RV Electricity – Watt’s Up?

Watt’s Up? As promised, here’s the next installment of my Basic Electricity Course. Class is now in session…. If you’ve been reading along this far you already know about voltage (electrical pressure) and amperage (current flow). But one without the other is useless to us. In the end it all comes down to wattage. Get to Work  We’re going to…

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Oregon changes rules, hikes fees on forest camping

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers and other outdoor recreationists may find a few changes if they favor overnight visits to Oregon State Forests. To clarify, we mean lands overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry, not by the U.S. Forest Service. The state authorities are bringing new rules online that will affect fees paid by campers on these…

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When campgrounds fill, boondock. lt’s not as difficult as you think

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I’ve been reading Chuck Woodbury’s concerns that the number of RVs being manufactured are vastly outnumbering the number of new campsites being created each year. It is already difficult to find campsites without first making a reservation and my concern is that more RVers will start to use primitive…

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Surge Protectors and Joules and MOVs, oh my!

Dear Mike, After reading all your articles about voltage problems, I’m now in the market for a surge protector but a little confused by all these Joule numbers. Some are rated at 1,400 Joules of protection, while others are 2,100 or even 4,200 Joules. So first of all, how do you pronounce Joules, and just what are they? If these…

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National Scenic Byways – magnificent scenery and camping

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We like boondocking whenever possible, especially in scenic areas. But when we’re traveling through a new area we don’t always know where to look. I’ll bet you have some good ideas you could pass on to us boondockers – without, of course, giving away your favorite secret spots. —Marcia and Dick…

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State programs for first-time campers a big hit

Several states are encouraging the camping lifestyle this year by offering first-time camper programs. The itineraries vary state-to-state but the hoped-for result is that after introducing families to camping, they’ll get excited and will continue to do it on their own. This is the second year New York is offering its program, after the success of last year’s pilot program.…

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