How to winterize an RV washer/dryer combo

  Dear RV Doctor: Please tell me the best way to winterize a washer/dryer combo. Thanks! —Jack O. Dear Jack: That’s what I like Jack: short and to the point! You can’t get any more direct than that! The simplest procedure that works best with all washer/dryer combos is to simply drain all the water from the machine and turn... Read More

Is surge protector’s reading sufficient to be safe from “hot skin”?

  RV Electricity with Mike Sokol Dear Mike, Thank you so much for your discussion of “hot skin.” I recently got a shock touching my small trailer and found out I had a bad extension cord. A question: I use a surge protector between shore power and my trailer. The protector claims to detect lack of power, reversed polarity, open... Read More

Trail-Lite RV has pump and electrical issues

  Dear Gary, I recently purchased a 2007 R-Vision Trail-Lite RV. I live in Iowa and am trying to winterize it but when I put the RV antifreeze in, I can’t get it to circulate throughout the system. Am I doing something wrong or do you think I have a bad pump? The owner’s manual has very sparse information. I... Read More

Kidde recalls 5 million combination smoke/CO alarms

  From United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, November 10, 2016: Approximately 5.1 million Kidde NightHawk combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms sold in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled. The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working.... Read More