UPDATE: Carr and Mendocino Complex fires continue to grow

The struggle continues to contain the two largest Northern California wildfires, and though firefighters contain more of the fires each day they continue to grow, reports KGO ABC7. The deadly Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties continues to grow after destroying more than 214,000 acres. It’s now 71 percent contained. The massive fire has been going since July 23.…

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Want to boondock in CA this fire season? Go West!

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Making camping location decisions has been especially hard this year with the wildfires. Can you recommend anywhere we can boondock in the West (we’d prefer to stay in California if possible) that won’t be so smoky or where we won’t be driven out by the fires? —Bud  Hi Bud, As…

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Keystone RV recall: propane tank could fall off trailers

Keystone RV is recalling certain 2019 Keystone Summerland travel trailers, models 1800BH, 1760BH, 1750RD. These trailers have single propane bottle brackets with two mounting legs that may break at the mounting point. If the LP bracket ring bracket breaks, the propane cylinder may detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury or crash. Keystone will notify owners, and dealers…

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Is advanced pedestal testing feasible?

Dear Mike, It may be best to check pedestal voltage under load before plugging in. Is there an easy way to do this? —Don/Piano-tuna Dear Don, That’s a great idea, but likely beyond the scope of most RV owners. That’s because meaningful load testing can be time-consuming and complicated. Here are the basics. There are at least two different types…

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Internal vs. external TPMS comparison – Hot ambient temperature

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Since March I have been conducting a comparison of a couple different Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). One from TST has internal sensors, as seen below right. Please note this shot shows the TPM sensor and the steel band retainer. I was in the process of removing the extra band material…

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Microwave plate cover contains splatters, stows flat

How many times have you exploded something in the microwave only to have your significant other complain about your messy habits? Figured it is time for you to get yourself a collapsible microwave cover? This microwave-safe cover collapses for easy storage and takes only a slight press of the hand to lie flat. Multiple lid perforations allow steam to escape…

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Minnesota campground open after Cryptosporidium outbreak

It’s good news for regular campers at Shades of Sherwood campground in Zymbrota, Minn., after a recent report from the Minnesota Department of Health cited a cryptosporidium outbreak and linked it to the campground. After following suggested MDH protocols and closing the nearby pond, owner Mike Thoreson said Shades of Sherwood has been open for business for campers. Dozens of…

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