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RV Mods: Don’t let appliance control boards throw you into fits

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Perhaps some of the most mysterious of RV technical issues surround electronically controlled appliances. “Back in the old days,” as some of us recall, we didn’t have fancy control boards on refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters. Of course, “back in the old days” a lot of us had to go outside in the cold... Read More

RV History: From slide-in to type C

By Al Hesselbart In the late 1950s, slide-in pickup truck campers (identified initially as portable camp coaches) grew in popularity as an alternative to trailers or motorhomes since pickup trucks began to be accepted as family transportation and not commercial vehicles. Originally, truck campers were a box covering the bed of the truck into which a cot and a Coleman stove and cooler... Read More

Take a road less traveled through Central Oregon

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’ve taken various routes from our winter camps in Southern California back up to Idaho, usually following the major freeways like Interstates 5 and 84 through Oregon, but this year we would like to find a good but less-traveled route where we can boondock along the way. Do you... Read More

Protect your valuables with AmazonBasics Security Safe

  Whether you’re a fulltimer, leaving for a long vacation, or simply heading out for the weekend, you will likely carry some valuables with you. With the AmazonBasics Security Safe you can experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your prized and important possessions are protected. The compact safe offers a 0.5-cubic-foot capacity that nicely accommodates a wide... Read More

Is RV industry president out of touch with RVers?

By Chuck Woodbury We posted an article earlier this week from a periodical called SGB Executive. It quotes the president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Frank Hugelmeyer.  In the article, Hugelmeyer offers his thoughts about the 2018 North American Camping Report, a survey commissioned by KOA that shows that more than six million new households have taken up... Read More

Distracted driving is deadly driving

By Russ and Tiña De Maris April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Is the situation of such serious concern that it needs its own month? Consider: Every day across the U.S. about nine people die in traffic incidents related to distracted driving – that’s pushing 10 percent of the total auto incident death toll. Yep, about as serious as a... Read More

RV Pet Vet: How to avoid hot dogs (and other hot pets)

Ask the RV Vet With Dr. Deanna Tolliver, M.S., DVM  YourRVvet@gmail.com Dear RV Vet—When the weather warms up, we worry about leaving our dog in the RV. We always set the AC to a comfortable temperature, but worry about a power failure or having a problem with the AC unit not working. We’ve seen where some people have temperature monitors... Read More

Trailer breakaway switch operation, and inverter questions

Dear Gary, I have several questions about the breakaway switch on a travel trailer. First, thank you so much for all of your time at the Hershey Shows. You always go way beyond what is expected to answer questions. My wife, Jayme, and I have attended several of your sessions over the years. I have always learned something from each... Read More