RV News for February 17–23, 2018

Return to RV Travel Issue 834. A recent federal report indicates RVs accounted for a $30 billion contribution to the nation’s economic activity in 2016 – the most recent year for available statistics. This is a breakout from a first-ever report by the Department of Commerce that eyeballs how much outdoor recreation contributes to the U.S. economy. Guests at Pleasant... Read More

Manufacturers can make getting RV parts difficult

By Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service One of the things that you as an RV owner may not realize is some manufacturers sell parts only to their own dealers. For example, if you need a part for a Keystone product, you’ll find their parts are only obtainable through a Keystone dealer. In principle, I understand why they want to favor their... Read More

RV Electricity – GFCI Theory – Part I

Understanding the GFCI – Part I No, it’s not the name of an insurance company or a European sports car. GFCI is an abbreviation for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter or G-F-C-I. They’ve been required in many localities for electrical outlets located near sinks or the outside of your house for the last 10 years or more. The two types of... Read More

A visit to Annie Oakley’s grave

Old West sharpshooter Annie Oakley was born just north of Greenville, Ohio, and lived her final days there. She’s buried alongside her husband Frank Butler in Brock cemetery, a short drive north of town just off U.S. route 127. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury visited there and recorded this video, revealing his special “connection” with Annie. Besides her fame as a... Read More

RV Electricity – Forest River Forum RV hot-skin Q&A

From the Forest River Forums Originally Posted by DirtSquirt I replaced the valve on my black water flush out system today and noticed that when I touched any metal part of the frame of my trailer, I could feel an electrical current running through it! Not enough to really shock me, but certainly enough to cause some discomfort. It doesn’t... Read More

Tire inflation not the same for all trailers – more on Interply Shear

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble I have written a number of times on the topic of Interply Shear. This is the force that is trying to tear the belts of radial tires apart. There are some highly technical papers on the topic and you can review them after a simple Google search on the term. You... Read More

Hubby solved noisy LP detector by disconnecting it – Bad idea!

Dear RV Shrink: We live six months at a time in a 35-foot fifth wheel. Recently our propane detector started acting weird so my husband just disconnected the wires. He failed to inform me of this repair technique and I was content that it was working properly again. When I finally discovered that it was disconnected I had a fit.... Read More

Fire rips through Calif. RV dealership: RV fridge blamed

Paul Evert’s RV Country in Fresno, California, became an inferno Tuesday evening when a fire ripped through one of its maintenance warehouses. Flames reached as high as 40 feet. Investigators believe the fire started in a refrigerator in an RV inside the building. About ten RVs were inside the warehouse. Paul Evert’s RV Country’s vice president Charlie Power said the... Read More