End the Battery Drain Game

Cutoff Switch

July 10, 2012

After many dead engine battery episodes on my motorhome, I installed a marine-style cutoff switch in the storage area  adjacent to the battery compartment. Putting the cutoff switch in the storage compartment makes for convenient access. I close and lock the RV door, let the steps retract, and then... Read more »

Priority Mail: Forwarding Mail on the Road

Joe and Vicki Kieva

Joe and Vicki Kieva
July 6, 2012

Motorhome travelers can easily arrange to have their mail forwarded to them while they are on the road by using the U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail.  The first and most important step is to find a reliable person who is willing to retrieve your mail from your home mailbox, put it into an envelope... Read more »

Upgrading An RV TV Mount

Once installed, the 46-inch LED TV fit nicely in its allocated space and snug up against the back wall.

Bill and Jenn Gehr
May 9, 2012

Whenever I walk into a motorhome,  I immediately look for the TV. Perhaps it’s an instinctual, “man cave” response, but the older I get, the smaller the screen becomes, leaving a strong desire to upgrade to a bigger TV. Our rig was outfitted with a 37-inch LCD TV from the factory, which seemed... Read more »

Motorhome Spring Cleaning

Motor home spring cleaning

Gary Wescott
April 4, 2012

Spring is coming. Whether you have been traveling all winter, or just hibernating in the South with other snowbirds, road grime, dust, bird droppings and other acts of nature have no doubt accumulated on your motorhome and maybe even your dinghy vehicle. To preserve their value, and make them more fun... Read more »

Seal it Up: Replacing an RV Toilet

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Bill and Jenn Gehr
March 15, 2012

RV enthusiasts get great satisfaction in having all the creature comforts of home — until something pops up, like a toilet that’s no longer holding water and is creating unpleasant odors inside the trailer. Replacing the waste ball or blade seal will usually put that smile back on their faces. Some... Read more »

Create Your Own Electrical Repair Kit

Electrical problems can happen anytime, which means having the right parts and tools handy is a must.

Gary Wescott
February 16, 2012

It was a typical hot, humid night in Florida. We had parked on one of those funny arms that runs along the coast, thinking it would be cooler and close to the beach for a nice stroll in the morning. It was so hot and sticky you could drink the air. To move was to sweat. Sitting outside was an open invitation... Read more »

Campsite Security Tips

November 10, 2011

 You’ll appreciate these common-sense tips for backing into a campground site to avoid damage to your coach: • Decide in advance where the motorhome is to go. • Take note of posts and hazards, the hookups, where the wheels should go, and where the door(s) will open. • Be sure the power... Read more »

RV Storage Tips For The Off-Season

November 9, 2011

Unless you’re a full-timer, you need to store your RV in the off-season. The following tips will help you prepare your coach for the months it sits idle, so that it will be in top shape when you are ready to take your next trip. Save Money  If your RV is stored on private property for the winter,... Read more »

Motorhome Lighting Maintenance

November 8, 2011

Exterior lights on motorhomes are very susceptible to failure due to corrosion. This often is caused by faulty ground connections.   With an assistant, check the operation of all your lights, including brake and back-up lamps. Note any problems and check for burned-out bulbs. If the bulb(s) are good,... Read more »

A No-Stress Approach to Motorhome Repair

November 3, 2011

It’s NASCAR time in Bristol, Tenn., and I am parked outside the paddock where the drivers’ buses are sequestered. About 30 minutes ago, the owner of one of the buses called to ask if I knew how to check the compressors on a refrigerator. Having stared more than a cooler or two in the face, I assured... Read more »

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