RVtravel.com making progress promoting RVers’ rights

From editor Chuck Woodbury Dear Reader, We at RVtravel.com continue to do all we can to spread the word on important issues affecting RVers, those that are ignored by other periodicals or websites with influence. Our main focus is alerting the mainstream media to these issues, forcing the profit-obsessed executives in the RV industry to take notice and do something.... Read More

RV shipments hit record high in September

RVs continue to roll out of factories at a record pace according the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The association’s September survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments totaled 43,598 units, an increase of 29.4% over the 33,704 units shipped last September. September 2017 shipments are the best September on comparable record. RV wholesale shipments have climbed to 378,006 units through... Read More

Would you pay $70 to enter a National Park?

The National Park Service is proposing to raise entry fees to $70 in some of America’s most popular National Parks. The increased fees, the park says, would help pay for badly needed infrastructure improvements such as roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms and other visitor services. The new fees would apply to private vehicles in peak season, jumping from current rates of... Read More

Viair portable air compressor does the job!

Andy Pargh, the Gadget Guru, demonstrates the Viair 400P portable air compressor. The small compressor will fool you as it’s a fraction of the size of a typical air compressor but has enough power to inflate a full-size motorhome tire. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury travels with a similar model and loves it. In this 14-minute video, Andy thoroughly explains the unit... Read More

Electric RV heating system auto-adjusts to available power

RV Comfort Systems of Bothell, Wash., has debuted a new “Two Stage 30/50 Add-on Kit” for its new and existing all-electric RV furnace and hybrid systems. The kit will allow RVers to upgrade their system to operate automatically on either 30- or 50-amp shore power. With the kit installed, the heater will automatically know whether an RV is plugged into... Read More

Forest River recalls some Coachmen Express travel trailers

Forest River is recalling 594 model year 2013-2014 Coachmen Freedom Express RVs. The frames on the trailers may not have had reinforcement stiffeners welded onto the exterior I-Beam in the axle area, allowing the axles to be misaligned. The frame supplier, Lippert Components, Inc., indicated that based on manufacturing records it did not install the chassis stiffener from February 1,... Read More

My letter to an RV industry association leader

By Chuck Woodbury EDITOR I emailed this Tuesday to James Ashurst, the Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). RVIA represents 98 percent of the RV manufacturers in America, watching out for their interests. Mr. Ashurst responded on Friday. Read his comments here. I wrote: Dear James, Is RVIA aware of the crowded conditions... Read More

Do you use an EMS/Smart surge protector on your RV?

Many RVers use a basic surge protector when they hook up their RV to shore power. The more advanced surge protectors are sometimes called an EMS, which means Electrical Management System. Some of these “Smart” EMS surge protectors are built right into an RV, while others like those shown below plug into a power pedestal, and then the RV’s electrical... Read More