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July 19, 2018

How many Maintenance Chemicals Do you need?

By: Rob Lowe

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I recently read an article in Family RVing (May 2018, Page 40) that listed a number of Specialty Products for RVs . I looked at the list and thought: Wow that is a lot!  ... [read more]

July 17, 2018

TT #107 Residential Fridge Conversion: A New Approach (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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This is the second of two Technical Tips which provides a viable option to converting an RV refrigerator from an absorption to a ‘residential’ refrigerator. In the first article, I presented... [read more]

July 16, 2018

TT #106 Residential Fridge Conversion: A New Approach (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

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This is the first of two Technical Tips which will provide a viable option to converting an RV refrigerator from an absorption to a ‘residential’ refrigerator.   The... [read more]

July 9, 2018

TT #105 Dash Air Issues Resolved - Finally!!

By: Rob Lowe

Sometimes taking a different approach to solving an issue yields results that have eluded those using traditional approaches. This Tech Tip details a story of an ongoing issue that finally was... [read more]

May 28, 2018

Kwik BanditTM -The Worlds Most Versatile Utility Tie

By: Rob Lowe

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When you see the name of this new product you wonder: "What is it?” The answer is as simple as deciphering the name: It is a " quick ” way to " band ” (or wrap-up), something " it ”. This... [read more]

April 16, 2018

TT #104 Preparing a Coach for a Trip to Alaska and the Yukon (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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In Technical Tip 103, I began this two-part article. What follows will give you some background and if you have not read Technical Tip #103 you will find it helpful to read it before this one.... [read more]

April 15, 2018

TT #103 Preparing a Coach for a Trip to Alaska and the Yukon (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

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I have presented seminars on travelling to Alaska and the Yukon and afterwards I am asked: "How do I (or did you) prepare (y)our coach for that trip?” That’s a great question and one that is... [read more]

March 31, 2018

TT #102 Installing a 12 Volt Charge Line to Maintain the Towed Vehicle Battery

By: Rob Lowe

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With more and more vehicle makers requiring some method of maintaining the battery in a towed vehicle while it is being towed, it seemed like it was a good time to bring this topic forward in a... [read more]

December 19, 2017

GM Changes the towing recommendations for 2010-17 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

By: Rob Lowe

As many are aware, there has been an issue with flat towing some of these vehicles. During certain circumstances, while being flat towed behind a motorhome, these vehicles suddenly begin... [read more]

December 1, 2017

Blue Ox Introduces A light weight Aluminum Towbar

By: Rob Lowe

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Blue Ox recently introduced the Ascent ® Towbar made from aircraft grade aluminum weighing in at just 31 pounds (14 kg). It is finished in a beautiful Diamond Vogel metallic powder coat... [read more]

November 9, 2017

TT #101 Air Dryer Air Deflector & a Simple Fuel Spill Prevention Technique

By: Rob Lowe

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The RV community is known for sharing ideas which solve or deal with situations. The willingness of others to pass along their experience is what makes it easier for those new to the RV... [read more]

October 27, 2017

TT #100 Flat Screen TV: Power Supply Issues & TV Replacement

By: Rob Lowe

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While attending a RV Rally about a year ago, my wife turned on our front (over the dash) TV and heard a loud ‘pop’ sound. The TV did not come on and when I returned to the coach, I tried to... [read more]

October 4, 2017

TT #99 Let’s Check the Hitch Receiver and Towing System!

By: Rob Lowe

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While attending a RV Rally recently, a few attendees commented on the failure of their towing systems. Before going into details, I’d like to thank Bob Young of the Mid America Bounders Chapter... [read more]

August 26, 2017

TV Reception Rescued by using Corrosion Block®

By: Rob Lowe

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On a cross country trip this summer, we stopped for the night and discovered that our satellite TV Antenna was not working and that we had no TV reception. We confirmed that the receiver and... [read more]

July 30, 2017

TT #98 Is it Time to Update Your RV ‘Peripherals’?

By: Rob Lowe

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During a cross-country trip in which we boondocked (or dry camped) many nights, in addition to staying at a selection of RV parks, I reflected upon the equipment we use while RVing. Like many,... [read more]

June 4, 2017

TT #97 Choosing a New Tow Vehicle: Preparing it to Flat Tow (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

 In the last Technical Tip, I discussed the towed vehicle selection process, the installation of the baseplate (bracket) and selecting a tow bar. In this article, we’ll look at the some of... [read more]

May 9, 2017

Reinstalling a SMI Air Force One in a New Vehicle

By: Rob Lowe

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We recently removed an SMI Air Force One from our 8-year old Saturn Vue and re-installed, after refurbishing it, in our new Buick Envision. The refurbishing involved completely checking out all... [read more]

May 8, 2017

TT #96 Choosing a New Tow Vehicle: Preparing it to Flat Tow (#1)

By: Rob Lowe

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Most RVers tow a vehicle behind their coach and the convenience of flat towing on all four tires makes using a towbar and baseplate (bracket) the preferred method. That’s not to say that... [read more]

April 18, 2017

TT #95 Washer/Dryer Vent Replacement

By: Rob Lowe

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Many RVs are equipped with a combined washer and dryer made by Splendide. Our 2009 American Coach Allegiance 40X has a 2000 series, which has been replaced by the 2100 model in newer RVs where a... [read more]

October 21, 2016

TT #94 Lithium Batteries – An Update after 2-1/2 years and Future Power Sources

By: Rob Lowe

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In Technical Tips #82 to #84, I detailed the process for installing Lithium Batteries in our coach. I wrote a blog update in March, 2015. I thought that it would be good to provide a... [read more]

September 30, 2016

When the Slide-Outs Don't Move!

