For your generator’s good health — excercise it!

By Onan Generators Do diesel generators need exercising like gasoline generators? Yes, regular exercise helps lubricate the seals and engine components and keeps carbon from building up. Regular exercise also heats up the generator windings and removes or expels excess moisture. In sets equipped with brushes, exercising helps prevent corrosion buildup on the slip rings. How often should I run... Read More

Hitch your trailer without help with magnetic hitch alignment kit

Are you sometimes frustrated that you have to distract your co-pilot just to hook up your trailer? If you could do it yourself — every time — wouldn’t that be a great skill to master? Luckily it doesn’t take great skill to master the one-person hitch-up. Camco’s Magnetic Hitch Alignment Kit is designed for one-person hook-up on the first try... Read More

New RVer asks: What do camp site length restrictions mean?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris “We are transitioning from tent camping to towing a travel trailer this year. We will be towing a 19.5′ travel trailer with a 19′ pickup truck. The overall length being approximately 38.5′. Does the RV length limit listed for a campground (especially national parks) include the tow vehicle and the travel trailer?” Here’s a... Read More

Tools for RVers: IMPELtronics flashlight

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician Having a good flashlight in an RV is important, and even a couple of flashlights that serve different purposes is a good idea. Sometimes a flashlight can serve more than one purpose, as is the case with the IMPELtronics magnetic flashlight. Ideal for your RV toolbox, this 4-LED flashlight has magnets on each end:... Read More

RV Gadget: keyless lock system by Lippert Components

Many of us have become accustomed to remote control and keyless locks on our cars, but aside from high-end motorhomes that option hasn’t been available for RVs. Recently, Lippert Components introduced the RV Lock keyless lock system for travel trailers and fifth wheels that allows for an easy upgrade to keyless and keypad entry. The battery-powered lock system is a... Read More

Will you spend a day getting your RV ready for the season?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Being a “tech guy” in RV land can be both a punishment and a reward. People always have questions (which I welcome, by the way) about their RVs, and they range from the newest technologies to all kinds of how-to questions. Most of the time I can give a helpful answer, which is rewarding.... Read More