Most RVers use additives in their RV holding tanks

In a past issue of the newsletter we asked readers if they used chemicals in their RV holding tanks. Perhaps we should have used the word “additives” instead, but the results would have likely been the same. Here are their responses. As you can see, most RVers do use some sort of chemical/additive, although many use “biodegradable solutions.” Many of the readers who... Read More

SmartPlug connector reduces fire/electrocution problems

By Bob Difley As part of its ongoing product evolution, SmartPlug Systems has incorporated several upgrades into its 30A connector. The BF30 30A Retro-fit Connector ushers in a new standard of safety for boat and RV owners. Changes to the BF30 30A Retro-fit Connector are all internal. The improvements incorporate the same proven technology which has been used for several... Read More

Beware of battery-draining phantom loads

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Phantom loads are electrical connections to your batteries that continually draw power, however small. Loads that are run off the house batteries will not be a problem as they are slight and since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to... Read More

RVer asks about plugging 30 amp RV into 50 amp service

A question from an reader to Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor. Dear Gary,Our motorhome has 30 amp service. We’ll be camping in the near future but the site has 50 amp service. I have a 50 amp to 30 amp dogbone adapter but a 30-amp surge protector. Can I place the surge protector after the 50 amp to 30... Read More

Take advantage of other RVers’ wisdom — save bucks

By Russ and Tiña De Maris An old friend of ours who’d recently bought a big motorhome detailed a “tale of woe” he’d experienced while trying to get ready for a road trip. Somehow things went gunnybag with his “pre-owned” rig’s inverter. Aside from having to replace the inverter, he also learned he’d need to have a big, 250 amp... Read More

How to keep your fridge running smoothly

Before driving off on their adventures this summer, RVers can help avoid problems on the road by properly servicing and maintaining their recreational vehicles’ refrigerators. An expert at Norcold, a leading manufacturer of RV gas-absorption refrigerators, advises an annual checkup at a local dealer or service center to optimize refrigerator performance and help prevent problems on the road. “RV refrigerators... Read More

Boondocking 101: Solar power for your RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For those who haven’t experienced boondocking, a question often pops up: “Where do you get the stuff you need to make your trip fun, and not a bunch of misery sitting around a candle every night when the sun goes down?” For the boondocker, electricity has to come from somewhere. For some, a mechanical... Read More