Driving your RV part 2: Coping with size

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Looking at the RVs owned by some new RVers, you might think they made their purchase at a scratch and dent sale. While RVers, for the most part–including new ones–don’t get in major accidents, “getting too close to something” seems to be a way of life for those getting accustomed to driving a “big”... Read More

Needless deaths on the RV highway

By Chuck Woodbury editor, RVtravel.com This was originally published in January, 2012 There was a terrible traffic accident last week. A rented motorhome with 13 people on board blew a tire and then veered off the highway into a tree. Two people were killed and nine injured. Two of the passengers were thrown from the vehicle. The group was headed... Read More

Does the AEROplus wind deflector really improve gas mileage?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician When Australian caravan accessories manufacturer Purple Line contacted us to try out their new AEROplus wind deflector, I met the project with a bit of skepticism. After all, I wondered how attaching this thing would improve my fuel economy and handling as the company claimed it would. As I began to learn more about... Read More

Add a trailer hitch to your. . . trailer!

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician There are many hitch-mounted bike racks and cargo trays and boxes for the back of your car and truck, but they mount using a trailer hitch — which you don’t have for the back of your trailer. Adding these racks to the square bumper on the back is dangerous because it’s not designed to... Read More

Be prepared for RV breakdowns

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician It really doesn’t matter what form of “transportation” you use, breakdowns happen. Whether it’s a car, plane, cruise ship, yacht or RV, you have to be prepared for the possibility that you might get stuck on your vacation. As Forrest Gump said, “It happens.” I have had a number of breakdowns over the years... Read More

Steel wheel chocks keep you from rolling away

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Parking an RV on any kind of incline, especially if it’s a trailer, can be a dangerous proposition. In the case of a motorhome, a parking pawl (metal pin or lever) in the automatic transmission and the parking brake are all that’s preventing up to 56,000 pounds of hardware from rolling away and crashing... Read More