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November 7, 2019

Lessons Learned While Dolly Towing an EV

By: Rob Lowe

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After 50 km (30 mi.) Check Straps Our first long trip while towing an EV on a Tow Dolly was interesting. Loading the dolly becomes easier as we familiarize ourselves with the... [read more]

August 25, 2019

Selecting An EV to Tow -Then Towing it!

By: Rob Lowe

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Selecting an EV to Tow: Before selecting an EV that you want to tow behind a Motorhome, ensure that the vehicle can be towed. Check the owner’s manual under Towing and see if there are... [read more]

June 16, 2019

So, what is it like driving an Electric Vehicle (EV)?

By: Rob Lowe

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For clarity, I’m referring to a Electric Powered vehicle that uses a battery to power an electric motor and does not have any auxiliary power source, generator or gas engine – a Pure Electric... [read more]

June 3, 2019

Our Road to an Electric Vehicle (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

What about a 2019 Kia Niro EV? Everything changed on one hand and came together on another, in late April 2019. My son, Peter is a Customer Experience Manager at our local Kia... [read more]

May 28, 2019

Our Road to an Electric Vehicle (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

Economical transportation is my calling card As any that know me personally, you know that I readily engage with new technology and actively try to be near the forefront of using it. I... [read more]

April 30, 2019

What is the RV industry doing to Mitigate its Contribution to Climate Change?©

By: Rob Lowe

I’ve pondered this question for several years. With the dramatic climate change events that have ravaged the world recently, I began to search for an answer to the question: What is the RV... [read more]

December 17, 2018

Komo Motorcycle Carrier

By: Rob Lowe

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With my purchase of the Zero SR electric motorcycle in the Spring of 2018 (see previous blog posting for more on this), the big decision was how was I going to transport it to Florida, so that I... [read more]

December 15, 2018

Motorcycles have been part of our Lifestyle:

By: Rob Lowe

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Early in 2018 my son, Peter told me he was going to buy another motorcycle after many years of not having one. He mimics his dad in many of those life events. Let me explain: When I was... [read more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

December 31, 2015

Hadley Horn 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 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]

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 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 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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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 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]

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]