The ABCs of RV Shopping: Towables (pt. 2)

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In our discussion about towable RVs, we’ve talked about travel trailers and toy haulers. Now let’s talk about two other towables, fifth wheels and pop-ups. Fifth-Wheel Trailers: A favorite among those who take long vacations or even live full-time in their RV, the fifth-wheel trailer is a specialized unit requiring a pickup truck or... Read More

The ABCs of RV shopping: Towables (pt. 1)

By Russ and Tiña De Maris What’s the lure of a towable, non-motorized unit, over a motorhome? One less engine to maintain is a big draw. Finances figure in – non-motorized units generally cost less for equivalent living space. For some, it’s arriving at camp and disconnecting or dismounting the RV from your truck – the RV stays at camp while the... Read More

How to keep your water lines from freezing

By Russ and Tiña De Maris With winter around the corner, it’s smart to be aware of freezing water in your RV water lines. A parked RV is one that’s susceptible to the ravages of Old Man Winter. An area that can hurt you the most: water. RVs are full of water, both in freshwater systems and on the back... Read More

When towing, can I use cruise control and overdrive?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When towing a travel trailer, can you use the cruise control? What about an overdrive transmission? These are questions that can puzzle new RVers – and even some veterans. First, let’s talk about cruise control. Here’s a school of thought where most folks who’ve had cruise control tend to agree: Towing a trailer with... Read More

ABCs of RV shopping: Motorhomes (pt. 2)

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For those shopping for their first RV, it helps to have an understanding of types. We previously discussed two popular motorhome classes, Class A and Class C. Now we’ll talk about two other kinds of motorhomes. Class B Motorhomes: Often called a van conversion or van camper, a Class B motorhome looks like a... Read More

Make sure your RV’s VIN number isn’t bogus

One of the latest scams that affect RVers hales from Canada. It seems that nasty crooks are stealing RVs, modifying the VIN plates, and then selling the stolen trailers on Kijiji. Up in Canada, Kijiji is a “kind-of-like” Craigslist Internet classified ad outfit. The outfit is owned by eBay, and is quite popular for selling used items and moving people... Read More

Choosing a floor plan for your new RV

The following advice is from Mark Polk’s book Insider’s Guide to Buying an RV.  When shopping for an RV, you will quickly discover that there are many available floor plans. Some were designed with two people in mind and others with six or eight people in mind. There are floor plans with front bedrooms and others with rear bedrooms. There... Read More