Be prepared for RV breakdowns

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician 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 on your vacation. As Forrest Gump said, “It happens.” I have had a number of breakdowns over the years... Read More

Tools for RVers: Infrared thermometer

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician   I get questions all the time regarding RV temperatures. People ask about their heating and air conditioning, their wheel and brake temperatures, refrigerator temperatures, oven temperatures . . . you get the point. A quick and easy way to see various temperatures is to use an infrared thermometer. These battery-powered units fit easily... Read More

Tweak your RV and have fun by accessorizing

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician The RV season is underway in all of the U.S. by now, and as people are using their coaches they may be wondering how to fix little issues like a leaky roof vent, or a broken handle or a broken light. How about fixing by accessorizing! I’ve been in the business for years, but... Read More

Steel wheel chocks keep you from rolling away

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Parking an RV on any kind of incline, especially if it’s a trailer, can be a dangerous proposition. In the case of a motorhome, a parking pawl (metal pin or lever) in the automatic transmission and the parking brake are all that’s preventing up to 56,000 pounds of hardware from rolling away and crashing... Read More

Leave roof vents open even in rain with MaxxAir covers

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Imagine this: You are dry camping in the rain in July. Stuck in your RV, you can’t run the air conditioner, and because it’s raining you can’t open the roof vents. So there is almost no ventilation. No fun, right? Ventilation of an RV’s interior is of primary importance. During the warmer months, using... Read More

RhinoFLEX sewer hose works exceptionally well

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician One of the most unpleasant tasks in RVing is handling waste. Nothing incenses an RVer more than a dump station visit gone bad, and yet all too often people opt to purchase substandard sewer hoses and fittings to save money and end up with a mess. Inferior sewer hoses are susceptible to cracking, crushing,... Read More

RV Gadget: Scissor jacks

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician 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 and muddy with pine needles sticking to everything. Now, there’s nothing you can do to fix the problem of... Read More