Extend your batteries’ life with proper care

By Greg Illes Battery capacity is a common topic among RVers, with much discussion of LED lighting and various power-saving techniques. But less understood is the specter of battery life itself: Batteries “die,” which typically means they won’t hold a charge or deliver rated capacity. When this happens, the checkbook comes out and the price tag can be startling. Even... Read More

Temperature-controlled shower unit — high-end but so comfortable

By Greg Illes Many modern homes enjoy the benefits of a temperature-controlled shower. No more hot and cold valves, but rather one handle for setting water temperature, and one handle for controlling the flow. Once hot water reaches the valve, the output temperature never varies and you never have to “fiddle” with the hot and cold knobs (in fact, there... Read More

A big TV installation idea for small RVs

By Greg Illes Our RV floor plan had only one TV, and it was mounted up front, high above the captains’ chairs. Even after we replaced the old CRT monster with a modern flat-screen, it was still an impossible situation. We couldn’t view the TV from the captains’ chairs because it was impossibly high above, and we couldn’t view it... Read More

Organize your RV documents. Go paperless

By Greg Illes If you are like most of us, your RV has a huge collection of operating manuals, installation manuals, specifications and other literature. This stuff usually comes with all the appliances and accessories that are part of a trailer or motorhome, such as refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters, TVs, smoke alarms, generators, electrical panels, and on and on. The... Read More

Taking care of batteries, high-tech style

By Greg Illes Sometimes batteries seem ridiculously simple — we tend to see them as either working or dead. But there is way more than meets the eye in this 2,000-year-old technology. RV batteries are made with lead plates interleaved with lead-dioxide plates. The plates are immersed in sulfuric acid, and the electrochemical reaction creates the battery effect. The whole... Read More

Level your rig like a pro — without messing up your suspension

By Greg Illes For new RVers leveling seems pretty straightforward. The most difficult thing seems to be getting that pesky bubble centered in the level. This is challenging when using leveling ramps or blocks, but less so when using leveling jacks. But there are some nuances to leveling and they’re worth the understanding. Leveling actually consists of two distinct components,... Read More