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

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

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

Build an instant campfire with Pull Start Fire

  By Bob Difley This information obtained from manufacturer’s website in no way constitutes recommendation, endorsement, or testimonial by RV Travel. This may be one of the easiest ways yet to build a campfire, assuming you don’t have the ability to shoot flames out of your hand like Iron Man. And there are times – when it’s cold, windy, maybe... Read More

RV Mods: Remove and replace rotted flooring

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Those who love — and preserve — an older RV often find a painful reality in their treasure: soft spots in the flooring. The problem is usually traced back to a water leak that’s compromised the integrity of the floor. Sometimes it can be ignored for a while, but it can get downright... Read More

“Older woman” considers “fantasy” of solo RVing

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Following my husband’s unexpected death last year I decided to retire, sell everything, and travel full-time in an RV doing all the things and seeing all the places we planned to do before our plans were cut short. My question is, is it just a foolish fantasy for... Read More

Alternative locations to view the August eclipse

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris With the August 21 eclipse getting closer, state and national parks in the path of the solar event’s totality are ramping up for huge crowds. Planning on watching the eclipse but unsure of where to go? Here’s a resource that you may not have thought of: U.S. National Wildlife Refuges. More than a... Read More

Campsite power pedestal safety: “open ground” danger

  I just received this email from one of my readers who happens to be a Progressive Industries Surge Protector owner. I’ll explain why this situation is so dangerous after his email. Mike, Yesterday we arrived at a Corps of Engineers campground in Florida and after connecting our 50-amp power cable with a Progressive Industries Surge Protector, we had the... Read More