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

RV essential tools: Caulking accessories

  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. These tools are essential to help keep your RV leak-free: Liquid RV sealants: From EPDM seam sealer to silicone to body sealers — all come in 10-ounce caulk tubes; so if you’re going to maintain... Read More

What’s causing a sweating mattress?

  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, When someone sleeps on the air mattress of our fold-out couch the mattress sweats. We generally have to dry it off each day with a hair dryer before we fold... Read More

Protect your RV’s electrical system

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he prepared while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. A reader wrote in who had heard about RVs getting fried by bad wiring in campgrounds, and asked if I would recommend purchasing a surge protector for an RV to help prevent this. I highly recommend... Read More

RV essential tools: Electrical multimeters

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. There are many brands and kinds of multimeters, from inexpensive dollar store specials to Flukes and Extechs. While I’ll refrain from recommending any particular brand or mode, I will make a few recommendations for features.... Read More

Improve your RV life with a scissor jack adapter tool

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he penned while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. I don’t know about you, but one of the setup chores I don’t really like to do is setting the scissor jacks — especially in the rain, or putting them back up when it’s raining... Read More

Be prepared for RV breakdowns — physically and mentally

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he prepared while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. It really doesn’t matter what form of “transportation” you use, breakdowns happen. Whether it’s a car, plane, cruise ship, yacht or RV, you have to be prepared for the possibility that you might get stuck... Read More

Want cold food & drinks? Keep your RV refrigerator happy!

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. RVers are fortunate to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle — and the equipment that makes it possible. One such piece of technology is the RV absorption refrigerator. While it is not my intention to give a detailed breakdown... Read More

It’s roll-out time for your RV awning — Is it ready?

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. With summer here, you may have already rolled out your RV awning. It’s a great addition to any RV and with a little care it will provide many years of service. But just what kind of care... Read More

Is RVer stuck with sticky black water valve?

  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, Pulling the black water handle on my 2012 Entegra is getting more difficult compared to the gray water side. Is there any way to ease this or prevent it from... Read More