RV driving: Understanding grade signs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re new to RVing, or have spent your time in the Midwest flatlands, first hitting mountain country can be a bit of an eye-opener. Those yellow warning signs that talk about a “steep grade,” often accompanied by a percentage number, can be confusing. Road grades seem mysterious at first, but really are simple.…

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Can RV parking under power lines cause a dangerous ‘hot skin’ condition?

  Dear Mike, I’ve been reading about hot-skin voltages on your No-Shock-Zone site for a while and have come up with a really strange one. We unplugged from a campground and drove several hundred miles before pulling into a storage facility. But when I got out and knelt on the wet ground to check my tire pressure and touched the…

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All your trailer brakes should lock up at the same point

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, I have a new Coleman camper that seems to have a brake issue. While it stops okay, one tire seems to lock up first. This happens while adjusting the brake…

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Evaluating 303 Products’ Grill Cleaner and Multi-Surface wipes

  By Bob Difley When I recently reviewed Sta-Bil Rust Stopper, a product from the Gold Eagle Company, I found out that the company had quite a variety of products, many of which were formulated for the automotive industry. I found several products in their 303 brand line (they’ve been formulating products since 1980) that would be of interest to…

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The readers write: From parking lot camping to the RV industry

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s our biweekly compilation of your views on a variety of topics. CAMP WALMART Our reader poll article, How often do you stay overnight at Walmart? drew plenty of feedback. The question we posed, “In a typical month’s time, how often do you RV overnight at Walmart?” Here are the results, as of…

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Keeping cool while boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We are planning a cross-country trip this summer and would like to boondock along the way to avoid campground fees for just sleeping overnight. I’m concerned that without hookups I will not be able to run my air-conditioner while camped in the hot and humid Midwest. Do you…

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