(Mis)Adventures with pull-throughs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Is a pull-through site better than a back-in? Friends of ours asked us to stop in for a visit as we were migrating between the Pacific Northwest and Arizona. They must really like us a lot, as our thought was to stop and “do lunch” on the way through. Next thing we knew, they’d…

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Reduce annual campground fees by camp hosting and volunteering

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve been boondocking in the Midwest for a couple years and are going fulltime in the spring of 2019. Other than visiting parts of the country that we have never been to, we would also like to balance boondocking (where possible) with other inexpensive choices in order to keep…

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RV Electricity – Low Voltage Report

Dear Readers, Since the Stray Voltage Patrol is already generating some interesting reports, I’m going to use one of them to discuss the problem of low voltage in campgrounds, especially state owned and operated parks. Here’s what part of an SVP report looks like:  What did you discover? Pedestal voltage measured too low (below 104 volts) Describe what you discovered:  Voltage 117 with about 10% of…

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RV Electricity – Stray Voltage Patrol Test Protocol (Preliminary)

Dear SVP member, Following is the basic checklist protocol I would like you to follow when gathering data for your Stray Voltage Patrol form. This is a work in progress, so please let me know your thoughts on any additions or sequence changes.  DO NOT do anything you’re uncomfortable with. I know that many of you measure your pedestals all…

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RV Electricity – The Stray Voltage Patrol is now up to 200 members!

Dear Readers, Here’s an update on the Stray Voltage Patrol, as well as a few pictures of why Chuck Woodbury and I think that RV electrical safety is so important to write about.  Yes, we have 200 SVP members signed up The Stray Voltage Patrol has now reached 200 members. So for those of you just joining us, this is…

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2018 RV Electrical Safety Seminars update

Dear Mike, We want to thank you again for the electrical safety seminars you presented at our 2018 [Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club] rally.  They were a major highlight of the rally, and they focused on subjects too frequently ignored. We had many compliments on their inclusion, and on the professional, entertaining way in which you presented the material.  Please…

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Want to boondock in CA this fire season? Go West!

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, Making camping location decisions has been especially hard this year with the wildfires. Can you recommend anywhere we can boondock in the West (we’d prefer to stay in California if possible) that won’t be so smoky or where we won’t be driven out by the fires? —Bud  Hi Bud, As…

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Is advanced pedestal testing feasible?

Dear Mike, It may be best to check pedestal voltage under load before plugging in. Is there an easy way to do this? —Don/Piano-tuna Dear Don, That’s a great idea, but likely beyond the scope of most RV owners. That’s because meaningful load testing can be time-consuming and complicated. Here are the basics. There are at least two different types…

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OverKill trailer ready for the rough life

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If RVing for you doesn’t equate to “glamping” somewhere in a high-end resort, but on the other end of the spectrum, there may be an RV for you. The “OverKill” touts itself this way: “Adventure comes from new experiences. Danger comes from being unprepared for them. Whatever your journey throws at you, your OverKill…

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