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Tow Vehicle Capacity
It can be extremely frustrating to go out and find the perfect travel trailer or fifth wheel and then be told that you can’t tow it. On the other hand it can be worse if you go to a less reputable RV dealer and the sales person tells you that you can tow it! This happens every day, and this is why you need to be armed with the right information before you buy. more...

Trailer Weights
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have seen people read the manufacturers weight label on the outside of the trailer or fifth wheel and assume that they can’t tow it. The data plate on the outside gives you the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). This is not the actual weight of the trailer; more...

Preventative RV Maintenance
It's probably the one thing that will help you to add many years worth of enjoyment from your RV. A regular maintenance schedule covering the basics will help achieve that. more...

RV Winterizing
Fall is the time of year you need to decide if your camping season is over. Parking your RV for the winter requires some preventive measures so it will be ready to use next spring. You'll also be glad you did it when you don't have costly repair bills due to the damaging results of winter. more...

RV Battery Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of your RV batteries depends on you. How they're used, how well they're maintained, how they're discharged, how they're re-charged, and how they are stored all contribute to a battery's life span. A battery cycle is one complete discharge from 100% down to about 50% and then re-charged back to 100%. more...

Trailer Sway 101
Yaw, more commonly known as sway in the RV industry, is a bad word for trailer owners. The definition of yaw or sway is a side-to-side movement. Nothing will ruin the way you feel about camping faster than the first time you experience trailer sway. more...

RV Tips for Holding Tanks
Today we're going to talk about RV holding tanks. To start with, I wanted to mention something about RV holding tanks that I don't think a lot of RVers are aware of. Many of the free dump stations available to RVers are closing because of chemicals that are harmful to septic systems and because RVers are abusing these dump stations. If we want to have access to these dump stations it is absolutely essential that we use septic safe chemicals (no formaldehyde), and that we clean up after ourselves and do not abuse dump stations. more...

Recreational Vehicles: Loads Of Fun Until They Break!
Thousands of miles and hours of travel fun, or at least until it leaves you broke down on the side of the road. Learn some basic preventative measures to take and avoid being stranded in your RV in the middle of nowhere. more...

RV Water Leaks
If there is a way to get in your RV, water will find it. Water leaks on an RV can cause extensive damage and can be extremely costly to repair. When I worked at an RV dealership I saw the damaging effects that water can cause to an RV time and time again. more...

RV Awning Use, Care, Maintenance Tips, and Advice
RV awnings are a great feature to have on your RV. The awnings on your RV will provide years of reliable trouble free operation, if you take the time to do a little preventive maintenance and cleaning. more...

Tips for Keeping your RV Cool When it\'s Hot Outside
* Strategically park your RV to take advantage of any shade that is available, especially on the side where the refrigerator vent is located. Don't be afraid to ask for a shady site when you check in at the campground. This will not only help cool the RV down, but your refrigerator and roof air conditioner will work much more efficiently- more...

RV Dump Stations and Holding Tanks
RV dump stations everywhere are closing down operation due to several reasons. Some, but not all of these reasons are the costs and headaches involved to keep them operating and properly maintained, the wrong types of chemicals used by RVers and because of neglect and poor housekeeping by people who use these dump stations. more...

RV "How To" Tech Tips
A few short RV tips to make things easier. more...

How Do I Get Rid of Mice in Our RV?
I am by no means an expert on pest and rodent control, but after researching the subject I can offer a few ideas that seem to work for other RVers... more...

Preventing Premature RV Tire Failure
RV Tips - What you can do to prevent premature tire failure. more...

How an RV Refrigerator Works
You need to have a basic understanding of how an RV refrigerator works. more...

RV Generator "How-To" Preventive Maintenance
When I worked at a RV dealership, every spring our service department was booked with appointments for generators that either wouldn't start, or if they did start they had that all too familiar surging sound. This was a result of letting the generator sit for periods of time without starting and exercising it. Lack of use is one of the biggest problems with generators. In gasoline generators the fuel breaks down and gums up causing hard starting and surging problems. This can happen in as short a period of time as one month. more...

Draining an RV Water System
When you return from a trip and you're not going to use the RV for a while you need to drain the entire water system to prevent it from getting stale and musty. You can start by draining the water heater. Go to the outside compartment where the water heater is located. The drain plug, or petcock is located in the bottom left hand corner. Remove the plug and open the pressure relief valve on top of the water heater to assist in draining. more...

RV Tip: Troubleshooting a 12-volt DC Problem
If you enjoy RVs you already know that a major part of the fun with RVing is getting away from everything. You can just pack up the RV and head out to get some well deserved rest and relaxation without having to deal with the hassles of day-to-day living. These restful, relaxing, memory making RV trips should not be jeopardized by something as simple as a 12-volt electrical problem ruining your vacation. more...

The RV Awning
The RV awning is one of those have-to-have accessories that at 3 am, with a howling wind , you may wish you didn't have! more...

RV Water Pump Noise Wakes Me UP!
RV WATER PUMPS - RV Water pumps are NOT created equal ... and neither is the water system in your new RV! more...

RV Storage Tips
Tips on safely storing your RV. more...

Tips for Inexpensive RV Repairs (part 4) RV Cosmetics
RV interiors are rife with woodwork and wall paneling that can often get easily scratched or nicked from various sources. There are several products on the market that can help cover up and make these defects 'disappear'. more...

RV Repair - Tips for Inexpensive RV Repairs (Part 3) RV Batteries Explained!
This is a part of a series of RV Repair Tips and RV Maintenance Tips that you can do yourself. Avoid the high rate RV Repair shops and the hassles of moving your rig for service. more...

How to Adjust RV Trailer Brakes
Trailer brakes should be adjusted at least once a year, more often depending on the miles traveled, the severity of the downhill grades, and the amount of stop and go traffic that is encountered. This is a chore that most people with average mechanical skills should be able to handle. more...

RV Repair - Tips for Inexpensive RV Repairs (Part 2)
This is a part of a series of RV Repair Tips and RV Maintenance Tips that you can do yourself. Avoid the high rate RV Repair shops and the hassles of moving your rig for service. more...

RV Repair - Tips for Inexpensive RV Repairs (Part 1)
This is a part of a series of RV Repair Tips and RV Maintenance Tips that you can do yourself. Avoid the high rate RV Repair shops and the hassles of moving your rig for service. more...

Campers and Hunters Choose Reliable and Durable LED Flashlights
Advancements in lighting technology has yielded LED powered flashlights, an improvement on the incandescent flashlights long used by campers and hunters. Quite simply, LED flashlights are a better choice when it comes to reliability, durability, cost effectiveness, and environmental friendliness. Please read on to discover the many benefits of owning an LED flashlight. more...

Scrub that Black Holding Tank
This is a super easy one... and effective. The next time your black holding tank is somewhere between 1/4 and 3/4 full and you are about to head to the dumping station, dump in a bucket or two of ice cubes down the toilet. As you drive around the ice will scrub the sides of the tank. more...

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  Did You Know...  
Most AC adapters and battery chargers continue to use electricity even when not plugged into the device they power up? Yes, they can draw as much as 40% of their normal use electric draw!

Fun fact# 52

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