Mudbugs – Yum!

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Imagine a nighttime invasion of the RV park lawn by strange, ten-legged creatures with external skeletons, globular eyes rotating on the ends of flexible stalks, and long antennae. These creatures come out in the cool, moist night air of summer to scavenge in lawns only to disappear in their subterranean haunts before daylight. It would…

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Reduce annual campground fees by camp hosting and volunteering

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve been boondocking in the Midwest for a couple years and are going fulltime in the spring of 2019. Other than visiting parts of the country that we have never been to, we would also like to balance boondocking (where possible) with other inexpensive choices in order to keep…

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RV Electricity – Low Voltage Report

Dear Readers, Since the Stray Voltage Patrol is already generating some interesting reports, I’m going to use one of them to discuss the problem of low voltage in campgrounds, especially state owned and operated parks. Here’s what part of an SVP report looks like:  What did you discover? Pedestal voltage measured too low (below 104 volts) Describe what you discovered:  Voltage 117 with about 10% of…

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Sanitizing the RV’s fresh water system

Dear Gary, I saw an RV seminar on YouTube that suggested using hydrogen peroxide to sanitize the fresh water system since bleach can damage the rubber seals. Any comments? Thanks! —Ed C. Dear Ed, Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) certainly has the capability to disinfect and sanitize potable water supplies. I have a buddy in England who states it’s done there and…

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Our island in the sky – the International Space Station

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory [Click any image to enlarge.] The first components of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched in 1998 and it has been under perpetual construction ever since. Now about the size of a football field, the ISS is the largest and most expensive single space project ever undertaken by mankind. Costing more than $100…

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RV and RV-related recalls for August 2018

Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for August 2018 and related equipment we feel are of interest to our readers. This information has been gleaned from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This is NOT a complete list of all vehicles and related equipment recalled. Keep rodents out of your RV! The positive reviews on this make…

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RV Electricity – The Stray Voltage Patrol is now up to 200 members!

Dear Readers, Here’s an update on the Stray Voltage Patrol, as well as a few pictures of why Chuck Woodbury and I think that RV electrical safety is so important to write about.  Yes, we have 200 SVP members signed up The Stray Voltage Patrol has now reached 200 members. So for those of you just joining us, this is…

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Final results of TPMS comparison tests

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Comparison of TireTraker external vs. TST 507 internal TPMS: Summary and my opinion. Since March I have been conducting a comparison test of two different tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). When I started in March the ambient temperatures were down near freezing. I completed my comparison at the end of July…

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How to quiet a noisy water heater

Dear Gary, I have a question regarding the Atwood water heater, model GC10A-4E, in my 2013 Jayco Eagle Premier. When running on propane with the outside access door open the heater appears to operate normally and burns quietly with a light blue flame. When I close the access door, the heater seems to adopt a dual personality. Part of the…

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