New propane tank regulations affect some RVers

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris News floating around the Internet of late may have made it sound as if RVers have new rules about propane cylinder inspections. One source put it this way: “As a result, cylinders must be requalified by proof pressure or volumetric expansion testing every 10 years instead of every seven or 12 years.” On... Read More

Results of 6-year rubber roof coating experiment

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris To hear RV manufacturers talk, EPDM rubber roofs are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Problem is, even sliced bread eventually gets stale. After a few years in the elements, rubber roofs take the hit of weathering and exposure to UV radiation. From personal experience we can say that a non-maintained rubber roof... Read More

The three evil musketeers – rot, mold, and mildew

Don’t wait for your annual inspection (you do have an annual inspection of your RV, don’t you?) to search for leaks or to do something about the ones you know you already have. Ask any RVer that has ever had to deal with rot, mold, or mildew and they will likely regale you with nightmare accounts of serious downtime and scary repair bills.... Read More

What are the best batteries for fulltiming?

How many batteries should you have to fulltime and what kind are best? Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, answers a question from an RVer during a recent webcast about whether it’s best to replace 12-volt deep cycle RV batteries with six-volt golf cart batteries connected in series.  Subscribe to the FREE RV Travel Saturday newsletter loaded with news, articles, and how-to... Read More

How to find dump stations in unfamiliar territory

By Dave Helgeson Unless you plan to just park in the same RV resorts after becoming a fulltimer, you will more likely be doing some extensive traveling and probably some boondocking. You will experience the freedom to go where you want, when you want, no reservations and no checkout times. However, no matter how large your holding tanks are or how frugal... Read More

Importance of efficient use of the shower for fulltiming

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Moving from a permanent large home to the confines of an RV and fulltime living will result in making many lifestyle changes. One of them is access to hot running water. Sure, you have a water heater in your RV. Typically it’s a six-gallon job, while your old land-based heater was probably 40... Read More