RV Mods: Don’t let appliance control boards throw you into fits

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Perhaps some of the most mysterious of RV technical issues surround electronically controlled appliances. “Back in the old days,” as some of us recall, we didn’t have fancy control boards on refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters. Of course, “back in the old days” a lot of us had to go outside in the cold... Read More

Trailer breakaway switch operation, and inverter questions

Dear Gary, I have several questions about the breakaway switch on a travel trailer. First, thank you so much for all of your time at the Hershey Shows. You always go way beyond what is expected to answer questions. My wife, Jayme, and I have attended several of your sessions over the years. I have always learned something from each... Read More

Which repellents keep mosquitoes away best?

Summer is on the way. For many RVers and other campers that means some unpleasant encounters with mosquitoes. Heaven knows there are plenty of repellents to keep the little blood suckers away. But which ones work? In this four-minute segment from the TV show “Inside Edition,” mosquito experts try out several different sprays and other products that promise to keep... Read More

Put a cordless screw gun in your RV arsenal

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. One of the most useful tools you can carry in an RV is a good battery-powered screw gun. As a professional technician, I use a DeWalt 12-volt screw gun every day. I’m never without it. What’s... Read More

Need a step up when hitching up your fifth wheel?

By Deanna Tolliver As a vertically challenged person (i.e., short), and the owner of a fifth wheel, it’s difficult for me to reach over the bed of the truck to either hitch up or unhitch. I’ve carried a step stool and I’ve also had small side steps attached to the side of the truck. But I’ve found another, better, option:... Read More

RV education conference adds to faculty

Walter Cannon, Executive Director of the RV Safety & Education Foundation, (RVSEF), has announced the addition of Chris Dougherty to the faculty member and teaching staff for the upcoming 2018 RV Technical Education & Safety Conference. The annual event will be held September 27 through October 1 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, at the Pritchard Community Center. Chris is an RV industry journalist, an... Read More

Roof sealing questions and answers

Courtesy Dicor Corporation Here are some of my most frequently asked roof sealing questions: Our RV has an all-aluminum exterior. We’re looking for a roof sealant for use around plumbing vents and seams. What’s the best product for the job? Dicor Products’ 501 Lap Sealant is the ideal product to use in these applications. Designed for sealing along roof edges,... Read More