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10 Tips for Your Snowbird Trip

A little prep goes a long way on your winter stay in the south

Each winter, an estimated one million snowbirds motor south in their RVs to enjoy warm southern temperatures in the Sun Belt. Most rent an RV site, while some purchase a site in their desired destination area. Use these tips for your snowbird trip this winter. It’s not hard to understand why snowbirds make the journey
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Keep Your Cool: Replacing an RV Refrigerator With a Residential Unit

When it comes to keeping your food cold, RV travelers have two big choices: RV absorption refrigerators and residential fridges. Let’s consider the pros and cons of each one, and then let’s focus on the challenges involved in replacing your absorption fridge with a residential unit in your RV. Absorption Fridges Operating on propane or
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Trailers and motorhomes in an RV & Boat Storage yard.

11 Critical Steps for RV Winter Storage

Take the following winter RV storage steps for safe vehicle hibernation. Fall is well underway, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of your RV camping. The fall colors can be beautiful and often provide some of the best camping memories. With an Indian summer, the camping season can run well into November in
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Snowbirds Camping Far Away From The Maddening Crowd

The migration of the RV snowbirds is well underway.  The population of many southern destinations are growing quickly.  A great deal of snowbirds that reside in the western states and provinces head to  popular Arizona destinations such as Quartzsite, Yuma, Lake Havasu, Phoenix, and other regions that have multiple RV parks and resorts.  Quartzsite, a
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12 Ways To Keep Your RV Refrigerator Cold This Summer

Keep your RV fridge cool with these handy tips. Ready for RV travel during the summer? One of the most important appliances during this time of year is your fridge, which keeps food cool for those barbecues at camp and chills beverages for those refreshing drinks on the go. Below you’ll find some handy tips
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11 Ways to Enhance Your AC’s Cooling Power for the Summer

Give this workhorse every advantage to function effectively

 Beat the heat this summer by boosting your AC cooling power. Traveling in your RV during the summer months can be a delightful experience. The warmer temperatures extend your camping domain, allowing you to spend more time outside on your patio with activities like barbecuing, outdoor sports, entertaining friends or just plain relaxing. However, in
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9 Smart RV Hacks for Hassle-Free Summer Travels

Irked by small problems that crop up while traveling? We’ve got an RV hack for that. As Memorial Day weekend approaches, RV travelers across North America get ready to start their engines for adventure on the highways. So while you’re preparing everything for your next journey on the open road, consider some RV hacks that
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7 Steps to Get Your RV Out of Storage and on the Road

Get the RV ready for travel this camping season. Follow these key steps to get your vehicle in top shape for adventure.  The warmer weather signals that another camping season is just arriving. If you’re not a Snowbird or Sun Belt resident, you’ve probably kept your rig in storage. Well, now it’s time to get
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On and Off: Fixing Intermittent Xenon Light Operation

Xenon headlights — overcoming a glitch to get consistent brightness. Motorhome headlights have come a long way from the days when a switch wired to an incandescent bulb was the accepted configuration. Today, halogen, H.I.D. (High Intensity Discharge) and L.E.D. have replaced those dinosaur bulbs. Many RV manufacturers favor H.I.D. product (Xenon). While these super-bright
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Troubleshoot GPS Antenna Glitches Like a Pro

Stay the course — remedy intermittent GPS antenna failure. Many vehicle purchasers opt for an in-dash GPS (Global Position System). These marvels are geniuses when it comes to guiding you through unknown territory. Well, at least until you find yourself at a dead end listening to that know-it-all voice repeating, “Make a U-turn if possible.”
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A Bright Idea? Adding Daytime Running Lights to Your RV

Daytime running lights: an illuminating look at the facts. Across the globe, daytime running lights (DRL) are a lot more common than you may think. They have been a mandatory feature on all vehicles imported into Canada since 1989. Finland led the world in the mandatory adaption requirement of these in 1972. So why has
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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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RV generator care

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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New Tires For RV Camper Van. Taking Care of Motorhome and Travel Trailer Tires.

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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