Why a voltmeter will help you to be a happy camper

By Greg Illes There’s a lot of confusion out there about batteries, not the least of which is how to tell if your batteries are properly charged or not. Pretty much the only handy, inexpensive way to do this is with a (good) voltmeter. Let’s make sure we have the basics down pat: A fully charged battery will measure approximately... Read More

An unusual approach to RV reroofing

By doityourselfrv.com Ever wonder what it would look like when you tear off the roof of an RV? Hopefully, you never have to know. If you do, it means you probably had water damage, possible damage from falling tree limbs or other maintenance concerns. RV roof replacement can be one of the most daunting projects to undertake, especially considering the level... Read More

Should you buy a damaged RV and fix it up yourself?

By Steve Savage Mobility RV Service   For the majority of folks, buying a damaged RV and fixing it up themselves is an absolutely terrible idea. Why do I say that? Several reasons come to mind. First, many units — sold by insurance companies, for example — come with a salvage title. State laws vary as to what is needed... Read More

Put some good skid wheels on to protect your rig

By Greg Illes My RV is a 2003 Itasca model, and it came equipped with some simple skid bumpers bolted to the back ends of the frame rails. I would often notice the horrific Wham! of the skids hitting solid pavement while negotiating a driveway, drainage or other significant ground undulation. I learned to approach those disturbances slowly and “bash”... Read More

Avoid the cordless drill blues

By Dave Helgeson If you are like me, you carry a cordless drill in your RV. They come in handy for a bunch of things including small repairs and campsite improvements. Many RVers even find them useful for raising and lowering the stabilizing jacks on travel trailer and fifth wheels, even though jack manufacturers don’t recommend doing so. Inevitably, the... Read More

Temperature-controlled shower unit — high-end but so comfortable

By Greg Illes Many modern homes enjoy the benefits of a temperature-controlled shower. No more hot and cold valves, but rather one handle for setting water temperature, and one handle for controlling the flow. Once hot water reaches the valve, the output temperature never varies and you never have to “fiddle” with the hot and cold knobs (in fact, there... Read More