More on why trailer tires fail more than tow vehicle tires

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble On a thread on an RV trailer forum Peter made this statement: “At highway speeds interply shear is not as much of an issue, as I understand things.” I posted this reply: Speed itself is not the issue that causes interply shear in radial tires. Two things happen to radials when... Read More

RV Electricity – Does ground size in extension cord matter?

Dear Mike, When I went shopping for a 50-amp extension cord for our 5th wheel, I was surprised (shocked?) to find that they seem to all contain three #6 gauge conductors and one #8 gauge conductor. I’m assuming that the #8 gauge line is the ground. But whether it is ground or neutral, I’m surprised that one of the leads... Read More

RV Mods: Light up those dark places easily and inexpensively

By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old saw “It’s always darkest before the dawn” may apply for some folks, but not around our RV. For us, it’s always darkest when you open the closet door. For some, it may be when you really need to find something in your basement storage area. Yeah, in some of those places, it’s... Read More

Buy an RV without slideouts? Think again

by Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service Considering the purchase of any type of RV without slideouts? Think again! I know, I know. You’re going to tell me slideouts are prone to water leaks – and I’ll tell you, you’re 100 percent correct. Slides have probably done more to destroy the structural integrity of RVs than any other single design change... Read More

“Homeless” who live in RVs are not all the same

By Emily Woodbury It’s a problem much of America is facing: skyrocketing housing costs, abruptly forcing people out of their homes.  Illegally parked RVs are showing up by the thousands parked along streets in neighborhoods across the country. Some of them, as seen in the video below, are occupied by mentally ill people and others with drug addictions. Laura Bliss,... Read More

Forest River RV recalls trailers for wrong circuit breaker

Forest River is recalling certain 2018 Surveyor trailers, models SVT266RLDS, SVT285IKDS, SVT285IKLE, SVT323BHLE, SVT33KRETS, SVT33KRLOK and SVT33KRLTS. The vehicles were built with a circuit breaker that allows more current that the wiring can handle. The incorrect circuit breaker can cause the wiring to melt, increasing the risk of a fire. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a... Read More

How about a desert sea serpent? But wait, there’s more…

By Greg Illes Sprawled across the back lots of Borrego Springs, California, are dinosaurs. And prehistoric camels. Miners, farm workers, battling bighorn sheep and, yes, a monstrous sea serpent – well, to be more precise, a desert serpent. The brown rust of the iron sculptures doesn’t glint in the sun, in fact it blends gently into the desert until you... Read More

Customers shedding teardrops over teardrop trailer debacle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris An Australian RV manufacturer, Gidget Retro Teardrop Campers Pty Ltd. has left its customers in the United States and Australia holding the bag for more than 1.2 million U.S. dollars. The company has announced it has placed itself under “Voluntary Administration,” roughly equivalent to a bankruptcy proceeding. The company produced a modern remake of... Read More