Why filter perfectly good water?

  By Greg Illes Why filter perfectly good water? The answer to that question is another question: How good is “perfectly good”? Many RVers use the water that the RV park supplies, straight from the tap. After all, that water comes from treated sources and should have no problems. Right? Well — maybe. Yes, it’s reasonable to assume that a... Read More

Take care with campfires

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician and former professional fireman. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Campfire safety is something I think most RVers are cognizant of but, as I have seen a number of burned awnings over the years, it’s worth mentioning here. First, many wildfires... Read More

Would you dare drink the water at these RV parks?

  By Chuck Woodbury EDITOR Would you drink the water from either of these water faucets? Both are currently at hookup sites in American RV parks. RV Travel reader Don Callahan spotted them and sent the photos. “I’m a civil engineer and have designed community water systems,” he wrote. “I was appalled at these set ups. Worse yet, the people at the... Read More

RV levelers raising tires off the ground — occupants queasy!

  Dear Gary, Our motorhome has Power Gear brand levelers. The front two float side to side on the same hydraulic circuit while the rear two jacks are independent. The coach seems to ride high on certain grades with the front wheels often off the ground. When this happens the coach rocks enough to trigger motion sickness. Here are my... Read More

Cheap device prevents accidental RV sewer overflow

  Doug Swarts (Drainmaster.com) and Chuck Woodbury of RVtravel.com discuss how a simple, inexpensive device can save the day (as well as a lot of money on a major repair) when cleaning out an RV’s black (sewer) tank. A variety of the devices mentioned in the video are available for around $10 to $20 at Amazon.com. ##RVT776 Read More

How an automated RV dumping system works

  Doug Swarts, the inventor of the Drain Master electric sewer valve, explains how the system permits an RVer to dump his or her holding tanks remotely from inside the RV. This is the same system that RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury installed in his motorhome. Read Chuck’s essay about his system here and/or watch the video below to see its... Read More

Why to keep your RV’s gray tank closed when hooked up

  RV waste management expert Doug Swarts of Drainmaster.com explains why RVers should not only keep their black (sewer) tanks closed when hooked up in campgrounds, but their gray water tanks as well. Open both tanks to dump when they’re two-thirds full, but do not keep either open until then. You’ll be surprised to learn why the gray tanks (sink... Read More