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DENNIS GRATKE
DENNIS GRATKE

Related to the Hot Skin/Pedestal Issue; I researched RVing for years, getting ready to go Full Timing! Bought my motorhome. Went to local RV park in WI for the initial test run. Plugged into 50 amp. It was hot so I turned on my two 15 amp A/C’s. After several hours I noticed that the MH electrical was acting funny. I went to the RV Park office to ask “if they are having electrical problems as my 50 amp was acting up”. They said “we do not have 50 amp, only 30 amp.” I said “well I’m plugged into 50… Read more »

Mike Sokol

So was this a single leg of 30-amp/120-volt power jumped to both legs of the 50-amp outlet? Or was it two separate legs of 30-amp/120-volt power which adds up to 60-amps total? I’m guessing just a single leg of 30-amp power which is 3,600 watts of power compared to the 12,000 watts of power available from a true 50-amp outlet wired as two legs of 120/240-volts with 50-amps on each leg.

livingboondockingmexico
livingboondockingmexico

Reading the letter from the RV Shrink regarding the husband who didn’t change clothes brought to mind a small beef I’ve had for years. Rvers who don’t bathe regularly. We talk about our experiences of meeting new people and that we may not see them again or not meet up for some time to come. Then why on Earth wouldn’t someone bathe regularly? It is your first impression and maybe your last with those new found friends. Besides that, there is nothing worse than standing behind someone at a museum display who has sour hair and sharp body odor. Get… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K

I hate it when a story is linked to a newspaper article and the paper wants you to subscribe “ pay” to read it. Such as the museum article about the Sisemores.

RV Staff

Me too! But some online news sources limit the number of free articles you can read and then they require you to pay to subscribe to read any more. If you haven’t reached your limit of free articles, however, sometimes you can just click anywhere on the page outside of the popup box and it will take you back to the article. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

JC
JC

I was very sorry to read that Dr. Deanna Tolliver would no longer be contributing articles on pet care/issues and other topics. Her articles were always very well-written, informative, and timely; she will definitely be missed.

Teresa
Teresa

I must say that We have found The Pet Vet Dr. Deanna’s articles information and useful to us as we travel with pets. I will miss her articles very much. I wish her well.

With that said….can we find a replacement? Just hoping…..

Jillie
Jillie

I am not a vet but have been thru almost everything with dogs for the past 25 years. Name it been there. If I don’t know? I can find out or ask readers to submit their experiences. Just a thought.

John Hiler
John Hiler

Just insist that all RV’s have the right-wrong, Green-Red signal on the water-sewer console for correct plug in power. Not even a big deal in todays electronic world.
And yes, you should be able to stay at Wal Mart free. Local taxpayers subsidise every single Wal Mart and the Billionair + walton family with local property taxes that pay for employee health care, housing, food stamps, child care, school lunches…Yes they owe it to the taxpayers…

BD2
BD2

Sorry John, I have to disagree with the Walmart statement. People have abused parking in many locations to the point that everybody paid the price with NO PARKING occurring. Beside the truly ugly messes, they squat for periods of time [, awnings out, grills on like they do in fact own the place]. If we want to keep using Walmart. After all it is a business sight built for profit and not a free RV park.

Sherman Johnson
Sherman Johnson

Excellent post John! You’re absolutely correct about Walmart sucking up the corporate welfare.

I agree that under the circumstances Walmart should allow RVers to park overnight, but I also agree with “BD2” that those who do so should abide by any reasonable rules and guidelines Walmart might have.

In short, it’s a 2-way street.

Bob Pulliam
Bob Pulliam

No private property owner OWES YOU anything, that would be like saying because I have a permanent parking place in my backyard and also 50 amp service at the front of my garage for when we are loading/unloading the RV that your are entitled to use my hook ups.