By: Rob Lowe

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Many RVer’s occasionally experience a slideout that fails to move when the switch is depressed. We had this situation occur on our last major trip and just as many before have experienced, the... [read more]

July 29, 2016

L.E.D. Strip Lighting Power in RVs with Multiplex Lighting Systems

By: Rob Lowe

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With the interest in L.E.D. Strip lighting for RV’s, I am frequently asked how the strip should be powered on coaches equipped with Multiplex light controls. A multiplex control system is... [read more]

July 20, 2016

TT #93 Replacing the Transfer Switch & Automated Electrical System Protection Unit (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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In Technical Tip #92, I detailed how we determined that our RV’s Automatic Transfer Switch had failed and that it was contained within an integrated Transfer Switch and Electrical System Protection... [read more]

July 4, 2016

Flat Towing a 2014 and Newer Jeep Cherokee

By: Rob Lowe

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According to many that chose a newer Jeep Cherokee to flat tow behind their motorhome, one of the reasons they chose the Cherokee was for its simplicity in setting it up to tow. Simply put it in... [read more]

June 1, 2016

TT #92 Replacing the Transfer Switch & Automated Electrical System Protection Unit (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

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Our RV came equipped from the factory with an integrated Transfer Switch and Electrical System Protection (ESP) unit supplied by TRC... [read more]

May 31, 2016

A Great Way to Check Tire Pressures on your RV, Motorcycle, Trailer or Car

By: Rob Lowe

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Most new cars and light-duty trucks come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System as standard equipment. Many higher end motorized RV have such a system as standard equipment or as an option.... [read more]

May 27, 2016

TT #91 Marker, Signal and Docking Light L.E.D. Conversion

By: Rob Lowe

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Upg rading RV Exterior Lights to L.E.D.’s In TechTip #85, I discussed upgrading the rear incandescent light fixtures on our RV to L.E.D. ones. With that improvement completed... [read more]

March 6, 2016

TT #90 L.E.D. Strip Lighting for Awnings and Slide Toppers

By: Rob Lowe

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The Background Over the last couple of years, we have received requests for LED strip lighting that can be retrofitted to coaches that do not come factory equipped with LED strips on the... [read more]

January 3, 2016

TT #89 Tire Maintenance and Pressure Monitoring (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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In the last TechTip, we covered Tire Maintenance and weight carrying capacity. We learned that tires can provide many years of useful life when properly maintained and when inflated to the tire... [read more]

December 31, 2015

Hadley Horning Cleaning & Servicing Instructions

By: Rob Lowe

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Every so often people contact me with information they found useful in repairing their RV and they send it along to me. Such was the case with this set of instructions for servicing and... [read more]

December 29, 2015

Used RV Parts Sources

By: Rob Lowe

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With more and more orphaned RV’s and the many used RV’s that just need a standardized part at a fraction of the cost of a new one, the Used RV Parts business is flourishing. The challenge for... [read more]

December 28, 2015

TT #88 Tire Maintenance and Pressure Monitoring (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

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With an increasing number of people joining the ranks of RV owners, some of the basics need to be passed along to provide safety while travelling. One basic precept is proper tire maintenance... [read more]

December 7, 2015

We're Presenting Seminars at the Hamilton RV Expo Jan. 22-24, 2016

By: Rob Lowe

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  We’re Giving Seminars at the Hamilton Spring RV Expo!   If you have not had a chance to hear and experience one of our seminars before then you are in for a treat... [read more]

October 22, 2015

What is the best way to store my RV’s batteries?

By: Rob Lowe

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A question, RVers frequently ask in the fall when planning to store their coaches over the winter, is: What is the best way to store my RV’s batteries? Generally speaking, it is always... [read more]

October 15, 2015

TT #87 RV Leveling Systems

By: Rob Lowe

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RV Leveling Systems: Most RVs are equipped with a leveling system which allows the RV to be levelled prior to extending slide-outs. There are two common styles: Electrically operated and... [read more]

September 23, 2015

Day-Night Shade Adjustment & Re-Stringing

By: Rob Lowe

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I have included a series of photos in a PDF file that you can refer to as you read this blog posting. Shade Repair Photos   It should add some clarity to a number of... [read more]

August 31, 2015

Manitoba Adventures

By: Rob Lowe

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Driving through southwestern Manitoba, we noticed signs for the Souris Swinging Bridge which is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Canada at 184m or 604 feet. We decided to leave the... [read more]

August 29, 2015

Travelling through Saskatchewan

By: Rob Lowe

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Crossing into Saskatchewan, we noticed many of the same traits that we saw in Alberta. There were some differences though. We stayed overnight in Swift Current, a nice sized city on the western... [read more]

August 27, 2015

Alberta Adventures

By: Rob Lowe

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The first attraction we came to after crossing into Alberta was Lake Louise, a world famous glacial lake, situated with a view of the glacier that is its source and surrounded by tall mountains.... [read more]

