“Older woman” considers “fantasy” of solo RVing

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Following my husband’s unexpected death last year I decided to retire, sell everything, and travel full-time in an RV doing all the things and seeing all the places we planned to do before our plans were cut short. My question is, is it just a foolish fantasy for... Read More

Campsite power pedestal safety: “open ground” danger

  I just received this email from one of my readers who happens to be a Progressive Industries Surge Protector owner. I’ll explain why this situation is so dangerous after his email. Mike, Yesterday we arrived at a Corps of Engineers campground in Florida and after connecting our 50-amp power cable with a Progressive Industries Surge Protector, we had the... Read More

How to find boondocking spots on cross-country RV trip

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My wife and I are planning a trip across the country with no planned agenda, going wherever something strikes our fancy. However, that prevents us from making campground reservations. We like to boondock and wonder whether we will be able to find dispersed camping options if we can’t... Read More

Protect your RV’s electrical system

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he prepared while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. A reader wrote in who had heard about RVs getting fried by bad wiring in campgrounds, and asked if I would recommend purchasing a surge protector for an RV to help prevent this. I highly recommend... Read More

National Parks to get millions for maintenance

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Recognizing that U.S. National Parks are in need of an injection of cash to handle deferred maintenance backlogs, it was of interest that Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, appeared before the press to announce funding to help cover the backlogs.  Zinke made the reveal July 22, using Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National... Read More

Can gray water be dumped into a pit toilet?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Is dumping sewage and grey water into pit toilets permissible? Thanks. —Jim E. Hi Jim, This is another hard question on the hard topic of dumping waste water. The question is so hard that officials can’t even decide on a uniform definition of what gray, black, sewage, and... Read More

Phantom electrical loads can spoil your dry-camping adventure

  By Bob Difley Phantom loads are electrical connections to your batteries that continually draw power, however small. Loads that are run off the house batteries will not be a problem as they are slight. Since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to keep up with... Read More