Campground power pedestal testing, Part 2 (with Reader Poll)

  This is the follow-up article to my column from two weeks ago when I asked how many of you had measured electrical problems for your shore power. Here’s a link to the original article and survey.  As you can see, of the 813 readers who took the survey, 57% of them had encountered low or high voltage, reversed hot-neutral... Read More

A simple explanation of installing and using RV LED bulbs

This is likely the best video we’ve come across that explains the differences between LED and the standard incandescent bulbs that come with most RVs. So many videos like this are complicated and hard to understand. This one by long-time RVtravel.com reader Wolfe Rose, is easy to follow. It explains the two different types of bulbs including the cost of... Read More

Update on keeping black tank smells out of your RV

In last week’s Quick Tips, we included a tip from a reader about keeping black water smells from getting back into the RV by using Soft Scrub and petroleum jelly. We removed the tip when we heard from Brian and Sue Robertson, who passed along information from Thetford. Thetford advises: “Your toilet, sinks and showers should all be cleaned in... Read More

Follow-up on LED bulb replacement dangers

  This week I’m going to circle back and continue the discussion about LED bulbs that were designed for CAN Bus use, and which overheat in an RV interior light application. But first, here’s a quick heads-up on the poll we took last week asking if you’ve ever encountered power at a campground that showed high or low voltage, or... Read More

Tayama Thermal Cooker works like a crockpot with little energy

  By Bob Difley Crockpots and slow cookers are nice – if you are plugged into shore power. But when boondocking, not so much. But with the Tayama Thermal Cooker you can prepare those mouth-watering casseroles, stews, soups, veggies, and more with a fraction of the cooking time, and all for just minutes on a burner of your gas stove.... Read More

Pack those RV cabinets so contents don’t escape

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris “How do you store stuff in your cupboards?” asks the new RVer. Fearful that the shifting and bumping of the road would cause grief (and broken crockery), the question becomes, “How do you store your stuff safely?” Will dining life on the road be limited to paper plates, Styrofoam cups and plastic knives... Read More

Campground power pedestal failures (Reader Poll included)

  My column last week on open pedestal grounds (Campsite power pedestal safety: “open ground” danger) must have caused quite a stir with our readers since my inbox has received a bunch of questions and stories about similar incidents around the country. Here’s just one of them: “For the first time in a year of full-timing my EMS protector gave... Read More

What’s causing a sweating mattress?

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, When someone sleeps on the air mattress of our fold-out couch the mattress sweats. We generally have to dry it off each day with a hair dryer before we fold... Read More

RV Mods: Remove and replace rotted flooring

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Those who love — and preserve — an older RV often find a painful reality in their treasure: soft spots in the flooring. The problem is usually traced back to a water leak that’s compromised the integrity of the floor. Sometimes it can be ignored for a while, but it can get downright... Read More