Beware of battery-draining phantom loads

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Phantom loads are electrical connections to your batteries that continually draw power, however small. Loads that are run off the house batteries will not be a problem as they are slight and since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to... Read More

Can you seal over old RV roof sealant?

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,When inspecting the roof on my Rockwood travel trailer I have noticed some areas of sealant that cause some slight concern, such as cracking. Am I able to apply new sealant over... Read More

RV group FMCA headed to wild west town next March

(May 25, 2016 — Members of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization of motorhome owners, will make its way to the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, March 7 through 10, 2017 for its 95th International Convention. “FMCA hasn’t hosted an international event in Arizona in several decades, so we are excited to be making... Read More

RVer asks about plugging 30 amp RV into 50 amp service

A question from an reader to Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor. Dear Gary,Our motorhome has 30 amp service. We’ll be camping in the near future but the site has 50 amp service. I have a 50 amp to 30 amp dogbone adapter but a 30-amp surge protector. Can I place the surge protector after the 50 amp to 30... Read More

Free camping along the Colorado River near Quartzsite

By Russ and Tiña De Maris With summer coming along soon, the snowbirds have flown their winter “coop” in Quartzsite. Yes, the weather is actually warming up, and for those who can’t stand much above 80 degrees, it is time to flee northward. But what about those who are a bit more heat tolerant? Not far west from Quartzsite, the... Read More

Save money at RV surplus and salvage yards

By Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician Sad to say, RVs are a lot like cars: As they bounce down the road of life, they wear and tear, and sooner or later you’ve got to replace something. And like cars, parts aren’t usually cheap. But here’s a little secret that many don’t know about RVs: Like cars, you don’t always have... Read More

RV slideout “topper” awning sagging. What to do?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician Chris Dougherty received this question from an reader when he was our technical editor. Dear Chris,The awning over my slide out is sagging on one end, the other end is tight as both ends should be. Is there a way to adjust the tension on the end of the awning? -Jim Wiles Dear... Read More