What makes a generator “RV Ready”?

Dear Mike, I’ve been thinking about buying a generator for my RV, but most of them have some sort of twist-lock plug that won’t connect to my RV shore power cord without an adapter plug. Is that adapter dangerous to use? And what about those RV Ready generators? Are they any better than a Honda generator that needs an adapter... Read More

Remember this: the official Smokey Bear song? Hear it again

Summer is officially here and that means high fire danger. Here’s a little song to get stuck in your head that will remind you to be careful with fire, and about a fire fighter’s best friend, Smokey Bear. If you grew up in the ’50s or ’60s, you may fondly recall this Smokey theme song sung by Johnny Jones and... Read More

Letter to editor: Protect Walmart overnight privilege

Walmart and other “free” stay places Dear Chuck, It’s time to go on the offensive. As more people join us full-timers, there are more and more people taking advantage of free overnight stays at Walmart, Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc. Unfortunately, quite a few do not have any respect or thankfulness for those places that graciously allow us to spend a... Read More

Do “Campground Full” signs really mean it?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Are there any alternatives when road-tripping without reservations if boondocking spots are either not available or not permitted? —Alex Hi Alex, Boondockers don’t make reservations – because they can’t – so most of the time they do not know exactly where they will plop their heads on the pillow... Read More

How to safely test for a hot-skin condition on your RV

Dear Mike, I’ve been following your newsletter and find it an excellent source of information. We live in the humid environment of southern Georgia and camp around the Southeast, which has been very wet, giving me some concern of the possible shock threat of “hot skin.” I’ve installed a permanent Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C electrical management system into our travel trailer.... Read More

Are you dumping your black tank correctly?

by Doug Swarts, Drain Master, Inc. Although dumping RV waste is a relatively simple process, it’s important to use both the proper equipment and procedure that ensures you will not cause a spill or get the contents on you or your clothes. The “Old School” or industry standard method has worked for more than 50 years and while it gets... Read More

Reader’s Digest list of the top RV parks in every state

by Deanna Tolliver Do you have a favorite RV park in the different states you travel through? What makes that a favorite park? You can compare notes with a recent article in Reader’s Digest. “The Best RV Parks in Every State” is in the online version of the magazine. The article doesn’t list the qualifications that earned a campground to... Read More

Inverters 101: Understanding amps and volts

Hi Mike, Here’s a weird one regarding my 2017 F/R 34QS. Some information: I have a Magnum 2,000 watt pure sine wave inverter and four L16-6V 390Ah batteries along with three 160-watt solar panels and a 30-amp Go Power controller. The issue I have when I’m using the inverter (shore and generator not used) is this:... Read More

The Columbia River Gorge from Washington state’s scenic Hwy. 14

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’re visiting friends in Portland then on to Idaho. What can you recommend for a route where it won’t be so crowded and maybe with some boondocking along the way? Thanks, Bev and Matt Hi Bev and Matt, The Columbia River Gorge is not to be skipped if you’ve never... Read More