August 23, 2015

Leaving British Columbia

By: Rob Lowe

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As we drove the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Kamloops we were awestruck with the sharp peaks and rapid increases in height that typifies the Canadian Rockies. We’ve travelled through many... [read more]

August 22, 2015

Chilliwack, BC

By: Rob Lowe

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As we arrived at the Chilliwack RV campground where we planned to stay while visiting friends, we came upon two small blazing grass fires on the small strip separating the access road and the... [read more]

August 19, 2015

Driving the Cariboo Highway

By: Rob Lowe

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Leaving Williams Lake, we were surprised to see two large cranes with the booms stretched upwards at a town called 100 Mile House. As we approached we realized that these cranes were being used... [read more]

August 17, 2015

Concluding travel on the Cassier, then the Yellowhead and the Cariboo Highways

By: Rob Lowe

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The turnout/rest area that we stayed at the last night on the Cassier Highway, photos of which I included at the end of the last post, is in an area that frequently experiences avalanches. We... [read more]

August 16, 2015

Leaving Alaska – Glenn Highway to the Tok Cut-off and Canada’s Cassier Highway

By: Rob Lowe

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As we completed our trip across the Glenn Highway, we came upon a short stretch of construction in which we received our "Alaskan Medallion”, a stone chip in the windshield. It is commonly said... [read more]

August 11, 2015

The Interesting People along our way and Euro RVs

By: Rob Lowe

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One of the things we have enjoyed on this trip has been the interesting people we have crossed paths with. Sometimes it is a worker at an attraction that asks where we are "from” and then tells... [read more]

August 10, 2015

Musk Ox Farm, Palmer AK

By: Rob Lowe

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Our trip out of Alaska led us near two remaining attractions: A Reindeer Farm and a Musk Ox Farm. Both are located in Palmer, Alaska about an hour east of Anchorage. As we travelled the Glenn... [read more]

August 6, 2015

Birds (& a few Sea Mammals!)

By: Rob Lowe

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Seward, is a southern seaport that is open year round. The first few days in the town, we watched two passenger ships (Holland America & Norwegian Cruise Lines) on consecutive days, cruise... [read more]

August 5, 2015

Harding, Exit and Aialik Glaciers

By: Rob Lowe

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One of the things you quickly realize when travelling in Alaska is that there are a lot of white topped mountains and they are not "snow caps”. Most of the white on mountains are glaciers and... [read more]

August 3, 2015

Seward, AK and the Kenai Fjords Sea Tour

By: Rob Lowe

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When we arrived in Seward, Alaska we decided that we should take a tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park. There is no vehicle access south of Seward so the option was to take a sea tour. We... [read more]

August 1, 2015

Pratt Museum, Homer, AK

By: Rob Lowe

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As I mentioned in my previous message, Homer has some fantastic museums, both for the content as well as the presentation. While we enjoy learning neither of us seek out museums on our travels.... [read more]

July 30, 2015

Strolling around Soldatna, AK and off to Homer, AK

By: Rob Lowe

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Sometimes the wonder of Alaska sneaks up on you. I was out for my morning walk with our dog Cassi while in Soldatna and looked down a cross street. In the morning light  (7:30am) I saw this... [read more]

July 28, 2015

Dip Net Fishing in the Kenai Peninsula

By: Rob Lowe

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This set of photos shows an event that we were privileged to see while in the Kenai Peninsula. We had planned to stay at a local "Walmart-like” store, Alaska’s Fred Meyer in Soldotna, about 210... [read more]

July 23, 2015

Anchorage, AK

By: Rob Lowe

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This week we travelled from Denali to Anchorage, AK. The highway was excellent with occasional wildlife sightings along the way. We came upon a male moose with large antlers munching away on... [read more]

July 17, 2015

K2 Glacier Flight #3 from Talkeetna

By: Rob Lowe

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By now you are probably wondering why I am writing this travelogue today. The answer is pretty simple: It started to rain last evening about 6:00pm and it has rained overnight and as I write... [read more]

July 17, 2015

K2 Glacier Flight #2 from Talkeetna

By: Rob Lowe

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As our flight continued we heard from other pilots that the ceiling near Denali (Mt. McKinley) was around 1,525-1,830m (5-6,000 feet) thus any ability to see the 7,080 m (20,306 foot) peak... [read more]

July 16, 2015

K2 Glacier Flight #1 from Talkeetna

By: Rob Lowe

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As we embarked on this Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska RV trip, we wondered if a flight would be part of the adventure. I thought it would be fun and an interesting way to learn... [read more]

July 16, 2015

TT #86 Replacing a Side View Camera

By: Rob Lowe

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Replacing a Side View Camera   There are a number of situations where the side view cameras on our RV’s fail and need to be replaced. While these cameras can be physically damaged... [read more]

July 15, 2015

Our Denali Moment

By: Rob Lowe

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For days surrounding our visit to Denali National Park and Preserve we had heard the term: ‘the 30% club’. This phrase was often used in the context of: "Are you a member of the 30% club?”... [read more]

July 14, 2015

Funny Signs

By: Rob Lowe

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Sometimes you chuckle at what you see when you travel. We drove up to a new hotel located high up on a mountain side behind our campsite. It overlooks the Nenana River Valley and Denali National... [read more]

