Organize your RV documents. Go paperless

By Greg Illes If you are like most of us, your RV has a huge collection of operating manuals, installation manuals, specifications and other literature. This stuff usually comes with all the appliances and accessories that are part of a trailer or motorhome, such as refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters, TVs, smoke alarms, generators, electrical panels, and on and on. The... Read More

Taking care of batteries, high-tech style

By Greg Illes Sometimes batteries seem ridiculously simple — we tend to see them as either working or dead. But there is way more than meets the eye in this 2,000-year-old technology. RV batteries are made with lead plates interleaved with lead-dioxide plates. The plates are immersed in sulfuric acid, and the electrochemical reaction creates the battery effect. The whole... Read More

Level your rig like a pro — without messing up your suspension

By Greg Illes For new RVers leveling seems pretty straightforward. The most difficult thing seems to be getting that pesky bubble centered in the level. This is challenging when using leveling ramps or blocks, but less so when using leveling jacks. But there are some nuances to leveling and they’re worth the understanding. Leveling actually consists of two distinct components,... Read More

Make your own custom sink-matched cutting board

By Greg Illes Our RV kitchen came with a small board that filled in part of the sink area. This was handy because the whole sink is not always in use and counter space is at a premium. After a few outings we found out that our water-savings plan meant that the sink was very rarely in use. We also... Read More

Towing in the dirt – be careful of your “fog”

  By Greg Illes  In 2015, we were fortunate to be able to take off for several months to tour Alaska and Canada. While most of the main roadways were paved for the greatest part of our 14,000-mile journey, there were some stretches of gravel and dirt to contend with.   Our towing setup is pretty typical: a motorhome towing... Read More

Use the 3/300 rule for happy, safe travel days

By Greg Illes Before I bought my RV, I thought I knew a lot about driving around the country. With almost 50 years of driving experience and several cross-the-U.S. trips, I didn’t think I had much left to learn. Wrong! RVs are different vehicles. Not only do they proceed — shall we say — more sedately, but they coax us... Read More