RV generator cannot carry a load

  Dear Gary, I read your column with much interest and one question regarding inexpensive water heater bypass valves caught my attention as I had a similar problem with my fifth-wheel. In my unit the hot water pressure was very low and flow was slow but the cold water was full bore at all taps. Living here in Calgary, I... 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

Brighten or dim your RV’s interior lights with 3-way switch

    By Bob Difley You can now vary the brightness of your cabin lights with the simple flip of a switch – no dimmer required, a press release from SalVinCo reports. Bee Green LED’s new Three Way G4 bi-pin LED bulbs offer you the option to choose among three levels of lighting from one bulb. Just by toggling the... 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

Onan’s “fits and starts” give RVer fits

  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, We have a 2011 Pleasure Way with an Onan Generator (QR2800). It has been exercised regularly but never actually used for more than 30 minutes. Now that we actually need... 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

Expensive mistake when installing 30-amp RV outlet at home

  RV Electricity with Mike Sokol Dear Mike, Thank you for bringing the miswiring issue to light. I have been a licensed journeyman electrician for over ten years, but when a customer asked me to install an outside 30-amp outlet for his RV in the driveway, I accidentally wired it up for 240 volts, NOT 120 volts. That was a... Read More