Glamis Camping 101

Summer winding down doesn’t have to signal the end of camping season, especially if you live in Southern California. Once the extreme heat lessens and we swing into autumn, desert season officially begins. One of my favorite desert camping destinations is Glamis, also known as the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. It’s located in the southeast corner of California and borders Mexico, and it happens to be an offroading playground with giant, smooth sand dunes that stretch for miles. Keep reading for an explanation of the different camping areas at Glamis and what you need to know before heading out there.

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RV Renovation: Jackknife Couch Before/After

There are a few items on our fix-it list before we take the Winnebago on her maiden voyage, and one of them is to modernize the interior just a bit. The interior is in pristine condition except it’s heavy on the mauve. There’s a mauve dinette, mauve window treatments, mauve carpet, mauve captain chair, and, oh yeah, a mauve jackknife couch. Read More

Boondocking Spot Near the Tetons on Buffalo Valley Road

It was the Fourth of July, we were on our big summer RV trip, and we had no place to camp in Wyoming. We tried boondocking near Shadow Mountain Road, but it was completely packed. With four RVs in our group, we needed a large site and it just wasn’t going to happen at Shadow Mountain Road. Unsure of where to go, we asked the ranger if there were any other dispersed camping areas that could fit our large group. She recommended Buffalo Valley Road, and it turned out to be a wonderful boondocking spot. It was remote, scenic, adjacent to Bridger-Teton National Forest, and about a 30 minute drive to the Grand Teton National Park Moran entrance. Yeah, we got lucky! Read More

Four RVs, One Big Yellowstone Road Trip Itinerary

We finally did it—we embarked on a two-week RV road trip from Southern California to Yellowstone National Park. (AND IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE!!) There were four rigs total in our caravan, and yes, it required extensive research and planning to pull it off. Yours truly planned the trip, so I thought I’d share my road trip itinerary along with helpful links and resources for anyone else looking to plan a similar trip. Read More

New Flooring Made Our RV Feel Brand New!

Is it possible to make a ten-year-old RV feel brand new? We believed so, and the week after we brought our 2008 Tiffin Allegro Open Road home for the first time, we decided to update the flooring. Read More

RV DIY: Installing an Inverter, Batteries, and Solar Panel System

We prefer tranquil, remote RV camping destinations, which means we do a lot of boondocking. So no water, no paved roads, and no electricity. We have a generator that runs great, but we don’t want to run it constantly when we’re trying to enjoy our peaceful locations. Since our batteries need to be replaced now, we are going all in with an inverter and a solar panel system. That way we can install the best batteries for the new system and take on the massive wiring project all at once. And when we’re camping out in the middle of nowhere desert, our solar panels can quietly soak up the sun and charge the RV batteries all day without having to run the noisy generator. Plus, with the inverter we will be able to watch TV and use the microwave without having to turn on the generator, which will come in handy while driving. Read More

Our First Boondocking Trip in the Tiffin Allegro

This was it—the real shakedown trip for our 2008 Tiffin Allegro Open Road. We embarked on a three-night camping trip to Glamis for New Year’s, which meant dry camping or “boondocking.” No water, no electricity, and no paved roads whatsoever. Off we went with both kids, wondering if everything was going to work properly in the RV or if we would discover something new to fix. Read More