July 12, 2015

Denali Preview

By: Rob Lowe

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We are enclosing a Preview of Denali National Park since a preview is all that it is. Even being here you have the sense that there is far more than can be seen in a lifetime. As has been... [read more]

July 9, 2015

Poker Creek, AK to Fairbanks, AK

By: Rob Lowe

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As we continued on the Top of the World Highway, we actually came upon snow banks in the shade of the mountains. When we crossed the Border, Jane snapped a photo of the crossing at Poker Creek... [read more]

July 8, 2015

Dawson City to Alaska

By: Rob Lowe

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We finished our stay in the Yukon by touring a Parks Canada National Historic Site known as Dredge 4, the continent’s largest Gold Dredge. The first two photos show the 10 storey high dredge... [read more]

June 30, 2015

TT #85 Upgrading Rear RV Lights to L.E.D.s

By: Rob Lowe

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Over the last few months, I have consistently noticed that the left rear turn signal on our 2009 RV has been operating intermittently. Each time it was turned on, it might or might not,... [read more]

June 27, 2015

Whitehorse to Dawson City, YT

By: Rob Lowe

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We spent this week touring Whitehorse, Yukon and then travelled to Dawson City, Yukon. We toured the SS Klondike paddlewheel ship that moved supplies up the Yukon River to the Klondike... [read more]

June 21, 2015

Along the Road - Yukon Travels

By: Rob Lowe

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These photos were taken on a rainy ☔ Thursday, June 18th in a Yukon Provincial Park in Teslin where we stayed the night. The Sun was far from setting, just covered in rain clouds since... [read more]

June 20, 2015

Goshen, IN to Dawson Creek, YT

By: Rob Lowe

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The RV Adventures of Rob and Jane detail trips, we have taken in our 40 foot motorhome. The first to be documented, in what we hope will be a series, was one we took to... [read more]

May 4, 2015

Blue Ox Introduces the Avail Towbar

By: Rob Lowe

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Blue Ox recently introduced a new towbar, the Avail®. This tow bar is finished in a beautiful bronze finish with gold lettering and covered with a Bronze colored cover (additional cost).... [read more]

April 16, 2015

Brake 'ON' Indicator on RV Dash

By: Rob Lowe

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Many RV owners of Tow Vehicle Braking Systems prefer to have a Notification Light on the dash of their RV to warn them that the Brake in the Towed Vehicle is ‘ON”. This light is more likely... [read more]

March 17, 2015

Lithium-Ion Battery - An Update after 7 Months of Use

By: Rob Lowe

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In July 2014, we installed a 300AH Lithium-Ion "SMART™ Battery” in our RV, replacing all 4 Coach 6 Volt AGM batteries. We also had to upgrade the Inverter to the current "software” which... [read more]

March 13, 2015

Horst Miracle Probes are Available Again!

By: Rob Lowe

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Horst Miracle Probes that make conventional RV tank monitoring systems read accurately, are available once again. When the original inventor shuttered his company, it looked like these... [read more]

January 2, 2015

We've Written a Book on L.E.D.'s: The ABCs of L.E.D.s

By: Rob Lowe

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Happy New Year and safe travels in 2015. We’ve got great news for those who are looking at converting their RV to L.E.D. lighting this year. Our second book: The ABC’s of L.E.D.s has... [read more]

December 18, 2014

We’re Giving Seminars at the Hamilton RV Expo!

By: Rob Lowe

We’re Giving Seminars at the Hamilton RV Expo!   If you have not had a chance to experience one of our seminars before, then you are in for a treat (at least I think so).... [read more]

December 17, 2014

TT #84 Is it Time for Lithium-Ion Batteries in RV’s? (Part 3)

By: Rob Lowe

  Introduction:   In the TechTips #82 & 83, I covered the process we went through in making the decision to replace our Coach Batteries with a Lithium-Ion one and the... [read more]

December 16, 2014

TT #83 Is it Time for Lithium-Ion Batteries in RV’s? (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

Introduction:   In the TechTip #82, I covered the process I went through in making the decision to replace our Coach Batteries with a Lithium-Ion one. We left off with a picture of... [read more]

December 15, 2014

TT #82 Is it Time for Lithium-Ion Batteries in RV’s? (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

Introduction:   With the advances in Battery Technology and the proliferation of battery powered gadgets in addition to partial or fully electric vehicles, one may wonder: "Could I... [read more]

November 19, 2014

Day-Night Blind Re-Stringing

By: Rob Lowe

I receive many questions from RVers that are investigating whether they can repair the Day-Night blinds in their RV. We sell the United Blind First Aid Kit for blinds, however many want... [read more]

October 24, 2014

TT #81 Lubricant Analysis: A Modern Maintenance Technique

By: Rob Lowe

Introduction:   Lubricant analysis is a new service option available to RVers now. Many large vehicle fleet operators have taken advantage of this service and they have enjoyed more... [read more]

September 8, 2014

We’re Giving Seminars at the Hamilton RV Expo!

