Electrical gremlins? Multimeters to the rescue

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician There are many brands and kinds of multimeters, from inexpensive dollar store specials to Flukes and Extechs. While I’ll refrain from recommending any particular brand or mode, I will make a few recommendations for features. AC/DC Amp Clamp: Power is measured by volts (pressure) and amps (flow). Since more than half of the electrical... Read More

Tools for RVers: Battery-powered screw gun

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician One of the most useful tools you can carry in an RV is a good battery-powered screw gun. As a professional technician, I use a DeWalt 12-volt screw gun every day. I’m never without it. What’s nice about this tool is it’s lightweight, compact, pretty powerful, has a huge array of bits available and... Read More

Tools for RVers: Two handy screwdrivers

Spotlight on Tools Here’s a useful tool you might want to carry with you in your RV. By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician A standard throughout the RV industry, Robertson or square head screws hold almost everything in an RV together, from cabinetry to outside trim. Robertson screws are used because the screws hold exceptionally well to the screwdriver or... Read More

Choose the right vacuum cleaner to keep your rig tidy

By Greg Illes Whether we live in stick-and-brick houses or in our cherished RVs, the grime of daily living always seems to intrude. Dust, dirt and debris find their way into our pristine living quarters and suddenly— we just can’t stand it anymore. Break out the broom, hand brush, damp rag or the vacuum cleaner. At home, a vacuum simply... Read More

Why a voltmeter will help you to be a happy camper

By Greg Illes There’s a lot of confusion out there about batteries, not the least of which is how to tell if your batteries are properly charged or not. Pretty much the only handy, inexpensive way to do this is with a (good) voltmeter. Let’s make sure we have the basics down pat: A fully charged battery will measure approximately... Read More