Saturday is National Public Lands Day!

This Saturday, September 30, is National Public Lands Day. Celebrate in a National Park! All national parks throughout the country will waive entrance fees and many will sponsor volunteer work events. National Public Lands Day is the country’s largest one-day commemoration of shared spaces. There is something for everyone. Visit a national park for free. Attend a special event. Or lend…

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How to fix a sticky black tank valve

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, Pulling the black water handle on my 2012 Entegra is getting more difficult compared to the gray water side. Is there any way to ease this or prevent it from getting…

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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…

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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,…

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RV and RV-related recalls for September 2017

Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for September 2017 and related equipment we feel is 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. Sign up for RVtravel.com’s new monthly newsletter about RV electricity. COMING THIS…

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Custom install now available on automated RV dumping system

Drain Master, of Hollister, California, is now offering custom installations of its state-of-the-art RV waste products – valves, hoses and storage. The new Drain Master Pro-Series waste valves are operated by a control module, either inside the RV or out (or from both locations), vastly improving reliability and performance. With two simple open/close switches (gray and black), dumping RV tanks…

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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…

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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 –…

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