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RV Tech Tip: Electric Inverters

August 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Tech Tip: Electric Inverters

Many RVs today are available with electric inverters and chargers, standard or as an option.  The inverter is a great accessory for having AC power while travelling and for dry camping.  Today’s RV tech tip will give you more knowledge about different types of inverters and what they do. These units offer a battery charger to maintain your house batteries and an inverter that converts 12 volts D.C. (direct current) to 120 volts A.C. (alternating current) when shore or generator power is not present.  Inverters can power residential refrigerators, microwave ovens, TV’s, satellite receivers, crock pots, toasters, coffee makers, and much more. There are many inverter manufacture models with a variety of power sizes.  The battery charger outputs are generally rated in ampere hours while the inverter power output is stated in watts.  However, getting the right size outputs to meet your needs is not the only decision.  Inverters are not necessarily all equal. There are two types... [Read more...]

RV Space Saving Tips

July 8, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

RV Space Saving Tips

Organizing your recreational vehicle and saving space go hand in hand. That’s why RV space saving tips are always helpful in organizing your rig. Your imagination is the limit! Set aside a day where you spend the first quarter taking everything out of the cabinets and storage areas, the second quarter thinking about the multi-functions of each item, and the last half of the day storing and stacking your chosen items. Instead of storing T-shirts on top of each other so that you have to pull out a whole stack to find one shirt, vertically fold them  almost like a bookcase or filing cabinet, so the folded “spines” of the shirts are visible. This is what a stack of them in a drawer (or a storage box) looks like: (Source: tumblr.com) Nest, nest, nest. And think vertical storage whenever possible. Collapsible/compact bowl sets use 2/3 less space than standard bowls. These bowls are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and stack on top of each other to save space. They are... [Read more...]

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

June 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

Electronic keypad RV entry is an option that is definitely worth purchasing. No, not the key fob that electronically unlocks the door or arms the alarm system, we are talking about a user keypad that locks and unlocks the entry door. While there is nothing wrong with key fob entry for your car, your RV may require entry by your family members without the need to be confined to locating the key holder. Each member of your family can exit and enter without the risk of losing the key or the need to locate the key holder. Conventional key operation is available on all models should the unit need to be overridden due to a dead battery or other system failure. Electronic keypad locks have been a lifesaver is some emergency circumstances.  One such situation involved a couple that had left their pet in their RV for the afternoon in a campsite. While out that day, they were involved in a serious automobile accident. They were transported to a local hospital where they would both be held at least... [Read more...]

Decorating Your RV

June 20, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Decorating Your RV

Is your RV all set for summer camping? There are so many great ideas for decorating your RV to create style and save space.  Whether its just a sink cover, installing a new drawer, or collapsable bowls, Camping World has the largest online RV supply store to help kick-start all of your RV shopping needs. Start searching here to check out some great ideas for collapsible trash systems, new mattress toppers and lots more. The items that most excite me are the ones that are space-saving or space-creating since RVs can tend to feel pretty cramped when fully packed for camping. Also, as a coupon and sales fanatic, I always focus on the items that have an online special going. In my experience, it pays to buy when an item is on sale and right before you will be using it!   One of my favorite options is the Trash-Ease, which allows you to free up space from having a trash can on the floor and instead provides a mount so you can hook your trash on the edge of a counter top and simply put... [Read more...]

DIY Project For Your RV

June 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If your RV is approaching 10 years old or more, here’s a DIY project that will provide more bonus benefits than any other. Replacing an aging CRT TV with a modern light flat panel will pay in so many ways.  In addition, doing the work yourself is quite simple.  So, let’s look at why you might want to make this your next DIY project.  What will you have when it’s complete?   A far larger screen can be installed A higher definition picture Local off-air high definition picture Lighter weight, less movement stress and related squeaks. Much lower power demand Possible Smart TV Compatible Better angle viewing Less heat generated within the cabin Extra storage not available before behind unit Makes your RV look newer and up to date Now, there are three basic types of flat panel TV’s: Plasma, L.C.D and L.E.D. Of these choices, you have two, as you must eliminate the Plasma. The problem with the Plasma is the RV application. Plasma TV’s do not deal well with changes of... [Read more...]

