Getting the RV ready for winter storage

  Getting the RV ready for winter storage and protecting it from weather-related issues By Gary Bunzer For many RVers who live in northern regions where freeze warnings, wind chill, and snow will soon become common verbiage heard on the local weather forecasts, late October and early November typically signal the end of the travel season for many RVers. That... Read More

Mod that wet bed so it stays dry!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris When you think of mods and upgrades, you may think “big” or “techy!” Well, here’s one that’s less dramatic in approach, but could give you real comfort, particularly if you’re a winter RVer. We RVers sometimes suffer an obnoxious — and health hazardous — problem: water condensation under the bed mattress. Most often... Read More

Lube your slideout?

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 2011 Coachmen Mirada 29DS. The DS means that it has double slides: one for the bedroom, and the other for the living area. How often do I need... Read More

Did RVers buy “too much” motorhome?

  Dear RV Shrink: I think we bought too much motorhome. It makes my husband nervous to drive. He’s always saying, “I just want to park this sucker.” We are now headed south for the winter and he will only drive on interstate highways, stay in commercial campgrounds with pull-thru sites and use truck-stop-sized gas stations. Today was our most... Read More

How to keep your tanks, water lines from freezing

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris With cold weather arriving soon, one RVer asks: “How can I keep my tanks and water lines from freezing up in cold weather?” It’s a good question, and one we learned about early in our RVing days when we woke up one frosty morning to find our water line looked like an icicle.... Read More

Make plug-in electric heaters safer with SmartPlug

  By Bob Difley Portable heaters are a convenient way to ward off the season’s chill, but these devices increase amperage loads that poorly maintained electrical systems can’t handle. SmartPlug Systems, maker of the revolutionary SmartPlug, offers tips to identify potential safety hazards in a shore power system, and ways to safeguard against overheating and possible fire. With a traditional... Read More

Prevent dangerous RV “hot skin” condition

  RV Electricity with Mike Sokol Dear Mike, We recently purchased a pop-up camper. We set it up in the driveway to check things out. My daughter got a shock when she was standing on the grass and touched the camper door. I checked it out and realized that the extension cord had a bad ground wire. I hooked up... Read More

Preventing winter freeze-ups while RVing

  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’re new RVers. We just bought a 2013 Winnebago Access 25′. Our daughter is graduating from Parris Island, South Carolina, to become a Marine. We are traveling during cold temperatures... Read More

Full-time RV travels — Heat with gas or electricity?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For full-timers, keeping an eye on the budget can be critical to your lifestyle. When boondocking, your heating source choices are limited – gas prevails. But if you’re calling an RV park a temporary home – or any other place where you’re paying for electricity – the question is clearly: Which is cheaper, gas... Read More