No smoking – especially in shore power connections

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, A couple weekends ago, we were using close to the rated 30-amp draw on our trailer with fridge, water heater, periodic microwave, HVAC, etc., when my son suddenly told me that... Read More

RV Mods: Light up those dark places easily and inexpensively

By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old saw “It’s always darkest before the dawn” may apply for some folks, but not around our RV. For us, it’s always darkest when you open the closet door. For some, it may be when you really need to find something in your basement storage area. Yeah, in some of those places, it’s... Read More

Buy an RV without slideouts? Think again

by Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service Considering the purchase of any type of RV without slideouts? Think again! I know, I know. You’re going to tell me slideouts are prone to water leaks – and I’ll tell you, you’re 100 percent correct. Slides have probably done more to destroy the structural integrity of RVs than any other single design change... Read More

Customers shedding teardrops over teardrop trailer debacle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris An Australian RV manufacturer, Gidget Retro Teardrop Campers Pty Ltd. has left its customers in the United States and Australia holding the bag for more than 1.2 million U.S. dollars. The company has announced it has placed itself under “Voluntary Administration,” roughly equivalent to a bankruptcy proceeding. The company produced a modern remake of... Read More

RV water: How fresh is “fresh” water?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Having your RV sitting in the driveway, “ready to roll” on a spur-of-the-moment trip, is one of the gifts of our lifestyle. Got propane and gas in the tanks? Holding tanks empty? If you keep a few clothes in the rig, some non-perishable food items, and grab whatever else from your house fridge, your... Read More

Keeping spare light bulbs is a bright idea

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a story he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. These days many new RVs come equipped with all LED lighting, which is great. LEDs last a long time and are very energy efficient. The rest of us still have good old-fashioned light bulbs that burn... Read More

Add-on small shelves can organize or display

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It seems like there’s never quite enough “space” for everything in the RV. Sometimes an off-the-wall idea can help. Actually, in this case, it’s an on-the-wall idea. Need a handy spot for small stuff you need beside the bed at night? Tired of knocking pill bottles, glasses or that paperback book off the nightstand?... Read More

Goodyear tires under investigation

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A consumer group is saying Goodyear Tire could be treading on thin ice with the federal government’s safety watchdog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Earlier this month, the agency opened an investigation of complaints concerning Goodyear’s G159 tires, popular among some Class-A motorhome owners. The tires in question were manufactured between 1996... Read More