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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]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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 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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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, 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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]