SmartPlug connector reduces fire/electrocution problems

By Bob Difley As part of its ongoing product evolution, SmartPlug Systems has incorporated several upgrades into its 30A connector. The BF30 30A Retro-fit Connector ushers in a new standard of safety for boat and RV owners. Changes to the BF30 30A Retro-fit Connector are all internal. The improvements incorporate the same proven technology which has been used for several... Read More

RV and RV-related recalls for May 2016

WASHINGTON: Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for May 2016 and related equipment we feel are of interest to our readers. This information has been gleaned from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This is NOT a complete list of all vehicles and related equipment recalled. UNITED STATES RECALLS RECREATION VEHICLES Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is... Read More

Seat belt laws in 50 states

Traffic Safety Trends: State Legislative Action 2015 © 2016 National Conference of State Legislatures By Anne Teigen, Douglas Shinkle and Amanda Essex Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2015; Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 2015. Editor: The following is an excerpt from the above publication. Occupant Protection According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are a... Read More

Not wearing gloves while dumping? Big mistake!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In this day of fastidiousness and the injection of antibacterial chemicals in nearly every product, there’s a strange movement out there: Dumping holding tanks with your bare hands. We’ve sometimes wondered why anyone would take on this bacteriological nightmare without protection. From those that don’t, we sometimes hear the excuse, “It’s just too much... Read More

RV water heater won’t stay lit. RVer asks for help

This is a question from a reader to Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, when he was our technical editor   Dear Chris,My automatic ignition hot water heater in our motor home ignites but won’t stay on. It tries several times and then quits. Any suggestions? —Don   Dear Don, This is a result of the control board not sensing the flame,... Read More

Good and bad news about prescription refills on the road

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Not long ago, we ran a video tip showing how easy it is to get drug prescription refills while traveling. The upshot of the video was to simply carry your pill bottles with you, and when you get close, take them to a pharmacy wherever you are, and ask the local pharmacist to have... Read More

Norcold refrigerators recalled for spontaneously catching fire

(May 30, 2016) — We’ve told you about this before, but this is so important it’s worth another reminder. Many RV refrigerators manufactured by Norcold between Jan 1, 2002 and Oct. 1, 2012 have spontaneously caught fire with often devastating results. An attorney for a one-billion dollar class action suit filed by Norcold refrigerator owners estimated in 2015 that three... Read More

Beware of battery-draining phantom loads

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Phantom loads are electrical connections to your batteries that continually draw power, however small. Loads that are run off the house batteries will not be a problem as they are slight and since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to... Read More