Big recall on Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 trucks

Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 117,000 model year 2015-2017 F-150 and  2017 F-250 and F-350 trucks equipped with a crew cab. The left rear inflatable seat belt buckle assembly may be inadequately attached to its mounting bracket. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 210, “Seat Belt... Read More

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 810

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 17th year of continuous publication, is funded primarily through advertising and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! Issue 810 • Week of September 9–15, 2017 SHOP AT AMAZON and help support this newsletter! If you shop at, would you please visit there... Read More

How to safely, quickly and easily hitch a travel trailer

This excellent nine-minute video was recently posted by our friend and now contributor Gyro Gearloose (aka Wolfe Rose). If you use a sway bar, keep in mind that each end of the sway bar MUST have the appropriate hitch pin installed after the sway bar is popped onto the knob on the trailer and truck; otherwise, it will fail... Read More

Basic voltage measurements at a campground pedestal

  I just had a phone call from a nervous camper that went something like this: Hey Mike, Guess I should have read your columns more closely, but just what are the lowest and highest voltage readings acceptable at a campground pedestal? —Chuck Chuck, it does get a bit confusing at times since the acceptable voltage in the U.S. has... Read More

Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly

Okay, it’s sewer hose education 101 time. Here are three RV sewer hoses spotted at RV parks. Our panel of sewer hose experts commented on each setup. Their conclusions: This is a good hose setup. It’s sloped nicely for good flow. The hose is off the ground, which is a requirement in some states. So the owner of this hose... Read More

Shower door sags — baffles RVer

  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, With reference to a sagging shower door in a 5th wheel, it’s not readily apparent how you would fix this.  Any suggestions? —Robert N. Dear Robert, This is in need... Read More

Avoid little RVing disasters to reduce marital conflict

  Dear RV Shrink: We just tore the TV antenna off our rig. My husband blamed me immediately. I read the manual that came with our fifth-wheel and it doesn’t say anywhere, “Wife is supposed to crank TV antenna down before leaving campground.” I could have reminded him that he was the last one to watch TV, but I didn’t.... Read More

Are you a flasher? LumiSign makes it easy

  By Bob Difley LumiSign – The custom color license plate frame that lights up automatically / Installs in seconds / No wires / One frame, endless possibilities with interchangeable inserts. Do you remember when changeable signs that could flash messages to other drivers were popular a few decades ago? LumiSign has come up with the 2017 version: a light-up... Read More