RV Mods: Key helper makes compartment access a breeze

By Jim Twamley Jim Twamley’s writings were a favorite among our readers for many years. Jim’s health finally forced him to “hang up the keys,” but we like to dip into the archives and pull out pertinent “oldies” to share. Here’s one of them: One time we were RVing at the Oregon coast, and while visiting a local store I... Read More

Not-so-happy camper jacks customer needs help

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 have a camper with electric HappiJac camper jacks controlled by a remote attached to an expandable cord, and when I hit the up/down button all I get is a click... Read More

RV quick tricks: Substitute GPS mounting “hardware”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris My, how the times have changed – stacks of those infernally-hard-to-refold road maps have given way to a simple electronic device. For those who used to think that the patron saint of travelers was Saint Christopher now know it’s “Our Lady of the Dashboard.” But if the old hassle of “refolding that confounded map”... Read More

RV fluorescent lights gone dim – What gives?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris An RVer who was hooked up to shore power reported a sudden “dimness” in his fluorescent lights. Then a short time later, they simply failed to turn on. Meantime, his incandescent lamps were shining away brilliantly. At first he wondered if it might be a ballast or tube issue, but since the problem was afflicting ALL... Read More

Nevada RVing: When you can’t find a Walmart

By Dave Helgeson With only a dozen or so municipalities containing a Walmart or two within their city limits, finding a suitable parking lot for a complimentary overnight stay in Nevada is not as easily done as the more populous states. Conveniently, NDOT (Nevada Department of Transportation) stockpiles gravel about every ten miles or so along many of its highways.... Read More

RV levelers — What maintenance?

  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, We spend six months as snowbirds in Florida near Orlando.  The jacks are down for the full six months. Do the shafts need to be lubricated and retracted during the... Read More

RV dirty laundry!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Politicians loathe it because somehow, it always comes out. RVers fight with it, because in a tight space, where do you put it? What is it? Dirty laundry! Where to put the dirty laundry until wash day rolls around. If someone could come up with a “one size fits all solution” they could... Read More

Feds back-step on propane inspection rules

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris In early February we brought out a “heads-up” notice to RVers who use “portable” LP cylinders. These are Department of Transportation-certified cylinders, commonly used on travel trailers, fifth wheels and truck campers. Motorhome LP tanks use a different certification method, and weren’t the owners we were reaching out to. At that time we... Read More