Is filling water tank from mountain stream safe?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob — I enjoy your articles and appreciate the insights. You spoke to Dan about conserving water but the truck camper picture prompted yet another question. We are considering using a solar-powered 12-volt DC water pump with an inlet strainer and an inline whole house water filter to refill our fresh water... Read More

Don’t be a carbon monoxide victim

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Nearly every new home built in the U.S. has them: carbon monoxide detectors. These little units can save your life. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and often deadly gas, the byproduct of incomplete combustion. The combustion source in an RV could be anything from an improperly operating furnace, water heater, oven,... Read More

Does coiled extension cord heat up in storage bucket?

Hey Mike, I was thinking about getting a bucket to store my shore power extension cord, or maybe even one of those fancy reels. But my neighbor who’s an electrician told me that the coil of wire will create some sort of induction heating effect and the wire will get hot. He recommends that I pull the entire extension cord... Read More

Leaf peeping – and camping – in Connecticut

By Bob Difley The New England states are famous for their spectacular fall colors, and Connecticut is not lacking when it comes to vibrant autumn foliage. Like the tourism promotion folks say, “When it comes to autumn, Connecticut is much more than seemingly limitless shades of reds, oranges and yellows waving in the trees and wafting to the ground –... Read More

What Mr. Piper could teach RV manufacturers

By Chuck Woodbury EDITOR This was originally published as part of issue 752 of the RVtravel.com newsletter, July 22, 2016. William Piper, inventor of the Piper Cub airplane, was often called the “Henry Ford of Aviation.” His Piper Cub airplane sold for $1,325 in 1937, making it affordable to many Americans. The price even included flying lessons. One of the... Read More

Full-time RVing – Storing off-season clothing

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For those moving over into the full-time RV lane, some are still looking in the rear-view mirror. Here’s a question: If you’ve got too many clothes to carry with you, how can you safely store the stuff you won’t be using this season? Much depends on your “storage unit.” Some full-timers have found that... Read More