Why would you want a lithium battery pack?

By Greg Illes Lithium batteries have truly extraordinary advantages for certain types of RV life — but they have their “dark side” as well. You need to be very well informed to make the “lithium decision.” First off, NO, they won’t catch fire There are literally dozens of lithium battery chemistries extant, and the one used in vehicles is lithium-iron-phosphate.... Read More

Arizona’s Old West featured at Prescott museum

By Bob Difley The Wild West was typified in the settling of Arizona as migrants, Civil War veterans, gamblers, gold seekers, missionaries, and flim-flammers headed west to seek their fortune. The town of Prescott – if you can call a hodgepodge of tents and crude cabins a town – became the first territorial capital, and the first governor’s mansion was... Read More

KOA owner laments company’s branding, missed opportunities

By Andy Zipser Owner of Staunton/Walnut Hills, Virginia KOA It comes as no surprise that KOA has decided each of us will have to opt for one of its three “brands” by 2020, “Journey, Holiday or Resort.” Forcing those of us who have resisted this needless market segmentation was inevitable. What is surprising, however, is the amount of effort and... Read More

RV Electricity – Overloaded wires – What’s the big deal?

By Mike Sokol Dear Mike, You’re always warning us about overloaded wiring, but what can really happen if that occurs? Does the overloaded wiring just get hot, or can it actually catch on fire? —Caleb Dear Caleb, While I can quote code chapter and verse from the code book all day long about current ratings, and even produce my own... Read More

Thumbs up – November 2017

Positive comments about products, people and places. Here are some recent “thumbs up” letters or comments we’ve received from readers of RVtravel.com. Great KOAs Two KOA’s that we have found that were out of their way great—Black Bear KOA in Florida, NY and St. Marys’ KOA of North Jacksonville, FL —Jerry • • • More options for pavement overnighting Cabela’s... Read More

RVing will not make you happy

By Tammy Williams How do you like my attention-grabbing title? As Ricky Ricardo said, “Let me ‘splain.” Two and a half years ago, I completely dismantled my perfectly good life. I exited the Rat Race, downsized drastically, and embarked on a journey of travel and discovery. In the months leading up to the metamorphosis, I imagined my new life; there... Read More

Are you smarter than your RV tire salesperson? You may need to be

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble With the Michelin LTX tire, you may need to be smarter than your RV tire salesperson. As an RV owner, I believe that in most cases it is important for us to know as much as possible about our tires. Sometimes this means knowing more about our tires than the average... Read More

Death Valley castle built on a foundation of lies

By Chuck Woodbury DEATH VALLEY, Calif. — In the middle of this vast desert is a castle built on a foundation of lies. Scotty’s Castle is proof that dishonesty can pay. Perhaps no place in America is as infamous as Death Valley. Since its discovery by Western settlers, it’s been typecast as a scorched, rattlesnake-infested expanse of worthless desert. Truth... Read More

Dusty Quartzsite is winter haven for sun-seeking RVers

By Chuck Woodbury You must visit Quartzsite. It’s in the middle of nowhere in the Arizona desert. Technically it’s where I-10 and state route 95 intersect, about 20 miles east of Blythe, California. It’s no place to be in the blazing hot summer unless you’re a lizard. It’s home to 3,600 year-round residents. In the winter, with its abundant sunshine and mild temps,... Read More