Troubleshooting Onan genset “won’t-starts”

  By Chris DoughertyChris 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’m having a dilemma with my Onan generator. It won’t stay running and it quits when I take my finger off the START button, or cuts out and dies if it decides... Read More

Charging chassis battery through a lighter socket?

By Chris DoughertyChris 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,Because our chassis battery does not charge when we are plugged into shore power, we plug in a small 12-volt solar panel and set it on the dash when we are parked for... Read More

GFCI hums in Class A motorhome — Why?

Dear Gary,I have replaced the Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) in my Class A motorhome and the new one hums when the inverter is on. Do you know why? —Denise D. Dear Denise,My immediate thought is that the new one simply does not know the words! Or it might have something to do with an internal line balance-detecting transformer (more likely).... Read More

Should you electrically insulate (“ground”) your levelers?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Electricity, they say, is a wonderful servant, but a lousy master. Many RVers have concerns about electrical safety in their rigs, and we get occasional letters on the subject. Here’s one we received from a concerned reader: “One item I feel is important and should be passed along to the readers concerns the use... Read More

Run your generator in any weather with GenTent

By Bob Difley If you’ve been concerned with the safety of your portable generator if accidentally left out in stormy weather or a sudden storm dumps buckets of water on it, GenTent® makes a variety of Safety Canopies — easy-to-install weatherproof covers for safe operations of portable generators in virtually any wet weather conditions. GenTents have protected families in the... Read More