What you should know about tire “safety margins”

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Some people ask “How much Safety Margin should I have with my tires?” While this concept is simple, the reality is quite complex. If you want to skip over “why” safety is complex just jump to the “Bottom Line” below. In engineering it is more proper to talk about “Safety Factor”... Read More

What’s the deal with composting toilets?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, What are your thoughts about using a composting toilet and then combining both the gray and black tanks as a gray tank? I have read that you can dump gray tanks when boondocking onto the local vegetation. Is that true? So, with an ample solar power system, a... Read More

Let the stars be your road map – Part 1

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory One of the most common questions I am asked while people look through the telescope is “How do you find this stuff?” The answer to that question is a little complicated because today, with advanced gear and a short alignment procedure, the telescope mount can “find” objects for you. New astronomers are often frustrated... Read More

RVer Horoscopes for October 2017

BY SWAMI HAL Swami Hal is a retired psychic who travels full-time in a 37-foot Pace Arrow motorhome with his considerably younger, full-figured German wife Helga, aka Helga the Magnificent. The couple have two dogs, Brownie and Spotty, and a black cat named Blacky. Swami Hal has won numerous awards (he says), due to his uncanny ability to predict the future with fairly decent accuracy.... Read More

Car alarms – sometimes unnecessary noise pollution

Dear RV Shrink: As many campers have expressed recently, we, too, find generators annoying and always opt for generator-free campground loops when available. Our unit has a generator but even we find it annoying when we have to run it. We would never consider running it around other campers who are enjoying a quiet camping outing. My concern is yet... Read More

An RVer’s guide to gearing up for astronomy

By Chris Fellows In my travels I have been amazed by two juxtaposed facts. One, people love looking at the stars/moon/planets with their own eyes, and two, people haven’t really tried it for themselves. Let’s take a moment to think about that second point more closely. The sky is over our heads our entire lives and yet very few people... Read More

How to replace an RV TV

Dear Gary, My husband and I are RV “newbies” and my question will probably sound stupid to veteran RVers. The two TVs in our fifth wheel (probably original equipment) are dual voltage (12/120). I know that means they can work when hooked up at a campground or on battery power from the “house” batteries if not connected to “shore” power.... Read More