RV Mods: Carry your water hose on this spare tire bracket

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re like us, you sometimes find yourself a little short of space. Our rig doesn’t have “basement storage,” and what little space is accessible from outside the rig is at a premium. After doing a little head-scratching, we came up with a way to store our water hose outside the rig – on... Read More

Sagging slideout topper – What’s an RVer to do?

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, The awning over my slideout is sagging on one end, but the other end is tight as both ends should be. Is there a way to adjust the tension on the... Read More

Generator ground rod confusion and clarification

Hi, Mike, In your efforts to make things clear, you’ve confused me (doesn’t take much, apparently). I’ve read in several of your articles where you say that grounding your RV with a ground rod doesn’t do anything to protect against hot skin, that the resistance is too high.  OK, that makes sense. Then in the March 5th RV Travel Daily... Read More

Are you transporting alien bugs in your RV?

By Deanna Tolliver Stink bugs! Specifically, brown marmorated stink bugs. Have you seen them in your RV? They’re more common in the eastern U.S. but are rapidly heading west, in part because they’re hitching rides in our RVs!  They are not just ugly and smell bad: They present a potentially devastating threat to North American agriculture. RV Travel editor Chuck... Read More

RVer wants info for DIY onboard systems diagnostic work

Hello Gary, I was wondering if you could recommend a comprehensive technical publication for doing diagnostic work on RV refrigerators, hot water tanks and air-conditioning units? I realize there may be multiple publications involved and also may be specific to type, but I am looking for somewhat more basic tech publications, at least at first.  I am fairly comfortable technically... Read More

Rats eating the wiring in your car? RV?

The Weekly Driver reports that vehicles parked outside and near trees are literally being eaten by rats! At least their wiring. “Owners of cars from several manufacturers are increasingly reporting that rats and other rodents are eating their vehicles from the inside out,” the website reported. See survey below. Have rodents damaged the wiring in your car or RV? Reports... Read More

How often do you have to recertify propane tanks?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My husband and I began fulltime RVing in November 2017. We bought a 2003 Alpine Coach motorhome, having it inspected and warranted before hitting the road. We headed south from Indiana and have been to several states. We haven’t had need for propane much other than a few cold... Read More

Why are my RV batteries drying out?

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 50-amp transfer switch. My question is if the power from the converter/charger goes through the transfer switch? I’m boiling batteries and trying to determine if the converter or... Read More