By: Rob Lowe

We’re Giving Seminars at the Hamilton RV Expo!   If you have not had a chance to experience one of our seminars before, then you are in for a treat (at least I think... [read more]

June 2, 2014

TT #80 Installing a Power Connection for a Portable Braking System

By: Rob Lowe

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I frequently receive questions about using a vehicle’s power outlet to supply power to Braking Systems. Most "Box-style” systems require a dedicated power supply, terminating in a receptacle... [read more]

May 23, 2014

Ready to Tow (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

As towing and braking systems have evolved to be mainstays of the RV experience, maintenance of these systems becomes part of the regimen of using the towbars and braking systems. Towing... [read more]

May 19, 2014

Ready to Tow (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

As towing and braking systems have evolved to be mainstays of the RV experience, maintenance of these systems becomes part of the regimen of using the towbars and braking systems. Braking... [read more]

May 18, 2014

Towing Safety

By: Rob Lowe

I walked around a campground on this May Victoria Day (Canada) long weekend and noticed a number of new RVer’s enjoying their first weekend in their "new to them” RV. I remember many years ago... [read more]

April 24, 2014

Are We Almost Ready to Go?

By: Rob Lowe

Sometimes it seems that it takes a long time to get a RV out of storage and ready for a season of RVing. From my experience, and that of many others, proper preparation before storage reduces... [read more]

April 17, 2014

Let’s Get Everything Inside Ready to Go!

By: Rob Lowe

With my last post I spent a lot of it dealing with items that relate to motorized RV’s. This Blog Posting will cover both motorized and non-motorized RV’s interior systems. So far we have... [read more]

April 4, 2014

Let’s Get our RV Ready to Travel

By: Rob Lowe

In my last posting I walked through some exterior items to look at after a long, cold winter. Let’s turn to the inside next. While I am biased, many RVers have found our book:  ” All the... [read more]

March 21, 2014

Spring 2014 is here!

By: Rob Lowe

It looks like the long and cold winter is finally behind us. For those living in "snow country”, we no longer need to worry about digging out our RV, however if it was stored outside this past... [read more]

February 12, 2014

Winter RV Use and Corrosion

By: Rob Lowe

With all of the extreme winter weather this year, many are planning to get away if a break in the weather appears. It is always best not to drive a RV in the winter for a number of reasons, one... [read more]

February 10, 2014

TT #79 Foggy Window Repairs? Part 2

By: Rob Lowe

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  One constant issue with RVs over the years since double pane were introduced in 1994 has been their propensity to "fog up” or lose their seal. These windows are truly dual panes of... [read more]

February 7, 2014

Battery Issues / Charging Issues (Part 4)

By: Rob Lowe

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    Case Study 2   Dead Chassis Batteries   The second case involved a RV that had experienced "dead” Chassis/Starting batteries even though all batteries... [read more]

February 6, 2014

TT #78 Foggy Window Repairs - Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

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Foggy Window Repairs Part 1   One constant issue with RVs over the years since double pane were introduced in 1994 has been their propensity to "fog up” or lose their seal.... [read more]

January 31, 2014

Lubricant Analysis - A New Way to Maintain

By: Rob Lowe

Lubricant Analysis   Introduction:   Lubricant analysis is a new service option available to RVers now. Many large vehicle fleet operators have taken advantage of... [read more]

January 30, 2014

Battery Issues / Charging Issues (Part 3)

By: Rob Lowe

Battery Issues / Charging Issues (Part 3)     Note: It is important to note that all batteries in a battery bank should always be replaced with identical batteries of... [read more]

January 25, 2014

Battery Issues / Charging Issues (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

Battery Issues / Charging Issues (Part 2)   Charging Systems:     The typical Battery Charging Control system on newer RVs will give priority charging to... [read more]

January 23, 2014

Battery Issues / Charging Issues (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

Battery Issues / Charging Issues (Part 1)  Introduction: Battery related problems can manifest themselves in many ways in a modern (motorized) RV. Chassis and Coach systems... [read more]

January 20, 2014

TT #77 Should I leave my Inverter On?

By: Rob Lowe

Should I leave my Inverter on?  I am frequently asked this question and typically I respond with a few probative questions before trying to provide an answer.  Before... [read more]

January 7, 2014

Cold Weather 'Solution'

By: Rob Lowe

With the recent cold weather, furnaces and water heaters often will not start. In cold weather, the quality of the electrical connections can determine whether you will have heat or hot water.... [read more]

December 2, 2013

TT #76 Replacing LED's in Fluorescent Fixtures in your RV (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #76    Fluorescent Tube Fixtures Occasionally installing LED replacement tubes in a ThinLite® brand of fluorescent light fixture causes the LED tubes to... [read more]

December 1, 2013

TT #75 How to Install RV LED Replacement Bulbs

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #75    How to Install RV LED Replacement Bulbs Once the decision is made to upgrade the lighting in an RV to LED's, the task of methodically replacing the... [read more]

October 1, 2013

TT #74 Bounder- 2014 versus 1994: Look how far they have come

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #74    Bounder - 2014 vs 1994: Look how far they've come I recently had the opportunity to look at a 2014 Bounder 36K RV and as I did so I marvelled at how... [read more]

August 1, 2013

TT #73 The ABC's of LED's in RV's - Part 3

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #73    The ABC's of LED's (Part 3) The RV industry is moving toward the installation of LED (Light Emitting Diode) light fixtures. In some cases this involves... [read more]

