RV Tires 101


by Ken Freund
November 30, 2015

  Understanding the basics can help avoid costly blowouts and lead to safer travels Tires on tow vehicles or trailers run the gamut from passenger-car types to truck and trailer rubber — and each has its own specific design, construction and job to do. Problems with tires have become one of... Read more »

No-Stick Drain Valves


November 25, 2015

  Even with regular use of expensive drain-valve lubricants that are poured in tanks, I’ve struggled for years to operate sticky dump valves. Removing and lubricating at least the black-water valve once a year, and sometimes even replacing valves, was just a temporary fix. Then I came up with... Read more »

Hat’s Off to Little Things


November 25, 2015

  My husband was always leaving small items around our RV after emptying his pockets. I bought a hanging hat rack from Lowe’s for $11.99 and hung it on the wall in the bedroom. It works wonderfully for safekeeping all these little things. It has been a real blessing, as he no longer wonders where... Read more »

Cheap Coverage


November 2, 2015

  I have a 19-foot travel trailer with an Ultra-Fab 3002 electric A-frame jack. To protect the electric motor, I use a thoroughly cleaned 182- ounce Clorox plastic jug. I measured about 11 inches from the bottom of the jug and cut the handle and cap portion off. I then slit from the bottom about... Read more »

Make a Stand


November 2, 2015

  I made a simple stand to hold the filter I use for the water entering the RV using some scrap 2×4-inch lumber and PVC conduit. This comes in handy at paved and concrete campsites where I can’t get the original stand to stick in the ground. Simply take two short pieces of ½-inch PVC conduit... Read more »

Hang in There … Again


November 2, 2015

  I saw Wayne Smith’s “fix” in the June issue for keeping hangers on the rod so clothes don’t fall off during travel. Here’s another idea: I’ve been using a tension curtain rod in our RV’s wardrobe closet for years. It’s a quick fix and cost me less than $5. Buy a rod that is a bit... Read more »

Break the Ice


by Kevin Livingston
November 2, 2015

  Getting an RV ready for winter travel will take the frost off the windows, holding tanks and plumbing fixtures The temperature has dropped dramatically, flakes are falling, and the moisture in the air is far more prevalent. All of these elements point a giant arrow at Old Man Winter and another... Read more »

Up Close and Personal


by Bill and Jenn Gehr
September 30, 2015

  Taking time at the end of the travel season to check all the components in an RV can make or break future trips   Planning a post-summer evaluation of your RV’s structure and systems is a critical step to ensure longevity — and that the RV will be ready to go when pulled out of storage.... Read more »

Cover to Cover


by Kristopher Bunker
September 30, 2015

RV covers come in all shapes, sizes and materials to protect every type of rig from the damaging effects of weather In a perfect world, we could all live in our RVs full time, roaming from RV park to RV park. However, in the real world, many times that’s simply not possible, as work, funds, family... Read more »

Get a Grip


September 24, 2015

  I spotted a variation of this idea for a grab bar at a Chicago RV show. I bought a shower-stall grab bar at a home-improvement store and mounted it vertically next to the door inside my RV, so we can grip it when exiting. The inside of the door frame is metal, so the attachment is secure. The... Read more »

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