Shurhold’s SMC cleaner does it all

  For many RV owners, time is a precious commodity – they’d rather be out enjoying the road than stuck in the driveway detailing. Professional-grade SMC (Serious Multi-purpose Cleaner) from Shurhold Industries makes short work of a long list of cleaning chores. It’s a powerful degreaser and stain remover that contains no bleach, so it’s safe on a wide range... Read More

Lance recalls trailers for power tongue jack issue

Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. is recalling 2,054 model year 2018 travel trailers, models 1475, 1575, 1685, 1995, 2185, 2285, 2295, 2375 and 2465, equipped with a Smart-Jack model power tongue jack. The laminated plastic touch pad on the jack may crack or separate allowing water to enter, potentially causing the jack to operate unintentionally. If the jack retracts or extends... Read More

RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 4

Issue 4 • February 25, 2018 Brought to you as a public service by RVtravel.com. Support comes from our sponsors, advertisers and the contributions of readers, who believe that an educated RVer is a safe, happy RVer. Please consider supporting our efforts with a voluntary subscription. Subscribe to one (or more) of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. GFCIs:... Read More

Manufacturers can make getting RV parts difficult

By Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service One of the things that you as an RV owner may not realize is some manufacturers sell parts only to their own dealers. For example, if you need a part for a Keystone product, you’ll find their parts are only obtainable through a Keystone dealer. In principle, I understand why they want to favor their... Read More

Tire inflation not the same for all trailers – more on Interply Shear

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble I have written a number of times on the topic of Interply Shear. This is the force that is trying to tear the belts of radial tires apart. There are some highly technical papers on the topic and you can review them after a simple Google search on the term. You... Read More

Hubby solved noisy LP detector by disconnecting it – Bad idea!

Dear RV Shrink: We live six months at a time in a 35-foot fifth wheel. Recently our propane detector started acting weird so my husband just disconnected the wires. He failed to inform me of this repair technique and I was content that it was working properly again. When I finally discovered that it was disconnected I had a fit.... Read More

Trailer folk: Jack the frame – not the axle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When we were new to the RVing-with-a-trailer set, we bought an older fifth wheel that had been sitting about on its tires for some time. Lots of tread left, sure, but the tires themselves had been exposed to plenty of UV radiation. Our RVing mentors “learned us” quickly that just because there’s plenty of... Read More

RV Mods – A quick disconnect for your RV’s LP heater?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many RVers have found it to their advantage to shuck the use of the factory RV furnace in favor of a “Blue Flame” or catalytic style heater. For boondockers, these LP-fired heaters are a godsend, as most use no electricity (no battery run-down) and are far more efficient than RV furnaces ever dreamed of... Read More

Sticky 5th wheel hitch, Cowboy? Slick ’em up!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris One of the most neglected areas for fifth wheels, the hitch, can be one of the most cantankerous. Having a “stuck” hitch release can really take the joy out of the lifestyle, yet it’s easy to care for problems before they come up. Fifth wheel hitches having moving parts, and the locking assembly that... Read More