June 1, 2013

TT #72 The ABC's of LED's in RV's - Part 2

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #72    The ABC's of LED's (Part 2) The RV industry is moving toward the installation of LED (Light Emitting Diode) light fixtures. In some cases this involves... [read more]

April 1, 2013

TT #71 The ABC's of LED's in RV's - Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #71    The ABC's of LED's (Part 1) The RV industry is moving toward the installation of LED (Light Emitting Diode) light fixtures. In some cases this involves... [read more]

February 1, 2013

TT #70 The "29 Point" Inspection

By: Rob Lowe

I have always been a do-it-yourself RV owner, preferring to carry out the routine maintenance of our RV myself. That approach has proved cost effective over the years and allowed me to understand... [read more]

December 1, 2012

TT #69 Ladder Safety -- Some Ideas

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #69    Ladder Safety - Some Ideas The Fall: I mentioned in TechTip #68 that I recently fell off a ladder and broke my collar bone which required surgery to... [read more]

October 1, 2012

TT #68 CO, Smoke, and LP Detector Replacements -- Could save your life!

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #68    A number of issues have focused me on safety recently. Obviously, the death of three people referred to in the last TechTip (#67) article was one factor.... [read more]

August 1, 2012

TT #67 Emergency Exits

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #67    Emergency Exits  At a recent FMCA rally that I attended, we heard about a terrible situation that once again emphasized some of the basics that we... [read more]

February 1, 2012

TT #66 Towing Safely (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #66    In the last TechTip #65 I focused on flat towing. For this one, we’ll turn our attention to utility trailer towing. I am often amazed at the size of the... [read more]

June 1, 2011

TT #65 Towing Safely

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #65      Notes And Updates: Since more and more SUV's and pickups are being towed the "Drop"... [read more]

April 1, 2011

TT #64 Did you know?

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #64    Did you know? Jane and I recently had a tour of the Fleetwood diesel plant in Decatur, IN and we were impressed with the quality of the coaches being... [read more]

February 1, 2011

TT #63 Original Equipment Part Sources

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #63      Notes And Updates: The contact information for the REV Group, Fleetwood RV Parts and... [read more]

December 1, 2010

TT #62 Paint or Restripe?

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #62    Paint or Restripe? One of the decisions older Bounder owners face as their Bounder ages is "Should I replace the vinyl accent stripes or should I... [read more]

June 1, 2010

TT #61 Velvac mirror replacement and adjustment

By: Rob Lowe

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Technical Tips #61    VELVAC ® MIRROR REPLACEMENT AND ADJUSTMENT Since Velvac ® brand exterior rear view mirrors are standard equipment on most Bounders, I thought... [read more]

December 1, 2009

TT #60 Slide Topper Replacement

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #60    Slide Topper Replacement After seven years of use, I noticed that my slide-out awning cover known as a Slide Topper was deteriorating. The fabric section... [read more]

November 1, 2009

TT #59 Holding Tank Monitoring

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #59    Holding Tank Monitoring After installing the Horst Miracle Probes on my coach, I discovered that the wiring to my Holding Tank Monitor System was... [read more]

August 1, 2009

TT #58 Accurate Holding Tank Levels - Horst Miracle Probe Installation

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #58    Accurate Holding Tank Levels - Horst Miracle Probe Installation Last month I highlighted a new product that simply provided accurate holding tank levels... [read more]

June 1, 2009

TT #57 Finally! Simple, Accurate holding tank levels

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #57    Finally! Simple, Accurate Holding Tank Levels Every month, I receive a collection of trade journals that layout the industry trends, RV related business... [read more]

April 1, 2009

TT #56 Do-it Yourself Trend, FuseSwitch & Toad Braking Systems

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #56    Do-it Yourself Trend, RVing FuseSwitch TM &Toad Braking Systems Thanks to those readers that sent me an email after my last column on a Baby... [read more]

February 1, 2009

TT #55 Is it time for a baby Bounder?

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #55    Is it time for a baby Bounder? Recently, I had a discussion with a close friend about the decision he and his wife had made to sell a beautiful trailer... [read more]

June 1, 2008

TT #54 Back to Basics RV Refrigerators

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #54    Back to Basics: RV Refrigerators Does anyone remember the old style RV refrigerators which were a giant leap from the ice boxes we had in our pop-up... [read more]

April 1, 2008

TT #53 Back To Basics

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #53      Notes And Updates: RV Refrigerator Manufacturers have implemented a number of "Recall... [read more]

December 1, 2007

TT #52 Electrical Connections that Do not Work

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #52    Electrical connections that don't work I have received email requests for information on various electrical components that seem to be acting in an... [read more]

February 1, 2007

TT #51 Slide-Outs

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #51    Slide-Out's That Don't I have received a few requests for information about Slide-out rooms (slides) that do not slide out or come back in when the... [read more]

October 1, 2006

TT #50 Whistling Grilles and Paintball Bombs and Graffiti Removal

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #50    Whistling Grilles With the restyling of the Bounder and the new front cap design, there have been reports of various whistling sounds emanating from the... [read more]

August 1, 2006

TT #49 Day-Night Shade Adjustment & Repair

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #49    Day-Night Shade Adjustment & Repair Most late model coaches are equipped with pleated window shades, commonly known as "day-night blinds" with a... [read more]

