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May 11, 2021

TT#127 Awning LED Light Strip: Solving the Light Direction Issue

By: Rob Lowe

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You are thrilled that your new RV is equipped with a factory installed patio awning with an integrated LED light strip mounted on the roller. You arrive at your first campsite, set up the coach... [read more]

May 7, 2021

TT# 123 12 Volt RV Battery and Control Systems, Care and More! (Part 4)

By: Rob Lowe

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This TechTip is the fourth in a series of six, that cover the twelve-volt (12V) battery and power systems used in modern RVs.  All RVs depend upon a reliable twelve-volt (12V) power source,... [read more]

March 12, 2021

Charging Your EV While at a Campsite

By: Rob Lowe

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Wouldn’t is be great if you could charge your EV (tow car) at your campsite, when travelling with your RV? You Can! …. And most often EV charging is no additional cost!!  We have a... [read more]

March 5, 2021

TT #121 12 Volt RV Battery and Control Systems, Care and More! (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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This TechTip is the second of a series of six, that cover the twelve-volt (12V) power systems used in modern RVs. As time rolls on, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the low voltage... [read more]

February 17, 2021

TT #126 A Power Management System and An Installation Solution

By: Rob Lowe

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Ever since power management systems became widely available, I have recommended their use, including using a system on each of my RVs. For those that are unfamiliar with these electronic safety... [read more]

February 9, 2021

TT #121 to 125 Delayed Publication

By: Rob Lowe

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TechTips #120 to #125 form a series on RV power sources and systems. During the first week of each month, the next TechTip in the series will be published starting during the first week of... [read more]

December 19, 2020

Bounder Exterior Improvements: An Improved Water connection!

By: Rob Lowe

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In addition to changing the incandescent bulb in the high mounted, large drivers side utility light to LED, I added some changes to the way water is connected to the Bounder.   ... [read more]

November 27, 2020

2021 Bounder 33C Personalized Improvements – Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

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It has been a pleasure to get used to our 2021 Bounder 33C as we began to use it during the Fall of 2020. For various health and safety reasons we have decided to winterize and store it, rather... [read more]

October 20, 2020

Should We ‘Right Size’? or ‘Downsize’? – A Great Question! (Part 3)

By: Rob Lowe

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A Significant Change During this investigative process, we learned that the Ford F53 chassis would be undergoing significant upgrades for the 2021 model year, after being relatively... [read more]

October 12, 2020

Should We ‘Right Size’? or ‘Downsize’? – A Great Question! (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

Our Lifestyle Intervened: Our lifestyle had developed into selecting a destination or area to visit, loosely planning a travel route, choosing a place to stay for a while, then exploring... [read more]

October 9, 2020

Should We ‘Right Size’? or ‘Downsize’? – A Great Question! (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

For those of us that have been RVing in a self-contained Motorhome for many years, eventually this question comes up; selecting an answer determines what we will do in the remaining years of... [read more]

July 14, 2020

TT #118 Where Can I Get This Part?

By: Rob Lowe

What Do You Need? Can I Help You? With the Covid-19 Pandemic (2020) restricting the travel of many, I received numerous calls from RV owners, who are using the downtime to update or... [read more]

April 24, 2020

TT #117 L.E.D. Issues & How to Resolve Them (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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Patio Awning light failures: During the winter I was asked by another RVer to look at his L.E.D. strip in his awning.... [read more]

September 25, 2019

TT #113 Hints on Replacing RV Light Fixtures & Bulbs

By: Rob Lowe

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In this Technical Tip, I will address some of the questions that are posed when people call us looking for a lighting solution for their RV. In the next one I will address where to find common... [read more]

August 18, 2019

TT #112 EasyStart: The Latest Technology for a Vital Coach Component

By: Rob Lowe

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With new Technology making its way into our coaches, there is one component that has not caught up – the Roof Top Air Conditioner. Many coaches are equipped with digital glass dash displays... [read more]

April 24, 2019

TT #111 Why Are Motorhome Headlights So Poor? (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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In the previous Technical Tip, I demonstrated the difference between the two headlight configurations available in the USA. Modern cars and trucks use a standard that provides lighting similar... [read more]

April 23, 2019

TT #110 Why are Motorhome Headlights so Poor? (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

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I often hear this question when I present seminars about L.E.D. bulb replacements on RVs. Frequently RVers mentioned that their new coaches have headlights worse than their older ones. As it... [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 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 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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

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 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:... [read more]

December 2, 2013

TT #76 Replacing LED's in Fluorescent Fixtures in your RV

By: Rob Lowe

Fluorescent Tube Fixtures Occasionally installing LED replacement tubes in a ThinLite® brand of fluorescent light fixture causes the LED tubes to be dim and the supply wiring included... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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, 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]

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]