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

May 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

Typical RV Generator Auto start generator controllers are a great feature.  But, like any other product, you have to understand it to get the most out of it.  We will look at the primary purpose of this machine and discuss setting up your auto start generator. Basically, this device constantly monitors your house batteries to determine their state of charge.  At a given charge state, it will automatically start your generator to supply charge to the batteries.  When the battery charge state has reached a measured full charge, the controller will shut down the generator. This all sounds simple enough, but to do this efficiently requires correct parameters be preset. To set up your auto start generator, this control device must be calibrated to exactly what voltage it should start the recharge sequence.  To know the correct cut-in voltage, we must know what the high and low voltages in the house bank are.  A fully charged battery in a rested state should be 12.7 volts or have a... [Read more...]

Lighting Your Rig

May 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lighting Your Rig

Whether you are looking to replace your light bulbs or upgrade your fixtures to something more decorative and stylish, there is much you can do to take your RV lighting to the next level. First off, you definitely want to convert to LED replacement bulbs in your RV (if you haven’t already) since they have a much longer life span and reduce power consumption. Basically, LEDs last tens of thousands of hours whereas regular bulbs only last up to two thousand hours. This allows your lights to consume less power and also extends the life of your bulbs, just by simply switching them out with any of these great deals at Camping World’s online store.  The LED replacement bulbs provide brighter lighting which results in improved visibility throughout your RV. A simple RV lighting upgrade can be done with new lighting fixtures throughout your RV. Check out Camping World’s latest sale for gorgeous wall sconces, globes, pin-up lights and more. One of my favorites is the Satin... [Read more...]

Power of Preventative Maintenance: Tools and Resources for Your RV

February 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Power of Preventative Maintenance: Tools and Resources for Your RV

Your RV is your home, your vehicle, and a valuable investment; however, it can be very costly to repair if it is not properly maintained. Preventative maintenance can be the difference between arriving safely at your destination and a costly roadside problem. Pictured below is the beauty of Valley of Fire at Atatl Rock Campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved This is why preventive maintenance is so vital to the long-term health of your RV and to your overall ownership experience. There are two basic types of maintenance for your RV: preventive maintenance and scheduled maintenance. Often these two terms are used interchangeably. Preventive maintenance is maintenance you perform on your RV before a problem exists and consists of cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, adjusting, and servicing your RV. Preventive maintenance is really nothing more than common sense maintenance. It could be the difference between a safe and enjoyable trip and a costly disastrous one. Scheduled Maintenance or... [Read more...]

The One-And-Only 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome

December 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The One-And-Only 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome

Art Himsl owns the only 1937 Chris Craft motorhome ever made. Art Himsl and his one-of-a-kind 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome. (Credit: David Krumboltz/Contra Costa Times) I didn’t know Chris Craft made motorhomes, and it turns out that they didn’t. They made one-and-only one—this one—and it is owned by Art Himsl. “They started to build this vehicle in 1937 in San Francisco, probably as a prototype as it took from 1937 to 1941 to complete,” Himsl told David Krumboltz, a columnist for the Contra Costa Times. “It was built with an aluminum skeleton covered with Grade A linen aircraft fabric, like that found on old bi-wing airplanes. The fabric was stretched over the entire body except for metal around the windows. The original power plant was a Plymouth six-cylinder engine rated at 82 hp and the vehicle was registered as a Plymouth House Car.” The engine was adequate as the vehicle was very light because of the fabric body. “Of course, everyone thought the... [Read more...]

Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future

October 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future

Citing declining registration numbers for caravans in Europe, German manufacturer Knaus Tabbert GmbH decided to rethink camper design by initiating the “Caravisio-The Caravan of the Future” project as an approach to the problem and to provoke thought. Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future (image courtesy of Knaus Tabbert) The Caravisio reflects a collective vision of what may be technologically possible in the future. Based on both a futuristic and innovative vision of the manufacturer, an expert group of industry-established and external suppliers and designers was established with the objective to develop the caravan of the future. Development work lasted almost two years, from the first sketch to the completely designed and assembled caravan. More than just a single manufacturer’s idea, the Caravisio represents collaboration between more than 20 different companies and industry experts. Like the classic Bowlus Road Chief and Airstream Land Yacht, the Caravisio... [Read more...]

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