Doing the “Quartzsite Crawl”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In their travels, RVers encounter many strange phenomenons. We’re not referring to the “UFO Highway” or even appearances of the Aurora Borealis. It’s more circumstances on the road that just seem to pop up that try our ability to adapt. It could be interstate traffic that’s “wall to wall and ten feet tall,” or... Read More

Can you be shocked by camping near high power lines?

Is it dangerous to park your RV beneath or even near high power lines? Could you or your RV be electrified to the point of causing potential danger? RV electricity expert Mike Sokol explains that, yes, your RV could indeed be electrified — up to 10,000 volts or so! Sound scary? Well, watch the video to learn the rest of... Read More

Iowa RV dealer blasts Camping World tactics

An Iowa RV dealer has released a professionally produced video in which he blasts the sales tactics of Camping World and its CEO Marcus Lemonis. Kevin Frazier, the president of Cheyenne Camping Center in Walcott, Iowa, explains, through interviews with Camping World customers and by comparing sales invoices from his company and Camping World, how pricing can differ hugely in... Read More

Newmar recalls 34,699 RVs for defective fire extinguisher

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling 34,699 model year 1995-2018 motorhomes. A list of the affected vehicles is available here. The motorhomes are equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers that may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach... Read More

RV Mods: Is a “solar ready” RV right for your needs?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As you stroll through the miles of aisles at the big RV shows, be prepared for a new offer from some of the RV manufacturers. At first glance it might seem like something far more practical than the usual “bling” thrown at RV shoppers – it’s the feature that calls itself “Solar Ready!” Most... Read More

RV and RV-related recalls for December 2017

Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for December 2017 and related equipment we feel are of interest to our readers. This information has been gleaned from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This is NOT a complete list of all vehicles and related equipment recalled. Hot off the press! 2018 Good Sam RV Park Directory The Good... Read More

How do you figure an ST-type tire’s maximum safe speed?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Originally posted on an online forum: “The 65 mph is not really correct. It depends on load and air pressure. They can go to 80 mph.” As I have pointed out previously: The load formula that populates the Load/Inflation table, used by the tire industry for ST-type tires, is based on the assumption... Read More

Searching for evidence of prehistoric hunters and gatherers

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’re headed to the deserts for the winter right after New Year’s Day and were told by another RVer that it was possible to find signs of the existence of prehistoric Native Americans in places not protected (such as in National Parks and monuments). We thought it would... Read More

RV Electricity – Can water puddles shock you?

  Here’s a comment/question from last week’s article “What’s All This Electrical ‘Ground’ Stuff About?“ Dear Mike, I have a major concern. We host at a popular state park that has allowed some conditions to develop at several sites that allows water to stand after a rain that covers the pad and extends to around the power pedestal for a... Read More