Supplemental Brake Systems, do I need one in my Towed Car?

I recently purchased a small tow car (known to RVers as a TOAD) and I was trying to figure out what kind of Supplemental Braking System is required by the laws of the states I plan to drive through. This was a bit of a mystery to me and whenever I called any RV Parts …

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NHTSA report on Rv recalls as of Dec.27, 2017

Here is the latest NHTSA report on RV recalls. I picked the information up from the Rv Business site. Report: NHTSA Releases Latest List of RV Recalls As of December 27, 2017 • Jayco Inc. is recalling 49,563 2002-2016 recreational vehicles equipped with Kidde plastic-handle or push button ‘Pindicator’ fire extinguishers. These extinguishers may become clogged, …

From my RV Desk – post-2 – It’s My Turn, My RV, and My Lifestyle

RamblingDon - Post-2 It's My Turn, My RV, and My Lifestyle After all of these years, it's obvious that My wife and I love to travel. In fact, we've been doing this RV travel thing for quite a while now and we're thoroughly enjoying this life path we have taken. Sure there are many, many …

Balance your RV Power Load on 30Amp Service

Here's a surprise for you "newbie" RV owners as you go out and camp around America; MANY CAMPSITES ONLY HAVE 30-AMP SERVICE! If you do end up in a campsite that only provides a 30-AMP service connection there are a number of things you can do to use your power more efficiently and still enjoy …

Back from the KEYS and planning our next adventure in our RV

We left the RV Resort, Fiesta Key, almost two weeks ago, and headed to our Homebase in Ruskin Florida. Our motorhome had developed several problems that we needed to address so we decided it was time for our move. It has taken until now for us to get the RV back in shape for our …

How to easily keep Your RV Clean and Shiny

Keeping your RV clean and shiny is a point of pride for most RV owners. The link below is to a great article of mine explaining how an RV owner should keep their RV, regardless of whether it's a big motorhome, or an small travel trailer, clean. The task may seem large, but if done …

Your RV Generator and How it Works – Tips on Maintenance

If you ever wondered how a Power Generator works, you might want to read this article that gives simple explanations on how they operate. This is a link to my article on my HubPage site. It also provides a short history on the evolution of RVs and their use of generators. It then goes into …

RV Financials, Part-5, Re-Sale Expectations and Upgrade Costs

  Re-Sale Expectations, and upgrade costs As you can tell by this point, the world of owning and selling an RV is complex. This is part-5 of my 5-part series covering this subject. So, if you're interested in selling your RV yourself, you do need to recognize the market and provide your RV in the …

RV Financials, Part-4, Understanding how to sell your RV yourself

My three other articles on Rv Financials have given you a good perspective on the pricing, valuing and trading procedures used by dealers for an RV. If you feel the dealer is making far too much money off of you in a trade, there are other options for you to sell your Rv yourself. Click …

RV Financials – Part-3, Understanding the RV Trade-In Process

This is Part-3 of my articles that will help explain the financials associated with buying, selling and trading an RV. Because of the amount of data I am providing, I have broken the subject into multiple parts for the convenience of the reader. The two previous articles are; RV Financials, Understanding RV Pricing, and RV …

RV Financials – Part-2 Understanding Depreciation

This is the second part of a series on RV Financials. In this post, Part-2, I have a link to my article on HubPages where I explain what RV depreciation is and how it changes every year for all motorhomes and other styles of campers. Many of us really don't understand the RV pricing systems …

RV Financials – Part-1 – RV Pricing and Values

This is the first part of a series on RV Financials. In this post, Part-1, I have a link to my article on HubPages where I explain how RV values are defined for dealers to use in their sales efforts. Many of us really don't understand the RV pricing systems used, and many of us …

How much will your new RV lose in value when you drive it off the lot?

RV FINANCIAL TIP - 1 - How much will my new RV be worth after I buy it? This is a question so many new RV shoppers fail to do their research about. You see, an RV, like an automobile, will drop in value as soon as you sign the papers to buy it. But …

How did I avoid Hurricane Matthew while camping in the Keys

The hurricane, Matthew was such a devastating force to the Southeast coast of the US. At the time it was approaching, I happened to be enjoying myself in my RV in a campground called Fiesta Key. It's a great campground, with nice amenities and an onsite restaurant/bar. On the other hand, its halfway down the …

Tips for good Campground Sanitation Habits

Taking your vacation and staying in a campground in your RV is very popular these days. But, often you are taking your vacation during the peak season when campgrounds are very crowded. These crowded conditions can increase your probability of getting infections or even being exposed to potentially dangerous bacteria. We all know that we …

A Camping Trip, 50-days in our RV, Travel and Camping Tips.

