Astronomy for RVers – The Big Picture (Part 2) – Nature’s power houses: the stars

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Last we met we talked about the smallest bits of the universe: the comets, asteroids, planets and other detritus that make up solar systems. This time we are going to look at the stars themselves. Stars are the dynamos of our universe and provide the temperature gradients and light sources that make the cosmos…

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RV Electricity – Start me up … Generators and rooftop air conditioners

Dear Readers, I saw a lot of cool stuff at the Hershey RV show last month, and the manufacturers are sending me demo gear to try out. Pretty cool, as I love setting up experiments, gathering empirical data and coming to meaningful engineering conclusions. I don’t do guesses – I do science.  Here’s a topic that I’ve pondered for years but…

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Tips for RVing comfortably in the cold and snow

With some preparation, you can continue to enjoy the RVing lifestyle even in the cold and snow. While most coach owners who live in cold-weather locales either head to warmer climates for the winter or park the RV for the season, there are those brave souls who still do go RVing even during wintry conditions. Then there are the full-time…

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Near disaster as bus crosses bridge with weight limits

Here’s a reminder to pay attention to bridges with weight restrictions that your RV may exceed. In this case, the result could have been tragic. On Saturday, October 13, 2018, a bus crossed a one-lane bridge with a 10-ton limit near Beaver Lake north of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Watch the bridge sag as the bus crosses. Video courtesy: Barb Hartman…

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Immerse yourself in nature … Volunteer!

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard When I strike out with the fifth-wheel, most of the time I am seeking a new adventure in nature. I like the amenities my RV brings, but I LOVE to learn all about the area I’m in and the critters and natural phenomena that are swirling around just off the last step of my front…

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RV Electricity – Campground power upgrade – expensive but necessary

Dear Readers, I’ve had this discussion both online and offline many times, but here’s the first time I’ve seen what it actually costs to upgrade old and failing power pedestals to modern electrical code in an existing campground. I do harp on campgrounds with failing pedestals due to safety concerns for both you and your RV, and they certainly should…

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New system helps you snag popular campground spots

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Plenty of RVtravel.com readers have complained about the scarcity of overnight camping spaces, even in established RV parks. How about a show of hands of those of you who’ve had trouble getting a spot in something a little more “America the Beautiful,” say a campsite in Zion National Park? When the reservation site opens,…

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RV Electricity – What residential refrigerator do you have?

Dear Readers, As I write in my guest essay in the RV Travel Newsletter, one of my projects for 2019 is a study of the number of solar panels and batteries needed to run a residential-style refrigerator in your RV while dry camping, without using a generator. While propane/electric refrigerators have been the norm in RVs for decades, in the…

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