Kidde recalls 5 million combination smoke/CO alarms

  From United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, November 10, 2016: Approximately 5.1 million Kidde NightHawk combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms sold in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled. The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working.... Read More

Forest River, Holiday Rambler issue RV recalls

  Forest River is recalling certain model year 2017 Dynamax Isata motorhomes, models ISC24FWM, ISC24RWM, ISC35DBD and ISC36DSD, manufactured May 19, 2016, to October 19, 2016. The affected vehicles may be missing a securing cable tie on the rubber grommet for the copper liquid propane (LP) gas line, allowing liquid propane to enter the cabin. If the rubber grommet is... Read More

Snowbird RVers can get DSL or cable Internet service

  By Chris Guld, We’ve written a lot of articles here about how RV travelers can get Internet service.  All the options are some type of wireless service (Wi-Fi, Cellular, Satellite) because there is no wire that stretches with your RV down the road! But wired is almost always better than wireless, it’s more reliable, it’s usually faster, *and*... Read More

Getting the RV ready for winter storage

  Getting the RV ready for winter storage and protecting it from weather-related issues By Gary Bunzer For many RVers who live in northern regions where freeze warnings, wind chill, and snow will soon become common verbiage heard on the local weather forecasts, late October and early November typically signal the end of the travel season for many RVers. That... Read More

Mod that wet bed so it stays dry!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris When you think of mods and upgrades, you may think “big” or “techy!” Well, here’s one that’s less dramatic in approach, but could give you real comfort, particularly if you’re a winter RVer. We RVers sometimes suffer an obnoxious — and health hazardous — problem: water condensation under the bed mattress. Most often... Read More

Lube your slideout?

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor. Dear Chris, We own a 2011 Coachmen Mirada 29DS. The DS means that it has double slides: one for the bedroom, and the other for the living area. How often do I need... Read More

Did RVers buy “too much” motorhome?

  Dear RV Shrink: I think we bought too much motorhome. It makes my husband nervous to drive. He’s always saying, “I just want to park this sucker.” We are now headed south for the winter and he will only drive on interstate highways, stay in commercial campgrounds with pull-thru sites and use truck-stop-sized gas stations. Today was our most... Read More

How to keep your tanks, water lines from freezing

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris With cold weather arriving soon, one RVer asks: “How can I keep my tanks and water lines from freezing up in cold weather?” It’s a good question, and one we learned about early in our RVing days when we woke up one frosty morning to find our water line looked like an icicle.... Read More

Make plug-in electric heaters safer with SmartPlug

  By Bob Difley Portable heaters are a convenient way to ward off the season’s chill, but these devices increase amperage loads that poorly maintained electrical systems can’t handle. SmartPlug Systems, maker of the revolutionary SmartPlug, offers tips to identify potential safety hazards in a shore power system, and ways to safeguard against overheating and possible fire. With a traditional... Read More