Quiet Heat, Continuous Water

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by Bob Livingston
December 31, 2014

  Trailers and fifth-wheels can now be fitted with an Aqua-Hot hydronic system formerly reserved for Class A motorhomes   Self-containment is the key to making an RV as livable as a home, and two of the most important elements in that regard are the water heater and furnace. Commonly, supplying hot... Read more »

Hang-Tight Shower Bar

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December 28, 2014

Lowe’s stocks 1- x 4-inch and 1- x 6-inch PVC lumber, which makes me a very happy camper. My first project was building a mount for a full-size grab bar in my trailer’s shower. I bolted the bar to the PVC board with 1/4- x 3/4-inch stainless-steel bolts, countersinking the back of the board 3/4-... Read more »

Cozy Cocoon

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December 28, 2014

  We bought two large matching sleeping bags and zipped them together to cover our RV’s king-size bed. We also sewed the bottom end of two double-size sheets together, which serves as a liner. This cozy sleeping arrangement keeps drafts out and keeps us warm without having to run the furnace at... Read more »

Drier Air

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November 26, 2014

  Winter brings with it cool, damp air that can cause mold, mildew and corrosion inside your RV. The Air-Dryr from Davis Instruments uses natural convection to circulate air without any switches, fans or thermostats. Just place it on the floor and plug it into a 120-volt AC outlet. The air is heated... Read more »

Waste Master

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November 26, 2014

  There’s no denying that emptying the holding tanks can be a dirty job, but Lippert Components is trying to give this task a cleaner image with its new Waste Master waste-management system. Unlike traditional sewer-hose coils that trap debris, the tough, wireless Waste Master hose is designed... Read more »

Half-Ton Towing: Fact or Fiction?

The 2015 Chevy Silverado is available with a gvwr of up to 7,600 pounds, a gawr of 4,300 pounds and a tow rating of up to 12,000 pounds. based on the SAE J2807 standard.

by Chris Hemer
November 24, 2014

  It depends on the fifth-wheel and how the truck is equipped   So-called half-ton-towable fifth-wheels are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. The most obvious, of course, is that a half-ton (150 or 1500 series) pickup is less expensive than a comparably equipped HD truck... Read more »

Cabinet Items Stay Put

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November 24, 2014

When we’re traveling, items in our RV’s cabinets tend to slide around. More often than not, these items end up at the cabinet doors, and when we open the doors, they fall out. Like many RVs, the bottom shelves of the kitchen cabinets have lips on the inside; however, the top shelves do not. I measured... Read more »

Keep Water Out

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November 24, 2014

I prefer to use a power-cord connector with an angle head to take stress off the connector, but wet weather was a concern. I came up with an idea to keep the connection point between the pigtail and power cord dry, whether it’s misty out or raining hard. Split a 6- to 8-inch plastic funnel and fit... Read more »

Facts, Myth, and Common Sense

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by Bob Carpenter
October 31, 2014

  Oil is what keeps an engine alive and running strong. But how much do you really know about it? A lot of people refer to engine oil as “the lifeblood of an engine,” and that’s really not an exaggeration. Anyone who has let an engine run too low on precious oil has learned the hard way... Read more »

Magnetic Memories

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October 27, 2014

We like to collect magnets from places we visit and, like many RVers, we didn’t have a metal surface for displaying these keepsakes in our fifth-wheel. To solve this problem, we zeroed in on the wall next to our stove and paid a visit to a local hardware store. There, we bought a quart of Rust-Oleum... Read more »

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