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Life on the Open Road


life on the open road

I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily “boondocking,” camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels




We’re a family of 4 with a tiny house & big backyard. Living, working & exploring the USA in our Airstream. Hiking, biking, kayaking, off-roading and enjoying campfires with friends along the way.

We created this blog for you; our trusted friends. To share our stories, adventures, and lessons from the road. From the gear we use to the places we go and the friends we meet along the way.

USA RV Nomads



We left our ‘sticks & bricks’ home behind in July 2013, and began our journey of working and living as full-time RV nomads. Our blog is a record of our journey, along with RV and travel tips, things we’ve either observed or learned first-hand along the way.

Residential Refrigerators vs RV Type Refrigerators in Recreation Vehicles


After we finished deciding on the model of Fifth Wheel that we wanted to purchase, we had to decide on what type of refrigerator to get with it. I had done some research in advance to help us decide which way to go. Should we get a residential refrigerator or go with the common 2-way/3-way RV type refrigerator?

Lately, residential refrigerators have become quite popular. The manufacturers like installing them because they cost less and are easier to install. Customers like them because they are …bigger?

OK, well they used to be bigger but now they’re not….more

Article Courtesy of : www.BugSmacker.com : Copyright © 2018

The Ultimate Public Campgrounds Project



The Ultimate Public Campground Project was conceived in 2008 to provide a consolidated and comprehensive source for public campgrounds of all types. It all began with a simple POI list of coordinates and names, nothing more, totaling perhaps 5000 locations. As the list grew in size and information provided, a website was designed to display the data on a map. Next came mobile apps, first iOS and Mac apps and more recently Android versions. All our products draw from the same database.

Early in 2015 we added Canada public campgrounds to our data, followed by Alaska, and in 2016 Hawaii became part of our database.

Ultimate Campgrounds is NOT the product of some large company with deep pockets. We are a team of three, all working on this as a part-time avocation: Ted is the founder of Ultimate Campgrounds and its Data Meister, Bill is our iOS and Mac developer and Geoff is our Android guy. Both Ted and Bill have been camping for many years and Ultimate Campgrounds reflects their interest in accurate and useful campground information.

Please note that despite our best efforts, there will always be errors to be found in the data. With over 37,000 records in our database, it is impossible to ensure that each one is up-to-date. Ted tries to work his way through the data at least once a year to pick up things like increased fees and URL’s that always seem to be changing. On an annual basis, it requires reviewing at least 100 locations each and every day of the year – that’s a pretty tall order.

Thus we always appreciate input from users who have found errors….or would like to submit a new location. Ted says: “My desire for accuracy exceeds my pride, so I will gratefully accept any and all input.”