Is using state scales for “four corner weights” wise?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble I was following a forum thread on using closed state scales to learn your “four corner weights.” This is possible in Washington, Oregon, and some other states.  Some commenters felt the practice was not wise as the area around the platform scale might not be perfectly flat. I posted my thoughts... Read More

Boondocking threatened at two Utah National Monuments?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I read in the news that Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments will be downsized. We haven’t visited them, but are thinking we might visit before their size is reduced. Is boondocking allowed on either one? —Howard and Grace Hi Howard and Grace, As of right now... Read More

Is a surge protector enough to protect an RV?

By Mike Sokol Hey Mike, I’ve recently purchased the top Progressive EMS 30 Amp surge protector which seems to work great. I now have several extra test gadgets (the Fluke Non-Contact Voltage Detector, as a example) and wonder if I need to hold on to them. Can I now just plug into pedestal power and not worry about extra electrical testing?... Read More

Test your eyes on M45 aka Pleiades or Seven Sisters

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory As winter approaches, a beautiful star cluster called the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters, is coming into view in the early eastern night sky. This open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus, is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to... Read More

Ford recalls more than 200,000 2016 F-150s and Explorers

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 1, 2017 – Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 202,274 2016 Ford F-150 and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles equipped with front power seats that may experience looseness of the front seat adjuster assembly. In affected vehicles, the upper left-hand pivot bolt for the front power seat adjuster may loosen or fall out. A... Read More

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 822

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 822 • Week of December 2–8, 2017   #rvtravel SHOP AT AMAZON FOR THE HOLIDAYS and help support this newsletter! If you shop at Amazon.com,... Read More

Rusty’s RV Ranch will keep you in the dark – perfect for stargazing

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Visit a truly dark sky location in southwest New Mexico. If you own an RV, and a telescope, you must visit Rusty’s RV Ranch, a Bortle 2, “truly dark sky” location. This park is located in the boot heel of New Mexico, at GPS coordinates N 31*55’43.30 W 109*02’10.02, or address 854 State Highway... Read More

RV and RV-related recalls for November 2017

  Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for November 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. OUR NEW GROUP IS OFF TO A GREAT START Won’t you... Read More

What to do about uneven tire wear on travel trailer

Dear Gary, It seems lately that my travel trailer tires are wearing unevenly side to side. Measured to ground, the side with the most tire wear is about 3/4 inch lower than the other side. This is after replacing all the tires and checking inflation. I then weighed both sides of the trailer and found that the side with the... Read More