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

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

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

Use bicycle water bottle racks for rattle-free holders

By Greg Illes I’ve been using bike bottle racks for a variety of purposes for several years now. They’re cheap, solid, rattle-free, easy to install, and they fit a surprising number of different objects that you typically find in and around an RV. Also, once installed, they look tidy and neat whether empty or full. Currently, I have a wasp... Read More

Keep your generator linkage clean to prevent stoppages

By Greg Illes Onan generators, typically 4000W (3600W for propane), are often a feature on mid- to large-size RVs. You can recognize these ubiquitous products by the presence of a large green box in place of a storage compartment. While generally quite reliable, these units have a failure mode that is deceptively complex, yielding an error code that essentially says,... Read More

Leaving home — a checklist for successful domicile abandonment

By Greg Illes Every RVer’s dream is to wander off, leaving home and hearth behind, on a weeks- or months-long meander through far unknown lands. Usually, a lot more attention is paid to RV preparation and where the trip will lead than to how well the old homestead might fare without daily supervision. After years of business and personal travel,... 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