Curing the curse of hard water RV plumbing issues

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For folks who live up in the Pacific Northwest, the curse of “hard water” probably never enters your vocabulary. It never did for us – until we started spending time in the Desert Southwest. We quickly learned how much trouble a few “mineral deposits” in the water supply can create. Deposits in pipes, fittings... Read More

Full-time RVing: Shop, but make sure the galley will “work”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Not everyone already has an RV when they begin their “full-time career.” Well, I guess we did — it was a large truck camper, but it didn’t take long to figure out that full-timing in a slide-in camper just wasn’t going to cut it. So we started shopping for a “new” home. Maybe you’re... Read More

Newbie tips: Can you drive a Class A RV?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many folks, on “thinking” about getting their first Class A motorhome, are a bit intimidated. After all, they’re so BIG! However do you pilot that big thing down the road? How could you ever get comfortable maneuvering so much mass? Here’s some advice from those who’ve made the big leap and now are... Read More

RV covers — Are they a good thing?

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a question he received from several readers  while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. To cover or not to cover? That is the question. I’m often asked if it’s a good idea to cover an RV during the winter. There are a number of commercially available RV... Read More

The readers write: From poop to gas, some folks came unstuck

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Gaffer tape gaff? When a gaffer tape manufacturer’s offer to give every reader a roll of its product on request didn’t work right the first week, some of our readers came unstuck. As was noted, some disappointed folks said they were through with us. We’re adhering to your comments – even if... Read More

RV Mods: Quiet that noisy water pump

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers away from “city water” connections sometimes complain of a noise when using the RV water system. They may not be used to the sounds produced by the RV water pump; other times there are genuine issues that can often be resolved to bring quiet back when running water. “Demand” water pump systems —... Read More

Are all RV power adapters created equal?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A regular reader sent us this interesting question: “I bought a popup camper a few years back that had the various plug adapters included. Last year I sold the popup and purchased a travel trailer, but kept those electrical adapters. Here is my question: Can electrical adapters be as safe as a dog bone... Read More