Dirty Little Secrets

by Chris Dougherty
May 2, 2017

  The right RV sanitation techniques and materials can make these humbling chores cleaner and easier RVing gives us the freedom to see the world from the comfort of our living rooms. We enjoy a fully self-contained environment wherever we happen to be, but as anyone who has been an RVer for a... Read more »

High-Wind Trailer Tipping

April 29, 2017

  Q: There is a lot of information out there about wind speed and the effects while towing a travel trailer or fifth-wheel, but I could not find anything about wind speed when the trailer is parked. We are full-timers and live in a 40-foot fifth-wheel on Beale Air Force Base in Northern California.... Read more »

We Have Liftoff!

April 29, 2017

  I found an easier way to lift and insert my trailer’s weight-distributing hitch into the receiver. It was a simple job to bend a ½-inch rod into a U-shaped handle. If your ball mount has adjusting holes, just insert the handle in the uppermost hole, and lift and insert the ball mount into the... Read more »

Scratch-Free Floor

April 29, 2017

  We recently replaced the old carpet in our Keystone Montana fifth-wheel with vinyl plank flooring from our home center. To protect the new flooring from the slideout without spending a fortune, I purchased a 32×48-inch piece of smooth plastic-coated hardboard paneling at a building-supply... Read more »

Now You See It

March 31, 2017

  To simplify checking my RV’s LP-gas cylinders without removing the shroud, I took a small plastic mirror and heat-bent it to a 60-degree angle. I then secured the mirror to the regulator with hook-and-loop fastener. Now I can easily see the red flag in the sight glass to tell when one cylinder... Read more »

DIY Duct Covers

March 31, 2017

  After living in our fifth-wheel for a while, we noticed a lot of debris accumulating in the floor ducts. We wanted an easier way to keep them clean instead of having to remove the screws from the ducts each time. We purchased two 12×12-inch self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles that match our flooring... Read more »

RV Q&A: Ford Excursion Shocks

By Jeff Johnston
March 31, 2017

  Q: I have a 2000 Ford Excursion two-wheel-drive, 7.3-liter diesel with 60,000 miles on it. I tow a 26-foot trailer and am looking to replace the shocks. Do you have any recommendations? Dave Groerich | St. Louis, Missouri A: When it comes to shock replacement, it’s hard to beat Bilstein... Read more »

The ABCs of LPG

by Ed Bolduc
March 27, 2017

  A refresher course on LP-gas systems, from DOT cylinders and ASME tanks to OPD valves and TW stamps   In the RV world, LP-gas is a main source of energy to power generators and fuel appliances necessary for comfort heating, cooking and refrigeration. “LP” is an abbreviation for liquefied... Read more »

Cylinder Swap Made Easy

March 2, 2017

  If your RV has dual LP-gas cylinders, you know how difficult it is to remove and replace them when the regulator keeps falling. You have to hold the regulator and bracket with one hand while wrestling with the cylinder with the other. To make things easier, I put a nut and a wide washer on the... Read more »

Birds Flew the Coop

March 2, 2017

  Ever since becoming the owner of a fifth-wheel trailer, I have had to contend with birds building nests in the kingpin box. I first closed the inside of the box with plastic-coated cardboard that I cut down from an old campaign sign and painted black. This worked until the birds got wise and starting... Read more »

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