A Summer of Camping, Day-0 OK, as you all know, my wife and I are avid Campers and we have been sitting around for several months now at our home-base, just twiddling our thumbs. And I have to admit that a certain amount of cabin fever has set in with us. Sure, if you read …

How to easily replace the Fuel Pump on an ONAN Model-5500 RV generator

Many RVs have generators installed in them. They are there to provide convenience and comforts for the owner while they travel around the country. Click on the link below to read my HubPage article on how to trouble shoot the generator and replace the Fuel Pump and Fuel Filter easily. How to Replace the Fuel …

When your RV Door Lock malfunctions, here is how to fix the problem

  My RV door Lock (made by Trimark) recently attacked me. Well, not exactly attacked, but it did start to mysteriously and randomly lock itself. Now, this isn't a problem when you are inside the RV, but when you are outside it quickly becomes a pretty big nuisance. The Door lock mechanism on my started …

Washing your RV Front-End – ECO-FRIENDLY

  ECO-FRIENDLY TIPS: We all need to adjust our lives towards a more Eco-Friendly lifestyle.  As Campers and RV owners, we should adopt as many habits, tools, and lifestyle changes as possible to preserve and improve the environment we live in. To this end, here is a great ECO-FRIENDLY TIP for washing your RV. Sometimes …

Towing Connector Wiring Reference for RV Owners

With the many methods of towing in the RV world, you must have an electrical connection between the RV and the towed vehicle for lights turn signals brakes etc.. Pre-made cables are available at most Camper part stores, as well as kits for wiring into the wiring harness of vehicles.   RV Coaches have the …

Take your new RV on a Shakedown Cruise.

  Those of who have spent years owning multiple RV's have learned a lot of valuable lessons. One of these lessons is that whenever you purchase a new (or newer, or different) RV it is a good idea to take it out on a "Shakedown Run" to weed out any hidden problems before you take …

A Furnace Fan with a mind of its own, My RETRO-WINNIE

For those you that have an RV, this will not come as a surprise to you. I have an intermittent electrical problem with my Retro-Winnie. One of my Furnace Fans has decided to become a cognizant entity on its own. It turns on when it sees fit. The Perils of owning an RV We RV …

Just RV and CAMPER BATTERIES

Every Camper has heard the story about someone who neglected their RV batteries and ended up either on the side of the road needing a charge or even a new battery, or even worse, who ended up damaging one of their RV's 12-Volt accessories. The world of Batteries in the different RV's on the market …

Countdown for an RV Trip North, RETRO-WINNIE-4

Yep! This does call my position on the Darwin scale of endangered species into question. As you all know, I live in Florida. And, I not only live in Florida, but I live South of Tampa. This means that this mornings temperature of 64 was pretty darn Cold, relatively speaking. But, we are heading to …

Types of RV Campers that are popular today.

For a quick overview of the different styles of RV campers popular in the US, click on the link below to read my HubPage article. It lists the major styles and designs that we all like and use for our camping trips. RV Camper types and Styles by Don Bobbitt, 2014 Copyright, Don Bobbitt, 2014, …

How to KEEP WARM in your RV, Tips for Winter Campers

OK, here you are, sitting in your camper and you notice that you feel a chill. Checking the temperature, you see that things are indeed COLD outside and there is a healthy wind blowing that seems to be driving cold air into your normally cozy camper. You need to get things more comfortable inside your …

Retro-Winnie-3, a Leaking Ice Maker Problem

Well, there I was, on my next fix or possible upgrade to my RETRO-WINNIE. While we were camping in lynchburg last month, a little problem developed after about three days in our campsite. WE opened our Freezer one morning and found a thick Ice coating on top of our frozen food. I ended up jumping …

RETRO-WINNIE Shakedown Trip, The Good and the Bad

OK, I am not keeping up, even with myself. We did finally complete our trip to Lynchburg VA from Ruskin FL. it was a round trip totaling over 1400 miles and we were in our site for over three weeks. Because of my Doctors demand (a recent Blood Clot in my leg) that I only …