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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 a designer and RV engineer, I get your frustration. My industry isn’t necessarily known for award-winning customer service, now is it?
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Can I start out with an apology? Sad Sorry GIFfrom Sad GIFs The effort required to maintain your RV exterior is unacceptable for 21st century product design. Ford doesn’t tell you to reseal your windshield
If you’re dry camping in your RV, how do you power a CPAP machine? What if you frequent National Park campgrounds, which don’t usually have hookups? What about boondocking on BLM land? You might be
Propane is the lifeblood of many RVers. As coursing blood in the body heals and energizes, so does propane carry warmth, enable refrigeration, and help you cook. It’s cheap and abundant – but also easily
Wall construction quality is a litmus test for the rest of the RV. It’s rare to find an RV with a “better-built box” and shoddy workmanship elsewhere – but the opposite is also true. If
Old South residents have a saying: “The weather is close today.” According to a New Orleans friend of mine, that means the temperature and humidity are jus’ ‘bout th’ same. Example: 92 degrees Fahrenheit, 91%
Wait – what’s MCS? Glad you asked, Reader. It’s crazy how you ask a question I’m about to answer! You might not have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). You may not even know anyone with MCS.
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