What hikers and others need to know in mountain lion country

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Two of our greatest pleasures that my wife and I enjoy now that we are fulltiming is hiking and camping (boondocking) in the national forests and deserts. We seldom see other RVers or hikers. We’re used to bears, but are apprehensive about meeting a mountain lion when so... Read More

OK to support just one dual tire on leveling block?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Question: “I have some questions about leveling with ramps, specifically on vehicles with rear duallies. The obvious temptation is to use only one ramp – and the obvious response is that this is a 2x overload condition and should be avoided. However, since tires and wheels are clearly designed with safety... Read More

RV Electricity – Surge Protector Evaluation

  Hi Mike, Your articles in the No~Shock~Zone are outstanding. Thank you for caring enough to share and help people like me stay safe as we head out on our first travel trailer/4000-mile/27-stop retirement trip. Boy, we really could be in trouble without the electrical know-how you have shared. We purchased a TRC Surge Guard RV Power Protection Model 34730... Read More

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 823

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 823 • Week of December 9–15, 2017   #rvtravel SHOP AT AMAZON FOR THE HOLIDAYS and help support this newsletter! If you shop at Amazon.com,... Read More

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