Posts byPeter Mercer

Stay Out of Trouble: 7 Signs Of RV Maintenance Problems

RV maintenance warnings — get a handle on looming problems. Regular maintenance of a recreational vehicle is ongoing. The frequency of required maintenance usually is 12 months, or the engine OEM-specified mileage, whichever comes first. However, there are warning signs of trouble that may crop up from time to time. So how do you know
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10 Must-Have Items You Should Always Carry in Your RV

Bring these 10 must-have items on your RV journeys. One of the luxuries of traveling by RV is all the stuff you can bring with you. No worries about what size suitcase or what clothes and shoes you want to take. Take them all! However, while the cargo you choose to take for personal comfort
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Wish List: 8 Options That RVs Should Have

Today’s automobiles are available with a tremendous selection of innovative features and options. However, the need and actual applications of some of these “High Tech” offerings may be more bling than real value. For example, what exactly are drivers going to do with paddle shifters on their family SUVs? Likewise, who really needs a 550-horsepower
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Cold Weather RVing: The Right Glycol for Your Diesel

Anti-freeze is used in most every automobile and truck-replicating engine throughout the world. Even in hot climates, quality glycol keeps the engine cooler as it transfers heat more efficiently than just water. Additionally, additives to prevent corrosion are present to some degree in all. But when it comes to diesel or gas engines, glycol is
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To Wax or Not to Wax Your RV

With the popularity of full-body painted RV’s today, the topic of waxing these surfaces is being revisited. Many of the cleaning products that worked well years ago on unpainted gelcoat may not be the right treatment for the full painted skin. Power wheel compound applications buff out oxidization on gelcoat. However, clear coat finishes on
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Winter-Wise RVing: Safe Travel in the Cold

Cold weather RV travel — driving safety for traveling in snowy conditions. As the winter season approaches, many snowbirds hit the gas heading south. This migration starts as early as October and runs to as late as January. Some spend the Christmas season with their northern dweller family members. For many of these travelers, an
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Digital Multiplex Wiring Vs. Analogue

The Digital age brought change to the auto industry and is continuing to evolve in more advance levels. Gone are the days of the “Backyard Mechanic” tuning a four-barrel carburetor. Today’s mechanics have been replaced by technicians. This newer breed of repair people spends more time on the computer keys than turning a wrench. This
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Class A Night Driving — Shedding Light on Motoring After Dark

Addressing issues surrounding motorhome night driving. Night driving is a topic that is often raised around the campfire by fellow RVers. Much of the discussion often revolves around the efficiency of some headlight designs used in class A coaches. Perhaps some of the thoughts are driven by the radical front end-designs of these vehicles. But,
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The Basement Cooler/Freezer Option: Is it Worth It?

RV basement cooler-freezer option — a cool surprise. One of the options offered on many new motorhomes is a basement Dometic cooler/freezer. This is mounted on a slide-out mechanism that allows it to be pulled out, making it accessible by opening the top. It can be configured as a cooler or as a freezer at
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RVing in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley

RVing Okanagan Valley — a fresh British Columbia trip. Okanagan Valley offers visitors some of the finest scenic drives in the country, along with an abundance of activities and attractions along the way. Located in the southern central region of the province, the rugged valley — which is highlighted by Okanagan Lake in the middle
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Managing Engine Temperature in Extremely Hot Weather

RV engine heat — combat the high-temperature summer blues. When temperatures surpass 90 degrees and beyond, automobile engines can become stressed to maintain sufficient cooling. For RVs, this can be far greater an issue, given the overall weight being moved. In addition, many RV travelers traverse scenic highways that often involve hilly or mountainous terrain.
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Flat Towing Vs. Tow Dolly — Considering Your Dinghy Options

Flat towing versus tow dolly — what’s the right choice for your dinghy vehicle? So you’ve decided to tow a car (dinghy) behind your motorhome. Now comes the big question: do you flat-tow your vehicle or use a tow dolly? Much of this decision is based on the RVer’s intended dinghy type and make. Let’s look
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RV Awnings vs. the Elements — Winning the Weather War

RV awnings versus the elements — protect your shade-maker with some common sense. Patio awnings are popular accessories on most RVs. Just about every rig has at least one awning, which come in a variety of colors, makes and structural configurations. There are manually operated models as well as remote-powered types. RV parks are awash
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RV Floorplan Trade-offs: Making the Right Choice

