Explaining converters, inverters and generators – Part 3

Do I need a generator? By Wolfe Rose In my last column, I explained why there just isn’t enough power stored in your batteries to run a sizable inverter for long. The amperage draw is damagingly aggressive, and it’s not realistic to carry the pickup truck full of batteries necessary to replicate an off-grid-house-size battery bank. Since you’re not creating... Read More

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 814

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 17th year of continuous publication, is funded primarily through advertising and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! Issue 814 • Week of October 7–13, 2017 SHOP AT AMAZON and help support this newsletter! If you shop at Amazon.com, would you please visit there... Read More

Is sway control necessary for a short travel trailer?

  Dear Gary, I am a newbie to RVing and I just purchased a used Prowler 22-foot travel trailer and I am towing it behind my F-250. My question is, do I need a sway bar? I am getting mixed messages mostly leaning towards not needing one. —Tami W. Dear Tami, I am a firm believer in both a weight... Read More

What you should know about tire “safety margins”

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Some people ask “How much Safety Margin should I have with my tires?” While this concept is simple, the reality is quite complex. If you want to skip over “why” safety is complex just jump to the “Bottom Line” below. In engineering it is more proper to talk about “Safety Factor”... Read More

What’s the deal with composting toilets?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, What are your thoughts about using a composting toilet and then combining both the gray and black tanks as a gray tank? I have read that you can dump gray tanks when boondocking onto the local vegetation. Is that true? So, with an ample solar power system, a... Read More