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Motorhome Columns | Family Motor Coaching

Readers’ Forum: May 2015

Smart Car Transmission 
Dear Editor: 
In the "Towables For 2015" article (January 2015, page 44), the Smart Fortwo listing states in footnote 2 that the vehicle "is equipped with an automatic transmission that allows the driver to select either manual shifting or automatic shifting options." That is incorrect.


Tech Talk: May 2015

Battery Charging
The 12-volt house batteries failed on my 2004 Georgie Boy 38-foot diesel pusher. Using my multimeter, I found that the batteries were charging only when the coach engine was running. 


House Calls: May 2015

Extra Exterior Receptacle
Dear RV Doctor:
I've owned a couple of older Type A motorhomes that had a 120-volt weatherproof outlet on the outside of the coach. The outlets were handy for powering the awning lights, a radio, or even an exterior light for reading outside in nice weather.