Use an engine monitor to drive safer and cheaper

By Greg Illes In 1996, the U.S. auto manufacturers began adhering to (another) new standard. This time it was the Onboard Diagnostic Port, or OBD interface to the engine electronics. This port (since evolved to OBD-2) allowed access to a host of engine parameters, from water temperature to fuel flow and other critical operating numbers. The OBD also reads the... Read More

Dump station showers

By Dave Helgeson My wife and I love boondocking.  We enjoy the solitude, freedom and unobstructed views— and the price is right, too. However, after days or weeks of no hookups (conserving precious water and holding tank space), we miss being able to take a long, hot shower. Now, many of you might be put off by this tip, but... Read More

Take your entire library on the road

By Greg Illes By now, most folks know about e-books (electronic books), those microscopic packets of electrons that blossom magically into entire books in full color. E-books are sometimes embraced, sometimes hated, and nearly universally misunderstood to some extent. For RV life, electronic books are a huge blessing, virtually eliminating any space or weight taken up by conventional tomes. So... Read More

Do “gas saving” products really help?

The answer is “probably not.” Be skeptical of the following kinds of advertising claims. “This gas-saving product improves fuel economy by 20 percent.” Claims usually tout savings ranging from 12 to 25 percent. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evaluated or tested more than 100 alleged gas-saving devices and has not found any product that significantly improves gas mileage.... Read More