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 »

Screen Lock Solution

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October 27, 2014

We have enjoyed RVing for more than 40 years but have always wondered why RV screen doors come without a secure lock. We often leave the main door open to get fresh air, most often at night. Our solution involved a trip to a hardware store for three packages that include an Everbilt sash lock and nuts... Read more »

Keep Your Cool

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by Bill and Jenn Gehr
September 30, 2014

  Replacing worn-out fabric on a Dometic manual awning is a good way to restore shade and aesthetics Ultraviolet rays from the sun have been bombarding the earth for millions of years. On an RV, continual exposure leads to damaged plastic components and trim and can wreak havoc on rolled up awnings... Read more »

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

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by Kristopher Bunker
September 29, 2014

  Stay on track with one of these RV- friendly GPS units as your copilot   We all know the old adage “Getting there is half the fun.” That may in fact be the case, but it’s never any fun getting lost. Tempers flare, blood pressures rise, and the good times cease to roll when you’re... Read more »

Big Wig

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September 26, 2014

    Hauling a big fifth-wheel or truck camper? Hellwig Products’ Big Wig rear air suspension for the 2014 Ram 2500 truck with rear coil springs provides 5,600 pounds of level load capability, according to the company. The “largest in class” air bags support the same weight as most other... Read more »

Cut Down Sunlight Glare

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September 25, 2014

We have three skylights in our RV. As much as we like the sunlight shining in to brighten things, the one over the kitchen is too harsh. My wife asked if I could do something to cut down the glare. In an earlier RV we had, I painted one of the skylights. That worked OK, but I thought this time I would... Read more »

Water Hookups After Dark

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September 25, 2014

  Trying to hook up the water connection when arriving at a campsite in the dark can be difficult, so we came up with an easier way. We use brass quick connectors that are available at any hardware store for about $5. While traveling, we leave the male connector on the trailer’s city water inlet... Read more »

Performance Improvers

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by Bob Carpenter
September 2, 2014

  An aftermarket intake, exhaust or tuner adds horsepower and torque to most diesel and gas engines   Performance equipment isn’t just for hot rods anymore. Adding aftermarket performance parts to a tow rig might be just the thing you need to get over that hill at a comfortable 55 mph,... Read more »

No-Fail Support Block

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September 2, 2014

I noticed that my neighbor’s A-frame jack had sunk into the asphalt driveway because the wood had failed. I made a support block from layers of 2×4-inch lumber, screwed and glued together. I finished with a 4-inch-round steel electrical plate cover. The A-frame jack now sits on the plate and is... Read more »

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