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December 17, 2018

Komo Motorcycle Carrier

By: Rob Lowe

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With the purchase of the Zero SR electric motorcycle in the Spring of 2018, the big decision was how was I going to transport it to Florida so that I could enjoy cruising the area where we... [read more]

December 10, 2018

TT #109 REV Group Introduces Lithium Batteries to its Luxury Models

By: Rob Lowe

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Some 2019 American Coach and Monaco Coach models have the option of a Lithium Battery Package to replace the conventional AGM maintenance free Coach Batteries. After extensive bench and in... [read more]

November 9, 2018

TT #108 Residential Fridge Conversion: A New Approach (Part 3)

By: Rob Lowe

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This is the third of what was planned to be two Technical Tips which provide a viable option to converting an RV refrigerator from an absorption to a ‘residential’ refrigerator. In the... [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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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, 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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]