Take care with campfires

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician and former professional fireman. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Campfire safety is something I think most RVers are cognizant of but, as I have seen a number of burned awnings over the years, it’s worth mentioning here. First, many wildfires... 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

No water pressure in RV fresh water plumbing system

  Dear Gary, The water pressure in our motorhome is getting lower and lower in the bathroom, plus it makes a whistling sound when the hot water is running. The sound seems to be coming from or near the water heater. I have replaced the connector and pressure valve where you hook it to city water. It still has low... Read More

RV levelers — What maintenance?

  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 spend six months as snowbirds in Florida near Orlando.  The jacks are down for the full six months. Do the shafts need to be lubricated and retracted during the... 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