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