Replace fluorescent tubes with Cabin Bright LEDs

By Chris Dougherty Low voltage fluorescent lighting has been around the RV industry for many years, allowing for improved task lighting in our RVs from ceiling lights to under-cabinet lighting. Fluorescent lights use quite a bit of power and have a somewhat frequent failure rate as compared to other types of lighting. A recent product on the market has solved... Read More

RV water heater won’t stay lit. RVer asks for help

This is a question from a reader to Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, when he was our technical editor   Dear Chris,My automatic ignition hot water heater in our motor home ignites but won’t stay on. It tries several times and then quits. Any suggestions? —Don   Dear Don, This is a result of the control board not sensing the flame,... Read More

Can you seal over old RV roof sealant?

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,When inspecting the roof on my Rockwood travel trailer I have noticed some areas of sealant that cause some slight concern, such as cracking. Am I able to apply new sealant over... Read More

Save money at RV surplus and salvage yards

By Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician Sad to say, RVs are a lot like cars: As they bounce down the road of life, they wear and tear, and sooner or later you’ve got to replace something. And like cars, parts aren’t usually cheap. But here’s a little secret that many don’t know about RVs: Like cars, you don’t always have... Read More

RV slideout “topper” awning sagging. What to do?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician Chris Dougherty received this question from an RVtravel.com reader when he was our technical editor. Dear Chris,The awning over my slide out is sagging on one end, the other end is tight as both ends should be. Is there a way to adjust the tension on the end of the awning? -Jim Wiles Dear... Read More

What’s a good HDTV antenna for an RV?

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from an RV Travel reader. Dear Chris,I just watched your video on the Rayzar antenna. I have a Roadtrek (camper van) which does not have a Winegard antenna on the roof. Would you have suggestions for an HDTV antenna for this type of RV. —Dave Dear... Read More