RV Mods: Quiet that noisy water pump

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers away from “city water” connections sometimes complain of a noise when using the RV water system. They may not be used to the sounds produced by the RV water pump; other times there are genuine issues that can often be resolved to bring quiet back when running water. “Demand” water pump systems —... Read More

Are all RV power adapters created equal?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A regular reader sent us this interesting question: “I bought a popup camper a few years back that had the various plug adapters included. Last year I sold the popup and purchased a travel trailer, but kept those electrical adapters. Here is my question: Can electrical adapters be as safe as a dog bone... Read More

Glove up for RV dumping

By Jim Twamley I used to empty my sewer tanks bare handed. I didn’t like wearing the traditional type dish gloves because they are too bulky and I wasn’t crazy about latex gloves because they would easily tear. A few years ago I was strolling down the aisles at Harbor Freight (a tool store) when I noticed nitrile disposable gloves.... Read More

Rubber roof issues: Reglue, Eternabond, or both?

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, I need to reseal the seam where the plastic trim of the roof top outer edge of the bedroom slide meets the EPDM roof. The roof material is not stuck down... Read More

Where can you get your portable LP cylinder requalified?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Last week, we published news regarding changes made to portable propane cylinder requirements. Again, let’s stress the fact that these new federal regulation changes apply only to PORTABLE propane cylinders – the ones typically found on travel trailers, fifth wheels and truck campers. They DO NOT apply to permanently mounted tanks found on... Read More

The readers write: Gray water, night lights, and more

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s our semi-monthly digest of reader commentary. Keep ’em coming! Keeping that gray water valve closed Most RVers keep their black water locked up until their tank is almost full. Doug Swarts from Drainmaster.com, our doo-doo specialist, recommended the same be true for the gray water, too. We got plenty of feedback... Read More

New federal regulations have some effect on RVers

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris News floating around the Internet of late may have made it sound as if RVers have new rules about propane cylinder inspections. One source put it this way: “As a result, cylinders must be requalified by proof pressure or volumetric expansion testing every 10 years instead of every seven or 12 years.” On... Read More

BLM boondocking tips to keep you out of trouble

  By Bob Difley Most boondockers know about the BLM’s Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) near popular snowbird locations in Southern California and Arizona. But boondocking is also permitted on most BLM land, even if it is not a designated camping or dispersed camping area. The rule as it now exists allows you to camp/boondock anywhere on BLM land unless... Read More