RV Mods: Improve your fire escape-ability

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Steve Barnes, a regular RVtravel.com reader, took to heart one of our RV safety videos that stressed the importance of regularly checking your RV’s egress windows – fire escapes. Steve reports, “I checked my fire escape after one year. A year ago, when it was brand-new, it was jammed.” Steve took it back…

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Phantom electrical loads can spoil your dry-camping adventure

  By Bob Difley 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. Since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to keep up with…

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RV essential tools: Electrical multimeters

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. There are many brands and kinds of multimeters, from inexpensive dollar store specials to Flukes and Extechs. While I’ll refrain from recommending any particular brand or mode, I will make a few recommendations for features.…

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Save money when buying LED lighting for your RV

  By Dave Helgeson Conserving 12 volt power is one of the many fundamentals of becoming a seasoned boondocker. Replacing the incandescent lights in your RV with LED lights is a great start. It’s as easy as changing a light bulb, literally! LED lights draw about one-tenth the amperage of the conventional RV bulbs while providing the same or in…

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RV generator blues: High temps and altitudes

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Traveling in Oregon’s high country in the height of summer may be hazardous to your comfort. Well, actually, traveling anywhere at high altitude, in high temps, if you’re depending on a generator to run your air conditioner, can lead to disappointment. We found this out when at 5,000 feet, and 105 degree weather,…

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Improve your RV life with a scissor jack adapter tool

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he penned while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. I don’t know about you, but one of the setup chores I don’t really like to do is setting the scissor jacks — especially in the rain, or putting them back up when it’s raining…

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RV product “vanished” from store shelf? Here’s help

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Call us old-fashioned. While it seems every product has to undergo at least one “upgrade” every year, we tend to stick with what we know. When we had to replace a computer some time back, we bought the last Windows 7 computer a major electronics retailer had in stock — we have no…

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The readers write: You may not want to hear all of this

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Ugly fiberglass “paint” problems One of our readers wrote asking for help with a fiberglass siding problem — their paint was getting pretty ugly. We wondered how many had the same problem, and it didn’t take long to hear back from many with the same issue. But along with plenty of complaints…

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Full-time RVing — What about your driver’s license?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Planning on embarking on a lifestyle of full-time RVing? There are lots of considerations and details to be worked out, not the least of these is that little card in your wallet — a driver’s license. How does a full-time RVer who, by nature, doesn’t have a “fixed” address get a driver’s license…

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