Customers shedding teardrops over teardrop trailer debacle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris An Australian RV manufacturer, Gidget Retro Teardrop Campers Pty Ltd. has left its customers in the United States and Australia holding the bag for more than 1.2 million U.S. dollars. The company has announced it has placed itself under “Voluntary Administration,” roughly equivalent to a bankruptcy proceeding. The company produced a modern remake of…

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RV water: How fresh is “fresh” water?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Having your RV sitting in the driveway, “ready to roll” on a spur-of-the-moment trip, is one of the gifts of our lifestyle. Got propane and gas in the tanks? Holding tanks empty? If you keep a few clothes in the rig, some non-perishable food items, and grab whatever else from your house fridge, your…

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Keeping spare light bulbs is a bright idea

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a story he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. These days many new RVs come equipped with all LED lighting, which is great. LEDs last a long time and are very energy efficient. The rest of us still have good old-fashioned light bulbs that burn…

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Add-on small shelves can organize or display

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It seems like there’s never quite enough “space” for everything in the RV. Sometimes an off-the-wall idea can help. Actually, in this case, it’s an on-the-wall idea. Need a handy spot for small stuff you need beside the bed at night? Tired of knocking pill bottles, glasses or that paperback book off the nightstand?…

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Goodyear tires under investigation

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A consumer group is saying Goodyear Tire could be treading on thin ice with the federal government’s safety watchdog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Earlier this month, the agency opened an investigation of complaints concerning Goodyear’s G159 tires, popular among some Class-A motorhome owners. The tires in question were manufactured between 1996…

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Nine easy steps to holding down fuel costs

By Bob Difley In an article in the Financial Edge newsletter from Investopedia.com, Jean Folger points out these nine effective ways to increase your gas mileage by driving more efficiently. This can be even more timely and important as projections for fuel prices appear to be on the rise. And as events from 2017 remind us, unexpected “outside” events and forces…

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RV shopping? Two “musts” you may not have considered

By Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service How do buyers decide which RV to buy? They focus on interior design and floor plans. Manufacturers know this and go to great lengths in “staging” their various models for photographs used in advertising. Potential owners likewise pick their favorites based on what they see inside and, to a lesser extent, the outside of the…

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Doing the “Quartzsite Crawl”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In their travels, RVers encounter many strange phenomenons. We’re not referring to the “UFO Highway” or even appearances of the Aurora Borealis. It’s more circumstances on the road that just seem to pop up that try our ability to adapt. It could be interstate traffic that’s “wall to wall and ten feet tall,” or…

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