Searching for evidence of prehistoric hunters and gatherers

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’re headed to the deserts for the winter right after New Year’s Day and were told by another RVer that it was possible to find signs of the existence of prehistoric Native Americans in places not protected (such as in National Parks and monuments). We thought it would... Read More

RV Electricity – Can water puddles shock you?

  Here’s a comment/question from last week’s article “What’s All This Electrical ‘Ground’ Stuff About?“ Dear Mike, I have a major concern. We host at a popular state park that has allowed some conditions to develop at several sites that allows water to stand after a rain that covers the pad and extends to around the power pedestal for a... Read More

Mile-long lines at National Parks aren’t stopping visitors

Lines of cars more than a mile long with a wait time more than an hour greeted visitors to Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park last weekend. In 2017, Joshua Tree had 2.6 million visitors and this year that number is expected to climb. If you’ve recently visited a national park, you’re probably aware of how overcrowded they’ve become. Campgrounds are... Read More

Are public land boondocking options in jeopardy?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, It looks to me like the trend in the uses of public lands like the Forest Service and BLM is leaning toward commercial ventures and away from recreational. Examples are the Forest Service’s new Travel Management Plan restricting boondocking to only approved areas, the reduction of the size... Read More

What’s all this electrical “ground” stuff about?

  Dear Mike, I had a problem a few months ago where the campground pedestal lost its ground, which gave my RV a hot-skin voltage. But I had my jacks down on the ground, so why didn’t that ground my RV? Are there different grounds or what? —Frank S. Dear Frank, I get this question a lot, so you’re in... Read More

Holiday greetings to all boondockers, wherever you are

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My husband and I and our nearest neighbors (about 50 yards up the road from us) are boondocking in Arizona and enjoying the beautiful desert stretched out before us, but we were talking a few nights ago that sometimes we feel isolated from the holiday spirit and the... Read More

How do you know if you have a (dangerous) miswired power pedestal?

Hey Mike, I didn’t see anything about phase protection in your last article. I realize on a 30-amp service it’s not an issue, but people should know on a 50-amp service it’s a big deal – because without it (phase protection) a miswired shore power pedestal can cause a serious overload on the neutral leg. How do you know when you... Read More

Southwest snowbirds — Beware the wind of many names

By Bob Difley When snowbirding in the Southwestern deserts this winter, be careful not to allow yourself to be lulled into complacency when you take off for a day of exploration and the desert is calm with nary a breeze. Desert winds (also called chubascos, Santa Anas and dust devils) can come up quickly and unexpectedly – and blow strongly... Read More

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

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