RV Electricity – What residential refrigerator do you have?

Dear Readers, As I write in my guest essay in the RV Travel Newsletter, one of my projects for 2019 is a study of the number of solar panels and batteries needed to run a residential-style refrigerator in your RV while dry camping, without using a generator. While propane/electric refrigerators have been the norm in RVs for decades, in the…

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Astronomy for RVers – The Big Picture (part 1) – From rocks to stars

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory (click any image to enlarge – except Chris’s 😉 ) In my travels and conversations with folks during star parties and coffee table discussions I have noticed that there is some confusion about the general structure and scale of this wonderful universe we live in. I am going to cover this in a few…

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An easy way to keep your collection of business cards using photos

For years, I’ve wanted a simple system for storing business cards people give me along my travels. The operative word is simple! Sometimes they’re important, like my insurance agent’s card, and sometimes it’s just friendly, like the camper next door who tells us to stop by if we ever pass near their home. Sometimes it’s just a scrap of paper…

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Grand Design RV recalls trailers for potential shock issue

Grand Design RV is recalling certain 2019 Grand Design Reflection travel trailers, model 295RL. The outside 110V outlet was not correctly wired to a ground-fault (GFI) protected circuit. In the event of an electrical issue with an appliance or component that is plugged into the outside electrical outlet, an electrical shock may result, increasing the risk of injury. Grand Design…

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Do not assume you have no water leak just because you can’t see it

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about RVing.  Hi Bob, I’ve read several frightening accounts of RVers discovering leaks in their RVs that went undetected until severe problems, such as mold and rot in hidden places, were detected. What can I do to catch or prevent these incidents before major damage occurs? —Ben Hi Ben, We all enjoy the…

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Seattle’s “RV auction shuffle” puts impounded RVs back on streets

The City of Seattle is being blamed for doing nothing to prevent what is called the “RV auction shuffle.” The SoDo Business Improvement Area, that was tracking 75 RVs camping two years ago in the South Seattle industrial district and today is tracking 400, discovered that many have reappeared back in the neighborhood after being ticketed, towed and sold at…

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