RV Mods: Did you wire your inverter safely?

By Don Wilson When asked questions at my technical seminars, I often find they begin with, “Should I do this…” or “Should I do that?” As you might expect, these are always hard questions to answer regardless of the topic, because each individual operator will have different needs and experiences that are unique to their situation. However, when it comes…

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Should you turn off propane when traveling?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I’m working at a company pumping propane. I’m very shocked at the number of people that travel with propane turned on, seeing that this gas is very volatile and the possibility of an explosion in an accident. It makes me wonder how many RVers are taking their own…

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Shops can easily find water leaks with new Sealtech leak tester

The most frustrating maintenance problem in the RV industry has been locating those hard-to-find water leaks. Repeated repair attempts, customer frustration, and incredible structural repair costs have been the norm. The Sealtech 43O-R pinpoints the actual outer surface leak, which is often remote from any visible interior moisture, water damage or odors. Sealtech Manufacturing, maker of the Sealtech 430-R leak…

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Manually overriding the RV’s slideout system

Dear Gary, I have a 2011 Jayco trailer with a slide. The owner’s manual states that the slide can be manually operated in an emergency but doesn’t say how. Could you help me with this? —Paul G. Here you go Paul … MANUALLY OVERRIDING YOUR SLIDEOUT SYSTEM Your Power Gear slideout system is equipped with a manual override that allows…

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CONTOURE introduces ventless washer/dryer combo

National Quality Products, LLC, makers of CONTOURE space-saving appliances, announced that its deluxe ventless washer/dryer combo was a featured new product at the Jan. 22-23 NTP-STAG EXPO. According to a press release, NTP-STAG will distribute the product to the RV aftermarket. The washer/dryer combo features advanced laundry technologies with reduced power, energy and water consumption. Their all-in-one combo comes standard…

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Tire failure could have been prevented with TPMS

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble This tire failure was not a “blowout,” but definitely was a Run Low Sidewall Flex failure. The cause was not having a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). I read the following on an RV trailer forum: “BOOM, it happened again; however, this time it was with the upgraded Maxxis tires. It…

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Engine monitors: Drive with safety – and frugality

By Greg Illes In 1996, the U.S. auto manufacturers began adhering to (another) new standard. This time it was the On-Board Diagnostic port, or OBD interface to the engine electronics. This port (since evolved to OBD-II) allowed access to a host of engine parameters, from water temperature to fuel flow and other critical operating numbers. The OBD also reads the…

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