RSS Subscription Change – A New Feed Address for RLT

There are a few small changes coming up for subscribers to Roads Less Traveled…

If you subscribed to receive email updates from this blog, you don’t need to do anything. You’ll probably notice that the emails you receive will have a slightly different format, and at the bottom of each email there will be links for changing your subscription email address and for unsubscribing.

If you subscribed to this blog via an app or reader service, the RSS feed will have a new address which is:


This new RSS feed address will become live on Sunday, March 15, 2015, as soon as I wake up and flip the switch. You will need to update your app or reader with the new feed address to receive future updates after that.

This announcement is the last post that is going out on our old Feedburner RSS feed.

As always, if you have any problems or questions, you can email me directly at emilyfagan1 {at} gmail {dot} com.

To all our subscribers:

We just want you to know that being able to share our pics and stories with you and pass on whatever tips we’ve learned via this website is immensely satisfying.

Thank you, most profoundly, for the encouragement you have given us over the years and for the warm appreciation you have expressed for our photos and stories. Thank you especially for the pat on the back you have given us by signing up to see more!

We truly value the insightful and thoughtful questions you have posed to us, and we hope that this corner of the web lights a trail of inspiration and ideas for you.

Thank you for joining us in our travels and thanks for reading!

— Emily & Mark

Mark and Emily at Crater Lake Oregon

Happiness Is… Crater Lake!

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“Making Weight” With Your RV – Escapees Magazine Feature Article!

Maintain Personal Safety and RV Logevity by Making Weight

Escapees Magazine March/April 2015
“Making Weight” by Emily Fagan

GVWR, GAWR, Pin Weight and GCWR — oof, what is all that stuff?

The March/April issue of Escapees Magazine features our article “Making Weight” which explains what to look for when you set out to weigh your RV.

It’s easy enough to pull onto a truck scale to get an approximation of what your rig weighs, but it turns out that not all scales and weighing methods are the same.

Also, for those who tow their rolling home behind them, deducing the pin weight of a trailer after getting the rig weighed can be very confusing.

To address those RV weighing subtleties, Escapees RV Club offers a special program called Smart Weigh at several locations around the country.

We had our buggy weighed at the Escapees North Ranch RV Park in Congress Arizona, and besides learning a lot about why weighing an RV is important, we were a little dismayed to discover that we needed to put our fiver on a diet!

The editors at Escapees Magazine have been kind enough to allow me to share the article here:

Maintain Personal Safety and RV Logevity by Making Weight

Join Escapees RV Club is a multi-faceted club that offers a huge range of services for RVers, from discount RV parks to rallies and gatherings of like-minded people (their big rally, Escapade, is taking place in Tucson right now!), to their wonderful bi-monthly magazine, to domicile and mail forwarding services, to the SmartWeigh RV weighing program.

Luckily for newcomers, the annual membership to Escapees has been reduced to $29.95 from nearly $60 in the past. We consider this a bargain to a part of an organization that supports our hobby and lifestyle and that publishes one of the finest RV magazines in the business.

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“RV Open Road” Feature – RV Waste Management Tips

Lippert Components, the company responsible for many trailer frames (including the one on our fifth wheel trailer) and the manufacturer of lots of other essential RV gear — from doors to windows to axles — is putting together a new RVing publication called RV Open Road.

Lippert Components Logo

Their blog has been up for a while, and it offers lots of tips and tricks for RVers. RV Open Road will soon be published in a print magazine edition as well, and it will be available for free at RV dealerships and supply stores across the country.

A little while ago Lippert Components reached out to us to write an article for them on RV dumping procedures and tips. Today the article was published on their blog (it will also be featured in the first print edition of the magazine):

RV Waste Management Tips to Minimize the Gross Factor

RV Waste Managment Tips for RV Open Road

Some RV dump stations are quite scenic — but Mark still makes a face when he puts on those rubber gloves!

The online world is an amazing place, and we got hooked up with Lippert Components almost a year ago on Google+.

While most of our social media contacts are current and future RVers, it was a hoot to find ourselves in a Lippert Components G+ circle and to be able to give them a quickie shout-out, “Hey, we live on your frame!!!”

Ironically, this is the third RV Dump Tips article we’ve written (the first two were for Trailer Life and Motorhome Magazine), and we’ve also got our own RV Dump Tips page on this site.

