RV Surge Protectors & EMS – Prevent Electrical Damage To Your RV

RV electrical systems are very sensitive. Costly damage can be done if these systems are exposed to surges or low voltage. When I started my research, I looked for the best RV surge protectors on the market. After learning more about RV surge protectors,

Cassette Toilet – What Is it? How Do You Use it? Where Do You Dump It?

What is a cassette toilet? How does a cassette toilet work? How do you dump a cassette toilet? These are some of the questions we get asked all the time about the cassette toilet system in our camper van. We’ve been using the system

Dispersed Camping – Free Camping in National Forests

How would you like to wake up to birds singing and squirrels playing the next time you go camping? Maybe you’d like to get away from developed campgrounds for a change or save some money on camping. Dispersed camping in national forests offers all

RV Pre-Departure Checklist for Class A Motorhomes & Class B Camper Vans

Do you have an RV pre-departure checklist? If not, it’s time to put one together. Having an RV pre-departure checklist will improve safety on the road and make sure important tasks are not forgotten. It’s the same reasons pilots use a pre-flight checklist, sailors

Meet Our Camper Van! Hymer Aktiv 2.0 – Ram ProMaster Conversion Van

Say hello to our first camper van, a Hymer Aktiv 2.0 on the Ram 3500 ProMaster chassis. As we come up to our one year anniversary of living full time out of a van, I thought it would be a good time to update

Padre Island National Seashore – Beach Camping in Texas

Not far from Corpus Christi is Padre Island National Seashore, 70 miles of undeveloped barrier island along the coast of Texas. This costal wilderness is home to nearly 400 bird species and is the prime nesting beach for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Padre

Van Life FAQ – Answers to Popular Questions About Van Life

Are you considering van life? At least once a week we meet someone who is interested in getting a Class B RV for part time or full time travel. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about what it’s like to live out