Dead RV battery issue leaves owner in the dark

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 perplexing issue on my 2012 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. When I put the coach away in storage I carefully make sure the power switch is off for the house... Read More

RV fluorescent lights gone dim – What gives?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris An RVer who was hooked up to shore power reported a sudden “dimness” in his fluorescent lights. Then a short time later, they simply failed to turn on. Meantime, his incandescent lamps were shining away brilliantly. At first he wondered if it might be a ballast or tube issue, but since the problem was afflicting ALL... Read More

Rein in unnecessary electricity usage

  By Bob Difley One of the skills for making boondocking enjoyable if you haven’t installed solar panels is the efficient use of your available electricity, which will reduce the length of time you need to run your generator or engine to recharge batteries. Recharging batteries always takes longer than you think, and the sound of a running engine can... Read More

Prevent theft with heavy-duty battery lock

  By Bob Difley Prevent theft with a heavy-duty dual-or single-battery lock from Battery Shackle of Redding, CA. Perfect for anyone out hunting, camping, or fishing or leaving an RV in storage. It is the only dual/single battery lock of its type on the market. Top-Quality Materials The American-made locks are manufactured from the finest steel by certified welders. These... Read More

Intellitec Battery Disconnect Relay prevents dead batteries

  By Bob Difley It is not a pleasant surprise to find dead batteries in your RV after storing it for a few weeks. The phantom discharges will do that, and Ghost Busters are no help. However, you can prevent your batteries from becoming discharged with a switch-controlled battery disconnect. The Intellitec Battery Disconnect Relay is at the heart of... Read More

Use an inexpensive inverter to minimize generator runs

By Greg Illes Not very many of us like the sound of a generator — it’s regarded by most as a necessary evil. In some areas, there are significant restrictions on generator-use times. Add to this the need to “warm up” a generator before you put a real load on it, and running a generator becomes even more annoying. But... Read More

Starting battery croaks in campground

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, Speaking of batteries — how come my under-the-hood engine battery keeps going dead when I am hooked up to an electric post at campgrounds? I have a Class C Jayco 32-foot... Read More

Charging chassis battery through a lighter socket?

By Chris DoughertyChris 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,Because our chassis battery does not charge when we are plugged into shore power, we plug in a small 12-volt solar panel and set it on the dash when we are parked for... Read More