Do I need an “intelligent” surge protector for 50-amp shore power?

Dear Mike, Thanks for your recent articles on why an intelligent surge protector is needed for 30A service. But would this also apply to 50A service? I have been reading these articles and did the survey, but then realized everything you wrote has been about 30A plugs and service. —John G. Dear John, While it does seem like all I’m... Read More

RVtravel.com’s ‘Camper Slobs of the Week’

Most RVers and other campers respect nature, the environment, and other people. But check out the mess one group of slob-campers left after a weekend of camping in Arizona’s Prescott National Forest. Forest Service personnel who had to clean up the mess snapped these photos, which were posted to Twitter. They slammed those responsible for not picking up after themselves. “OK. Glad... Read More

Choosing a generator for a fifth wheel

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I have a question about generators. We have a 40 ft. fifth wheel and would like to purchase a generator. What would you suggest that would be quiet yet affordable? —Debbie S. Hi Debbie, I copied the following from the Generator Power Source:   Portable Vs Permanent Another important consideration is whether or... Read More

Make Welcome Centers your first stop when you cross state lines

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We know where most of our state’s best attractions and boondocking spots are, but have a hard time finding them whenever we travel to a new state. Do you have any suggestions? —Jerry and Alicia Hi Jerry and Alicia, Whenever you enter a new state on your travels, make... Read More

Solar charging in a shady spot?

By Bob Difley Boondocking in the national and state forests in summer and using solar power to provide your electricity presents different challenges than found when snowbirding in the southwestern deserts. In the desert, because most campsites are open to the sky, you get charging from your panels from the first glint of sun over the morning horizon until it... Read More

Why you need an intelligent surge protector

I’ve written a number of articles here about surge protectors and the difference between intelligent and basic models. The overview is that basic surge protectors usually cost less than $100 and offer protection from nearby lightning strikes and voltage spikes on the incoming power line. However, they can’t protect your RV from an over-voltage condition that occurs if you happen... Read More