Thumbs up – December 2017

Positive comments about products, people and places. Here are some recent “thumbs up” letters or comments we’ve received from readers of Something worthwhile to do with your “free time” How about joining us Care-A-Vanners through Habitat for Humanity and building houses for worthy persons who qualify for a house? That’s what we do and it keeps us very busy... Read More

Are public land boondocking options in jeopardy?

  Here’s a question from a reader of about boondocking.  Hi Bob, It looks to me like the trend in the uses of public lands like the Forest Service and BLM is leaning toward commercial ventures and away from recreational. Examples are the Forest Service’s new Travel Management Plan restricting boondocking to only approved areas, the reduction of the size... Read More

RVer needs help finding slideout’s manual override

  Dear Gary, We have a 27-foot Gulf Stream Streamlite trailer with a small slideout. The manual states that there is a manual override to retract the slideout in the event that the electric motor fails. We can’t locate the “emergency device” mentioned in the manual. We even had a technician look, with no luck. The motor is located in... Read More

What’s all this electrical “ground” stuff about?

  Dear Mike, I had a problem a few months ago where the campground pedestal lost its ground, which gave my RV a hot-skin voltage. But I had my jacks down on the ground, so why didn’t that ground my RV? Are there different grounds or what? —Frank S. Dear Frank, I get this question a lot, so you’re in... Read More

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 825

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 17th year of continuous publication, is funded primarily through advertising and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! Issue 825 • Week of December 23–29, 2017   #rvtravel Editor’s corner  With Chuck Woodbury Chuck (at) It’s almost Christmas. My staff and I will... Read More

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.8 million Ram pickups

December 22, 2017, Auburn Hills, Mich. – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 1.48 million trucks in the U.S., and 300,000 elsewhere, to help prevent occupants from inadvertently moving the vehicles’ gear-shifters out of the “park” position.   The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with shifters mounted on their steering columns. Those with rotary-dial shifters... Read More

Pros(?) and cons of dual tire air balance systems

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble I read a thread on an RV forum about connecting two tires in dual position, with hoses to “balance” the inflation pressure. There were some claims made about performance improvements, but IMO the conditions necessary to deliver those improvements are pretty extreme and improvements are tenuous. The information on the function... Read More

Holiday greetings to all boondockers, wherever you are

  Here’s a question from a reader of about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My husband and I and our nearest neighbors (about 50 yards up the road from us) are boondocking in Arizona and enjoying the beautiful desert stretched out before us, but we were talking a few nights ago that sometimes we feel isolated from the holiday spirit and the... Read More

How do you know if you have a (dangerous) miswired power pedestal?

Hey Mike, I didn’t see anything about phase protection in your last article. I realize on a 30-amp service it’s not an issue, but people should know on a 50-amp service it’s a big deal – because without it (phase protection) a miswired shore power pedestal can cause a serious overload on the neutral leg. How do you know when you... Read More