Dim interior lights: Battery problem or power converter?

By Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service Here’s a common question that’s worth sharing. From a reader: Recently my lights in my fifth wheel have started getting dim and sometimes flickering. How can I determine whether my problem is a four-year-old battery or the charger or the converter? I have disconnected my negative battery post while plugged into campground service. When... Read More

Simplify backing into your RV space

By Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service If you tow, I suspect you  have suffered through the stress that comes along with backing into your space in the campground with everyone watching. The yelling matches between spouses can reach divorce-pending proportions and discussions about the best way to communicate between the person driving and the person directing have been going on... Read More

Why a brake controller?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris “I’ve been looking into buying a travel trailer for taking my family camping. I keep running into information about brake controllers. I’ve towed boats on trailers for years without any such thing as a brake controller — what gives? And how do they work, anyway?” Smaller boat trailers with typically light loads don’t usually... Read More

RV wind deflectors: Use ’em right or don’t use ’em

By Jim Twamley Just how effective are those RV wind deflectors you see on trucks pulling 5th wheels and travel trailers? Though somewhat technical (what you’d expect from a Professor of RVing), this information could save you some serious cash. Trucks pulling trailers lose a majority of their energy at highway speeds through aerodynamic drag. Using computational fluid dynamics, scientists... Read More

Towing in the dirt – be careful of your “fog”

  By Greg Illes  In 2015, we were fortunate to be able to take off for several months to tour Alaska and Canada. While most of the main roadways were paved for the greatest part of our 14,000-mile journey, there were some stretches of gravel and dirt to contend with.   Our towing setup is pretty typical: a motorhome towing... Read More

Use the 3/300 rule for happy, safe travel days

By Greg Illes Before I bought my RV, I thought I knew a lot about driving around the country. With almost 50 years of driving experience and several cross-the-U.S. trips, I didn’t think I had much left to learn. Wrong! RVs are different vehicles. Not only do they proceed — shall we say — more sedately, but they coax us... Read More

Keep your RV going straight down the road

By Greg Illes There are a lot of RVs that don’t always drive straight down the road. And it’s not always someone else’s rig. If your rig is squirrelly, you don’t have to just live with it — there are some remedies available to you. Sometimes the cause is a subtle error in driver technique; sometimes it’s chassis issues or... Read More

Zoning in your brake controller for optimum trailer braking

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Question: “I have a question about brake controllers and travel trailers. How do you adjust them? How do you know if they are too tight or not adjusted correctly?” Answer:  The job of the brake controller is to send the appropriate amount of current flow back to the brakes. You could send a full... Read More