When, how and why to use a dehumidifier

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Dear Bob, (Edited for brevity.) I am a fairly new RVer (and) have been reading up on dehumidifiers. Is it recommended to have one? How often do you use it? Should I keep one on while it is parked in the driveway? And when do I use it when traveling?... Read More

Electric brakes — Unintended breakaway switch activation

  Dear Gary, After we set up our 5th wheel at the RV park, the breakaway switch cable got snagged in the truck box and I pulled the plug out of the breakaway switch. I noticed it laying in the box three days later. I immediately put the plug back in. The trailer is plugged into 50-amp service so the... Read More

RV covers — Are they a good thing?

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a question he received from several readers  while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. To cover or not to cover? That is the question. I’m often asked if it’s a good idea to cover an RV during the winter. There are a number of commercially available RV... Read More

Tiffin limits factory service on older motorhomes

  RED BAY, Ala., Feb. 20, 2017 — — Tiffin Motorhomes has advised RV owners of a change to its factory service policy that prohibits work on motorhomes older than four years, according to RV Daily Report. The new policy will go into effect April 3. In an email to RV owners, Tiffin advised owners of changes being made for... Read More

Who can perform a PDI? Who certifies RV technicians?

  Dear Gary, Thank you for the seminars you present.  I find them interesting and informative, especially your advice on getting a PDI (pre-delivery inspection) by a certified inspector. My questions for you are: 1)  Who certifies these inspectors? 2)  What is the difference between a Certified and a Master Certified inspector? Thank you. —Bob M.  Dear Bob, Any Certified or... Read More

RV Mods: Quiet that noisy water pump

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers away from “city water” connections sometimes complain of a noise when using the RV water system. They may not be used to the sounds produced by the RV water pump; other times there are genuine issues that can often be resolved to bring quiet back when running water. “Demand” water pump systems —... Read More

Are all RV power adapters created equal?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A regular reader sent us this interesting question: “I bought a popup camper a few years back that had the various plug adapters included. Last year I sold the popup and purchased a travel trailer, but kept those electrical adapters. Here is my question: Can electrical adapters be as safe as a dog bone... Read More

Glove up for RV dumping

By Jim Twamley I used to empty my sewer tanks bare handed. I didn’t like wearing the traditional type dish gloves because they are too bulky and I wasn’t crazy about latex gloves because they would easily tear. A few years ago I was strolling down the aisles at Harbor Freight (a tool store) when I noticed nitrile disposable gloves.... Read More

Rubber roof issues: Reglue, Eternabond, or both?

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, I need to reseal the seam where the plastic trim of the roof top outer edge of the bedroom slide meets the EPDM roof. The roof material is not stuck down... Read More