Three-year old boy killed when he touched RV: Why?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician As of 2011, approximately 8.9 million households owned an RV, and with numbers like that RV accidents are very few. That said, we were recently reminded that even a safe RV can kill if plugged into a bad electrical source. I was reminded twice. RVTravel Channel viewers saw our special video where we reported... Read More

Steel wheel chocks keep you from rolling away

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Parking an RV on any kind of incline, especially if it’s a trailer, can be a dangerous proposition. In the case of a motorhome, a parking pawl (metal pin or lever) in the automatic transmission and the parking brake are all that’s preventing up to 56,000 pounds of hardware from rolling away and crashing... Read More

Mosquitoes — deal with them (even if you can’t beat them)

By Greg Illes The first thing you’ll always hear about mosquitoes is DEET, the active ingredient in the most-effective (to date) repellent. “Get some DEET and go soak in it,” or something like that, is common advice. Our attitude about DEET is thoughtfully considered: it’s a toxin, you can’t drink it, so why put it on your skin? Now, that... Read More

TireTraker monitors tire pressure and temperature wirelessly

Your RV’s tires are near the top of the list of safety features that you don’t want to take any chances with, like hoping that they maintain the proper pressure, are not going flat from a road puncture, or are weakening from age or road temperatures. Low pressure is the leading cause of premature tire failure. The TireTraker™ TT-500C can... Read More

Hygienic care of your RV sewer attachments

By George Bliss Hygiene: “Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.” RVers have to travel long distances and often are a distance away from the supply store. If you’re like me, you carry everything you need and more. As far as emptying your grey and black water tanks, you often need various attachments depending... Read More

A warning about outdoor grilling: Danger lurks!

Be careful the next time you eat a hamburger or other product cooked on an outdoor grill. There could be danger lurking in the form of undetected wire bristles left by grill-cleaning brushes. The problem is so serious that the Center For Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a consumer warning. The small wires can work their way into the hamburgers... Read More