RV trailer tires: To balance – or not?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Asking your fellow RVer about whether they balance their trailer or fifth-wheel tires is perhaps akin to forgetting to wear your deodorant to a dinner party in mid-summer. Who wants to talk about it? If informal polling holds true, the majority of trailering RVers probably don’t balance their tires. Their argument against it? Many... Read More

RV Mods: Move your trailer at the touch of a button

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’ve ever dealt with that gnawing, frustrating sense of doom that comes when you’ve tried and tried but you just can’t seem to maneuver that blasted trailer back into that narrow little slot, you’re not alone. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to do a “missed approach” move when... Read More

Curing the curse of hard water RV plumbing issues

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For folks who live up in the Pacific Northwest, the curse of “hard water” probably never enters your vocabulary. It never did for us – until we started spending time in the Desert Southwest. We quickly learned how much trouble a few “mineral deposits” in the water supply can create. Deposits in pipes, fittings... Read More

Full-time RVing: Shop, but make sure the galley will “work”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Not everyone already has an RV when they begin their “full-time career.” Well, I guess we did — it was a large truck camper, but it didn’t take long to figure out that full-timing in a slide-in camper just wasn’t going to cut it. So we started shopping for a “new” home. Maybe you’re... Read More

Newbie tips: Can you drive a Class A RV?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many folks, on “thinking” about getting their first Class A motorhome, are a bit intimidated. After all, they’re so BIG! However do you pilot that big thing down the road? How could you ever get comfortable maneuvering so much mass? Here’s some advice from those who’ve made the big leap and now are... Read More

The readers write: From poop to gas, some folks came unstuck

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Gaffer tape gaff? When a gaffer tape manufacturer’s offer to give every reader a roll of its product on request didn’t work right the first week, some of our readers came unstuck. As was noted, some disappointed folks said they were through with us. We’re adhering to your comments – even if... Read More

RV Mods: Quiet that noisy water pump

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers away from “city water” connections sometimes complain of a noise when using the RV water system. They may not be used to the sounds produced by the RV water pump; other times there are genuine issues that can often be resolved to bring quiet back when running water. “Demand” water pump systems —... Read More