RV levelers — What maintenance?

  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 spend six months as snowbirds in Florida near Orlando.  The jacks are down for the full six months. Do the shafts need to be lubricated and retracted during the... Read More

Feds back-step on propane inspection rules

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris In early February we brought out a “heads-up” notice to RVers who use “portable” LP cylinders. These are Department of Transportation-certified cylinders, commonly used on travel trailers, fifth wheels and truck campers. Motorhome LP tanks use a different certification method, and weren’t the owners we were reaching out to. At that time we... Read More

RV Mods: Power visors — inside shade easily at hand

By Jim Twamley Jim’s writings were a favorite among our readers for many years. Jim’s health finally forced him to “hang up the keys,” but we like to dip into the archives and pull out pertinent “oldies” to share. Here’s one of them: In my travels I often wandered around various-size swap meets/flea markets in favorite snowbird hangouts. You can... Read More

RV power converters: Fix or replace?

  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 problem with my converter/charger on my 2006 Winnebago Sightseer. The converter is a Parallax model 7345, which is causing excessive noise on the AM radio band. The... Read More

Make your powerful 50-amp service safer with SmartPlug

  By Bob Difley So you have a big box filled with power-hungry appliances like microwaves, lots of bright lights, and a couple of air conditioners and you know how to use ’em. You also know that it takes 50 amps to run them – and that’s a lot of power. But that much power can also overheat connectors and... Read More

RV spring shakedown primer

  As memories of a cold, long winter begin to wane, many of us get antsy for that first RV excursion of the season. Holed up all winter, we’ve been making travel plans, waiting for the trees to blossom, the birds to chirp and the campgrounds to open. The majority of us readied our coaches last fall for storage; some... Read More

Water, water, everywhere. Do you have enough to drink?

  By Bob Difley The top three reasons — maybe four — why you may have to abandon your boondocking campsite are all the result of diminishing resources: (1) Your freshwater tank is sucking air, (2) Your black water holding tank is backing up into your toilet, (3) Your gray water tank is backing up into your shower, and (4)... Read More