I’m not sure we’re specialists on that topic (yikes, what kind of credential would that be?), and I’m a little afraid of developing a reputation (I was quite taken aback when a friend of mine referred to them as my “potty articles”), but it is an important part of RVing that we just can’t ignore.

Happy reading, and congrats to Lippert Components for their new offerings to the RV community.

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Yahoo Travel Features RLT & Other Full-time RVers

Yahoo Travel caught up with us the other day and interviewed us about our lifestyle. We had such fun chit-chatting about full-time RVing, what it’s like to run off to a life of adventure, and how it is that people can downsize all the way into an RV, that our interviewer, Caitlin Kiernan, was just about ready to sell up and go herself by the time we finished our call!

She reached out to several unusual full-timing RVers besides us, and she compiled a wonderful story that features not only our story but those of Becky Schade, a 30-year-old solo full-timer who lives in a Casita, the Kelloggs, a family of 14 who live in a 36′ Cruiser Boy motorhome, and Kristin and Jason Snow who live in a 30′ Trek motorhome.

The Yahoo Travel story is here:

From a Family of 14 to a Single Lady, These People Quit Life to Hit the Road in an RV

Now, I think anyone who has taken the leap to go adventuring in an RV full-time would agree that rather than “quitting life,” we have actually kick started our lives to be to a new level! 🙂 This fun story shows many of the different kinds of ways that people make such a huge life transition.

For us, our dreams of sailing set the stage, but our first step out the door of our conventional lifestyle was into an RV. Of course, we did eventually get that sailboat, and go cruising, but in the crazy way that a life of travel teaches you about yourself, we discovered on the open ocean that RVing is our first love.

Even though the full-time RV lifestyle has traditionally been reserved for the retired crowd, these stories in Yahoo Travel show that RVing now reaches across all demographics, and that nothing so much as wanderlust is a prerequisite to get going.

RV stuck on a narrow road

Oops!! A classic newbie RVer mistake!

Caitlin asked us to relate the funniest thing that has happened to us in our life on the road, and what came to mind was a crazy adventure we had in our sixth week on the road our first summer of full-timing. I’m including the photo here, but check out the Yahoo link to see how we got in this predicament!! (Our original blog post about the adventure is here).

Happy day, everyone, and keep dreaming — the open road is waiting for you!!

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Cruising World Feature Article – Installing a Huge Watermaker!

Cruising World February 2015 Issue Installing a Watermaker on a sailboat

Cruising World – February, 2015

The February 2015 issue of Cruising World Magazine features our article on how to install a big engine-driven watermaker.

How big? 60 gallons per hour big!

Unlike boondocking in our RV, where we run from water spigot to water spigot to fill our fresh water holding tanks and jerry jugs in our truck, our watermaker was our sole water supply for the nearly four years we lived aboard and cruised in Mexico.

During that time, this system happily desalinated about 20,000 gallons of ocean water surrounding our sailboat Groovy. It created truly delicious drinking water while pumping raw water from the ocean through a massive filtration system into our fresh water holding tanks.

Talk about long showers! We had virtually unlimited water and could even wash our decks at anchor or underway after a tough, salty passage.

Water, Water Everywhere Page 1

Article: Water Water Everywhere!
By: Emily & Mark Fagan



However, I have to say that showering on a boat while rolling around on the Pacific ocean is a hilarious caper that has to be experienced to be believed!

This sprawling piece of watermaking equipment was spread out across compartments throughout our bilge and under our salon settees.

It included a sea strainer, two large pumps, three big water filters, two 4′ long desalination membranes, countless feet of high pressure and low pressure hoses, a mountain of stainless steel hose clamps, and two holes with valves drilled through the hull of our boat.

To put it mildly, installing our engine-driven watermaker was a mammoth undertaking. Mark did the entire job while bobbing around at anchor in San Diego bay, without electric power other than from our house batteries, despite having to do things like saw through bulkheads to run the high pressure hose. All I can say is: he’s amazing!

Sailboat Groovy anchored with Bella Marina at Glorietta Bay in San Diego Caifornia

Groovy (right) anchored with sistership Bella Marina (left) in Glorietta Bay, San Diego

Preparing to drill a hole in the boat's hull

Preparing to drill a 1″ hole in Groovy’s hull for the discharge brine water

We also did it without a landing dock for the dinghy, except for the few days here and there that we stayed at the Police Dock near the entrance to the bay.

When Mark needed parts, I tied the dink to a boulder and scrambled up some rocks on the end of Harbor Island to get to our truck. I got to know San Diego’s industrial areas and back streets surprisingly well!

