Fifth wheel travel trailers – inverters and generators

  Dear Gary, Do fifth-wheel travel trailers have inverters? If they do not, then I need one with a generator, right? —Robert P. Hi Robert, Many 5th wheel travel trailers are indeed equipped with an inverter. In some cases, however, they may not power all 120-volt AC loads in the same manner as an on-board generator. Some trailers are equipped... Read More

How to safely, quickly and easily hitch a travel trailer

This excellent nine-minute video was recently posted by our friend and now RVtravel.com contributor Gyro Gearloose (aka Wolfe Rose). If you use a sway bar, keep in mind that each end of the sway bar MUST have the appropriate hitch pin installed after the sway bar is popped onto the knob on the trailer and truck; otherwise, it will fail... Read More

Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly

Okay, it’s sewer hose education 101 time. Here are three RV sewer hoses spotted at RV parks. Our panel of sewer hose experts commented on each setup. Their conclusions: This is a good hose setup. It’s sloped nicely for good flow. The hose is off the ground, which is a requirement in some states. So the owner of this hose... Read More

Don’t take “no” for an answer when you DIY

Dear RV Shrink: We bought a used motorhome recently and now live in it full-time. We love the lifestyle but it is causing my husband a lot of frustration. We are in the middle of this new learning curve and we find it very exciting. The problem arises when we have questions and get dozens of different answers. We recently... Read More

Newbie asks: How much propane does my RV refrigerator burn?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris It’s a question a lot of new RVers ask, particularly when they plan on being away from utility sites. Should they worry that their refrigerator will lose its cool after a long weekend? Sorry, there’s no “short answer” for this question. So many variables, so little time! First, how big is your fridge?... Read More

This RV setup is seriously big!

By Chuck Woodbury EDITOR I found this fifth wheel trailer and tow vehicle at the Indian Campground in Buffalo, Wyoming. The campground bills itself as having the longest pull-through sites in the area. Good thing, because this setup needed every foot. What struck me was the Smart Car atop the big rig Volvo truck. You don’t see something like this every... Read More

GEN-Y Hitch releases new Torsion Gooseneck Surge Coupler

  GEN-Y introduces its first coupler offering, the all new GEN-Y Torsion Gooseneck Surge Coupler. “We’ve been asked by so many to get a torsion solution for goosenecks,” said GEN-Y President Carl Borkholder. “Until now it has been hitches only, but this coupler is going to change the way things are done with goosenecks. Our proprietary torsion technology mitigates 90... Read More