Need hospital care? Your RV may be welcome

  By Jim Twamley Many hospitals have designated RV parking. In fact, many have hook-ups that patients and family members can use for free. Often the idea of a designated spot for parking RVs comes as an afterthought, so hospitals may have sites grafted into an existing parking lot. In cases like these, electric is great, water sometimes, but don’t... Read More

New SmartPlug RV cordset more flexible and easily coiled

Most RV power cords stiffen as the temperature drops, making them difficult to lay out and retrieve. SmartPlug Systems’ new SUPERFLEX50 50A 125/250V cordset is different. Even in freezing conditions down to -58° F, it remains incredibly flexible and easy to coil. And because it boasts the revolutionary SmartPlug, it’s the safest and simplest to use RV cord available. Delivering... Read More

Nearly half-million Ram pickup trucks recalled – possible fire risk

From press release September 19, 2017 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC) is voluntarily recalling an estimated 443,712 U.S.-market heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty trucks to inspect and replace, if necessary, their water pumps.   Affected are model-year 2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; and 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs.   Customer feedback prompted an FCA US investigation that... Read More

How to defeat RV burglars

By Bob Difley RVers, and especially boondockers, take safety seriously. We tend to camp out in the hinterlands, often far from any possible response from law enforcement and well beyond the possibility of a thief being caught in the act. Safety can be broken down into two issues: personal safety and protection from burglary. Here I will offer some ways... Read More

ASA Electronics introduces new Voyager rear mount camera

  ASA’s top-of-the-line Voyager rear mount observation camera is completely protected from the elements. With IP69K-rated waterproofing and ASTM-B117-tested corrosion resistance, the VCMS17B is designed to withstand any environment or weather condition. The 12-volt DC-powered CMOS technology ensures high noise resistance and low static power consumption. Combined with high-performance color optics and 12 LED lights, the VCMS17B will give you... Read More

Nesting lunch pot set by design firm Black+Blum

  By Bob Difley I liked the clean design of London-based Black+Blum’s Box Appetit Lunch Pot that matched the quality of the product, which is nice to see in today’s world of mass-produced, often inferior products. The sturdy, two-part, watertight set has a large pot and a smaller pot that nests in the large pot when empty. The twist-top lids... Read More

Winnebago’s “Revel” aimed at outdoor enthusiasts

  By Emily Woodbury STAFF WRITER This week, Winnebago announced five new RVs at its open house in Elkhart. The Revel, in my opinion, is the most impressive (only because it seems like the perfect fit for my outdoorsy lifestyle). This new, compact class B motorhome makes it easy for people to spend more time “off the grid.” Designed specifically for... Read More

Website ranks Camping World second worst in customer complaints

The website PissedConsumer.com has ranked Camping World as the second worst company for the most customer complaints for the month of August. According to Pissed Consumer, Camping World has 1,840 total reviews and 12 resolved issues. The total cost of claimed losses are $6.3 million, an average of $14,100 each. Here’s a recent video review by customer Terry Buchholz about... Read More

RV chain as strong as the weakest …

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris For years we’ve been talking to the bully pulpit to preach the importance of knowing your weight ratings and scrupulously sticking to them. I don’t know how many obviously overloaded rigs we’ve seen in campgrounds and on highways – sometimes broken down as a result of failing to heed such advice. Every RV... Read More