How to avoid damaging slides when leveling an RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris So what’s the correct way to level your rig without damaging the slides — before or after they are extended? The safest (and most warranty-wise) answer: “Do what your rig’s manual tells you.” Here’s a lift from a Keystone manual: “The recreational vehicle must be level to avoid binding the slide-rooms. Remember, stabilizing jacks... Read More

Airstream announces new European-styled trailer

Airstream has announced a new trailer, the 27-foot Globetrotter. According to a news release, the new Globetrotter uses Airstream’s classic bullet shape and adds “European touches.” In collaboration with the UK-based design studio Astheimer Limited, the Globetrotter features a minimalist interior of aluminum walls, panoramic windows, wrap-around upholstery, recessed speakers, and backlighting throughout. It’s available with either walnut or elm... Read More

Full-time RVing — the plague of cargo capacity

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s the case of the couple that wants to break into full-time RVing. That’s a serious step, since “all your worldly goods” go with you, wherever you go. Their decision is to go with a motorhome – and they want to stay with a gasoline engine rig. After paring down their “stuff” they need... Read More

Is sway control necessary for a short travel trailer?

  Dear Gary, I am a newbie to RVing and I just purchased a used Prowler 22-foot travel trailer and I am towing it behind my F-250. My question is, do I need a sway bar? I am getting mixed messages mostly leaning towards not needing one. —Tami W. Dear Tami, I am a firm believer in both a weight... Read More

How to replace an RV TV

Dear Gary, My husband and I are RV “newbies” and my question will probably sound stupid to veteran RVers. The two TVs in our fifth wheel (probably original equipment) are dual voltage (12/120). I know that means they can work when hooked up at a campground or on battery power from the “house” batteries if not connected to “shore” power.... Read More

Dolly for truck camper comes in handy

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVing with a truck camper certainly has its advantages – but at times there are some drawbacks. Storage for some can be an issue. We’ve heard situations where a truck camper owner’s landlord wouldn’t permit him to off-load the camper and store it on the slab with the jacks supporting it. “It’s gotta... Read More

The readers write: RV financing and more

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Getting off our assets In his editorial column in Issue 811, Editor/Publisher Chuck commented with some alarm about the real cost of financing new RVs. “After 10 percent down, at 4.99 percent APR, that monthly payment stretches for 20 years! That’s crazy — 20 years of payments, while the coach depreciates to... Read More