Power Up

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article and photos by Bill and Jenn Gehr
August 21, 2014

  Converters are designed to provide 12-volt DC current and charge batteries — but not all are created equal   Power converters fall into the category of “out of sight, out of mind” — literally. In fact, some owners may not even know where the converter is located in their RV. Compact... Read more »

Air Time

The 2WayAir kit for six tires comes standard with two small sections of protective polyethylene tubing, 40 feet of black 3/8-inch polyurethane manifold tubing, 15 feet of 1/4-inch black polyurethane tubing, 24 feet of yellow polyurethane “whip” tubing plus UV-rated mountable and standard nylon cable ties, an assortment of push-to-connect and quick-disconnect fittings, and patent-pending mountable Schrader valves.

by Chris Hemer
August 20, 2014

The 2WayAir System by Rock Smasher Engineering Allows Easy Inflation or Deflation of All Tires Simultaneously If there’s one thing that all RVers can agree upon, it’s that checking and adjusting tire pressure on the motorhome and dinghy vehicle is a pain in one’s backside. Without a doubt, proper... Read more »

THE VOLTS ARE IN

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by Bob Carpenter and Chris Hemer
July 31, 2014

  Understanding how motorhome batteries operate, and how to maintain them, can lead to EASIER travels When all goes well on an RV trip, we rarely stop to reflect on the systems and components we rely upon to have a positive experience even when our surroundings may be less than accommodating.... Read more »

Water Blotter

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June 20, 2014

The countertop around the kitchen faucet in my galley constantly gets wet, and the water runs down the surface and affects other items sitting on the counter. I was tired of the mess, so I bought a cloth chamois. I made a template out of paper, traced the template on the underside of the chamois and... Read more »

Easier Cable Connectors

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June 20, 2014

As I’ve gotten older, it’s more difficult for me to line up and screw in the coaxial cable from the campground into the connection on my RV … not to mention the sometimes-awkward locations of the cable connections at the campgrounds. Throw in darkness and/or a little rain, and the problem is compounded. A... Read more »

Roof A/C Gasket replacement

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by Bill and Jenn Gehr
June 2, 2014

  Water leakage around an air conditioner means it’s time to replace the gasket before damage occurs   Every year, after the first big rain of the season, it’s not uncommon for motorhome owners to discover that there’s a leak originating from the air conditioner’s inside ceiling assembly.... Read more »

Oil Consumption Mystery

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by KEN FREUND
May 30, 2014

We recently ran into a problem with our motorhome that we can’t figure out. We own a 2007 Newmar Dutchstar powered by a 400-hp Cummins ISL turbo­diesel engine. It has about 36,000 miles on it. During our last trip, we suddenly began to go through a considerable amount of oil. Eventually, we discovered... Read more »

Vise Squad

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May 30, 2014

  Whether you’re a hobbyist or just like making your own repairs, the Wilton ATV (All Terrain Vise) could be a handy addition to your rig. The Wilton ATV is a combination vise and sleeve that slides into a standard 2-inch receiver and is secured by the hitch pin. In addition, two patented setscrews... Read more »

Power Up – ANYwhere

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by Chris Hemer
May 1, 2014

    A Portable Generator Extends Energy Options when hookups are not available   Part of the appeal of the motorhome lifestyle is having all the comforts of home wherever you go — and that includes electrical appliances such as air conditioning, TV, stereo and other conveniences. When... Read more »

Happy Driver Snack Pocket

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April 29, 2014

  I took an ordinary pocket-type potholder and added a wide piece of elastic to the back so it can be slipped onto the armrest of the front captain seats. This washable pocket is great for keeping the driver supplied with snack food they can easily reach themselves. And we all know that a non-hungry... Read more »

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