New to fifthwheeling? Take care of your hitch needs Our first fifth-wheel was a "pre-owned" model, as was our fifth-wheel hitch. It didn't take long for us to find out that that hitch needed care and feeding. Left to itself, a fifth-wheel hitch can be awfully most cantankerous.
Can you RV as a single? While many couples are taking to the RV lifestyle, there's another group that shouldn't be ignored: RVing singles. Some have lost mates to death, others to divorce, and still others just never did the "couple" thing. But most all will tell you: Yes, you can RV solo! It's often a matter of attitude. Here's some thoughts about solo RVing.
Avoid waiting games at the RV service center An RVer relates a tale of taking his rig to a service dealer. With plans for using the RV in a week, he explains his deadline and the dealer agrees service will be done in time. Sure enough, on day six the owner calls the service facility and is told, "Sorry, we're still waiting for parts." Other RVers have similar complaints: Seems like their rigs spend more time in the shop than out on the road. What's to be done?
Maintain and test your carbon monoxide detector Lightheaded? Confused? Have a headache? All unpleasant enough things to have, but also all symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Most people know that given enough "CO" you can go beyond those unpleasant symptoms to one really nasty one – death.
This isn't a situation we can afford to neglect: In a recent five-year period, over 400 people died every year from accidental, non-fire related CO poisoning in the U.S. Sadly, that's not surprising, when you consider that you can't see CO, nor smell it. Victims are often overcome at night, safely – or so they thought – tucked away in their beds. The only way to know whether your RV is safe from CO is with a working CO detector. Do you have one? Does it work?
RV tires: How old is too old? A man goes into an RV dealership, interested in a seven year-old motorhome with 10,000 miles on the odometer. The tires on the rig have plenty of tread left on them, but on learning that they're the original tires, he wonders about them being too old to be safe. The salesman tells the customer that worrying about the age of the tire is nothing more than buying into a myth. Should the customer walk away?