Don’t take “no” for an answer when you DIY

Dear RV Shrink: We bought a used motorhome recently and now live in it full-time. We love the lifestyle but it is causing my husband a lot of frustration. We are in the middle of this new learning curve and we find it very exciting. The problem arises when we have questions and get dozens of different answers. We recently... Read More

RVAA picks Dometic Awning Power Wand for award

  ELKHART, Ind. – August 30, 2017 – Dometic was honored to have its new Awning Power Wand selected as being one of the top three items in the 2017 Product of the Year Awards at the RVAA (Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association) Executive Conference in San Diego, California. Trey Miller, Dometic’s Director of Marketing – Americas, commented, “The new Power... Read More

RV essential tools: Rivet guns

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a piece he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Many RVs have riveted components including aluminum siding, moldings, hinges, latches, screen doors and more. Rivets are actually pretty easy to work with once you get used to them, and can be carefully removed using... Read More

RVers — Watch out for “helpful” con artists

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris A few years ago we were parked at a Utah Walmart when a man knocked on our door. He said he noticed we had a serious suspension problem with our trailer, and just wanted to let us know about it. He also helpfully pointed to a nearby service station, where, he said, we... Read More

GEN-Y Hitch releases new Torsion Gooseneck Surge Coupler

  GEN-Y introduces its first coupler offering, the all new GEN-Y Torsion Gooseneck Surge Coupler. “We’ve been asked by so many to get a torsion solution for goosenecks,” said GEN-Y President Carl Borkholder. “Until now it has been hitches only, but this coupler is going to change the way things are done with goosenecks. Our proprietary torsion technology mitigates 90... Read More

A simple explanation of installing and using RV LED bulbs

This is likely the best video we’ve come across that explains the differences between LED and the standard incandescent bulbs that come with most RVs. So many videos like this are complicated and hard to understand. This one by long-time RVtravel.com reader, and now contributor, Wolfe Rose, is easy to follow. It explains the two different types of bulbs including... Read More

Update on keeping black tank smells out of your RV

In last week’s Quick Tips, we included a tip from a reader about keeping black water smells from getting back into the RV by using Soft Scrub and petroleum jelly. We removed the tip when we heard from Brian and Sue Robertson, who passed along information from Thetford. Thetford advises: “Your toilet, sinks and showers should all be cleaned in... Read More

Follow-up on LED bulb replacement dangers

  This week I’m going to circle back and continue the discussion about LED bulbs that were designed for CAN Bus use, and which overheat in an RV interior light application. But first, here’s a quick heads-up on the poll we took last week asking if you’ve ever encountered power at a campground that showed high or low voltage, or... Read More