A reminder of staying hyper-attentive while driving

It pays to be cautious when driving or towing your RV. You can’t stop as well as you can with a passenger car. In driver education classes, students are taught to always be aware of what is transpiring far ahead of them to avoid a surprise. An accident last Tuesday in Washington state illustrates that hyperawareness can be critical. In... Read More

Rand McNally introduces three new RV dashboard devices

  SKOKIE, Ill., Aug. 8, 2017 – Six years after launching the first navigation unit designed specifically for RVers – and pioneering that category – Rand McNally today announced a new line-up of RV devices that go far beyond GPS and navigation. Leading off the new line is the OverDryve™ 7 RV, an all-in-one dashboard device that combines RV-specific navigation,... Read More

Don’t get stuck — Have a ‘Plan B’ when boondocking

By Bob Difley If you are reading this you might be either (A) a boondocker, or (B) thinking of becoming a boondocker. The very fact that you are/may be a boondocker could also be one of your problems. If you are a boondocker, you are by definition adventurous, curious, bold, a little bit devil-may-care, impetuous, sometimes daring, possibly eccentric and,... Read More

Turbo diesel engine overheats. RVer wonders why

  Dear Readers, I received this email from reader Don Self about overheating problems with his turbo diesel engine. If you would like to offer Don a tip, please leave a comment. Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience. —Chuck/editor Don wrote: In 2007, I bought my first RV (5th wheel) and a new turbo diesel one-ton pickup the same day... Read More

How common is RV drivers’ road rage, and what can be done?

  Dear RV Shrink: I have an ongoing problem with road rage. He sits right next to me in the motorhome and swears a blue streak at the outside world as we drive down the road. If we are in rural areas he seems like a perfectly normal, compassionate human being. When we get into heavy traffic congestion, construction zones,... Read More

Before driving RV, please engage brain

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Traveling by car to an appointment in the “big city” of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, we noticed with some alarm as a commercial truck pulled out into the “suicide lane” to pass a vehicle. Since a commercial driver’s license is a pretty-much coveted possession of truck drivers, it seemed to us an unusually... Read More

How often do you use your phone or text while driving?

  In issue 797 of the RVtravel.com newsletter, editor Chuck Woodbury talks about texting or phone use while driving. How would you describe your habits? Now, be honest! Sign up for our free RVing newsletters. We invite you to subscribe to our weekly, flagship RVtravel.com newsletter or any of our other free, online newsletters. We are now in our 16th... Read More

Will weight on rear of RV trailer off-balance the rig?

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, We own a 25-foot 2006 Hi-Lo Classic. I’d like to mount a class II hitch and a two-bike rack on the rear of the Hi-Lo. The hitch can be mounted... Read More

RV driving: Understanding grade signs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re new to RVing, or have spent your time in the Midwest flatlands, first hitting mountain country can be a bit of an eye-opener. Those yellow warning signs that talk about a “steep grade,” often accompanied by a percentage number, can be confusing. Road grades seem mysterious at first, but really are simple.... Read More