Want to boondock in CA this fire season? Go West!

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Making camping location decisions has been especially hard this year with the wildfires. Can you recommend anywhere we can boondock in the West (we’d prefer to stay in California if possible) that won’t be so smoky or where we won’t be driven out by the fires? —Bud  Hi Bud, As…

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Is advanced pedestal testing feasible?

Dear Mike, It may be best to check pedestal voltage under load before plugging in. Is there an easy way to do this? —Don/Piano-tuna Dear Don, That’s a great idea, but likely beyond the scope of most RV owners. That’s because meaningful load testing can be time-consuming and complicated. Here are the basics. There are at least two different types…

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OverKill trailer ready for the rough life

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If RVing for you doesn’t equate to “glamping” somewhere in a high-end resort, but on the other end of the spectrum, there may be an RV for you. The “OverKill” touts itself this way: “Adventure comes from new experiences. Danger comes from being unprepared for them. Whatever your journey throws at you, your OverKill…

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For a Lewis & Clark wilderness experience visit Idaho

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve been anticipating a trip into the “Wild West” for years and now are on our way from our home in St. Louis, the first gateway to the West. What would you suggest for a “don’t miss” driving tour where we can experience the wildness firsthand? —Bev and Don Hi Bev…

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RV Electricity – (Printable) Pedestal Power Checklist

Dear Mike, The procedure at the top of the Pedestal Power article is great. But for newbies (or those of us who are just forgetful), a checklist we could print and keep with our surge protector and non contact voltage detector would be an awesome way to always have this info handy. —Carissa Dear Carissa, All you have to do…

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Boondockers: Get out of wildfire areas NOW

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, The current wildfires and the likelihood of a dry, incendiary summer fire season has me quite uneasy regarding where I usually spend my summers – camping and boondocking in the Western forests. What should I be doing – and not doing – when camping this fire season? —George Hi George,  You’re…

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RV Electricity seminars in 2018

Everyone, As promised, I’m updating you on my RV Electricity seminars this summer and fall. Fun will be had by all since I do a lot of live demonstrations about electrical testing and safety. And if all goes well, Chuck Woodbury and I will be live streaming these seminars from Hershey on several media channels. Of course, if you can’t…

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RV Electricity – Pedestal power has changed in recent years

Pedestal Power By Mike Sokol Bigger outlets Today’s RVs have much greater power requirements than those of even 10 years ago. You have lots of appliances, so that single 20-amp outlet can’t provide enough current. This is when you need to step up to 30-amp outlets at the campsite. Let’s see how they’re wired. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of both…

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Your Sprinter RV cost too much? Blame chickens!

Road Signs Which came first? The Chicken Tax, the Sprinter or the Egg?  A lesson in tariffs and international trade By Mike Sokol This is not a political article, and I’m not taking sides. However, I believe that “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This is the story of how a cheap chicken in the 1960s…

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