RV Clinic: Can’t Stop!

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Jeff Johnson and Ken Freund
July 18, 2016

Q: We have a 2013 Ram 2500 diesel to pull our 2013 35-foot CrossRoads Cruiser, and I must say it tows great. The trouble is stopping. With the built-in brake controller set at 10, the strongest setting offered, we have about 40 percent stopping, and it’s not a quick response! There is no sync adjustment... Read more »

One-Ton Towing Machines

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by Emily Fagan
July 1, 2016

  Shopping for a new diesel truck to tow a heavy trailer? Before investing in your next set of wheels, consider all the angles Choosing the right vehicle to tow a trailer is vital for both safety and comfort on the road, especially if the trailer is a heavy fifth-wheel. When my husband, Mark,... Read more »

Sliding Doors Stay Put

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June 30, 2016

  After breaking several plastic latches on the sliding-glass doors on our RV’s wardrobe and having to replace the mirror on one of them because of the broken latch, I decided to make a more positive restraint to keep the doors in place while traveling. My fix requires three parts. One is a drain-stopper... Read more »

Best of Both Showerheads

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June 30, 2016

I like the convenience of a fixed showerhead as well as a portable handheld sprayer, so I modified the handheld one in our RV. I used CPVC pipe and fittings, and purchased a showerhead with an on-off valve. I connected the pipes and the new showerhead to the existing faucet’s vacuum breaker, and attached... Read more »

Secure Batteries

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May 31, 2016

  After having our new trailer’s propane cylinders and batteries stolen at our “secure” storage facility, we decided it was prudent to “close the barn door after the fact.” A trip to an RV supply store produced a Torklift Fortress GasLock, an efficient and simple locking device for the... Read more »

Get a Handle on the Fan Crank

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May 31, 2016

  My wife and I are too short to reach the fan crank handle on the overhead vents in our Jayco trailer without standing on a step stool. Our neighbor solved the dilemma with a simple tool he fashioned from a tree branch about 5/8 inches in diameter. The legs of the “Y” are cut about 2 to 3 inches... Read more »

Power Protection

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by Chris Hemer
May 3, 2016

  Electrical surges are a common part of RV life. Here’s how to keep the electrical components safe Traveling the country by tow vehicle and trailer is often a game of unknowns. We usually don’t know what we’ll see, who’ll we’ll meet along the way, and may not even know where we’re... Read more »

Easy-Clean Backsplash

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May 2, 2016

  Cooking splashes and grease are hard to clean off, especially if the area around your RV’s stove is wallpapered. I created a relatively inexpensive way to protect the wallpaper by making my own backsplash. I measured the area I wanted covered and purchased a 1/16-inch-thick piece of clear plastic... Read more »

Tidy Storage Compartments

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May 2, 2016

  We tend to collect a lot of small items that lie around on the floor of our RV’s outside storage compartments, so I came up with a simple solution. I bought a piece of vinyl J-channel that is used to place vinyl siding on houses, and I cut it to various lengths. I then secured the cut channel... Read more »

RV Clinic October 2015

Tire pressure gauge

April 14, 2016

Q: It’s an old question, but I do need your advice. I just bought four new tires for my trailer: P205/75R14 by MotoMaster, made in China. The dealer inflated them to 35 psi, and the tire sidewall reads, “Max pressure 51 psi.” What would you put in? The trailer weighs 5,000 pounds. I had Towmax... Read more »

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