RV Mods: Keep the chill from climbing in your window

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When my feet hit the deck one morning in the old RV, I knew something was decidedly wrong. Even with a bit of neuropathy, my sensors indicated that it was one COLD Arizona morning. The recording thermometer confirmed it: 24 degrees in Quartzsite. Yes, folks, it does sometimes get a wee bit on the…

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Is it safe to camp in a desert wash?

By Bob Difley Setting up your boondocking campsite in a desert wash is considered by many RVers to be foolhardy and should be avoided. Many real-life stories circulate about hikers being washed away in flash floods, and boulders, trees and splintered RVs tumbling down washes ahead of a raging torrent. But these tales do not in themselves prove that every…

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Paying an RV park for power? Read your meter!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Spend any amount of time in a commercial RV park and you’re apt to get a power bill. Since power is expensive anywhere, it’s a bitter pill for RVers when they are often presented with a bill for rates higher than the locals pay. We’ve all heard the “Cost of reading the meter,” “Administrative…

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Find RV roof leaks? Here’s what’s next

Editor’s note: This information is provided by roof membrane manufacturer Dicor. While there’s plenty of “promotion” for their product included, some of the information and principles may be of assistance to our readers. RV roof sealant repair and touch-up is a key part of roof maintenance that most people can do with a bit of care. Given the way your…

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How to avoid damaging slides when leveling an RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris So what’s the correct way to level your rig without damaging the slides — before or after they are extended? The safest (and most warranty-wise) answer: “Do what your rig’s manual tells you.” Here’s a lift from a Keystone manual: “The recreational vehicle must be level to avoid binding the slide-rooms. Remember, stabilizing jacks…

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Camping World cuts off the competition — again

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a move that might be viewed as a “don’t let the door hit you on the way out,” National RV Supply Company, a major wholesale RV parts and supply distributor, has shut down sales to the public. Evidently “the public” includes RV dealers who’ve come to depend on the outfit for getting parts…

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Reader questions: Making the tow vehicle safer

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Reader Mike Connolly writes in with this question: I have a question maybe you can help me with. I just bought a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab, 5.7 liter hemi v-8 395 horsepower 8 spd tranny with a Class 4 receiver. It has a tow assist inside the cab, and I’m looking at…

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Winter boondocking – time to prepare “electrically”

By Bob Difley We’re well on the way to winter. Depending on how weird the warming planet skews the weather, you may be spending more days in the northern climes as days stay hotter longer before winding down to shorter days and a chillier autumn climate. Then again, old man weather may decide he’s tortured us with enough consecutive hot…

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Winter is almost here – Time to prep that RV!

Courtesy of Dicor [Editor’s note: This information is provided by roof membrane manufacturer Dicor. While there’s plenty of “promotion” for their product included, some of the information and principles may be of assistance to our readers.] Fall is a great time for RVing. The air is crisp and cool, and the leaves are changing every shade of yellow, orange and…

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