Transition to RV solar with low-cost task lights

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many RVers that are new to boondocking shudder at the expense of putting in a solar charging system. They love getting away to the back country, enjoy the solitude and quiet, but find it hard to cough up the big bucks. Here’s a thought on how you may be able to still enjoy... Read More

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

Not-so-happy camper jacks customer needs help

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 camper with electric HappiJac camper jacks controlled by a remote attached to an expandable cord, and when I hit the up/down button all I get is a click... Read More

Keep outside electric connections dry with Twist and Seal

  By Bob Difley When I was asked to review Twist and Seal’s line of protectors designed to keep electrical cord connections dry and safe from rain and snow it appeared initially to be a bit overkill. But then logic and my penchant for avoiding electrocution took over. After all, fiddling with electricity in wet environments should not be taken... 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

RV power converters: Fix or replace?

  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 problem with my converter/charger on my 2006 Winnebago Sightseer. The converter is a Parallax model 7345, which is causing excessive noise on the AM radio band. The... Read More

Power requirement for a residential style fridge

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, In the latest newsletter you talked about boondocking and charging your batteries. We have a residential refrigerator in our 2016 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. It is not a three-way. How do I keep the fridge going while boondocking without harming the batteries? —Judy and Mark  Hi Judy and Mark,... Read More

On-the-go charging with Phoenix Briefcase Generator

  By Bob Difley The Phoenix Briefcase Generator, an all-in-one portable solar power system, was specifically designed for mobile, off-grid and emergency applications. This compact, lightweight backup system combines two highly efficient Renogy 10W Monocrystalline Solar Panels and is capable of expanding up to 120 watts. The Phoenix’s 16Ah Li-ion(NMC) battery is replaceable, offering the capability of limitless power for on-the-go... Read More