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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Save Money and have Fun Taking Short RV Trips

Camping trips, decide on Short or Long ones. My wife and I are what you would call hardcore campers and we have been doing this for many years, in a number of different styles of recreational vehicles. Over the years, we have taken our RV's to a lot of fantastic places, seen so many great …

Driving an RV or Car in the Keys

Camping in the Keys My wife and I are RV owners and we spend our spare time traveling around the US, finding interesting places to explore and generally just enjoying the wonders and people of this great country of ours. A week ago, we drove down to the Florida Keys and landed in a popular …

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-3 – The RV Dream vs the RV Reality

RamblingDon - Post-3 - The RV Dream versus the Rv Reality Far, far too often, I see or meet people who go out, spend their hard earned savings on an RV that they believe will take them to those places they have dreamed about visiting for decades. They think the RV itself will make their …

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 …

From my RV Desk – post-1 – An RV Writer’s workspace

RAMBLINGDON - Post-1 A writer's workspace in their RV Any writer who decides to create while traveling in their RV has to also accept the fact that they will have a limited amount of working space. I'm lucky enough that with my RV, I actually have a small flip-up desk, of sorts, where I work …

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 …

Camping free for a month using my Thousand Trails membership

That's right, I have made the reservations and I will be leaving Tampa Florida in a couple of weeks, travel to Lynchburg Virginia, stay there for 3-weeks and then return, without paying a penny for a campsite. I will be using the Thousand Trails campgrounds, Three Flags, near Wildwood Florida for a night, then I …

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 …

That campground you like will be full when school lets out.

OK, it's WINTER, and you're sitting in front of your fireplace, watching TV, or doing some other thing where you can keep warm as you wait for warmer weather when you can un-store your RV and start your travels. But, here's a thought you need to consider; along with warm weather comes a surge in …

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 …

Taking your RV to the Keys? Be prepared for the traffic.

Everyone wants to go to the Keys and those of us who have an RV, are lucky enough to have campgrounds available all along the Overseas Highway for us to use. I have been in one of these campgrounds several times and now that I'm a little older, I prefer the distance from Key West …

How to Select the Perfect GRILL for you and your RV.

Every camper ends up needing to cook food at some time or other, even the diehard Backpack campers end up cooking at times. As RV owners, my wife and I hop around the campgrounds of America, I end up cooking on my grill quite often. Many times, we are just grilling some Hot Dogs or …

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 …

Orlando RV Resort, a great Campground in Clermont Florida

Orlando RV Resort is another Thousand Trails membership Campground that everyone who might be planning on camping in Florida, should check out. It's actually in Clermont Florida just ten miles north on US highway 27, off of I-4 at Exit-55. Besides the many amenities, this campground has 867 campsites you can pick from. Almost all …

Protect your RV water Pipes from freezing with this trick

  Many RV owners now want to use their RV in colder environments and not just in a summer campground near a beach somewhere. Some RV's have water systems that will occasionally need a little protection from a cold night or two where temperatures drop below freezing for a short period of time. Check out …

RV Tip – Using your RV AC for Heat, Get a little heat boost without your Furnace.

  Check out that AC of yours before winter hits, if you are planning on traveling and camping in your RV during cool or cold weather. You can save some money, if you do. Almost all RV's, especially motorhomes, have roof Air Conditioners on them. And for the past dozen or more years these AC …

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 …

RV Tire Covers, get rid of those Bungee straps

I am not only lazy, but I'm also old enough for certain physical things I do when traveling in my RV to cause me pain and discomfort. Being an RV owner, one thing that I definitely use to protect my tires are covers. RV Tire Covers can save the owner a lot of money by …

Our First time, Two Weeks Camping in the Keys

First of all, I should mention that we live in Florida anyway, so the Keys are only a five hour drive away for us. So, when my wife won a discount on a two-week stay at an Encore campground just south of Islamorada, we made our plans for a visit to the Keys. When the …