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

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

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

Losing water from fresh tank vent on steep grades?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hello Bob, You gave me some great advice a few months ago when I asked about boondocking during our trip from FL to CA. We had a GREAT time! Now, here is a question for a situation that came up during that trip. We have a 30-gallon fresh water holding... Read More

What’s the deal with composting toilets?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, What are your thoughts about using a composting toilet and then combining both the gray and black tanks as a gray tank? I have read that you can dump gray tanks when boondocking onto the local vegetation. Is that true? So, with an ample solar power system, a... Read More

How to fix a sticky black tank 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 getting... Read More