Use wireless thermometers to track important areas

By Greg Illes Once upon a time, the only reliable temperature measurement was with a hollow glass rod filled with mercury. As awkward and fragile as these devices were, they were the only choice. Even rough-country explorers had to use them (to measure altitude via the boiling point of water). But today, modern electronics provide not only glass-free thermometers, but... Read More

RV weight limits can sneak up on you

By Greg Illes I‘ve learned to always drive my RV within its specified weight limits. How I learned this is a long and somewhat sordid tale, but I’ll touch on the highlights. First of all, know that “stock” motorhomes do not have a reputation as load-haulers. Manufacturers seem to play a minimalist game, buying a chassis (from Ford or whoever)... Read More

What kind of water filter do you really need?

By Greg Illes We shower with it, flush the toilet, wash dishes, and (most importantly) we drink it. Behind the scenes, it also runs through all of our expensive, hard-to-service plumbing and fixtures. It hardly needs to be said that we want good, clean water in our tanks and pipes. For most folks hooked up to an RV park’s water... Read More

Is AGM or lithium in your RV battery future?

By Greg Illes If you thought you knew a lot about batteries, be prepared to go back to school in the near future: The world is changing. Once upon a time, RV batteries came from familiar factory names such as Lifeline, Trojan, Interstate, and the like. They were 12V, or better yet 6V “golf cart” styles, made with 19th-century lead-acid... Read More

Getting along — Pointers for a great RV partnership

By Greg Illes It is said that wherever your relationship is going, traveling together in an RV will take it there sooner. Here are some thoughts and pointers for traveling (and living) in close quarters with your loved one. “Right” and “Wrong” — get rid of them Does your brain work like this: “If I think one thing, and somebody... Read More

Master your cruise control for smooth traveling

By Greg Illes Most RVs have cruise control capability, either on the steering wheel or one of the steering column controls. Most drivers have a basic understanding of this feature; some may have had awkward experiences with cruise control and may have abandoned its use. But the Cruise function is really useful and should be a part of every driver’s... Read More