Fifth wheel travel trailers – inverters and generators

  Dear Gary, Do fifth-wheel travel trailers have inverters? If they do not, then I need one with a generator, right? —Robert P. Hi Robert, Many 5th wheel travel trailers are indeed equipped with an inverter. In some cases, however, they may not power all 120-volt AC loads in the same manner as an on-board generator. Some trailers are equipped... Read More

Shower door sags — baffles RVer

  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, With reference to a sagging shower door in a 5th wheel, it’s not readily apparent how you would fix this.  Any suggestions? —Robert N. Dear Robert, This is in need... Read More

Okay to jack motorhome off ground for winter storage?

By Chris Dougherty (posted when he served as the RVtravel.com technical editor) Dear Chris, I live in Canada where the temperatures get well below 0 degrees F at times during the winter. My motorhome is stored outside in the snow. My question is, “Is it okay to use the leveling jack system to level the unit and even to raise... 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

Stripped threads on RV water heater anode

  Hi Gary, This pertains to a  Suburban water heater, specifically the anode rod threading. I cannot get the new anode rod threading to “catch” and screw in straight. It’s been getting more difficult every year but this year I’m stymied. Any help? —David B. Hi David, As will happen every now and again with repeated procedures, the female threads... Read More

An RV curse: Mold and mildew

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 RVers have a silent, black, smelly enemy — mildew. Mildew is a form of mold that eats organic materials. It is a sign of moisture and water intrusion in the RV and can do a... Read More