Renting an RV? Questions to ask first

By RVTravel Staff Not everyone owns an RV — perhaps you’re “sticking your toe in the water” first to determine whether or not to jump in. Here are some questions you should ask before renting a recreational vehicle, as reported in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine (along with some suggestions of our own): 1. Which type of RV is right for me? Motorhome?…

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Looking for a campground? Think alternatives

By Bob Difley Traveling unfamiliar territory and need a place to put up for the night? Pull out your Trailer Life or Woodall’s Campground Directory and find one, right? Or there’s always the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds that will point you to the fanciest of amenity-filled RV resorts or a near-the-freeway overnight mom-and-pop campground with easy in…

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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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