This cold winter a propane heater may provide welcome warmth

  The Mr. Heater is “the most popular portable propane heater in North America.” This patented radiant 4,000-18,000 BTU liquid propane heater connects directly to two 1 lb. cylinders and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed spaces like RVs up to 450* sq. ft. An integrated fan increases the heating capacity of this unit, blending radiant and convection style... Read More

What are the blue flakes coming out of the water heater?

Dear Gary, I was winterizing our 10-year-old coach and flushing out the water heater. Some scale, I know, is usual, but what came out were lots of blue flakes. I am assuming that this is the glass lining of the tank and that the heater is basically totaled and not usable. I’d be very pleased if you could confirm that... Read More

A sewer hose that withstands cold weather

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. RVing in winter has its challenges as well as rewards. One major challenge is trying to keep liquids liquid, whether that be fresh water or waste. Having been a fulltimer in the Northeast for ten years,... Read More

Alde introduces compact hydronic constant water boiler/heater

  Alde Corp., market leader in innovative hydronic heating solutions, announces the release of its new 3020 with Flow. Based on the proven efficiency and reliability of the company’s renowned 3010 compact boiler, it delivers the added benefit of continuous hot water for cooking, washing and bathing. The 3020 with Flow provides all the advantages of hydronic heating: gentle currents... Read More

Not all RV antifreeze is created equal

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If your rig is sitting in cold country and you haven’t already done so, it’s high time to get it winterized. We’ve written on this important subject before. Keeping your RV water lines from freezing (and breaking) is serious stuff. One question that pops up when discussing winterizing is this: Is there a difference... Read More

Omni Chill High-Efficiency A/C system enables three A/Cs

GOSHEN, Ind. — Until now it has been impossible to operate three RV air conditioners in “cooling” mode at the same time. With each air conditioner requiring up to 20 amps of power, the electrical demand exceeded virtually all of the RV’s 50-amp capacity. Enter the Fuzion Omni Chill Super High-Efficiency A/C system. Says Fuzion product manager Jeremiah Dumka, “The... Read More

This is much better than a P-trap

Hey Doc, I was at an RV show recently and I noticed that there wasn’t a regular P-trap under the lavatory sink, just a straight fitting or adapter. Any idea what this was? I thought all sinks had to have a water lock to keep the holding tank fumes from getting inside the motorhome. —Craig J. Hey Craig, Welcome to... Read More

RV Electricity – Portable space heater safety, Part 2

By Mike Sokol As promised, here’s Part 2 on space heater safety. Last week we discussed the wattage and amperage draw requirements of various wattage space heaters, and discussed electrical fires that can result from heat-damaged outlets and how using skinny extension cords and outlet strips can cause a fire. You can review Part 1 here.  This week we’ll discuss... Read More