New fees – and fee hikes – in the Idaho Panhandle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a move that may be unsettling for some Pacific Northwest recreationists, fee increases, and new fees where none existed before, are being trotted out for review by managers of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It’s a broad spectrum of changes that managers say will simply bring rates more into line with other existing... Read More

What’s all this electrical “ground” stuff about?

  Dear Mike, I had a problem a few months ago where the campground pedestal lost its ground, which gave my RV a hot-skin voltage. But I had my jacks down on the ground, so why didn’t that ground my RV? Are there different grounds or what? —Frank S. Dear Frank, I get this question a lot, so you’re in... Read More

Newmar recalls some motorhomes for headlight defect

Newmar is recalling certain 2018 Bay Star and Bay Star Sport motorhomes. The front side marker lights on these vehicles may not be connected to the wiring harness. Additionally, when the headlight high beams are activated, the low beams may not illuminate as intended. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard... Read More

Jayco recalls 49,563 RVs for defective fire extinguishers

Jayco is recalling more than 49,000 model year 2002-2016 RVs equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. The list of RVs involved in the recall is below. The extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected, or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach... Read More

Salem, Wildwood trailers recalled for wrong placard

Forest River is recalling some 2018 Salem and Wildwood trailers. The Federal placard on the vehicles incorrectly states that the trailers are equipped with ST215/75R15 load range D tires, however, the installed tires are size ST205/75R15 load range D. As such, the vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection... Read More

Grand Design recalls 4,000 RVs, jack problem

Grand Design is recalling nearly 4,000 model year 2017-2018 Reflection and Imagine travel trailers equipped with a Smart-Jack model power tongue jack. The laminated plastic touch pad on the jack may crack or separate allowing water to enter, potentially causing the jack to operate unintentionally. Grand Design will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power tongue jack, free of... Read More

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 825

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 17th year of continuous publication, is funded primarily through advertising and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! Issue 825 • Week of December 23–29, 2017   #rvtravel SHOP AT AMAZON and help support this newsletter! If you shop at Amazon.com, would you please visit... Read More