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RV News: Little Guy, RV Lifestyle, RV Parking Bans and RV Safety Warnings

See what caught our attention this week!

We start off with a bit of a wrap up of our current boondocking experience and then share what RV related news caught our eye.

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Interstate RV Sales becomes the latest dealer for Little Guy Trailers! (click link for news source and full article )
**New authorized dealers for Little Guy Max Trailers!!
**Interstate RV Sales makes a donation to KOA Care Camps for every unit they sell!
**KOA Care Camps help children with cancer go to oncology camps For more information check out:
Interstate RV Sales
KOA Care Camps
Little Guy Trailers

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Berkeley City Leaders Ban Overnight Parking: (click link for news source and full article )

Last night, city council leaders in Berkeley, CA got the final approval to move ahead with their Feb 28th vote to ban RV parking on city streets. Effective immediately, RVs will not be allowed to park on city streets between 2am-5am.

This ban is a result of more than 1500 complaints of illegal dumping of trash and human waste as well as lack of parking for local residents.

The council will be working on a permit system that will allow 2 week exemptions for permit holders.

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How Camping has Changed (click link for news source and full article )

Mike Wendland from RV Lifestyle recently interviewed the CEO of KOA, Toby O’Rourke about the current trends in camping. Some of the highlights include:
**35% of campers are millenials
**Millenials camp in groups (8-10).
**72% increase over the last 5 years in individuals camping more than 3 times a year
**More people making reservations online. 48% of KOA’s advance reservations are completed online
**16 new KOA’s opened nationwide last year
**13 new KOA’s are currently being built
**Within 1 year, all KOA’s will be branded either as a Journey, Holiday or Resort designation.

For more information check out:

http://www.KOA.com
http://www.rvlifestyle.com

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RV SAFETY WARNING (click link for news source and full article )

Suiet Hacks, a company dedicated to improving RV Safety has been hard at work trying to inform and correct significant RV safety issues on select Roadtrek and Hymer Aktiv motorhomes for electrical and plumping safety issues.

** ELECTRICAL: They report the inverter/charger has a grounding wire that is 5x too small to effectively ground the RV and prevent “hot skin” condition. (Hot Skin: when the sides of an RV become electrified…potential for person touching the RV to become the ground)

The solution: replace wire with a 6″ heavy gauge wire.
Total cost of parts: $1
Total labor time: 30 minutes

**PLUMBING: Suiet Hacks reports there is an illegal bypass with the water heater in Hymer Activs. Hymer installed a valve on a pipe that was designed to release steam or hot water in the event of excess pressure. If this additional valve is closed, the hot water won’t be able to release the pressure and could rupture.

Cost of parts to update: $125
Estimated labor: 1.5 hours

Other notes…

We mentioned in our video that we have been boondocking at a great site just north of Tucson, Arizona. For more information on the site, check out https://freecampsites.net/#!185426&query=sitedetails

Safe travels,

Russ & Kerry

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Russ & Kerry 

Our Little Guy Max Adventures: An end to a chapter

Join us as we wrap up our time in New Mexico before moving on to Arizona in our Little Guy Max. We spent the majority of the week at Riverside Campground (just south of Caballo State Park) camping in the developed campsites area (no water/electric/sewer).

Bessie the Cow

We had the area pretty much to ourselves, except for our new friend Bessie the cow.

Every morning, she was there waiting to greet us with her big gentle eyes. During the day, she would cross the river and climb high up on the hillside only to return again each evening. Abbey was curious about her at first, but by the end of our stay, barely gave her a second glance. Abbey did, however, find some droppings Bessie left behind and proceeded to roll in it…..so Abbey also got a bath this week!

Generators & Jacks

We took advantage of the time there to show you some of the things that you have been asking about. Because we were dry camping, we ran our generator for a bit each day. Many of you have asked what generator we use – we use an Energizer eZV3200P. As you can see/hear in the video it really is quiet as far as generators go and it takes care of all our needs.

If you have been following us, you may know that we have had issues with our Lippert SmartJack. We decided to just be done with it and replace it with a manual jack – the Ultimate Trailer Jack from Tractor Supply: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/the-ultimate-trailer-jack?cm_vc=-10005.

Harvest Host Time!

For our last night in New Mexico, we treated ourselves to a Harvest Host site: St Clair Winery in Deming, NM. https://stclairwinery.com/ If you ever go there and like sweet wines, get the Mimbres Red. Probably not a recommended pairing, but we also had to get a pizza from Forghedaboudit’s Pizza https://www.fgbpizza.com/ as this is one of Russ’s favorites!

As we passed the welcome sign to Arizona, we couldn’t help but realize that we are about to hit the next chapter of our neverending journey. With excitement we look forward to attending our first RV rally next week and then onward and upward to Alaska!

Safe travels,

Russ & Kerry