June 1, 2006

TT #48 Parts Sources

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #48      Notes And Updates: With the implementation of "Just-In-Time" production and as a result... [read more]

April 1, 2006

TT #47 Another Summer of Travel

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #47    Let's Get Ready for Another Summer of Travel! With Spring here, most of us are ready for another season of traveling. Now is the time to carry out some... [read more]

February 1, 2006

TT #46 "Ground" Maintenance, Auxiliary Start, and Generator Start Tips

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #46    "Ground" Maintenance, Auxiliary Start, and Generator Start Tips I have often read messages on the Bounder "Yahoo Group" about a vehicle or a generator... [read more]

October 1, 2005

TT #45 Tow Bar Safety and Maintenance

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #45      Notes And Updates: Since more and more SUV's and pickups are being towed the "Drop"... [read more]

August 1, 2005

TT #44 Storage Compartment Door Maintenance

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #44    Storage Compartment Door Maintenance The basis of Bounder's claim to fame is the basement which, when introduced, changed the way motorhomes were built.... [read more]

April 1, 2005

TT #43 Improving Fuel Economy Part 2 - Diesel Engines

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #43    Tips to Improve your Fuel Economy (Part 2) In the previous Tech Tip, I gave a number of examples that if applied will save you fuel whether you have a... [read more]

February 1, 2005

TT #42 Improving Fuel Economy Part 1 - Gas Engines

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #42    Tips to Improve your Fuel Economy With the recent rise in the price of fuel, many have become concerned with the increased cost of RV travel. The reality... [read more]

October 1, 2004

TT #41 New Plumbing Fittings & Corrosion Block

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #41      Notes And Updates: We no longer have an online parts catalogue. Check with your RV... [read more]

August 1, 2004

TT #40 Improved Headlight Bulbs

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #40      Notes And Updates: We no longer sell the lights mentioned in this article. We recommend... [read more]

June 1, 2004

TT #39 New Products of Interest to Motorhome Owners

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #39      Notes And Updates: The FuseSwitch is now known as the RVing FuseSwitch™ and is... [read more]

April 1, 2004

TT #38 New Products - Supplemental Braking Device - The SMI Stay-IN-Play

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #38      Notes And Updates: We recommend using Corrosion Block® rather than Di-electric... [read more]

February 1, 2004

TT #37 Dometic Refrigerator Door Hinge Repair Replacement and Adjustment

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #37      Notes And Updates: The link to the Bounder Yahoo Group is... [read more]

October 1, 2003

TT #36 Hints for new Motorhome Owners

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #36      Notes And Updates: We recommend using Corrosion Block® rather than Di-electric... [read more]

April 1, 2003

TT #35 Water Heater

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #35      Notes And Updates: The link to the Bounder Yahoo Group is... [read more]

December 1, 2002

TT #34 Practical Tips for Towing

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #34      Notes And Updates: The link to the articles on the Blue Ox website is no longer active.... [read more]

June 1, 2002

TT #33 Bilstein Shocks

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #33    BILSTEIN Shock Absorbers For those of you who have already experienced the pleasure of driving a Bounder with Bilstein shock absorbers installed, please... [read more]

April 1, 2002

TT #32 RV Walkaround Hints

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #32      Notes And Updates: For a Copy of the Seminar Notes which included color photos and... [read more]

February 1, 2002

TT #31 Signal Flashers - Again!

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #31    Signal Flashers - Again! This past summer I experienced a situation with my Bounder, built on a Ford F53 chassis, that gave me cause for concern and for... [read more]

December 1, 2001

TT #30 Inverters: What do they do, How to Install

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #30      Notes And Updates: Newer high quality inverters of up to 500 watts may be used for... [read more]

October 5, 2001

TT #29 Dometic Refrigerator Service Tips

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #29      Notes And Updates: The battery powered fans are no longer sold by RV Parts Plus. Check... [read more]

October 4, 2001

TT #28 Brakes: Upgrading pad, Fluid changing and upgrading

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #28    Brakes While some of you have a Chevrolet/Workhorse Chassis, the following information may be of use not only to you, but also to many which have a... [read more]

October 3, 2001

TT #27 Ontario Drive Clean Emission Control Testing Program

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #27      Notes And Updates: Ontario's Drive Clean has adopted a revised approach to Emission... [read more]

October 2, 2001

TT #26 Exhaust Manifold Leaks, Tires Aging & Dating, Intellitec Info

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #26    Exhaust Leaks One of our members called during Spring Break to ask about replacing an exhaust manifold, and cylinder head on their engine. Apparently... [read more]

October 1, 2001

TT #25 Bounder and Tow Car Electrical Problems

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #25    Bounder and Tow Car Electrical Problems A reader wrote that his 1996 Bounder four way hazard flasher works for about five minutes then quits. The... [read more]

August 1, 2001

Coaches Comments #1

By: Rob Lowe

Coaches Comments #1    A/C Power in the Front Passenger Area Many Bounder owners have found that they require an A/C outlet in the right front passenger area of their coach.... [read more]

August 1, 2001

TT #24 Recommended Sealants

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #24      Notes And Updates: The part numbers contained in this article may have been superceded... [read more]

