Holiday greetings to all boondockers, wherever you are

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com 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

Southwest snowbirds — Beware the wind of many names

By Bob Difley When snowbirding in the Southwestern deserts this winter, be careful not to allow yourself to be lulled into complacency when you take off for a day of exploration and the desert is calm with nary a breeze. Desert winds (also called chubascos, Santa Anas and dust devils) can come up quickly and unexpectedly – and blow strongly... Read More

What hikers and others need to know in mountain lion country

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Two of our greatest pleasures that my wife and I enjoy now that we are fulltiming is hiking and camping (boondocking) in the national forests and deserts. We seldom see other RVers or hikers. We’re used to bears, but are apprehensive about meeting a mountain lion when so... Read More

RV Electricity – Surge Protector Evaluation

  Hi Mike, Your articles in the No~Shock~Zone are outstanding. Thank you for caring enough to share and help people like me stay safe as we head out on our first travel trailer/4000-mile/27-stop retirement trip. Boy, we really could be in trouble without the electrical know-how you have shared. We purchased a TRC Surge Guard RV Power Protection Model 34730... Read More

Boondocking threatened at two Utah National Monuments?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I read in the news that Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments will be downsized. We haven’t visited them, but are thinking we might visit before their size is reduced. Is boondocking allowed on either one? —Howard and Grace Hi Howard and Grace, As of right now... Read More

Is a surge protector enough to protect an RV?

By Mike Sokol Hey Mike, I’ve recently purchased the top Progressive EMS 30 Amp surge protector which seems to work great. I now have several extra test gadgets (the Fluke Non-Contact Voltage Detector, as a example) and wonder if I need to hold on to them. Can I now just plug into pedestal power and not worry about extra electrical testing?... Read More

Rusty’s RV Ranch will keep you in the dark – perfect for stargazing

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Visit a truly dark sky location in southwest New Mexico. If you own an RV, and a telescope, you must visit Rusty’s RV Ranch, a Bortle 2, “truly dark sky” location. This park is located in the boot heel of New Mexico, at GPS coordinates N 31*55’43.30 W 109*02’10.02, or address 854 State Highway... Read More