Today’s RV shopper is confronted with a dizzying variety of RV floorplan choices. Picking the right one for your lifestyle is not always easy, and some designs or features may come with trade-offs. Let’s look at some of today’s floorplan features more closely. The Bath-and-a-Half A popular choice in the large Class A category, a
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6 Essential RV Generator Care Tips

RV generator care tips to keep the power flowing. Most motorhomes are equipped with an AC generator to provide home-like power when off the grid. There are various makes, including Onan, Cat and Generac. There are gasoline, propane and diesel-powered generator sets to best suit specific applications. Some are AC-producing units and others are DC-inverter
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RV Flooring Choices — Getting a Solid Footing

RV floor coverings offered little variety in the early days. Back then, linoleum or carpet lined the floors of trailers and motorhomes, with minimal choice in color or patterns. Today, a wide variety of materials and designs are available, including porcelain tiles, rich hardwoods and even inlaid deep pile carpet. With so many options, RV
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7 Diesel-Pusher Mistakes to Avoid

Diesel pusher motorhomes are hardy vehicles, but they’re not indestructible. Here’s a list of seven potentially damaging diesel pusher mistakes that owners should avoid. 1) Fueling from both sides at the same time. Most diesel pushers (DPs) have fuel ports on both sides. Truck fuel stations generally have a master pump on one side with
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RV Fuel Gremlins — the Human Factor

Related Posts: Hidden Factors Wheel Factors Environmental Factors Onboard Fuel Eaters How habits affect mileage. Part V. In the past weeks, we’ve looked at many factors that affect the fuel mileage of RVs, and, in particular, Class A diesel pushers. Some of these factors had the ability to be manipulated by the driver and some
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RV Fuel Gremlins — the Onboard Fuel Eaters

  Related Posts: Hidden Factors Wheel Factors Environmental Factors The Human Factor RV Fuel Gremins — Onboard RV fuel wasters. Part IV in a Series. Your motorhome’s engine-fuel consumption is primarily determined by how much horse power and torque you need. The more you use, the more fuel you will burn. But the power your
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RV Fuel Gremlins: 5 Major Wheel Factors

Related Posts: Hidden Factors Environmental Factors Onboard Fuel Eaters The Human Factor RV MPG gremlins — where the rubber meets the road. Part II in a series. One of the prime factors that affect a vehicle’s RV mileage is the rolling-wheel resistance. This is a force or drag that acts against the travel direction. The resistance measure
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An Overview of The SaniCon System

Awhile ago, we looked at RV sewage systems and primarily focused on user tips for the most common system, the 3” gravity hose type (Stinky slinky). Today we will discuss the operation and user tips of the 12 volt powered SaniCon System. There are two models currently being used, the 1” output unit and the
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RV Fuel Gremlins —  Environmental Factors

Related Posts: Hidden Factors Wheel Factors Onboard Fuel Eaters The Human Factor RV Fuel gremlins — How RV environment impacts mpg. Part III in a series. Environmental factors play a major role in altering our fuel consumption numbers. The biggest of these factors is wind. This can drop your expected fuel mileage substantially, or it
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RV Fuel Gremlins: Looking at Hidden Factors

  Related Posts: Wheel Factors Environmental Factors Onboard Fuel Eaters The Human Factor RV fuel gremlins — finding the hidden factors that affect mpg. Part I of a series. RV owners seek to reduce fuel consumption — it’s one of the things we all have in common. The financial savings, reduction of carbon footprint and
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Spring Trips: Wet Sunny Fun for the Whole Family

RV water park excursions — slip and slide during your spring RV trips. Spring break is not far off, and that means traveling with extended family. During this season, our grandchildren regularly show us that there is little question that most kids love RV camping. So what do kids really like when it comes to these
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Lessons Learned From My First Camping Trip

My first camping trip taught me the importance of a little planning — and the having the right gear. For many RVers, first camping experiences usually involve tenting in the great outdoors. For most, it’s an exhilarating adventure that soon becomes a regular summer activity. However, such was not the case for my first camping
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RV Dishwashers — Getting the Dish on the Options

RV Dishwashers — coming clean on available options. Dishwashers have been popular options offered in Class A motorhomes and large trailers for years. But are these “must-haves” worth the space that they occupy? Generally, RV manufacturers install drawer-type washers or conventional door models. Both work well in the RV application. One drawback to the drawer-type
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Why Do Diesel Pusher RVs Cost So Much More Than Gas Motorhomes?

