Rand McNally introduces three new RV dashboard devices

  SKOKIE, Ill., Aug. 8, 2017 – Six years after launching the first navigation unit designed specifically for RVers – and pioneering that category – Rand McNally today announced a new line-up of RV devices that go far beyond GPS and navigation. Leading off the new line is the OverDryve™ 7 RV, an all-in-one dashboard device that combines RV-specific navigation,... Read More

Campground power pedestal failures (Reader Poll included)

  My column last week on open pedestal grounds (Campsite power pedestal safety: “open ground” danger) must have caused quite a stir with our readers since my inbox has received a bunch of questions and stories about similar incidents around the country. Here’s just one of them: “For the first time in a year of full-timing my EMS protector gave... Read More

The readers write — with power!

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Electric pedestal fears not groundless Mike Sokol, RVtravel.com’s resident electrical safety expert, had sent a response to an RVer concerned about a missing ground on an RV park power pedestal. This energized a number of readers to write their own comments, a portion of which we present: Tommy Molnar wondered about theft... Read More

Watch out for bears, Washington officials warn

Washington state officials are telling campers not to fear bears they may encounter in the wild, but to be aware. According to the Yakima Herald, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates roughly 25,000 to 30,000 black bears live in Washington, often roaming the same areas of the Cascades as hikers or other outdoor enthusiasts. Black bears are smaller... Read More

RV parts catalogs and Internet can save cash

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Go into nearly any RV parts house and ask for something other than an ordinary, common part and you’ll be asked to come back to get it the next day. How come? Well, it’s difficult for most mom-and-pop RV supply outfits to stock everything that could be needed – the parts might molder... Read More

New app remotely controls RV thermostat

Dometic’s new CT Bluetooth Thermostat (CTBT) app, for iOS and Android, can control the temperature of Domestic single zone air conditioners and the furnace inside an RV. The CTBT app can be used to monitor and control a CT Bluetooth thermostat from a distance when a device is connected using a Bluetooth connection. The CTBT app allows users to change... Read More

Don’t get stuck — Have a ‘Plan B’ when boondocking

By Bob Difley If you are reading this you might be either (A) a boondocker, or (B) thinking of becoming a boondocker. The very fact that you are/may be a boondocker could also be one of your problems. If you are a boondocker, you are by definition adventurous, curious, bold, a little bit devil-may-care, impetuous, sometimes daring, possibly eccentric and,... Read More

Seven brutally honest truths about full-time travel

  By Melissa Dohmen Editor’s note: Carson Vaughan and Melissa Dohmen are two full-timers formerly from Nebraska. After renovating their 18′ travel trailer, “Elsie,” they hit the road with their dog, Costello,  for adventures to come. Here is a set of reflections penned by Melissa. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do... Read More

What’s causing a sweating mattress?

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, When someone sleeps on the air mattress of our fold-out couch the mattress sweats. We generally have to dry it off each day with a hair dryer before we fold... Read More