RV Electricity – Stray Voltage found on call button box on gate!

Dear Readers, This report just in from the Stray Voltage Patrol…. It describes an SVP member feeling a shock from the call box at the campground gate. This was an extremely dangerous situation that was identified and reported by an SVP member before anyone was injured or killed. Describe what you discovered: When I came through the gate and touched…

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Should you replace valve stems when installing TPMS sensors?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Got this question on an RV forum: “I understand from the thread that you should use metal tire stems with TPMS [tire pressure monitoring system] caps. The ends of the tire stems on our trailer are metal with the only visible rubber part right where they go through the wheel. I…

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Mudbugs – Yum!

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Imagine a nighttime invasion of the RV park lawn by strange, ten-legged creatures with external skeletons, globular eyes rotating on the ends of flexible stalks, and long antennae. These creatures come out in the cool, moist night air of summer to scavenge in lawns only to disappear in their subterranean haunts before daylight. It would…

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Which cell carrier will save your day?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For our readers, staying in touch is a major priority. We surveyed readers back in August, asking, “Which cell phone service do you use?” Before we get to the breakdown, here’s one interesting factoid: NOBODY checked the option “None.” Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by that, but somehow, you’d think that among those 3,600-plus…

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(Mis)Adventures with pull-throughs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Is a pull-through site better than a back-in? Friends of ours asked us to stop in for a visit as we were migrating between the Pacific Northwest and Arizona. They must really like us a lot, as our thought was to stop and “do lunch” on the way through. Next thing we knew, they’d…

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Reduce annual campground fees by camp hosting and volunteering

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve been boondocking in the Midwest for a couple years and are going fulltime in the spring of 2019. Other than visiting parts of the country that we have never been to, we would also like to balance boondocking (where possible) with other inexpensive choices in order to keep…

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KOA ad: Really? Ya gotta be kiddin’ me!

By Chuck Woodbury Early in my career, when I was an aspiring capitalist, I subscribed to the weekly bible of the advertising industry, Advertising Age.  I remember an article about food photography. Two photos were displayed. The first was of a McDonald’s Big Mac from a magazine advertisement. If you were hungry, it made you drool. The burger looked gorgeous,…

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