What power extension cord for RV parked 90 feet from outlet?

  Mike, I was reading an article you wrote about 30A pedestals. I’ve just purchased a piece of land and there’s a new 30A RV outlet. The problem is that the plug is 90 feet away from my RV parking. I’m trying to keep it near the connection to the septic system. The RV is a 30A travel trailer with... Read More

Nice neighbors but noisy generator – What to do?

Dear RV Shrink: We were recently camping in Yellowstone in one of our favorite, usually quiet campgrounds. Unfortunately, we ended up next to a lovely couple with a very noisy generator. I don’t think it even had a muffler. During the summer season it is combat camping and moving was not an option. We were lucky to get the spot... Read More

OK to boondock on unmarked government property?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Several times while traveling I’ve noticed areas of land that appear to be government property (no development), some without signage and others stating they are a National Wildlife Refuge or  State Forest, or some other designation other than a National Forest or BLM land. Can I boondock for... Read More

How to defeat RV burglars

By Bob Difley RVers, and especially boondockers, take safety seriously. We tend to camp out in the hinterlands, often far from any possible response from law enforcement and well beyond the possibility of a thief being caught in the act. Safety can be broken down into two issues: personal safety and protection from burglary. Here I will offer some ways... Read More

Winnebago’s “Revel” aimed at outdoor enthusiasts

  By Emily Woodbury STAFF WRITER This week, Winnebago announced five new RVs at its open house in Elkhart. The Revel, in my opinion, is the most impressive (only because it seems like the perfect fit for my outdoorsy lifestyle). This new, compact class B motorhome makes it easy for people to spend more time “off the grid.” Designed specifically for... Read More

How to minimize and manage waste when boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking, and Part 2 of the answer.  Hi Bob, In the past you have probably reflected on various boondocking techniques. If so, some reruns would be appreciated. For a neophyte boondocker interested in staying in the woods like maybe for 2–3 weeks: How to maximize energy usage? Routine for use of... Read More

Basic voltage measurements at a campground pedestal

  I just had a phone call from a nervous camper that went something like this: Hey Mike, Guess I should have read your columns more closely, but just what are the lowest and highest voltage readings acceptable at a campground pedestal? —Chuck Chuck, it does get a bit confusing at times since the acceptable voltage in the U.S. has... Read More

Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly

Okay, it’s sewer hose education 101 time. Here are three RV sewer hoses spotted at RV parks. Our panel of sewer hose experts commented on each setup. Their conclusions: This is a good hose setup. It’s sloped nicely for good flow. The hose is off the ground, which is a requirement in some states. So the owner of this hose... Read More