Charging chassis battery through a lighter socket?

By Chris DoughertyChris 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,Because our chassis battery does not charge when we are plugged into shore power, we plug in a small 12-volt solar panel and set it on the dash when we are parked for... Read More

Unexpected cause of Dometic fridge fire discovered

By Greg GerberRV Daily Report SUN CITY, Ariz. — An RV technician trying to diagnose a problem with an older model RV watched as the unit’s Dometic refrigerator caught fire. His subsequent investigation traced the source to an electrical problem not related to the gas leak commonly cited as the source of refrigerator fires. The flaw impacts RVs built in... Read More

Drumi: the foot-powered washing machine

By Bob Difley The Drumi is a foot-powered washing machine that uses minimal amounts of water and no electricity. It is compact and easy to maneuver. Each cycle can hold up to five pounds of clothing, or about five to seven personal items (T-shirts, undergarments, baby clothes, etc.). It is not recommended for towels or bed sheets as they are a bit... Read More

All-in-one space-saving food prep set

By Bob Difley This food preparation set offers a modern take on maximum utility with minimum space, perfect for the RV lifestyle, where all space is valuable and should be used to maximum efficiency. Eight durable plastic BPA-free pieces in all necessary sizes for preparing food in your galley/kitchen nest together in a neat stack with a small footprint. The... Read More

Why a young boy died by simply touching the family RV

By Chuck Woodbury, editor I wrote this article two years ago in response to the death of a 3-year-old boy, who was electrocuted by simply touching his family’s Airstream trailer and reprinted the article again in early June, 2016 in the RV Travel Newsletter. The trailer was experiencing what is known as a “hot skin” condition. It can happen to any of... Read More

Replace fluorescent tubes with Cabin Bright LEDs

By Chris Dougherty Low voltage fluorescent lighting has been around the RV industry for many years, allowing for improved task lighting in our RVs from ceiling lights to under-cabinet lighting. Fluorescent lights use quite a bit of power and have a somewhat frequent failure rate as compared to other types of lighting. A recent product on the market has solved... Read More

Most RVers use additives in their RV holding tanks

In a past issue of the RVtravel.com 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