Changing shocks in these Class C RVs a nightmare

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If your Class C motorhome is built on a Ford E-350 chassis, you’re far from being alone. There’s just swarms of these venerable RVs out there, and they have their own peculiar praises and faults. Of the latter, you’ll find plenty of E-350 owners who begin to use language that’s not safe for... Read More

Seeing through campground reservation “smoke and mirrors”

  Dear RV Shrink: We are in Yellowstone National Park and are finding our RV is too big to camp in some of the campgrounds. We tried to make a reservation today at Madison Campground and they tell us we will only fit into a 40-foot-plus site, but there are none available. They combined our total rig length (motorhome and... Read More

Choose a Class C motorhome or Class B van conversion?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s a question that some new-to-RVing wonder about: “I’ve never had an RV before, and I’ll be traveling alone with my dog. I’m intimidated by big vehicles, and I want fuel efficiency but comfort, too. What do you think about a Class B motorhome?” Here are a few things to think about. Depending... Read More

Motorhome braking system options

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re thinking about a big Class A rig, fired by a diesel engine, listen up. That great big behemoth is mighty comfortable, but once it starts rolling it can be a challenge to slow down. Diesel engines, unlike their “gasser” counterparts, respond a bit differently when you take your foot off the... Read More

Better to flat-tow dinghy or use tow dolly?

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor. Dear Chris,I’m just starting research on RVing but it seems like it would be a good idea to avoid the additional mileage put on the toad during towing by using a dolly. With... Read More

Navigating parking lots with a big RV

By Jim Twamley Maybe you’ve had experiences like mine: My very first time out with our new 5th wheel we decided to stop at a Subway sandwich shop. Believing the parking lot was accessible behind the store, I pulled in. It turned out to be a boxed-in parking arrangement and I was stuck. Mrs. Professor had to get out and... Read More