THE VOLTS ARE IN

Batteries-01

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 »

Hold Tight

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July 29, 2014

  Outdoor tablecloths often fly up in the wind. Commercial hold-down springs are too small for the thick concrete or very thick wooden tables found in many parks. At the hardware store, I bought a couple feet of 6-inch PVC pipe and sliced the piping into 2-inch-wide circular sections. Then I made... Read more »

Portable Solar Light

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July 29, 2014

  Individual solar-lamp assemblies are available at many hardware stores and home centers, and they make nice light sources while camping. In order to place the solar light in the sun for charging, it needs to be portable. Cover or paint a 13- to 16-ounce coffee can or a 1-gallon paint can. Cut... Read more »

Recording Genius

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by Chris Hemer
July 24, 2014

  With all the distracted drivers out there, it has become even more important to protect yourself legally with a dashboard camera. Genius brand has introduced its new DVR-FHD650 Vehicle Recorder, which captures a full view of the road in high definition. The 127-degree wide-angle lens has an f/2.0... Read more »

2014 RV OOPS AWARDS

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by Larry MacDonald; IIllustration by Bob McMahon
July 24, 2014

    Our annual countdown of the Top 10 motorhome mishaps, from dumb to dumbest Every year, adventurous folks like us go camping in our motorhomes and every year, we do some dumb things. Mostly, they are minor mistakes like running out of fuel or forgetting to unplug the power cord when leaving... Read more »

Music by Bluetooth

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by Bob Livingston
June 24, 2014

  Miccus Home RTX transmitter and receiver is a big hit with those wanting to control tunes from a wireless device Listening to music is a priority in our RV household. Much of our music collection has been stored on iPods since Apple introduced the very first one. Like most electronic geeks,... 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 »

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