May 19, 2015
Here is a Tech-Tip about the not-so-fun side of RVing, sewer sanitation. There are few things more embarrassing than having spillage from an improperly connected sewer hose. To avoid this problem, use a weighted device to hold down the hose. A simple contraption can be made with four, 8-ounce fishing weights (or more if like) and a 12-inch piece of plastic-coated electrical wire to hold ... Read More
April 06, 2015
Taking to the road to explore neighbor to the south? Driving around Mexico offers great opportunities to see the sights off the beaten path. With the right precautions, you’ll be set for an amazing adventure. Here are some tips to help make your trip safer: Always purchase insurance. If you’re involved in an automobile accident in Mexico, as in many Latin American countries, you ... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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