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RVs can be a little scary, can’t they?
You’re handed the keys after a hurried 15-minute walk-through. Now you’re in charge of a factory-built home on wheels that experiences a hurricane and an earthquake every time you drive through a rainstorm.
As an RV designer and RV technician, I get your frustration. My industry isn’t necessarily known for award-winning customer service, now is it?
This blog contains industry-insider information about how RVs work. Get your info straight from the horse’s mouth – er, or mine, anyway. You have a friend on the “inside” now!
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The RV Engineer Goes to RV Tech School! (Part 2)
This isn’t exactly a blog post; it’s more of a public journal entry. It’s a follow-up to my personal life update, The RV Engineer Goes to Tech School (Part 1). As you know, I recently
Federal Trailer Lighting Info and Regulations
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed standards and regulations for lighting on all road-ready trailers. These standards define the number of lights and reflectors a trailer must have, where the lights and
“Isn’t Marine-Grade OSB an Oxymoron?” – Letter from a Reader
Engineers don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, per say, but the National Society of Professional Engineers does publish a Code of Ethics for Engineers. Among other mandates, it states: I may not have raised my right
“Is RV Payload Based on Stationary Use with the Occupants Inside?” – Letter from Educated RV Owner!
Towing is complicated, isn’t it? Every time I think I know everything, I go back to SAE J2807 or the FMVSS, and I learn something new! One of my Readers, “Charlie,” recently asked me a
6 Insider Hints for PERMANENTLY Cleaning Your Waste Tanks
I recently had the privilege of attending a free seminar by Sue “the Queen of Poo,” RV Tech and founder of Royal Flush RV. Sue Rasmussen is a delightful, well-spoken certified RV technician who specializes
Quick Tip: Can (or Should) I Recharge My RV Air Conditioner Refrigerant?
There is a LOT of false advice going around about recharging your RV air conditioner. When I typed the search phrase “Can I recharge my RV air conditioner?” into Google, 8 of the first 10
“4-Season Ready RVs? Forget It!” – Letter from a Building Science Guru
I love receiving letters from my Readers! Recently, I received an email from a gentleman named “Martin,” and I thought it was so insightful and articulate that I just had to share it. I’ve copy-and-pasted
The RV Engineer Goes to RV Tech School! (Part 1)
In a few weeks, I will be departing for the southern United States for nearly 2 months to become an Advanced Certified RV Technician. It’s not every day an Engineer leaves his Ivory Tower, padded
How to Protect and Rewire Trailer Wiring
Let’s take a break from our regularly scheduled RV programming and look at their close cousin, the utility trailer! (Although a lot of this advice does apply to RVs as well. It’s just harder to
Cool RV Gear
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