You love camping and you love nature. However, there are some things in nature that you’d rather stay out in nature and not join you in your camper! We’ll discuss three common pests and how to deter them from taking up residence in your RV.

What Are the Most Common RV Pests?

One of the most common pests is mice. While they may be cute, they are small, sneaky and invasive and can get into your home and your camper. It can be a nightmare trying to get them out of your RV if they get in. They can destroy cushions as well as woodwork, and they can get into food and leave little surprises everywhere.

Insects are everywhere in parks and forests. Some are annoying but harmless such as flies near the dinner table. But an infestation of bees, ants or mosquitos could be enough to ruin your trip.

Snakes are a part of nature, but generally the part of nature most don’t want to discover – especially in your RV!  Snakes love shade and your RV produces a lot of it.  Snakes are great hiders so they can be startling to find where you don’t expect them.

Tips for RV Pest Control

Screens Are Critical

A screen helps keep insects out, but they can find their way in anywhere. In addition to screen doors, considering using screen material on other vents that may otherwise allow intruders in.

Don’t overlook repairs. One small tear is enough for even mice to work their way in. Repairing screen doors right away is an important deterrent to pests.

Fill Holes

Holes or gaps in your RV are perfect entries for mice. They can squeeze their way in through spaces that look impossibly small for a mouse. Check for any cracks, gaps or holes – especially near the tires where they could easily climb up. There are expanding foam products available that makes sealing those gaps easy.

Clean Up After Yourself

Your camper doesn’t have to sparkle, but cleaner RVs are less attractive to pests. However, if you leave food out or don’t clean up your crumbs, they’ll gravitate towards your vehicle. Keep your RV clean decreases the chances that pests will bother you but it also makes it easier to find them if things are orderly and free of clutter.

Treat Exteriors for Insects

Look for potential entry points all over your RV for roaches and insects. There are sprays and treatments you can use to prevent them from coming in.  Nooks and crannies around the RV are good spots for traps. Often a favorite route for insects is your camper’s jacks. You can use traps or sprays on them to deter pests from entering.

Keep Food Sealed

Plastic containers with airtight lids are a great way to store food and avoid attracting pests. Dry food like cereal doesn’t come in perfectly sealed containers, so bugs and mice can find a way to get to your food. Transfer cereal, crackers, even your s’more supplies to airtight containers to keep them safe from infestation. Additionally, it keeps them fresh from the humidity (good bye stale, soggy crackers) and safe from accidentally spilling during travel.

Easy Pest Repellants

Mothballs are an effective way to repel pests – if you don’t mind the smell. However, some of the best pest repellants are simple and natural. Peppermint oil works well to repel mice. A small bottle tucks easily away with your camping gear so it is always available – and, unlike moth balls, peppermint smells good.  To naturally repel flies, try fresh Basil. It, too, will leave your camper smelling much better than moth balls!

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An important part of preparing for your road trip is planning your route and gas budget. With gas prices fluctuating as much as 40 cents a gallon, don’t let bad fuel economy ruin your trip. There are a number of things you can do to achieve the best gas mileage from your RV or tow vehicle. Pad your budget, or build in an emergency or slush fund so that an unexpected cost doesn’t sour your vacation. Estimate your gas mileage, then over estimate it to give yourself a cushion.

Weight is Everything

It may seem elementary, but it’s easy to forget that more weight equals less gas mileage. Packing light will have a major impact on your gas mileage because your engine won’t have to work as hard. Buying some supplies such as food and firewood when you arrive rather than hauling them with you is one way to reduce your load. Balancing the load is important as well. Pack mindfully and keep the weight low, too. Also, remember water is heavy. If you will have a place to fill your tank when you reach your destination, you can travel a lot lighter.

Keep It Steady

Slow and steady wins the race. You aren’t the tortoise or the hare, but it is true that the steadier you drive, the better your fuel economy will be. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to crawl along at tortoise speed; simply keep in mind that heavy acceleration and hard braking wastes gas, up to 30% according to the US Department of Energy. Besides, when you drive steady to maximize fuel efficiency you are also driving safer, making it a win-win combination.

Maintenance Saves Money

A few dollars spent on maintenance could save you hundreds of dollars in gas over the course of a trip. When your RV or tow vehicle is in peak performing order it doesn’t have to work as hard and you save on fuel. Regular maintenance is also the key to avoiding surprise repairs that could be expensive. There are some repairs you can do yourself, however having your RV and especially your tow vehicle inspected by a professional is worth the time and money.

