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... Read More

Why would you want a composting toilet?

By Greg Illes We’re now three years with a composting toilet. In that span of time, we’ve used the toilet continuously for anywhere from 3-4 weeks to 4-5 months. Total usage in three years was for a total of about 9-10 months, so I feel that we can speak reasonably authoritatively about it. Our original motivation was to “do without”... Read More

Clear debris and water from slideout with RV Slideout Broom

If you have slideouts you know the importance of cleaning the tops before retracting the slides. Otherwise, you get the outside inside. Not a good thing. Slideout toppers help to keep debris and water off the top of the slideout but are expensive and not always effective. And I’ll bet you aren’t especially fond of climbing the ladder to your... Read More

RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 3

Issue 3 • January 28, 2018 Brought to you as a public service by RVtravel.com. Support comes from our sponsors, advertisers and the contributions of readers, who believe that an educated RVer is a safe, happy RVer. Please consider supporting our efforts with a voluntary subscription. Subscribe to one of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. Dear Readers, Many... Read More

No smoking – especially in shore power connections

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, A couple weekends ago, we were using close to the rated 30-amp draw on our trailer with fridge, water heater, periodic microwave, HVAC, etc., when my son suddenly told me that... Read More

Tekonsha braking system provides stopping power

An electric trailer brake controller is a device that installs in the cab of your tow vehicle and activates your trailer’s electric or electric-over-hydraulic brakes when you hit the brakes in your tow vehicle. These systems can be divided into two main groups: proportional or time delayed. A proportional brake controller senses how the tow vehicle is slowing or stopping... Read More

More on why trailer tires fail more than tow vehicle tires

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble On a thread on an RV trailer forum Peter made this statement: “At highway speeds interply shear is not as much of an issue, as I understand things.” I posted this reply: Speed itself is not the issue that causes interply shear in radial tires. Two things happen to radials when... Read More

RV Electricity – Does ground size in extension cord matter?

Dear Mike, When I went shopping for a 50-amp extension cord for our 5th wheel, I was surprised (shocked?) to find that they seem to all contain three #6 gauge conductors and one #8 gauge conductor. I’m assuming that the #8 gauge line is the ground. But whether it is ground or neutral, I’m surprised that one of the leads... Read More

RV Mods: Light up those dark places easily and inexpensively

By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old saw “It’s always darkest before the dawn” may apply for some folks, but not around our RV. For us, it’s always darkest when you open the closet door. For some, it may be when you really need to find something in your basement storage area. Yeah, in some of those places, it’s... Read More