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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.

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How Does an RV Absorption Refrigerator Work? No, Really!

Call me suspicious, but I am skeptical of anyone who claims to comprehend the inner workings of an a…

Nucamp T@G teardrop camper with door open sitting at an RV show
Is Anything Better than a Fiberglass RV Roof?

Until now, I’ve aimed most of my words about RV roofing at the winner by popular choice: memb…

The Elusive High-Performance RV Range Hood, And the Art of Dehumidification

I was recently working with a customer who wanted to retrofit and upgrade his mega teardrop camper (…

Yes, You Should Leave Your Black Tank Valve CLOSED!

If you’re wondering whether you should leave your RV’s black tank valve open or closed…

Picture Guide to Replacing an RV Toilet Water Valve

Replacing a Dometic or Thetford gravity toilet water valve is easy. It takes 20-60 minutes and only …

Riddle Me This: Difference Between RV Butyl Tape and Putty Tape?

This is an ode to butyl tape, an RVer’s third hand in times of need. Butyl tape is the secret…

Soft spot disintegration damage on OSB RV roof decking.
8 Common Signs of an RV Roof Leak

In the same way that rashes, coughs, and fevers are the symptoms of a human sickness, water stains a…

RV weight-distribution hitch with sway control friction bars.
What’s the Difference Between Weight Distribution and Sway Control?

Weight distribution is not the same thing as sway control. Actually, let me rephrase that, because i…

Handbook showing the RVIA Guide to the NFPA 1192 standard
Are RVs Built to a Design Code?

Are RVs built to a code? Yes, they are. Some of you are scoffing right now, wondering how your piddl…

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