Dinghy-Towing Questions

By Ken Freund
March 3, 2017

  Q: What small car is best to tow behind a 24-foot Thor Citation with a Mercedes diesel? Are front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) cars OK? And, which is easier to hook up and unhook: a tow hitch or a dolly? Howard Husselman | Horse Shoe, North Carolina A: There is no one “best”... Read more »

Water Filters

By Ken Freund
February 3, 2017

  Q: For the past five years we owned a fifth-wheel and used an external water-filter system consisting of a sediment filter (changed twice a year) and a charcoal filter (changed once a year). This system made the water more usable for us, and saved us the extra cost and weight of carrying more... Read more »

Mouseproofing Your RV

By Ken Freund
December 22, 2016

  Q: The season for motorhome mouse-invasion is here. I wanted to share what we found in our 2002 Fleetwood Fiesta a few years ago. After owning it for a few years with no mouse problems, in the fall of 2012 we had mice. I searched everywhere to find an entry location, even using a creeper with... Read more »

Dinghy Towing Methods: Let’s Discuss

By Ken Freund
December 14, 2016

  Q: Where can I find the pros and cons of towing a car or SUV on the ground, on a dolly or on a trailer behind my motorhome? Jay Garwood | Via email A: It has been a while since I have covered this topic in my column, so it’s a good time to review. I’m just going to cover the major points,... Read more »

Oil-change Regimens

By Ken Freund
November 28, 2016

  Q: We use our motorhome for specific trips each year. We winter in the South, a trip of about 3,600 miles. The oil and filter are changed during the trip as it’s black, and again on our return home. Early summer we take a 10-day trip, about 300 miles. Late summer we take another similar trip... Read more »

Won’t Shift and ABS Light On

By Ken Freund
October 28, 2016

  Q: The ABS light on my motorhome flashed as I started to leave home today. As I gained speed to about 5 to 6 mph, a buzzer went off and the transmission would not shift; it remained in first gear. I cannot shift to reverse or neutral. I turned off the engine and restarted it and was able to... Read more »

Hot Cab Question

Hot cab, Tech Q&A

Ken Freund
September 27, 2016

  I own a 2007 Four Winds Chateau built on a Ford E-450 chassis with a V-10 gas engine. I experience a large amount of heat from the doghouse around the engine compartment and the floor directly behind it between the front seats. Is there any way to insulate the compartment or divert the heat? I... Read more »

Tire Failures

By Ken Freund
August 26, 2016

  Q: I own a 26½-foot Class C motorhome that has been experiencing tire failures. I weighed it on a truck scale, and the front axle weighs 1,810 pounds on the left and 1,930 pounds on the right. The left rear weighs 4,000 pounds on the axle and the right weighs 4,050 pounds, for a total rear... Read more »

Crashworthiness

By Ken Freund
July 22, 2016

  Q: We’ve been looking to purchase a motorhome, but are not sure which class yet. I have been unable to find any government crash testing of motorhomes and between manufacturers. My assumption would be that Class B and Class C motorhomes would be safer because of the crumple zones and air bags... Read more »

Message Concern

June 29, 2016

  Q: I have a strange problem with my 2010 Fleetwood Bounder 35E on a Ford chassis with a Triton V-10. After the motorhome has been parked for a few days (in a park with hookups), with the key out of the ignition, I will hear a random beep and the message check gauges where the odometer reading... Read more »

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