Don’t Overlook Tire Pressure

It’s easy to overlook the obvious, but properly inflated tires do play a part in fuel efficiency. According to Fueleconomy.gov , “Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by about 0.2% for every 1 psi drop in the average pressure of all tires.” Being low by just 5 psi can make a 1.0% difference in gas mileage. Underinflated tires not only negatively affect your gas mileage but they are less safe to drive on overall. Like all maintenance, tire maintenance helps save you more in the long run.

Plan Your Trip

Getting lost or sidetracked can waste gas. Plan your trip online and look for construction areas or detours that might add extra miles to the drive. When you plan your route you can scout out the best gas stations to avoid getting gouged at the pump.  You can also use apps like GasBuddy can help you find the cheapest gas anywhere you go.

The Small Things Add Up

As you can see, everything has an effect on your gas mileage. Other things that hog gas are running the AC or idling when you don’t need to. Remember, anything that makes your RV or tow vehicle work harder decreases your fuel efficiency so limit their usage and stretch those fuel dollars.

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Some folks like to camp and others love to camp. But there’s a growing population who really love to get back to nature…way back. Camping off the beaten path can be an enjoyable and memorable way to get away from it all and get in touch with your wild side – the side that likes to be out in the wild. If that sounds like you, then boondocking (also known as dry camping) is for you.

Whether you are a seasoned boondocker or are looking to try dry camping, you’ll want to be sure you plan well for your trip. Planning is the way to stay safe! Let’s look at the best ways to ensure you have a fun, safe boondocking experience.

Is Dry Camping Safe?

Absolutely! Though the media likes to make you think there is danger around every corner, you’re more likely to run into trouble in the city or at your home than out in the middle of a National Forest or other remote location. Anyone else out in the middle of nowhere is probably a fellow boondocker.

That said, there are some unique risks:

You will be isolated, just you and those you came with. This may seem obvious since the whole premise behind boondocking is to camp in remote areas. Take first aid supplies along with extra food and water. The chance of danger is minimal, but accidents do happen. Make sure you know how and where to get help if the need should arise.

The standard camping tips like not leaving food or garbage out apply to boondocking as well.  They are the best ways to avoid raccoons, possums & bears looking for a snack at your campsite. You may be surprised to learn that there’s a better chance of seeing a bear in a popular campground than out in the woods. In a campground, some other camper there will inevitably leave food out. Once they find a food source, animals will return. (You return to your favorite restaurant, don’t you?)

Pack Appropriately

Restaurants and resources won’t be nearby, so be prepared. You won’t be able to order a pizza so you’ll want to bring extra water and food in case of emergency. Bring enough for an extra day or two just in case circumstances extend your trip. But most boondocking sites are within an hour or so of the nearest store.

First aid supplies and any medications you may need are also important items to bring. As the saying goes, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Chance also favors the prepared camper! So, chances are, if you are well-prepared for emergencies, you won’t end up having any!

Keep an Eye on the Weather

Speaking of being prepared, don’t forget to plan for weather changes. Doing your best to plan your trip around good weather will increase your chances of a safe trip. But weather forecasts aren’t always accurate, especially a week or so out; and a severe storm can ruin your trip. Be sure to pack weather-appropriate clothing and equipment. Depending on the season that could be rain gear or extra warm clothes and blankets during the winter.

Track Your Movement

While getting lost in a national forest isn’t likely, they are massive and it is possible. Know where the nearest trail is when you park. You’ll know how to leave when you need to. Keep a GPS with you (generally on your phone) and bring a backup charger. An old-fashioned map and compass may seem outdated, but could come in handy in the event you are unable to use your phone/GPS to navigate.

Be Ready to Rough It

Conserving your resources will go a long way in getting the most of your trip. However, by packing tools, dry goods and/or foods you can easily cook over an open fire, you will be prepared to rough it on the off chance you get stuck in the wilderness. It isn’t likely this will happen, but you’ll certainly be glad you have the resources if you need them.

Boondocking Safety When Traveling Solo

Sometimes being one with nature means just that…traveling solo.  The peace and solitude of being by yourself out in nature may be just what you’re looking for. As noted before, there likely won’t be anyone else around. But play it safe and try to make it look like there’s more than one person at your site. You can put out a few chairs around the fire instead of just one. Bringing along your canine companion is a good idea as well.

You may also consider bringing defensive weapons like pepper spray. It is not likely that you will need it, but again, having it and not needing it is better than needing it and not having it.

When venturing out solo, let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return. Your family and friends will thank you.

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