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

Improve your RV life with a scissor jack adapter tool

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he penned while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. I don’t know about you, but one of the setup chores I don’t really like to do is setting the scissor jacks — especially in the rain, or putting them back up when it’s raining... Read More

More on the gray (legal) area of dumping the gray tank

  In last Saturday’s Ask BoondockBob in the RV Travel newsletter a reader asked about dumping gray water onto or into the ground rather than driving to a dump station when boondocking. Judging from the response to the question and having written about this practice before, it appears that the question (and lack of good answers) is still paramount in many... Read More