RV Electricity: What’s “the Code”? Find out here

Dear Mike, Everyone says you have to do this or that because its “the Code,” referring to the NEC , of course. For RVs, this gets even more interesting. The “Code” has no legal authority unless adopted by a local AHJ, as you are aware. And each AHJ can adopt, reject or modify “Code” provisions at will. Like... Read More

Zion National Park campground opens as “reservations only”

In another sign of our crowded times, Zion National Park’s South Campground will open tomorrow (March 1, 2018) as a reservations-only campground. The Utah park previously kept some spaces available as first-come, first-served. But even then, in the busy season, RVers and other campers were in line at 5 a.m. hoping for a campsite. Zion is currently considering a policy... Read More

RV Electricity – Forest River Forum RV hot-skin Q&A

From the Forest River Forums Originally Posted by DirtSquirt I replaced the valve on my black water flush out system today and noticed that when I touched any metal part of the frame of my trailer, I could feel an electrical current running through it! Not enough to really shock me, but certainly enough to cause some discomfort. It doesn’t... Read More

Where and how to find Southwestern desert wildflowers

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve been traveling throughout the Mojave and Sonora deserts of Southern California and Arizona this winter and are now excited about seeing the wildflowers that are starting to bloom. The problem is, we don’t know where to look. Can you advise? Thanks. —Rob and Eileen  Hi Rob and Eileen,  As you... Read More

It’s a great time to visit “the Grand Canyon of the Mojave”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Looking for a place that’s off the beaten track, offers amazing desert wildlife views, yet still has a year-round river? Before summer (and the heat) arrives, consider a trip to California’s Afton Canyon. East of Barstow, the Bureau of Land Management oversees an amazing chunk of public land that offers a little bit of... Read More

Solar lamp for your campsite or picnic table

  This solar lamp gets its power from the sun and converts it into clean electricity to light your campsite or picnic table. No wires or electrical source required – other than Mr. Sol. It’s convenient, stows easily, and will likely outlast your RV. And you will always have light for that late night poker game or sing-a-long.  In the daytime,... Read More

Should you turn off propane when traveling?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I’m working at a company pumping propane. I’m very shocked at the number of people that travel with propane turned on, seeing that this gas is very volatile and the possibility of an explosion in an accident. It makes me wonder how many RVers are taking their own... Read More

RV Electricity – Can reversed polarity shock you?

  Dear Mike, Your No~Shock~Zone articles are some of the best I’ve ever read about RV electricity. Thanks for educating all of us “non-electrical” types. So here’s my question: During a trip on my boat to the Erie Canal, we had one guy checking electrical outlet polarity, something I never really quite understood. He found many outlets with the wrong... Read More

Boondock near the highest summit in the Lower 48

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It’s a mountain with an interesting history – and a debatable altitude. The first recorded ascent of this highest peak in the contiguous United States was made by a group – not of mountain climbers – but fishermen. Charles Begole, A.H. Johnson and John Lucas tossed away their fishing poles, made the climb and... Read More

Wildlife Refuges – often National Park next-door neighbors

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers spend plenty of time on America’s public lands. National Parks are a natural. National Forests get plenty of visits. Many have discovered the Out West treasures managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But one part of your public lands sometimes gets neglected – Wildlife Refuges, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife... Read More