June 1, 2001

TT #23 Window problems: Early Production 1994 Bounders

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #23    Problem Windows on Early Production 1994 Bounders There were two problems with the "rectangular windows" found on early production 1994 Bounders. These... [read more]

May 2, 2001

TT #22 Fuses, Relays, Circuit Breakers & Signal Flashers - Part 2

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #22     Notes And Updates: Bounder Classic RV's mentioned in this TechTip refer to the original... [read more]

May 1, 2001

TT #21 Fuses, Relays, Circuit Breakers & Signal Flashers - Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #21    Fuses & Relays, Circuit Breakers & Signal Flashers: (Part 1) As a result of receiving an E-mail regarding the location of the fuse for the solar... [read more]

April 1, 2001

TT #20 New Power Systems are on the Way - Part 2

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #20    New Power Systems are on the way (Part2): In Technical Tip #19, I described the impending move to 36Volt power systems. The ability to return the engine... [read more]

February 1, 2001

TT #19 New Power Systems are on the Way - Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #19      Notes And Updates: 36-42 Volt power systems have been slow in coming to market.... [read more]

January 1, 2001

TT #18 BOA Berne Rally: Armrest Removal, Bounder Diesel update

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #18    BOA International Rally at Amishville, (Berne) Indiana (continued) This is the third article on events at the Rally. Bounder Armrest Removal: Have you... [read more]

December 5, 2000

TT #17 BOA Berne Rally: Bounder Diesel Plant overview, Drive Test of proposed Powertrain and chassis BOA Berne Rally: Bounder Diesel Plant overview, Drive Test of proposed Powertrain and chassis

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #17    BOA International Rally at Amishville, (Berne) Indiana (continued) This is the second article on events at the Rally. Bounder Diesel: One of the most... [read more]

December 4, 2000

TT #16 BOA Berne Rally: Kwikee Step Seminar & Coleman A/C Hard Start Kit

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #16      Notes And Updates: Kwikee no longer supports direct consumer contact. If this kit is... [read more]

December 3, 2000

TT #15 Misc #2 Failure of A/C fan

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #15    Miscellaneous # 2 This is the second article on those problems that occur with our Bounders that have elusive solutions. I present these solutions to... [read more]

December 2, 2000

TT #14 Misc #1 Electric Step with Mind of its own

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #14    Miscellaneous # 1 With the onset of spring and summer many Chapter members attending the Rallies have time to discuss some quirks or problems that have... [read more]

December 1, 2000

TT #13 BOA Williamsburg Holding Tank Maintenance, Short tips: Rear Brake Rotor Rusting

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #13      Notes And Updates: We no longer have the order forms for the product mentioned in this... [read more]

October 2, 2000

TT #12 Short Tips HWT drain plug Fridge HWT hints Intermittent Exterior Lighting

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #12      Notes And Updates: We recommend using Corrosion Block® rather than Di-electric... [read more]

October 1, 2000

TT #11 BOA Paxinos #4 A'Weigh We Go Session Overview

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #11      Notes And Updates: The A Weigh We Go seminars are now provided as a service of the RV... [read more]

August 1, 2000

TT #10 BOA Paxinos #3 Onan Generators, Chevrolet Chassis Spring problem

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #10    Paxinos Technical Seminar Overview (#3)  The Fall BOA Rally in Paxinos covered many seminars about our Bounders. The following is some additional... [read more]

June 1, 2000

TT #9 BOA Paxinos #2 Onan Generators

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #9      Notes And Updates: Modern RV's are equipped with elecrtrical systems that automatically... [read more]

December 1, 1999

TT #8 BOA Paxinos #1 Suburban Furnaces, Hints, Cleaning Fridge Burner tube

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #8      Notes And Updates: Furnaces in present day RV's are equipped with sealed Limit switches.... [read more]

October 1, 1998

TT #7 Dometic Fridge Door Adjustment

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #7    Dometic Refrigerator Door Adjustment One of our Chapter members obtained the following information while at a winter rally. He discovered that if you do... [read more]

September 2, 1998

TT #6 Instruments And Gauges Part 2

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #6    Instruments & Gauges (Part 2) The Transmission Temperature gauge is a valuable instrument, protecting one of the most delicate components in the... [read more]

September 1, 1998

TT #5 Instruments And Gauges Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #5    Instruments & Gauges (Part 1) One of the questions asked by Bounder owners is "How accurate are my gauges?" This often leads to a follow-up question:... [read more]

December 1, 1997

TT #4 Towed Vehicle Braking Systems: A Review 1997

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #4    Notes And Updates: This article was written in 1997. We no longer recommend the... [read more]

November 3, 1997

TT #3 Tire Pressure Recommendations

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #3      Notes And Updates: This article contains recommendations that have been superceded... [read more]

November 2, 1997

TT #2 Transmission Oil Change, Dometic Refrigerator Circuit Board Problem

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #2    Transmission Oil Change: Most of us know that the automatic transmission fluid should be changed periodically (i.e. every 24 months or 20,000 miles/30,000... [read more]

November 1, 1997

TT #1 Step Lubrication and Cube Style Heater

By: Rob Lowe

  Technical Tips #1    Beginning in the fall of 1996, when I was appointed as the 1st Canadian Bounder of America Chapter Technical Representative, I began writing... [read more]