Every RV Traveler Needs This Tool (Pray You Never Use It)

November 24, 2014 by · Comments Off 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminRIDDLE TIME: “I am a device that every RV owner should carry, yet no one ever hopes to use.” There’s a certain tool that everyone needs to carry in their vehicle. This simple tool ( can literally be a life saving device. It’s small and inexpensive, and yes it makes a great stocking stuffer type of gift. If you or your loved ones are ever faced with the prospect of using this tool, you’ll probably consider it the best $5 you ever spent. Yet hopefully it will never see serious action. The best case scenario is that you place this tool inside your vehicle glove box, where it resides for years without incident.  What tool are we discussing today? Of course, we’re talking about an… Read more  Read More →

Upgrade Your Rig with a TITAN Large Capacity Fuel Tank

July 11, 2014 by · Comments Off 

We’ve been pulling together a list of tips for RV travelers who might want to go to Alaska. One of the best involves upgrading to a large capacity fuel tank ( by Titan. Install one of these bad boys in your truck and you are pretty much guaranteed to save money. You can almost DOUBLE your fuel capacity with a Titan tank. (Click the pic for more info.) Here’s the deal with a trip to Alaska, or any long trip: you gotta buy fuel. The Titan fuel tank gives you a much larger fuel capacity in your truck. So you can load up on fuel when you find it at cheaper prices. This is crucial for any American who ventures into Canada, where fuel prices can be extremely high. In the Yukon Territory, we have paid $8 a gallon for diesel. Even in more urban areas of Canada, fuel costs are high. You see, Canada offers “free” health care. The way “free” health care works? You pay for it every day, every time you buy any product or service, whether you use said health care or not. “Free” health care is one key reason that Canadian fuel prices are so exorbitant. (To my Canadian friends: please don’t shoot the messenger.) So it makes sense to load up on fuel in the USA before venturing into the Great White North. We met an American traveler in the Yukon territory once who combined a Titan tank with an additional fuel reservoir in the bed of his truck. “I never buy any fuel in Canada,” he told us. “I buy enough in the States to drive through Canada... Read more

A Sometimes Overlooked Motor Home Safety Tip

November 30, 2013 by Lug_Nut · Comments Off 

Lug_Nut, with an eye on safety. All motor home owners observe certain procedures prior to taking off from a camp stay. Things like, disconnect all connections, slides in, jacks up, antennas down, and more, are standard rituals they are all accustom to. A vehicle walk around after everything is set, is a good policy and hopefully is done by every RV’er. These often reveal issues that need attention such as open compartments, obstacles beneath the coach or wheels, awnings not locked, etc. A little time spent completing this can save a lot of time and possibly costly repairs later. Okay, all checks out as ready for the road, but, what about loose items within the coach? Those items like toasters, coffee pots, cutlery and other personal things that we all carry, are they safe? They create little or no danger while driving down the road outside of possibly rattling in harmony with the bumps on the road surface. However, in the case of a sudden deceleration caused by a collision or even a panic braking action, these items can become lethal. The sink with several dishes, knives and forks, can be tossed up and become ballistic household shrapnel. Many makes of class “A” RV’s do not fair well in a collision, and in some impact instances, the body may practically disintegrate, offering little or no protection for the occupants. Unlike automobiles, trucks and even buses made today, RV’s do not have to meet the same crash test safety regulations. But, even if they... Read more

