RV tires may have caused 95 deaths or injuries

A defect in Goodyear motorhome tires may have killed or injured up to 95 people over the past two decades, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The allegations were revealed in a letter Tuesday from NHTSA to Goodyear seeking information. The agency began investigating whether the company’s G159 tires are unsafe last year after a judge ordered... Read More

Choosing a generator for a fifth wheel

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I have a question about generators. We have a 40 ft. fifth wheel and would like to purchase a generator. What would you suggest that would be quiet yet affordable? —Debbie S. Hi Debbie, I copied the following from the Generator Power Source:   Portable Vs Permanent Another important consideration is whether or... Read More

RV History: Fifth wheels and the Aerocar

By Al Hesselbart When world champion motorcycle racer and aviation pioneer competitor of the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, conceived an early camping trailer in 1917, he called it his “motor bungalow.” Along with his new trailer he devised an entirely new hitch based on the spare tire or “fifth wheel” of the car. Realizing that motorists already involved with airplanes needed... Read More

Actively using your RV? Maintain it even now

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. One of my best friends likes to say that once the Fourth of July hits, the summer is over. I’m not so cynical, especially now that RVs can be so capable of extending the camping season.... Read More

More on internal vs. external TPMS temperature reporting

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Continuing my series on Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Last time I covered internal versus external TPMS temperature reports when it was moderate to just cool outside. This report is different. On my way south to Georgia from Ohio it got downright cold. I stopped for the night in Kentucky and in... Read More

Solar charging in a shady spot?

By Bob Difley Boondocking in the national and state forests in summer and using solar power to provide your electricity presents different challenges than found when snowbirding in the southwestern deserts. In the desert, because most campsites are open to the sky, you get charging from your panels from the first glint of sun over the morning horizon until it... Read More

What can be done for RV sidewall delamination?

Dear Gary, What’s the most inexpensive way to deal with a soft wall spot where there was prior water damage? Also, the outside has a bubble. Is there any way of smoothing it without spending a fortune? Under our window, the day/nite shade pulled out and upon inspection we found a little hole where the wall is soft. We need... Read More