Tayama Thermal Cooker works like a crockpot with little energy

  By Bob Difley Crockpots and slow cookers are nice – if you are plugged into shore power. But when boondocking, not so much. But with the Tayama Thermal Cooker you can prepare those mouth-watering casseroles, stews, soups, veggies, and more with a fraction of the cooking time, and all for just minutes on a burner of your gas stove.... Read More

Pack those RV cabinets so contents don’t escape

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris “How do you store stuff in your cupboards?” asks the new RVer. Fearful that the shifting and bumping of the road would cause grief (and broken crockery), the question becomes, “How do you store your stuff safely?” Will dining life on the road be limited to paper plates, Styrofoam cups and plastic knives... Read More

Campground power pedestal failures (Reader Poll included)

  My column last week on open pedestal grounds (Campsite power pedestal safety: “open ground” danger) must have caused quite a stir with our readers since my inbox has received a bunch of questions and stories about similar incidents around the country. Here’s just one of them: “For the first time in a year of full-timing my EMS protector gave... Read More

What’s causing a sweating mattress?

  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, When someone sleeps on the air mattress of our fold-out couch the mattress sweats. We generally have to dry it off each day with a hair dryer before we fold... Read More

RV Mods: Remove and replace rotted flooring

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Those who love — and preserve — an older RV often find a painful reality in their treasure: soft spots in the flooring. The problem is usually traced back to a water leak that’s compromised the integrity of the floor. Sometimes it can be ignored for a while, but it can get downright... Read More

Campsite power pedestal safety: “open ground” danger

  I just received this email from one of my readers who happens to be a Progressive Industries Surge Protector owner. I’ll explain why this situation is so dangerous after his email. Mike, Yesterday we arrived at a Corps of Engineers campground in Florida and after connecting our 50-amp power cable with a Progressive Industries Surge Protector, we had the... Read More

Protect your RV’s electrical system

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he prepared while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. A reader wrote in who had heard about RVs getting fried by bad wiring in campgrounds, and asked if I would recommend purchasing a surge protector for an RV to help prevent this. I highly recommend... Read More

LED bulb replacement dangers

  Replacing tungsten and halogen bulbs with modern LED bulbs is becoming popular with many RV owners since it reduces the power load. However, you have to be careful that you’re installing LED replacement bulbs into DC powered fixtures, and NOT AC powered fixtures. Recently, editor Chuck Woodbury has been receiving letters from RVtravel.com readers about replacement LED bulbs overheating... Read More

Electrical safety near water inside home or RV — Important!

  Texas teen electrocuted after cell phone accidentally falls in bathtub  I just saw this on one of my forums about electrical safety around water and thought I would share it here… —Mike LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A 14-year-old girl from Lubbock died early Sunday morning after being electrocuted in a bathtub. Madison Coe’s mother and grandmother tell... Read More