Most cruising boats have watermakers, and most run on 12 volt DC power and produce 6 to 13 gallons per hour.

We knew from our years of RVing off the grid that we would want a lot more water than those small systems could produce easily, but we did not want to install a large generator to run a big watermaker either.


Watermaker installation manual errors

The manual had some major errors (sigh).

So, we invested in an engine-driven model that required having a special aluminum mounting bracket designed and constructed so we could hang the main high pressure water pump off the engine to allow it to move with the engine’s vibrations.

In the end, after a lot of cursing (the installation manual was very vague and often outright wrong), and some failures (the first two sets of watermaker membranes both failed: the first pair failed upon installation and the second pair failed after we’d been cruising in Mexico for 3 months), we got it all squared away and it worked like a charm.

The Cruising World Article can be read here: Water, Water Everywhere!

As the years went by, this miraculous piece of equipment became our absolute favorite piece of gear on our boat. To this day, when we think of Groovy, memories of our awesome watermaker and its grueling installation are among our fondest memories of the boat itself!

Cruising World is the premier American sailing magazine for cruisers (available in print and digital subscriptions), and it is with enormous pride that we are among the contributors this month.

The February 2015 edition of Cruising World Magazine is on newsstands now. Most chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble carry it in their magazine section, and it can be found at boating supply stores like West Marine as well.

Landing a feature article in Cruising World is not easy, as there are many cruisers who write brilliantly about their unique and truly inspiring sailing experiences. Famous cruising author Beth Leonard has said that the biggest sailing magazines receive 1,500 submissions per month! So, it was a wonderful surprise when I received an email from the editor saying:

“this is the absolutely clearest and best-organized technical/installation article I’ve ever read in CW. also very interesting. kudos to the author”

In September 2012, our first feature article appeared in their pages about our maiden voyage from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas when we began our cruise of Mexico.

Sailboats anchored near Coronado Island in San Diego Bay California

Sailboats anchored by the Coronado bridge in San Diego

I have been a Cruising World reader for several decades and recommend it highly for all sailors and future cruisers that are planning their own great escapes. When I first began contemplating seeing some of the world by boat nearly thirty years ago, teenager Tania Aebi was recounting her stories of her solo circumnavigation issue by issue.  The publication of Cruising World Magazine not only predates her cruise by a few decades but has presented the tales of many other impressive voyages since then as well.

I am extremely honored to be counted among their contributors this month, and I feel very fortunate that Mark’s incredible hands-on mechanical and electrical expertise made for an article they were eager to publish.

Our portfolio of other published work can be seen here which is also linked to the Press Room menu item above.

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Escapees RV Club Travel Guide 2015 Cover Photo

We are very excited to have our photo on the cover of the 2015 edition of the Escapees RV Club Travel Guide. This photo was taken at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, Arizona, where the beautiful Superstition Mountains make a stunning backdrop to every scene.

Escapees Travel Guide 2015

Photo by Mark & Emily Fagan

We were camped there for a few days when an adorable little trailer pulled in alongside us. After the owner got set up, we went over to chat with him and found out his cute retro rig is actually just two years old!

We kept admiring the little buggy out our window as the sun played on the mountains in the distance, and one afternoon Mark went outside and took this absolutely gorgeous photo. I never would have thought of cutting off the trailer on the right side, but it balances the vivid cliffs beautifully and draws you into the photo.

Escapees loved the image too and wanted to use it for their cover, but unfortunately it didn’t fit their size format. Argh! We were bound and determined to make it work, so the next afternoon we both dashed out and snapped away for half an hour as the light faded, duplicating his idea but playing with the composition.

In the end, my finger hit the shutter on this particular version of his vision, so, like many of our magazine cover photos, this image is the result of a combined effort by the two of us — the best kind of shot!

Escapees RV Club publishes this travel guide each year for their members. It is a thick little book chock full of RV parks that give Escapees members discounts of up to 50%. They also list kindly Escapees members who offer their property to other members for overnight RV parking.

We enjoyed this unique kind of hospitality last year when we were traveling in Oregon. A wildfire had smoked us out of the area we had been staying in, and it was very comforting to find safe haven and companionship in the back yard of a couple who were fellow RVers and Escapees members.

The Escapees Travel Guide is just one of the many unique benefits that come with an Escapees membership.

