Is it worth it to inflate tires with nitrogen?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Regarding nitrogen (N2) passing through (permeating) tire rubber more slowly than oxygen (O2) due to molecular size, are nitrogen molecules really larger than oxygen molecules? According to the Get Nitrogen Institute in their paper on N2 effusion, “The correct answer, with respect to ‘permeation,’ is yes.” So I imagine your question is: Why... Read More

RV Electricity – Quick Tips #01 – Sparks

Quick Tips #01 – Turn breakers off before plugging or unplugging Contrary to what you might think, the bright yellow and green sparks you see when unplugging an extension cord or the shore power plug are not electrons zipping around, but rather tiny bits of super-heated copper burning in the air. Where does that burning metal come from? Well, it... Read More

Trim your RV weight and increase storage space, too

By Adrienne Kristine There is a direct connection between reducing the weight inside your RV and increasing the mileage for every gallon of expensive gas you purchase. Storage space is limited, but you can make the best use of the space you have by thinking outside the box or can. When you shop for groceries and sundries for your home,... Read More

Carefree of Colorado rolls out wireless awning control system

Source: news release from Carefree of Colorado (November 22, 2017) — Carefree of Colorado has debuted a wireless awning control system which is Bluetooth-enabled, allowing wireless awning control using the remote fob or Carefree Mobile app from at least 50 feet away without obstruction. The system works with all 12-volt Carefree awnings. The control module is located inside the RV and is the key... Read More

Omni Chill High-Efficiency A/C system enables three A/Cs

GOSHEN, Ind. — Until now it has been impossible to operate three RV air conditioners in “cooling” mode at the same time. With each air conditioner requiring up to 20 amps of power, the electrical demand exceeded virtually all of the RV’s 50-amp capacity. Enter the Fuzion Omni Chill Super High-Efficiency A/C system. Says Fuzion product manager Jeremiah Dumka, “The... Read More

Shurhold offers won’t-scratch sleeves for aluminum handles

  Brush and mop handles can accidentally scratch and mar fine RV finishes. Shurhold Industries’ patented Handle Mate PFD slips over the aluminum shaft of its Telescoping and Fixed Length Handles to protect gelcoat, clear coat, paint, chrome and vinyl graphics. Made from soft, high-quality neoprene, Handle Mate PFD provides a solid, comfortable grip. The durable sleeve is easily installed... Read More

Some household cleaners may not be RV-friendly

Courtesy shurhold.com Editor’s note: The following is information provided by an RV products manufacturer. While there is plenty of product “puffing,” our readers may find some of the non-advertising information useful when working on their RVs.  A clean RV provides the same level of accomplishment and pride as a spotless home, but the products used to get to that point... Read More

This is much better than a P-trap

Hey Doc, I was at an RV show recently and I noticed that there wasn’t a regular P-trap under the lavatory sink, just a straight fitting or adapter. Any idea what this was? I thought all sinks had to have a water lock to keep the holding tank fumes from getting inside the motorhome. —Craig J. Hey Craig, Welcome to... Read More

DIY – Safely welding on your RV

Hello Mike, I recently purchased a travel trailer and need to reweld the bumper support to the frame. Besides unhooking the battery, what other precautions must I take to protect the electrical system on my RV? The welder I’m using is a standard 120-volt unit. Thanks for your help. —Tim Kurta Hi Tim, That’s a great question. And I’m guessing... Read More

Couple’s “storage turf” battle in a Class B motorhome

Dear RV Shrink: My husband and I recently bought a Class B motorhome van – we like small and maneuverable. Our friends all told us it was too small for spending several months a year on the road. What I didn’t plan on was my husband changing his mind about alternative transportation. Now he has decided to haul his motorcycle... Read More