Dave bartram
Dave bartram

I love your idea of free campsites when on the road. I was wandering though why you chose 50 amp supplies. Isn’t 30 amp more common? And 50 amp can be reduced down for an overnight.
Please keep up the great work

Judy
Judy

I have questions about the Stray Voltage Patrol. Are these people specifically trained certified electricians and qualified to test campground pedestals and possess the proper equipment? Do they just come to a park and start testing or do they alert the park of their presence and intent? Are they going to inform the park owners of their findings or just publish a list without notifying the park? Do these people realize the damage they could do to a park’s business by reporting false readings and making them public? We do our own

Chuck Woodbury

Judy, nobody will touch anything to test. With a non-contact voltage tester you only need to be close to an unsafe pedestal or an RV with a “hot skin condition.” We have things figured out pretty well, nobody will be messing with any equipment and we won’t publicize a dangerous situation at a campground until we are confident that there is a problem.– Chuck

Mike Sokol

Judy, not to fear. I’m working out a protocol that will protect campgrounds from false positives, as well as only allow trained professionals to do deep testing with the campground owner’s permission. At the basic and intermediate levels you’ll only be allowed to test your own pedestal with a meter and other pedestals with a Non-Contact Voltage Tester, which means you don’t even have to TOUCH the RV with a probe to find a stray voltage. And yes, the first thing all SVP members will be required to do is notify the park of the problem. We’ll check back with… Read more »

Sherman Johnson
Sherman Johnson

Hi Mike, There is no reason for you to remember, but we met several years ago at Sun Motor Company during SprinterFest East (yes I have the t-shirt and coincidentally I’m currently wearing it!) I helped you load up your van (OK, I might have watched you load it) and we talked some about your gig teaching people to operate PA equipment. I’m very interested in the Stray Voltage Patrol project. I’ve actually found a few wiring issues along the way. One was a 120V outlet with the hot and neutral reversed. I can’t recall the park, but they fixed… Read more »

Mike Sokol

Sherman Johnson, yes I do remember you. Didn’t you win a Fluke VoltAlert from me?

Roy Ellithorpe
Roy Ellithorpe

Judy, you should read (and comprehend) the article before responding! It was VERY clear about permissions and publishing.

Richard Warnke
Richard Warnke

Concerning the article: “Make your own potato chips!”

Did you read the reviews on Amazon? All three (when I checked) sure make it sound like the product is not worth the cost or worthwhile in general.

Larry Pate
Larry Pate

I really like the app idea, we run into that problem all the time. That’s one we would pay for. We have been on road so many times trying to either get in a Walmart because camps are full.
Thanks
Larry and Tammy Pate

Greg Rennier
Greg Rennier

Chuck, I’m intrigued by your plans to open RV parks. What type of help are you wanting? I have marketing experience and good general problem solving skills.

Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson

Chuck: I read your newsletter every week and sincerely appreciate all the good info you and your staff pass along. I know the newsletter supports and benefits from Amazon.com and yes I do have my shortcut to Amazon linked to the news letter. You always have a paragraph telling folks about Amazon’s “Today’s Deals” and thought I would tell you about something even better. After you click on that link, there is another link of sub categories of deals and one of them is “Warehouse Deals” The items here are all open box, mostly returned items. They are usually 30%… Read more »

Ray
Ray

I have been a reader of your great online magazine for many years. As of yet I have not subscribed. As I was reading this weeks issue I decided to send in my volunteer subscription but something I never experienced before started happening. The advertisements on the sides started popping into the way of the artical I was trying to read, this became very annoying. I hope this is not something that will continue. I enjoy reading your articals very much and think you provide a great service to the RVing public. I especially like Mike Sokols articals. I’m looking… Read more »

Terry Besterfeldt
Terry Besterfeldt

If still in Wisconsin and have time, check out The House on the Rock. A bit off the beaten path but well worth the stop. You can look at their website, but it doesn’t begin to describe the variety of this attraction. You can spend hours inside and still not see everything. In fact, if you go, plan on spending several hours. I believe I spent more time here than in any of the Smithsonian museums. Highly, highly recommend.

Tom Fitch
Tom Fitch

Better yet, visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Taliesin” home near Spring Green. Not too far from House on the Rock.

Robert N. Cordy
Robert N. Cordy

X2! The “House” is the most unique place we have visited in over 50 years of US and overseas traveling!