I often mention Escapees on this website, and you may roll your eyes every time I do. And I understand that! The first time we heard about Escapees was when we were boondocked in Death Valley. We camped with a couple from Calgary for a few days, and they raved about the benefits of being Escapees members.

They showed us the Day’s End Directory and told us it was awesome. To us, it seemed hopelessly cryptic and weird, which is why I give a mini translation on our boondocking page. They were super nice, but they were so enthusiastic that we came away convinced that they were getting some kind of kickback from the club! We were completely turned off to the idea of becoming “joiners” in a club that sent out evangelists like that!

So we waved off the whole idea and went on our merry way.

But we kept meeting Escapees members in our travels, and someone showed us their wonderful magazine, and we realized that this is a club that the membership really values. Eventually we decided to give them a try — and now we’re very glad we did.

This nomadic life can become a little rootless after a while, and it is heartwarming to know not only that there is a huge group of people living this odd lifestyle too, but that we all have a link to one another through a large club that is geared towards our needs. Escapees was founded by one of the first couples to travel full-time in an RV, back in 1978, and their club now looks out for the best interests of all full-time (and long-term) RV travelers in a huge variety of ways.


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Trailer Life Feature Article – Sedona Arizona!

Sedona Arizona feature article Trailer Life Magazine

Trailer Life Magazine – December, 2014
“Arizona’s Red Rock Country” by Emily & Mark Fagan

The December, 2014, issue of Trailer Life magazine is featuring our article about the stunning red rock country of Sedona Arizona.

We spent a delightful few weeks there last spring, hiking, biking and soaking up the stunning views that fill the small northern Arizona town.

It is an enchanting area that you can’t help but fall in love with when you go, and there’s a little something for everyone, from cute boutique shops to elegant dining to glorious hikes to mysterious spiritual vortexes.

If you get bored in town (hard to imagine!), there are ancient Indian ruins and a true wild west town nearby too!

These are our blog posts from this gorgeous spot:

Trailer Life is a terrific magazine for all RV enthusiasts, offering tips and tricks about towing and towables and showcasing special places around the country that are worthy of an RV road trip. Right now, if you join Good Sam Club, you get four issues for free too! We’ve been subscribers for years and really enjoy each issue.

The December issue is on newsstands now, in either the travel section or the automotive section (I’ve seen it in both places). It can also be found at Camping World and other RV and camping supply stores.

Update December 12, 2014 – Trailer Life has published this article online on their website! Check it out at: Arizona’s Red Rock Country

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In the Spirit of Giving

Advertising is everywhere these days as we all frantically get into the Christmas spirit, and many RV and sailing blogs are posting wonderful Christmas shopping lists of fun goodies to buy for a beloved RVer or sailor. (See the bottom of this post for a few terrific shopping ideas from fellow bloggers).

In the spirit of giving, if you discover your favorite blogger has turned you on to the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person, a wonderful way to give them a nod and say “thanks” for all the entertainment and info they have provided during the year is to buy the item right then and there online rather than running out to a store to get it later.

Why? Let me explain…

No not another blog post selling me stuff!


What is Affiliate Marketing? It is a method for websites and blogs to review or suggest products the authors find useful and to make a commission from selling them. The most popular program is with Amazon. You can sign up to be an Amazon Affiliate here. Once Amazon approves your site, they’ll give you tools for creating things like the Amazon search box below to put on your site.

Amazon Search Box

Amazon Search Box

The way affiliate marketing works is that when someone clicks on an affiliate link on a blog, they enter the affiliate website with a “cookie” from that blog. If the reader buys something, then the blog is credited with that purchase, and depending on the affiliate, the blogger may receive a commission. Amazon explains the details of their fee schedule here. There are strict guidelines that bloggers must follow, and each affiliate marketer has a different contract.

Amazon’s Operations Agreement for Affiliates is here.

Of course, the reports the blogger sees from various affiliates vary, and for privacy purposes, the information about the person making the purchase is never revealed. Only the products and services purchased go into the reports.  With that in mind, whenever I discover a cool product on a blog and buy it through their site, I drop the blogger a line to let them know I love their blog and that they inspired me to make a purchase.

As a blogger, it is a true thrill to find out that someone actually bought something, even if it is a 99 cent item! 

The first time we made a purchase through a website’s affilate links was in 2007 when we dropped some money on our Nikon D40 cameras before we started traveling (today’s equivalent camera, although far superior, is the Nikon D3300). Ken Rockwell had the best photography gear website at the time, and it helped us immensely in choosing what to buy. We were thrilled to correspond with Ken and, of course, he was very receptive to our many questions about how to operate the darn things when he knew we’d followed his product recommendations and bought our cameras through his site.

