Neophyte boondocker interested in staying long term in the woods

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, In the past you have probably reflected on various boondocking techniques. If so, some reruns would be appreciated. For a neophyte boondocker interested in staying in the woods like maybe for 2–3 weeks: How to maximize energy usage? Routine for use of generator and inverter? How to minimize... Read More

Thousand Trails announces new member option

(August 31, 2017) —Thousand Trails has announced a new limited release reciprocal program for current camp pass and upgraded Thousand Trails Members. According to a news release, the Trails Collection will provide existing Thousand Trails members with the opportunity to camp at more than 100 Encore Parks nationwide, most with no nightly fee (18 properties will charge $20 per night).... Read More

Thinking of camp hosting? Here’s how

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve stayed at a couple of Forest Service campgrounds and like them very much, especially the space, plants, and trees surrounding each site. In one of them, there was a camp host that seemed to be in charge and kept the campground neat and tidy. How does one... Read More

What’s a ground loop tester and do I need one?

  Hey Mike, I’ve read in several of your posts on various sites that you recommend a Ground Impedance Tester as the “Gold Standard.” What exactly is it and what does it cost? Should I use one for my own testing? —Stan B. Stan, So here’s the story on the Ground Loop Impedance Tester. These are pretty expensive devices for... Read More

This RV setup is seriously big!

By Chuck Woodbury EDITOR I found this fifth wheel trailer and tow vehicle at the Indian Campground in Buffalo, Wyoming. The campground bills itself as having the longest pull-through sites in the area. Good thing, because this setup needed every foot. What struck me was the Smart Car atop the big rig Volvo truck. You don’t see something like this every... Read More

Campground power pedestal testing, Part 2 (with Reader Poll)

  This is the follow-up article to my column from two weeks ago when I asked how many of you had measured electrical problems for your shore power. Here’s a link to the original article and survey.  As you can see, of the 813 readers who took the survey, 57% of them had encountered low or high voltage, reversed hot-neutral... Read More

A simple explanation of installing and using RV LED bulbs

This is likely the best video we’ve come across that explains the differences between LED and the standard incandescent bulbs that come with most RVs. So many videos like this are complicated and hard to understand. This one by long-time RVtravel.com reader Wolfe Rose, is easy to follow. It explains the two different types of bulbs including the cost of... Read More