RV Mods: Power visors — inside shade easily at hand

By Jim Twamley Jim’s writings were a favorite among our readers for many years. Jim’s health finally forced him to “hang up the keys,” but we like to dip into the archives and pull out pertinent “oldies” to share. Here’s one of them: In my travels I often wandered around various-size swap meets/flea markets in favorite snowbird hangouts. You can... Read More

RV power converters: Fix or replace?

  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, I have a problem with my converter/charger on my 2006 Winnebago Sightseer. The converter is a Parallax model 7345, which is causing excessive noise on the AM radio band. The... Read More

Make your powerful 50-amp service safer with SmartPlug

  By Bob Difley So you have a big box filled with power-hungry appliances like microwaves, lots of bright lights, and a couple of air conditioners and you know how to use ’em. You also know that it takes 50 amps to run them – and that’s a lot of power. But that much power can also overheat connectors and... Read More

RV spring shakedown primer

  As memories of a cold, long winter begin to wane, many of us get antsy for that first RV excursion of the season. Holed up all winter, we’ve been making travel plans, waiting for the trees to blossom, the birds to chirp and the campgrounds to open. The majority of us readied our coaches last fall for storage; some... Read More

Water, water, everywhere. Do you have enough to drink?

  By Bob Difley The top three reasons — maybe four — why you may have to abandon your boondocking campsite are all the result of diminishing resources: (1) Your freshwater tank is sucking air, (2) Your black water holding tank is backing up into your toilet, (3) Your gray water tank is backing up into your shower, and (4)... Read More

Power requirement for a residential style fridge

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, In the latest newsletter you talked about boondocking and charging your batteries. We have a residential refrigerator in our 2016 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. It is not a three-way. How do I keep the fridge going while boondocking without harming the batteries? —Judy and Mark  Hi Judy and Mark,... Read More

On-the-go charging with Phoenix Briefcase Generator

  By Bob Difley The Phoenix Briefcase Generator, an all-in-one portable solar power system, was specifically designed for mobile, off-grid and emergency applications. This compact, lightweight backup system combines two highly efficient Renogy 10W Monocrystalline Solar Panels and is capable of expanding up to 120 watts. The Phoenix’s 16Ah Li-ion(NMC) battery is replaceable, offering the capability of limitless power for on-the-go... Read More

Lippert slideout adjustment

  Dear Gary, Can you explain the adjustment sequence on how far the slides go in and out with my Lippert slideout? The manual just says to adjust the jam nuts, but not which way. —Paul. B. Dear Paul, I checked with the Customer Service Manager at Lippert and evidently they’ve edited that user’s guide you sent me, to make... Read More