REVIEW: “Valentine One” Radar Detector

July 9, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Radar detectors are fascinating devices. These gadgets are used by motorists to detect if their speed is being monitored by someone using a radar gun. In a sense, radar detectors are safety devices that encourage owners to be mindful of speed. Of course, they also help avoid unwanted “speed trap” speeding tickets (although there’s no guarantee on this point) and the resulting hike in insurance premiums. The Valentine One radar detector is among the best money can buy. First sold in 1992, over time its design has barely changed. That’s because it was so darn good from the beginning. These detectors never become obsolete because the software and hardware can always be updated. (If there are significant desirable upgrades, owners can send their old units to the company and pay a fee for the new stuff.) They are built like little tanks, can withstand scorching summer heat, and are packed with thoughtful design features. Valentine One booting up - normally all of these lights are not simultaneously lit. Note the directional arrows, strength meter, and ability to track up to 8 different radar sources. (Click the pic for more info.) The Valentine One (”V1″) offers complete coverage. It detects five bands (X, K, Ka, “super wideband” Ka, and Ku) of radar. It also detects laser in all directions. The Valentine One detector is incredibly sensitive, and sometimes (especially in open terrain) will detect radar signals miles in advance. Yet it’s also intelligent... Read more


May 23, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers The first atomic-powered submarine, the Nautilus, gives visitors a view of life in "the Silent Service" Things we learned quickly about New England: the streets in these picturesque, quaint towns were built 250 to 350 years ago – very scenic but not the place you want to take your Class A, C, Travel Trailer or 5th Wheel.   Just driving down many of the streets in our GMC truck involves pulling over to let on-coming traffic through. We’re currently in Narragansett, Rhode Island, which is not far from Misquamicut, Usquepaug and Wequetequock.  You don’t really need to know that, but my point is the names of towns around here are often verbally challenging. Stone fences abound in this part of New England These Yankees love historic stone fences in front of large two-story homes.  Everywhere we look in the Connecticut/Rhode Island area there are stone fences, which I surmise are the result of field-clearing centuries ago.  The countryside is beautiful.  We have seen all cannons, forts, battlefields and historic sight signs that we will need for a lifetime.  In the past three weeks, we have been to Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and we’re now in Rhode Island. We recommend coming here — but find a campground where you can park your rig, and tour in your car or truck.  I have a tale of almost-horror to tell at the end of this episode of the “Never-Bored RVers.” We... Read more


April 4, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers We’ve been traveling cross-country for two weeks now on our way to the Canadian Maritimes from California.  I’ll let you know more about the travels in Part 3 of this article. PART 1 – FREE OVERNIGHT PARKING – From my “I wish I could find the picture I took Department,” I send along this: In Mark Polk’s March edition of RV Consumer Magazine — — he has a brief item about Walmart parking, which probably applies to all one-night on-the-road no-charge parking places.   He mentions how putting down the jacks on hot asphalt to level the rig can damage the parking lot surface. We have seen several instances of what we feel is parking-lot abuse during our travels, but none so memorable as the Scamp mini-trailer on the edge of a parking lot with awning out, rug down, barbecue going and chairs and tables all arranged.  It looked like the owners had set up camp for the week. We try not to be judgmental, but put yourself in the role of store manager.  You can understand why he or she would think about putting the lot off-limits for overnight RV parking.  Most managers of businesses work hard to preserve an image of a clean property.  We hope you consider yourself their guests. PART 2 – TRUCKIN’ AND RVers Anyone... Read more

Decreasing The Risk of RV Accidents

March 21, 2013 by Lug_Nut · Comments Off 

A Lug_Nut point of view.   Vehicle accidents are unfortunately all too common, especially minor ones, often referred to as “Fender Benders.”  These types of incidents are both costly and inconvenient, not to mention possibly dangerous.  Many insurance policies provide for a loaner, or rental car, while your vehicle gets repaired.  This certainly eases the inconvenience somewhat, but still disrupts one’s life, albeit briefly. Such a safety net does not exist for most, if not all, RV’s.  If your trailer or motor home is involved in a collision, you will inevitably be without a temporary replacement while it is fixed.   But, unlike an ordinary auto repair, the repairing of these specialized units takes a considerable period of time. Additionally, RV’s are generally larger, and some greatly so, to that of a normal automobile or light truck.  To manage the weight for these oversized vehicles, lighter body materials are often used.  These lighter materials can suffer far worst damage in an impact with an object or another vehicle.   Also, the nature of RV applications may often require maneuvering in close proximity to a host of objects while backing into a relatively small space.  All of these things increase the risks of physical damage to the unit. This can be very stressful if such an event happens just prior to, or while, on your vacation.  It can ruin your plans and spoil your entire holiday.   Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way of avoiding these... Read more

