GFCI hums in Class A motorhome — Why?

Dear Gary,I have replaced the Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) in my Class A motorhome and the new one hums when the inverter is on. Do you know why? —Denise D. Dear Denise,My immediate thought is that the new one simply does not know the words! Or it might have something to do with an internal line balance-detecting transformer (more likely).... Read More

Unexpected cause of Dometic fridge fire discovered

By Greg GerberRV Daily Report SUN CITY, Ariz. — An RV technician trying to diagnose a problem with an older model RV watched as the unit’s Dometic refrigerator caught fire. His subsequent investigation traced the source to an electrical problem not related to the gas leak commonly cited as the source of refrigerator fires. The flaw impacts RVs built in... Read More

RV rearview mirror/camera system provides HD recording

By Bob Difley Pyle Audio®, manufacturers of outdoor recreational sports gear and home, car and pro audio equipment, releases the Dual Camera & Monitor DVR System. Designed to offer drivers and passengers a new level of protection, the adjustable, built-in cameras and monitor system mount conveniently on the existing rearview mirror for smarter and safer driving. Drivers may unobtrusively position... Read More

Winnebago recalls motorhomes for brake issue

(July 25, 2016) — Winnebago is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Winnebago Tour motorhomes manufactured May 25, 2013, to November 25, 2015, and Itasca Ellipse motorhomes manufactured May 25, 2013, to November 18, 2015. The throttle pedal position sensor on the affected vehicles may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate as expected, reducing the... Read More

Forest River recalling certain Flagstaff, Work N’ Play trailers

(July 9, 2016) — Forest River is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Flagstaff trailers manufactured from August 11, 2015, through October 27, 2015, and Work N’ Play trailers manufactured from October 25, 2015, through May 6, 2016. The MB Sturgis liquid propane (LP) regulator on the vehicles may allow propane gas to leak into the regulator sight glass causing it to... Read More

Think rubber tires will protect your RV from lightning? Think again!

When lightning is striking all around, do you think your RV, riding atop rubber tires, will protect you from being struck? Well, hate to spoil your confidence, but they won’t. The fact is, in some RVs you will be heavily protected, but in others you might as well just stand outside. Learn more from RV electricity expert Mike Sokol in... Read More

Why a young boy died by simply touching the family RV

By Chuck Woodbury, editor I wrote this article two years ago in response to the death of a 3-year-old boy, who was electrocuted by simply touching his family’s Airstream trailer and reprinted the article again in early June, 2016 in the RV Travel Newsletter. The trailer was experiencing what is known as a “hot skin” condition. It can happen to any of... Read More

Seat belt laws in 50 states

Traffic Safety Trends: State Legislative Action 2015 © 2016 National Conference of State Legislatures By Anne Teigen, Douglas Shinkle and Amanda Essex Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2015; Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 2015. Editor: The following is an excerpt from the above publication. Occupant Protection According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are a... Read More

Not wearing gloves while dumping? Big mistake!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In this day of fastidiousness and the injection of antibacterial chemicals in nearly every product, there’s a strange movement out there: Dumping holding tanks with your bare hands. We’ve sometimes wondered why anyone would take on this bacteriological nightmare without protection. From those that don’t, we sometimes hear the excuse, “It’s just too much... Read More