Buying a bargain-priced “flooded” RV? Beware!

Dear Gary, I’m thinking of buying a previously flooded travel trailer off a salvage site. The unit was in a freshwater flood with water sitting in there for about 15 days before it was cleaned up. Water was up over the fuse panel but the batteries were not hooked up and it wasn’t plugged in at the time of flooding.... Read More

Politics: Would the end of mortgage interest deductions hurt RVers?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As Washington lawmakers battle it out over a tax plan, everyone wonders who the winners – and losers – will be. We don’t have a working crystal ball, but published information about the House tax bill, which has already passed, could be of interest to RV buyers – and present-day owners who’ve floated loans... 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

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

Are air brakes for you?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you hear the word “Westinghouse,” your mind probably jumps to kitchen appliances, and you’d be right. But George Westinghouse, founder of the company that later produced appliances, can also be remembered as the inventor of air brakes. First designed for trains, air brakes later moved to heavy trucks, and today they’re in... Read More