Keep your cat (and yourself) warm with a “cat” heater

By Russ and Tiña De Maris   While our own four-footed feline thinks our “cat” heater was made just for her, “cat” stands for catalytic. These flameless heaters are the “cat’s meow” for producing lots of heat with little or no electrical power consumption. They use a specially coated catalyst “bed” or mat to efficiently burn propane. They are flameless... Read More

Swing your wall heater out for better coverage

By Greg Illes We’ve been running non-fan-driven heaters for quite a while now, for all the well-known reasons: outstanding propane efficiency, zero battery usage, silent operation. We’ve used ceramic heaters like Mr. Heater, but those have altitude limitations, and we switched over to a true catalytic heater, the Wave from Olympian. But whether the units were ceramic or catalytic, we... Read More

Protecting your RV’s bathroom door

By Cheryl Probst   Most RV bathrooms are cramped; some are just barely big enough to turn around in. This frequently means the bathroom door will bang against the toilet or other fixture when it’s opened. Bang hard or long enough and eventually the door could be damaged. Making a buffer to protect the door and toilet is a quick... Read More

Stop that towed vehicle rattle

By Greg Iles   There are a lot of anti-rattle devices on the market, all aimed at limiting or removing the “clunk” from the loose-fitting tow hardware. Anybody who has towed anything recognizes that annoying clank-whack-thunk when you stop, start, go around a turn, back up, etc. Unfortunately, it’s not only annoying, it can actually cause towing problems. The loose... Read More

Take a really nice shower AND save water

By Greg Illes Before we even took a test drive in our first RV, we knew about “the shower rules” — basically, fast and furious, and be sure to turn it off while you’re soaping up. When I was young, we called this the “GI shower” because military guys with limited water supplies would make use of the same technique.... Read More

Use an engine monitor to drive safer and cheaper

By Greg Illes In 1996, the U.S. auto manufacturers began adhering to (another) new standard. This time it was the Onboard Diagnostic Port, or OBD interface to the engine electronics. This port (since evolved to OBD-2) allowed access to a host of engine parameters, from water temperature to fuel flow and other critical operating numbers. The OBD also reads the... Read More