Use an engine monitor to drive safer and cheaper

By Greg Illes In 1996, the U.S. auto manufacturers began adhering to (another) new standard. This time it was the Onboard Diagnostic Port, or OBD interface to the engine electronics. This port (since evolved to OBD-2) allowed access to a host of engine parameters, from water temperature to fuel flow and other critical operating numbers. The OBD also reads the... Read More

Stretch your battery endurance with LED lighting

By Greg Illes Back in the late ’90s, small, unknown companies were about to make electronic history. New developments heralded a sea of change in the LED lighting market and the world of lighting overall. In succeeding years, bright LED lights have worked their way into every realm of artificial light, from flashlights to traffic signals and even outdoor video... Read More

Tuck some drawers under your dinette for small-item organization

By Greg Illes Every once in a while, you run across a really handy little accessory that makes RV life just a little bit better. Every RV always seems to have a long list of small items — pens, hair clips, Post-it notes, a screwdriver, you name it. The standard large drawers and cabinets in RV furniture just aren’t right... Read More

Better pot and pan storage

By Jim Twamley   Imagine having an earthquake at your house for eight straight hours every few weeks. You would eventually learn to make adjustments after the earthquake. Well, that is exactly what happens in your RV every time you travel. If it isn’t tied down it will fall, roll around and make a mess. This twisting and turning, the... Read More

Five safety trip tips for RVers

Courtesy Amica Insurance   If you’re taking a vacation in your RV this year, you won’t be alone. More than 20 million Americans are expected to head out in their rigs, and that can cause auto insurance companies to take notice. Amica Insurance sends these tips along to RVers in hopes that they may help you have a safe trip:... Read More

Maintain a safe onboard RV water supply

By Bob Difley   Spend a lot of time on the road? Travel in sometimes “questionable” locations? Here are some measures that have kept my family free of typhoid, diarrhea, pathogenic microorganisms, intestinal parasites, etc. As explorer Owen Lattimore noted while traversing the Silk Road in camel caravans, “Water alone, unboiled, is never drunk. There is a superstition that it... Read More