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The Know-How: The ABCs for Your RV

Q: Rookie question, but what does this acronym GVWR mean, and what should it mean to me? Which parts of this alphabet soup of stats are most important when I’m…
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The Know How: The Case of the Curious Overlander

Q: I keep hearing about overlanding. I’m interested to try, but I don’t know if I’m ready to invest in a vehicle. What’s a good first move? A: I built…
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Tech Q&A — December, 2023

Parallel Power Q: We have a 2021 Thor Axis. I always find good advice in Tech Q&A, I’ve learned a lot. In the September 2023 issue, Steve Mark explained how…
Servicing & Care

Tech Q&A — November, 2023

Frustrating Fridge Q: We’ve been having a periodic issue with the refrigerator in our 2018 Forest River Surveyor (27RBSS) travel trailer. We operate our refrigerator in “AUTO” the majority of…
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Tech Q&A — October, 2023

Catalytic Converter Theft Q: We have a 2009 Winnebago Spirit motorhome. Is there anything on the horizon to help with the nationwide problem of catalytic converters being stolen? I’m sure…
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Tech Q&A – September 2023

Diesel Tuning Q:  We have a 2013 RAM 3500 crew cab pickup powered by a Cummins 6.7-liter diesel and tow a 30-foot trailer with it. I want the best fuel…
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Tech Q&A — August, 2023

Quality Control Concerns Q: Why are RVs being produced with shoddy construction? My husband and I are seasoned campers. We were thinking about trading our 2022 Coleman 18-footer for a…
Servicing & Care

Tech Q&A — July, 2023

Extra Propane Tank Q: We have a 2019 Jayco Redhawk 26-foot Class C motorhome. The propane tank is permanently mounted on board. I am wondering if there is a way…
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Tech Q&A – June 2023

Replacing Fifth-Wheel Tires Q: I currently own a Vanleigh 365RL fifth-wheel that has Westlake CR960A load-range G tires that are five years old. I want to replace them with another…
Servicing & Care

Tech Q&A — May 2023

Towing a Dinghy Q: We have a 2021 Fleetwood Flair 29-foot motorhome. What is the easiest car to flat tow behind my motorhome? What extra equipment do I need to…
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Tech Q&A — April 2023

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Q: My wife and I bought a 2007 Forest River Georgetown Class A motorhome. I did not realize it did not have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in it. There…
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Tech Q&A – March 2023

Dinghy Braking Q: We have a 2014 Itasca Suncruiser 37F on a Ford F-53 chassis with a V-10 and tow a 2004 Jeep Liberty 4×4. I understand from the dealer that once…
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Tech Q&A — February 2023

Battery Drain Problem Q: We have a 2019 Fleetwood Bounder 35K Class A motorhome that we bought new. It has a 100-watt solar panel on the roof, a 5.5-kW Onan generator, and four…
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Tech Q&A — January, 2023

Tired of Blowouts Q: There have been numerous blowouts of my RV’s ST225/75R15 tires across 20,000 miles while towing my 9,500-pound GVWR Open Range model 18UF2910RL fifth-wheel. The most recent cost $8,800…
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Tech Q&A – December 2022

Ford E-450 Rear Axle Service Q: We have a 2019 Forest River 24-foot Class C Forester on an E-450 Ford chassis. I flat tow a 2019 Ford Fiesta. The Ford dealer told…
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Tech Q&A – November, 2022

Air Conditioner on House Current Q: In 2005, we purchased an R-Vision Trail-Lite hybrid and enjoyed it for 15 years. In 2020, we upgraded to a 2018 Rockwood 2509S travel trailer. The…
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Tech Q&A – October 2022

DEF Lifespan Q: My motorhome is a 2015 Thor Palazzo 35. It has the Cummins 340-hp engine and Allison transmission. The question I have is about the DEF that has been…
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Tech Q&A – September, 2022

Overhead Lights Inoperative Q: We recently purchased a 2012 Airstream Interstate Class B motorhome and are having a problem with the overhead lights. We have checked and changed the fuse, checked the switch…
Gear & Accessories

Tech Q&A – August 2022

Power A-Frame Jack Failure Q: My RV’s FIC power A-frame (tongue) jack started failing within two years on our 2021 Jayco 25RB trailer, which was purchased in Oregon. The light was failing…
Servicing & Care

Tech Q&A — July, 2022

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Q: We recently bought a new 2022 Ford Power Stroke diesel-powered pickup to tow our 35-foot fifth wheel. We’ve never had a diesel before, and besides the higher cost…
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Tech Q&A – June 2022

Holding-Tank Indicator Problem Q: We have a 2013 Keystone Cougar 333MKS fifth wheel trailer. After I empty the black-water tank, the indicator shows that it’s still two-thirds full. Is that due to…
Safety & Maintenance

Tech Q&A – May 2022

Underside Rust and Corrosion Q: We have a 2003 Allegro 35DA motorhome with 30,000 miles on the odometer, which we bought new. Living in the Rust Belt and using the…
Safety & Maintenance

Tech Q&A – April 2022

Propane Container Recertification Q: I was just made aware that propane containers are dated and must be recertified. Neither my husband nor I were aware of this. What happens if…
Safety & Maintenance

Tech Q&A — March, 2022

Diesel Component Failures Q: We have a 2016 Winnebago Journey 38P on a Freightliner chassis with a Cummins ISL9 diesel engine. What are the possible causes of the failure of…
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Tech Q&A – February, 2022

Ford Power Tuning Q: We have a 2003 Fleetwood Pace Arrow on a Ford chassis with a Triton V-10 engine. Do they still make a PROM for the engine computer?  Mark Crisman,…
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Tech Q&A – January, 2022

Air-Conditioner Drip Q: We have a 2020 Coachmen American Express Ultra Lite 192RBS. I was in Florida this last week, and it was pretty hot and humid. I have a 15,000-Btu Dometic A/C unit.…
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