‘Best RV of the Year’ comes with hefty price tag

FOREST CITY, IOWA, December 8, 2017 – RV Business Magazine has named the Winnebago Horizon the 2018 RV of the Year. The award is bestowed upon the one RV that, in the opinion of RVBusiness, “best exemplifies a manufacturer’s ability to ‘push the envelope’ through design and engineering.” But it may not be the “RV of the Year” for most RVers.... Read More

Fulltime RVing – What’s the best kind of RV for you?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A poll running on the fulltime RVers’ club, Escapees, website asks: What type of RV do you fulltime in? We found the results rather interesting. In order of use: 50.56 percent do so in a fifth wheel. 23.6 call a Class A diesel pusher home. 12.36 a Class A “gasser” unit. 5.62 percent an... Read More

Buying a bargain-priced “flooded” RV? Beware!

Dear Gary, I’m thinking of buying a previously flooded travel trailer off a salvage site. The unit was in a freshwater flood with water sitting in there for about 15 days before it was cleaned up. Water was up over the fuse panel but the batteries were not hooked up and it wasn’t plugged in at the time of flooding.... Read More

RV Electricity – Quick Tips #01 – Sparks

Quick Tips #01 – Turn breakers off before plugging or unplugging Contrary to what you might think, the bright yellow and green sparks you see when unplugging an extension cord or the shore power plug are not electrons zipping around, but rather tiny bits of super-heated copper burning in the air. Where does that burning metal come from? Well, it... Read More

Politics: Would the end of mortgage interest deductions hurt RVers?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As Washington lawmakers battle it out over a tax plan, everyone wonders who the winners – and losers – will be. We don’t have a working crystal ball, but published information about the House tax bill, which has already passed, could be of interest to RV buyers – and present-day owners who’ve floated loans... Read More

Couple’s “storage turf” battle in a Class B motorhome

Dear RV Shrink: My husband and I recently bought a Class B motorhome van – we like small and maneuverable. Our friends all told us it was too small for spending several months a year on the road. What I didn’t plan on was my husband changing his mind about alternative transportation. Now he has decided to haul his motorcycle... Read More

How to avoid damaging slides when leveling an RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris So what’s the correct way to level your rig without damaging the slides — before or after they are extended? The safest (and most warranty-wise) answer: “Do what your rig’s manual tells you.” Here’s a lift from a Keystone manual: “The recreational vehicle must be level to avoid binding the slide-rooms. Remember, stabilizing jacks... Read More