Why use synthetic blocks under tires on asphalt?

Dear Gary, You have recommended using non-absorbing, synthetic blocks under the footprint of the tires when parked on asphalt. Would you explain why? —Don B. Dear Don, I do tend to favor blocking under the tires, to raise them up off whatever surface you store the rig on, especially if it’s stored on asphalt. Simply put, petrochemicals can be damaging…

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Trailer breakaway switch operation, and inverter questions

Dear Gary, I have several questions about the breakaway switch on a travel trailer. First, thank you so much for all of your time at the Hershey Shows. You always go way beyond what is expected to answer questions. My wife, Jayme, and I have attended several of your sessions over the years. I have always learned something from each…

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Put a cordless screw gun in your RV arsenal

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. One of the most useful tools you can carry in an RV is a good battery-powered screw gun. As a professional technician, I use a DeWalt 12-volt screw gun every day. I’m never without it. What’s…

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RV education conference adds to faculty

Walter Cannon, Executive Director of the RV Safety & Education Foundation, (RVSEF), has announced the addition of Chris Dougherty to the faculty member and teaching staff for the upcoming 2018 RV Technical Education & Safety Conference. The annual event will be held September 27 through October 1 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, at the Pritchard Community Center. Chris is an RV industry journalist, an…

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Actively using your RV? Maintain it even now

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. One of my best friends likes to say that once the Fourth of July hits, the summer is over. I’m not so cynical, especially now that RVs can be so capable of extending the camping season.…

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What can be done for RV sidewall delamination?

Dear Gary, What’s the most inexpensive way to deal with a soft wall spot where there was prior water damage? Also, the outside has a bubble. Is there any way of smoothing it without spending a fortune? Under our window, the day/nite shade pulled out and upon inspection we found a little hole where the wall is soft. We need…

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Could the “Egyptian curse” affect your RV?

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’ve been stationary for almost a month, so far. I’ve noticed what I think is a pyramid formed at the pipe base in the black tank. This has occurred twice in…

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