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William Duff

Chuck, I like your article on surge protectors. It’s something everybody needs to be aware of. I did notice howerver that didn’t mention to purchase an EMS instead of just a surge protector since that will not protect you against low voltage or mis-wired pedestals. There is a new EMS out now made by the people who make the Hughes Autoformer that has an app where you can monitor voltage and more on your phone.


On the fires/firepits. I don’t know that my wife and I, when camping alone, have ever built a fire. Smoke gives her fits and she avoids it at all costs. There’s one KOA where I doubt we’ll ever go back to. There are number of reasons, but one is that the sites are so close together, that if the neighbor built a fire in their fire ring, it would have probably scorched the side of our camper. No thank you.

D. Strope

Good day, re; RVAdvisor article. Attempted to sign up for news letter, and receive msg, about improper ph number, wrong format. Tried three or four different formats and still get msg to follow proper format, yet no example of proper format shows. Frustrated!!


I need some advice. This year we are planning a a 4 or 5 month winter trip to from western Canada to southern Arizona or Southern California.
Given the recent mass shooting in the USA, how safe is the USA to travel or to stay?
We do shop at Walmart and at times may go to a nightclub. We mind our own business and do not carry firearms as living in Canada I feel quite safe.
Any feedback is appreciated.
Many thanks


I’m surprised no one else mentioned this yet… the brake fluid tester featured does NOT check your brake fluid level (fluid vs. air in the sealed system). That one only checks for water content (water mixed into fluid, which shouldn’t happen in a closed system). Ironically, using this tester exposes the fluid to ever more humidity, and removes a tiny amount each test — making the practice of frequent testing exacerbate both problems.


Regarding surge protection and electrical monitoring devices, we too picked one up a couple of years ago and it has probably saved our AC twice already due to low voltage. Quite a few years back some friends of ours had left their motorhome and gone into town, there was a voltage drop and their air conditioners failed. When they returned they found one of their pugs deceased due to the heat and the other had to be rushed to a nearby vet. Luckily that one survived. Ever since then my wife and I don’t trust leaving our dog (also a pug) in the travel trailer alone. Even with the electrical monitoring device.


While in Colorado Utah and Arizona we were told no fires were permitted at all. There were a lot of fire bans in the states we were visiting. Normally we don’t do fire pits because either we can’t get them to burn or just don’t have time for one. I too agree that unless you plan to cook over one? You don’t need one. As for cave dwellings? Our ancestors use to do this. So why not. Sounds like fun.