Can I paint and paper my RV’s interior?

Dear Gary, Can you paint and or wallpaper the inside of an RV? A service person said it will cause mold under the painted or papered area. I would love to brighten up the interior of a fairly new travel trailer. —Patty K. Dear Patty, Properly prepped, it is quite plausible to paint, tile, refinish or wallpaper inside an RV.... Read More

RV Mods: Did you wire your inverter safely?

By Don Wilson When asked questions at my technical seminars, I often find they begin with, “Should I do this…” or “Should I do that?” As you might expect, these are always hard questions to answer regardless of the topic, because each individual operator will have different needs and experiences that are unique to their situation. However, when it comes... Read More

Engine monitors: Drive with safety – and frugality

By Greg Illes In 1996, the U.S. auto manufacturers began adhering to (another) new standard. This time it was the On-Board Diagnostic port, or OBD interface to the engine electronics. This port (since evolved to OBD-II) allowed access to a host of engine parameters, from water temperature to fuel flow and other critical operating numbers. The OBD also reads the... Read More

RV Mods: Light up those dark places easily and inexpensively

By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old saw “It’s always darkest before the dawn” may apply for some folks, but not around our RV. For us, it’s always darkest when you open the closet door. For some, it may be when you really need to find something in your basement storage area. Yeah, in some of those places, it’s... Read More

RV Mods: Is a “solar ready” RV right for your needs?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As you stroll through the miles of aisles at the big RV shows, be prepared for a new offer from some of the RV manufacturers. At first glance it might seem like something far more practical than the usual “bling” thrown at RV shoppers – it’s the feature that calls itself “Solar Ready!” Most... Read More

DIY upgrade from OEM showerhead to Oxygenics BodySpa

Economic use of water for RVers that frequently boondock or dry camp without a water hookup is a given. And the less water you drain into the gray water tank, the fewer times you will have to pull up stakes and head to the dump station. But for those who like copious water flow and strong pressure from their shower... Read More

RV Mods: Fuel-saving devices for your RV?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you recall that infamous scene from “Blazing Saddles,” you know that there’s a lot of gas floating around these days. Some of the hottest air in the marketplace is on equipment and additives “guaranteed to help you save at the gas pump.” Add-on devices to modify your motorhome or tow vehicle come from... Read More

Why would you want a lithium battery pack?

By Greg Illes Lithium batteries have truly extraordinary advantages for certain types of RV life — but they have their “dark side” as well. You need to be very well informed to make the “lithium decision.” First off, NO, they won’t catch fire There are literally dozens of lithium battery chemistries extant, and the one used in vehicles is lithium-iron-phosphate.... Read More

RV Mods: Table drop-leg chewing floor? Here’s a quick fix!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you own a “vintage” RV, you probably have a “bag of tricks” you reach into to make your RVing life easier. Older equipment can sometimes act up, and there’s not always a modern fix for problems. Here’s one we ran into. Some RV dinettes are equipped with a single, folding leg. With the... Read More

RV Mods: Keep the chill from climbing in your window

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When my feet hit the deck one morning in the old RV, I knew something was decidedly wrong. Even with a bit of neuropathy, my sensors indicated that it was one COLD Arizona morning. The recording thermometer confirmed it: 24 degrees in Quartzsite. Yes, folks, it does sometimes get a wee bit on the... Read More