Is an RV or sailing blog a good way to make money? Heavens no! You can make FAR more money per hour by picking up any kind of minimum wage part-time job on the road or by work camping. Even if you volunteer your time in exchange for a free site at an RV park or campground, you will make more per hour of effort than by blogging.

So why do bloggers do this? Most bloggers become Amazon affiliates to help defray their blogging costs and hopefully earn a beer or two every now and then.

Everyone creates their blog for different reasons and with a different audience in mind. Rather than setting out to make money, most bloggers do what they do because they are excited to teach people what they’ve learned and to share their experiences. From offering tips about RV parks and campgrounds, to giving pointers for how to tackle certain repairs or upgrades, to venting and laughing about mishaps on the road, to simply sharing photos and travel guides for beautiful places, most bloggers do it out of a passion for their subject and to keep family and friends abreast of their travels.

I write my blog for those who dream of traveling but aren’t in a position to do it at the moment and for those who are planning their future escape. My intent is to inspire, to motivate and to offer a ray of hope that a fun life of adventure is achievable, once you are ready to go.

For years, I was stuck in a windowless cubicle in an office. I sat in miserable rush hour traffic, and I dreamed of a different life. The stories written by other travelers helped me keep my travel dreams alive. When I was finally within striking distance of running away, the handful of websites that shared details of how to do it (there weren’t very many back in 2005-06) were invaluable.

I blog now to pass on that gift. It also helps me process and crystallize my precious memories of all the incredible experiences we’ve had in this wonderful lifestyle.

How do you start a blog? The easiest way is to use either or Blogger, as they are designed for beginners and there is technical help available. Many of the most popular RV and sailing blogs were started on these platforms and had huge followings before they migrated to a self-hosted site using, which is technically more challenging but is much more flexible.

So where are those cool Christmas shopping lists I mentioned? Here you go:

Happy Christmas shopping, everyone, and enjoy these upcoming weeks of holiday preparations!


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Learning the Ropes at J-World Sailing School

Caribbean Dinghy

Dreaming of the tropics…

We’ve recently enjoyed a bit of nostalgia, courtesy of J-World Sailing School.

Before we bought our sailboat Groovy and went cruising in Mexico — in fact, even before we bought our first travel trailer and drove off to a life of adventure on the road — we enrolled in two classes at J-World in San Diego that put us on the course to our new lifestyles.

We had both sailed before, Mark on Hobie catamarans on Michigan lakes, and I on boats of all sizes in the Atlantic Ocean.


Nonsuch 36 sailboat

A Nonsuch 36, sistership to “Magic Dragon,” my home for 4 years in Boston.

In fact, at one time I had lived aboard a wishbone-rigged Nonsuch 36 (something like an enormous windsurfer with an elegant cabin) in Boston Harbor for four years.

What a ride that was — 3 months a year of blissful weekend cruising in New England and 9 months a year of frozen fingers and toes!.

When we decided to leave convention behind and see something of this beautiful world, our initial dream was to do it by sea, and we both realized we needed to improve our boating skills if we were going to do that and come out alive.


Sailing a Hunter 44DS sailboat

Happy sailor!

There are many sailing schools in almost every state, and most follow one of two track systems for teaching sailing: the American Sailing Association system and the US Sailing system.

We looked into sailing schools in our area, but they were all just Learn to Sail classes on lakes. We needed instruction on handling a large cruising boat on the ocean too.

We also thought about flying to the Caribbean for a week or two of instruction, but as lovely as a class at Offshore Sailing School in the BVI can be, it was cost prohibitive.


Sailing at sunset near Acapulco Mexico

Underway aboard Groovy near Acapulco Mexico

Our solution was to take two back-to-back classes at J-World in San Diego, and what a great decision that turned out to be.

J-World teaches the US Sailing curriculum, and they offered a four day Learn to Sail class followed by a three day Liveaboard Cruising class.

Even though I had had formal sailing instruction before, I had no trouble going back to square one and learning it all again.

That way Mark and I would be on an even keel with each other, and we would both have heard the same words of wisdom and learned the same methods and techniques.

Sailing a Hunter 44DS in Mexico

We have great memories of our cruise in Mexico

Another draw for me was the kind of boat they used for their Liveaboard class. It was a J-120, a boat that intrigued me.

