RV Mods: Is a “solar ready” RV right for your needs?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As you stroll through the miles of aisles at the big RV shows, be prepared for a new offer from some of the RV manufacturers. At first glance it might seem like something far more practical than the usual “bling” thrown at RV shoppers – it’s the feature that calls itself “Solar Ready!” Most... Read More

DIY upgrade from OEM showerhead to Oxygenics BodySpa

Economic use of water for RVers that frequently boondock or dry camp without a water hookup is a given. And the less water you drain into the gray water tank, the fewer times you will have to pull up stakes and head to the dump station. But for those who like copious water flow and strong pressure from their shower... Read More

RV Mods: Fuel-saving devices for your RV?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you recall that infamous scene from “Blazing Saddles,” you know that there’s a lot of gas floating around these days. Some of the hottest air in the marketplace is on equipment and additives “guaranteed to help you save at the gas pump.” Add-on devices to modify your motorhome or tow vehicle come from... Read More

Why would you want a lithium battery pack?

By Greg Illes Lithium batteries have truly extraordinary advantages for certain types of RV life — but they have their “dark side” as well. You need to be very well informed to make the “lithium decision.” First off, NO, they won’t catch fire There are literally dozens of lithium battery chemistries extant, and the one used in vehicles is lithium-iron-phosphate.... Read More

RV Mods: Table drop-leg chewing floor? Here’s a quick fix!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you own a “vintage” RV, you probably have a “bag of tricks” you reach into to make your RVing life easier. Older equipment can sometimes act up, and there’s not always a modern fix for problems. Here’s one we ran into. Some RV dinettes are equipped with a single, folding leg. With the... Read More

RV Mods: Keep the chill from climbing in your window

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When my feet hit the deck one morning in the old RV, I knew something was decidedly wrong. Even with a bit of neuropathy, my sensors indicated that it was one COLD Arizona morning. The recording thermometer confirmed it: 24 degrees in Quartzsite. Yes, folks, it does sometimes get a wee bit on the... Read More

Solar Basics – Know how to determine your solar system

By Greg Illes Books can be written (and have been) about all the nuances of solar power. For your RV, this article is meant to be a “thousand-foot view,” a way to see the entire landscape of solar power, without getting bogged down (yet) in too many details. I’ve tried to cover a lot of factors, and not too deep,... Read More

RV mods: Give your galley a stainless-steel makeover

By Greg Illes For many years, we lived with our factory Formica countertop. It was — well, serviceable is about the best I can say. Drab-to-ugly is more honest. We thought about Corian and some other products, but either expense or weight were big obstacles. Finally, I “bit the bullet” for a somewhat challenging job: resurface the counter in stainless... Read More