How do I test my propane leak detector?

By Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service People have asked me: “How do I test my propane leak detector?” The short answer is: Most detectors cannot be reliably tested. Some detectors even come with directions noting attempted testing will void the detector warranty. The reason you can’t simply spray propane or butane at the detector is straightforward. Detectors are designed to sample…

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Swing your wall heater out for better coverage

By Greg Illes We’ve been running non-fan-driven heaters for quite a while now, for all the well-known reasons: outstanding propane efficiency, zero battery usage, silent operation. We’ve used ceramic heaters like Mr. Heater, but those have altitude limitations, and we switched over to a true catalytic heater, the Wave from Olympian. But whether the units were ceramic or catalytic, we…

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Not all TPO roofing is created equal

[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.] In 2011, some RV manufacturers started using new formulations of TPO (thermoplastic olefin) roofing material that has come into the RV marketplace. To stay on top of…

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How to prevent your solar panels from being stolen

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Reports from around the sunny side of the nation show that theft of solar panels is on the increase. Some brazen thieves are marching into yards and removing the precious panels from sticks and bricks homes, but RV solar panels are attractive as well. If you’ve purchased a solar panel, you know they’re an…

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Blacktop boondocking etiquette

By Rene Agredano From WalMart parking lots to visitor centers, asphalt camping is still allowed in most towns across America. However, property owners are increasingly prohibiting it thanks to the bad etiquette of sloppy RVers. To keep this overnight parking option alive, always practice good manners such as: Remain Inconspicuous. Remember, you’re staying overnight, not setting down roots. Locate the…

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Traffic accident? Your cell phone camera could save the day

Traffic accident overtake you? First, make sure everyone is safe and that medical assistance isn’t needed. Then there’s the big paper exchange. Do you know the whats  — and hows —  of information exchange? It’s a snap — literally. Most cell phone cameras have a high enough resolution to make recording paperwork images a natural. And when your adrenaline is…

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