The biggest decision for most sailors before they cast off on their cruise is what kind of boat to buy.

This debate had rattled around in my own mind for decades (this cruising dream went back to my childhood).


On the deck of our Hunter 44DS sailboat

They didn’t teach this sailing technique at J-World,
but it’s easy to learn!

My very first boat had been a 5′ long plastic skiff when I was a little kid. Despite my mom’s insistance that I stay within her view from the beach, I had rowed that thing long distances.

I had taken it far from view, imagining myself a skipper on the vast ocean, fighting off pirates and communing with seabirds.

The conventional wisdom among old salts is that a big, heavy, solid, “seaworthy” boat is what you need for a proper cruising adventure.

But a yacht broker in Marblehead Massachusetts who had circumnavigated as a young adult had convinced me decades ago that a boat that sails well and sails fast in light air is a really great choice.

Of course, there is no “right” or “wrong” boat for cruising.

Friends of ours who sailed from San Diego to Mexico and on to the South Pacific have regaled us with tales of cruisers that are out there on all kinds of floating tubs.

Paradise Village Marina in Puerto Vallarta Mexicoat dawn

Paradise Village Marina at dawn.

From multi-million dollar yachts to the Norwegian couple who has no plumbing at all on their boat (which means, of course, no head since leaving Norway!!), sailors cruise in anything that floats.

But I like the idea of a boat that is a joy to sail in light air, and the J/Boats line of racing/cruising yachts had fascinated me for years.

When I lived on the Nonsuch I dreamed of a J-40.  When a newer model J/Boat in that size was built — the J-120 — my dream got an upgrade!

So, when I saw that J-World’s Liveaboard class was conducted on a J-120, that cinched the sailing class deal for me.

Not only did I get to see the boat in action, both under sail and as a living platform, but Mark and I both received absolutely top notch instruction from two different teachers.

One instructor made sure we could maneuver under sail on and off the docks and in and around a crowded anchorage, and the other ensured we understood the operation of a large cruising boat.

Sunrise in Santiago Bay Mexico

Sunrise in Santiago Bay near Manzanillo

Now that we are J-World alumni, we receive their newsletters. 

When one came a few weeks ago, Mark decided to reach out and let the school know how their classes had launched us into the cruising lifestyle.

They were delighted to hear from us and wanted to know more about our experiences in Mexico.

We exchanged a few emails, and then they decided to highlight our story on their blog. What fun!!

Thank you, J-World, for your terrific instruction and for being our first stepping stone into a life afloat!


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Escapees Magazine Feature Article: “Flame On!”

Flame On and Install a Vent-free Propane Heater in your RV

Escapees Magazine – November/December 2014
“Flame On! – Installing a vent-free heater”
By: Emily & Mark Fagan

The November/December 2014 issue of Escapees Magazine is featuring our article, “Flame On! Installing a Vent-Free Heater.”

Followers of this site have seen our recent post about choosing a heater and installing it in an RV, and here we are writing about it again. Are these heaters really that great? In a word, Yes!

Even in a “warm” place like Arizona, it is very different living in an RV than in a house, and we were surprised by just how frozen we were our first winter.

An RV furnace can keep a lot of the chill off, but if you really want to be warm, a vent-free heater will give you even more heat while using less propane and less electricity.

Some folks worry about the safety of these gas appliances, and this article goes into some detail about why you shouldn’t be nervous. If you are handy, the installation is straight forward. If not, of if you don’t want a permanent installation, there are portable options as well. And if you want a cozy look, they even build them into fireplace mantels!

Escapees Magazine is a wonderful and very informative RV magazine geared towards people who live in RVs long term. It is the membership magazine for the Escapees RV Club which is unique among RV organizations because it offers such a wide variety of programs for its members.

From discount RV parks to mail forwarding services in three states to advocacy work on behalf of all RVers to bootcamp programs that teach new RVers how to live this lifestyle, it is a club that has something for everyone.  The Club even has special interest groups for RVers, nicknamed “Birds of a Feather” groups (BOFs).  These range from Photographers (a group we are part of) to Beaders to Birders to folks who like to RV in the Buff!!

Plus – they have kindly allowed us to share our article here:

Flame On! Installing a Vent-Free Heater

For more info and a step-by-step installation guide with photos, visit our blog post here:

How to Select and Install a Vent-Free Propane Heater

Feel like doing a little easy reading? Our other magazine feature articles and cover photos here:

Published Work by Emily & Mark Fagan



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