How to remove surprise blockage in RV toilet drain pipe

  Dear Gary, How do I retrieve a toilet cleaning brush, approximately 14 inches long, from the toilet-to-holding tank sewer pipe? The brush fell down the toilet and appears to have wedged inside the pipe causing clogging which fills up the pipe. Very little waste is making it to the holding tank. The pipe length from the bottom of the... Read More

DIY: Safe way to test the ground wire “bond” to the RV frame

  Dear Mike, You talk a lot about RV grounding and bonding, and I understand that the frame of the RV is supposed to be connected to the green ground wire. But exactly how is the ground wire connected to the RV frame and is there a definitive test for this? —Eddie Dear Eddie, Yes, you are correct that the... Read More

Will weight on rear of RV trailer off-balance the rig?

  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, We own a 25-foot 2006 Hi-Lo Classic. I’d like to mount a class II hitch and a two-bike rack on the rear of the Hi-Lo. The hitch can be mounted... Read More

Perform your own diagnostics on your vehicles with CarMD

  By Bob Difley Using CarMD is like having a crystal ball for your car or light truck. We’ve all had that dreaded “check engine” light suddenly cast its ominous red glow from our dashboard. “When your car’s ‘Check Engine’ light comes on,” says online automotive resource Edmunds.com, “it’s usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.... Read More

RV Mods: Here’s a use for your fridge front!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers live in small spaces, and making all that we can of that space just makes sense. Much has been said about increasing kitchen storage capacity by adding extra shelves, conquering “dead space” and using your microwave oven as a storage area. But here’s an area that’s rarely thought of: the front of... Read More

Can RV parking under power lines cause a dangerous ‘hot skin’ condition?

  Dear Mike, I’ve been reading about hot-skin voltages on your No-Shock-Zone site for a while and have come up with a really strange one. We unplugged from a campground and drove several hundred miles before pulling into a storage facility. But when I got out and knelt on the wet ground to check my tire pressure and touched the... Read More

All your trailer brakes should lock up at the same point

  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 have a new Coleman camper that seems to have a brake issue. While it stops okay, one tire seems to lock up first. This happens while adjusting the brake... Read More

Do you use additives in your RV’s toilet tank?

  Do you add chemicals or other additives to your RV’s black water (sewer) tank? Some RVers believe they are necessary, while others, including some RV waste management experts, say they are not. How about you? Do you use or not use? Please feel free to leave a comment (at bottom of page). Got a few minutes? Want to read... Read More