Diesel pusher RVs cost significantly more than their gas-powered counterparts. Here’s a breakdown of the differences. Over the years, many motorhome enthusiasts and prospective buyers have asked, “Why do diesel-powered coaches cost so much more than gas-powered motorhomes?” This is often heard at RV shows, in dealer showrooms and over the campfire. Well, perhaps one
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The Perks of Full-Body RV Paint

RV full-body paint — the full spectrum of appearance and protection. Not many years ago, RV’s were mostly white in color, with the exception of colorful decal flairs on some models. However, the fiberglass composition and gelcoat surfaces tended to oxidize over time. After several years, dependent on the environment, this dulling oxidization required a
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RV Galley Dessert: Apple Rose Cream Cheese Tarts

Top off your Thanksgiving dinner with a simple pastry treat

RV galley dessert — add an easy-to-make confection to your Thanksgiving menu. If you are looking for a fancy dessert that looks like it came out of a Viennese bakery, but can be made easily in your RV, you may like this recipe my wife makes. All you need is a microwave/oven and a little
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Floor Plan: The Key RV-Purchase Consideration

RV buying considerations — choosing the floor plan that fits your lifestyle. Apart from the initial financial decision, RV buyers are faced with a host of considerations involved in their purchase, whether it’s a used unit or brand-new. There are feature choices such as make, chassis, engine type and size, RV class, one or two
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Winterizing Your RV

The shorter days and cooler nights are a sign that seasonal changes are afoot. It soon will be time to get your RV ready for the cold grasp of winter. This means winterizing the unit for its long off-season hibernation. With so many RV brands and model levels, it is impossible to list the step
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RV Demand: How it Affects the Buyer

High RV demand might impact your search for your new home on wheels. Consumer demand for recreational vehicles appears to be increasing at a rate that exceeds some RV manufacturer’s output. Even north of the border, the industry is reporting record sales, with motorhome shipments up nearly 40% in the first eight months of 2017. The once
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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems — A Worthwhile Option

RV Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems— a key safety feature. Onboard real-time TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) technology has been around for years. The early generation type was ITPMS (Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems).  These systems electronically measured the tire rotations. This was designed on the principle that the inflation level of a tire changed the
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Power Memory Seats — A Worthwhile RV Option?

Power memory seat options — expanding RV possibilities. Power memory seats have appeared in the automobile market for years. Today, this feature may be more correctly called “Memory Driver Setting Recall,” as it may configure many specific driver preferences as well as the seat position. Generally, this option may also include steering wheel tilt and
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The RV Lifestyle Attracting a Younger Crowd

A younger RV crowd is entering the RV lifestyle — and expanding RV horizons. A few months ago I was camped at one of my favorite RV resorts. I was walking my dog through the campground when I came upon an old friend whose site was a couple of rows over from mine. While chatting
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Driving Your RV in the Fog

Driving your RV in the fog — clear and safe tips. You can be driving your recreational vehicle on an otherwise beautiful day, when suddenly you’re engulfed in fog. Fog banks often lay in the lower wetlands in the early morning, and there are spots around North America that seem to spawn dense fog. High
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RV TV Media Choices — Which is Right for You?

RV satellite, Wi-Fi, campground cable… cutting through the RV TV media clutter. With multiple TVs in many of the RVs sold today, travelers have to ponder what service network is best. The first media choices that come to mind are the satellite broadcasters, such as Dish Network, DirecTV, Shaw Direct, etc. WiFi is certainly a
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RV Shore Power Fundamentals

RV Shore Power fundamentals. Understanding RV shore power is essential to properly manage your electrical usage in camp. Motorhomes, depending on size, may be capable of using a 30-amp or a 50-amp service maximum. With adaptors, all will operate on a 15/20 amp, albeit a minimum service. There are three basic service sizes provided in
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Diesel Engine Etiquette: Keeping it Down

Diesel engine etiquette — following a few simple guidelines. Other than the laughter of children playing in a campground, the most common loud sound is that of the diesel engine. Is it any wonder that people become bothered by any excessive diesel operation? There are the Class A noisy diesel pushers that fire up their fire-breathing
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