Wyoming DOT’s solution to highway accidents caused by migrating wildlife

December 15, 2012 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

By Bob Difley “Everyday in the U.S., 190 million motor vehicles hit the road, and one million animals get hit by motor vehicles. That’s counting cars, buses, motorbikes, and trucks, but not ATVs, snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles. The figure includes mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, but not insects and bugs, who somehow never count.” wrote Mark Matthew Braunstein on the Culture Change website. “For every dead animal counted, three or four more die unnoticed. Even at 55 m.p.h., we smell the remains of far more dead skunks than we see. The walking wounded die far from the road, so only instantly killed animals are seen and get counted.” For those of us who call ourselves wildlife watchers these numbers are appalling. These numbers are the result of many factors, such as more highways being built, many of these highways cutting off wildlife migration routes and breeding grounds, urban and suburban populations expanding into wildlife habitat, lack of fencing keeping wildlife off busy highways, and reduction of wildlife habitat forcing populations to seek additional space away from protected areas. Unfortunately, the protection of wildlife is often derided as the agenda of wacko liberal environmentalists. But kudoos have to go out to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WDOT) for tackling a problem where pronghorn antelope migrate 170 miles from Grand Teton National Park south to... Read more

An Innovative Idea For RV Transmission Control

November 12, 2012 by Lug_Nut · 16 Comments 

  An innovative product idea from the Lug_Nut file. Automatic transmissions are quickly replacing the mechanically clutched manual gearbox in the world’s high performance automobiles. While many are equipped with single or dual action hydraulic clutches, all are capable of shifting gears automatically. For the positive control of spirited performance shifting, these newer systems employ steering wheel mounted paddle switches. These spring loaded momentary contact levers are located behind the wheel at about nine and three o’clock. They are easily operated with your fingertips while your hands are comfortably gripping the steering wheel. The left one toggles the downshift while the right the upshift. The main transmission control provides a selection of either fully automatic or paddle control shifting. The automatic or manual modes can also be toggled back and forth on some models using just the paddles. Generally the paddle shift feature is not available on the average automobile, other than as a sales gimmick, as it would have little operational value. But what about a large vehicle like a truck or motor home? The ability to manually select the gearing, in this type of unit, is often a need when operating in very hilly or mountainous terrains. Currently, diesel pusher owners control user input shifts by depressing one of two buttons on the Allison keypad. The control keypad is generally located to the driver’s left, often near waist level about equal to the operator’s... Read more


October 23, 2012 by Barry & Monique Zander · 5 Comments 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers The winds are bringing in more of a chill.  November is getting closer, and before that, of course, many of you snowbirds are excited about watching your grandkids go trick-or-treating. In this episode of “Getting Ready “for your fall travels,” I’ll remind you of what I consider to be the most important tasks for trailer/5th wheel pullers – checking the battery and tires.  For you motorhome, C Class and truck camper drivers, I would imagine having the engine checked over would be just as important, and getting it done at home from mechanics that you trust is probably a better alternative than hoping for a reliable mechanic a long way down the road. But first, let me pass along a note from RV expert Mark Polk about putting grease on slide bars: Hi Barry, There are lots of slide-out manufacturers and various slide-out control mechanisms. If at all possible it’s best to follow the advice of the slide manufacturer for maintenance procedures, intervals and lubrication techniques. If the unit is under warranty it’s important that you use what the manufacturer recommends for lubricating the slide-out. The owner should look through the owner’s manual for information on the slide-out. Many times it is possible to contact the manufacturer through a tech email or phone contact and get answers directly from them about their products. With that said, the majority of slide mechanisms call for a... Read more

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