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Storing A Ladder In Your RV

August 28, 2014
If you're an RVer who likes to be prepared for everything (like most of us are), you probably carry a good amount of tools and items to assist in the event of something breaking down. A ladder is definitely not foreign inside an RV; but it does take up a lot of space. So, let's say you have a collapsable ladder, 6-foot in length and you want to bring it with you traveling, but the transporting ... Read More...

Stabilizing Your Trailer

August 27, 2014
In order to eliminate trailer movement and greatly increase stability while set up at a campsite, you should try using two small 2-ton hydraulic bottle jacks. After leveling the trailer, but before lowering its stabilizer jacks, place a bottle jack under the leaf-spring mounting bracket at each corner of the trailer suspension (exampleL left rear and right front). Then, pump up each jack ... Read More...

How to Diagnose Basic Brake Problems

August 26, 2014
It's important to mention first, any brake component suspected of being faulty needs to be addressed immediately! The front disc brake pads have their own warning signs and being able to understand them soon enough can greatly reduce repair costs. The front disc brakes provide most of the stopping power, approximately 70%, and on average will wear out faster than the rear brakes. Some of the ... Read More...

Baby Flat

July 15, 2014
During one of our trips, a trucker pulled along side and gave me the air horn and pointed down. I pulled over and, to my horror, found that the rear tire on my trailer had been reduced to a mass of shredded rubber and steel. In addition, the sewer-drain connections were cut off, and there was a large hole in the floor of the bathroom. I had been driving on that flat tire for miles without knowing ... Read More...

Dual-Purpose Sun Shield

July 15, 2014
Recently while traveling, we had a mechanical problem requiring my husband to crawl under the RV to repair it. Since we had no choice on where to stop, we ended up parked near a colony of ants and assorted road debris.I was extremely concerned about him being bit or cut, so I quickly grabbed the sun reflector and laid it over the problem area. He was able to safely finish the repair - and a bonus ... Read More...

Design Your Label

July 15, 2014
When registering at RV parks, instead of handwriting all of our information on the registration card, we've saved this information onto our laptop. We print out a sheet of sticky labels and include the following information on each labelNameAddressPhone NumberMake, model, year, and license numbers (for the truck, trailer, motorhome, dinghy, etc.)Good Sam, SKP, and/or other camping discount membership ... Read More...

Outta Sight

July 15, 2014
RVers enjoy taking their pets along when they travel, but one problem with having a pet on board is where to put the food and water dishes. We all look for an out-of-sight spot where the dishes won't get kicked or stepped into.My wife came up with a great idea to address this problem. She asked me to remove the door from the storage compartment below the stove. This provides an area for the pet's ... Read More...

Cold Feet

July 15, 2014
Those with pop-up or hybrid campers with bunk-outs know all too well how cold it gets near the rear end of the bunk. This is due to the metal support rails, and the fact that the canvas folds over the ends and does not make an air-tight seal.I found a simple solution to this problem. I place a large body pillow along the edge of the bed where my back usually ends up. This provides a soft, comfortable ... Read More...

A Real Curtain Rod

July 15, 2014
Are you tired of climbing over seats and dash to spread the curtain around your RV's front window at night? I was - so I made a rod to guide the curtains along the track and across the windows.At the hardware store, I purchased two dowel rods, each about 24 inches long, and two screw eyes. Screw the eyes into one end of each dowel (first drilling a small pilot hole).To install, unhook the first ... Read More...

Tag & Release

July 15, 2014
Entering many of our national and state parks requires the purchase of a pass, which is then required to be displayed on the windshield so it can be checked, if need be, by a passing ranger or guard. After several days of bright sunshine, or after a rain or dew, the taped pass is a mess - and the tape glue is stuck to the windshield.A no-more-tape-to-scrape solution can be purchased anywhere office ... Read More...