Manually overriding the RV’s slideout system

Dear Gary, I have a 2011 Jayco trailer with a slide. The owner’s manual states that the slide can be manually operated in an emergency but doesn’t say how. Could you help me with this? —Paul G. Here you go Paul … MANUALLY OVERRIDING YOUR SLIDEOUT SYSTEM Your Power Gear slideout system is equipped with a manual override that allows... Read More

RV and RV-related recalls for January 2018

Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for January 2018 and related equipment we feel are of interest to our readers. This information has been gleaned from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This is NOT a complete list of all vehicles and related equipment recalled. Tank Sensors Reading Full? Restore them overnight with Caravan Sensor Cleaner Caravan’s... Read More

RV Electricity – Odds and ends

Everyone, There have been so many interesting developments in the last week that I’ve decided to cover several important ones in this column. So buckle up and let’s get to it …. Test voltage before plugging into shore power! Chuck is always on the lookout for important postings on other forums (where does he find the time?) and here’s one... Read More

Tire failure could have been prevented with TPMS

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble This tire failure was not a “blowout,” but definitely was a Run Low Sidewall Flex failure. The cause was not having a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). I read the following on an RV trailer forum: “BOOM, it happened again; however, this time it was with the upgraded Maxxis tires. It... Read More

RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 3

Issue 3 • January 28, 2018 Brought to you as a public service by RVtravel.com. Support comes from our sponsors, advertisers and the contributions of readers, who believe that an educated RVer is a safe, happy RVer. Please consider supporting our efforts with a voluntary subscription. Subscribe to one of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. Dear Readers, Many... Read More

Couple “out of sync” for volunteer time commitment at NPS

Dear RV Shrink: My wife and I felt we needed to change things up a bit in our travel routine so we decided to try volunteering at the National Parks. I don’t really want to be a campground host and find some of the citizen science projects or trail maintenance more appealing. My wife likes to participate in the visitor... Read More

More on why trailer tires fail more than tow vehicle tires

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble On a thread on an RV trailer forum Peter made this statement: “At highway speeds interply shear is not as much of an issue, as I understand things.” I posted this reply: Speed itself is not the issue that causes interply shear in radial tires. Two things happen to radials when... Read More

RV Electricity – Does ground size in extension cord matter?

Dear Mike, When I went shopping for a 50-amp extension cord for our 5th wheel, I was surprised (shocked?) to find that they seem to all contain three #6 gauge conductors and one #8 gauge conductor. I’m assuming that the #8 gauge line is the ground. But whether it is ground or neutral, I’m surprised that one of the leads... Read More