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 »

RV 101: Getting Ready to Roll

by Chris Dougherty
March 1, 2017

  For a winning season this year, make sure the RV is camp-ready by doing a thorough inspection and cleaning   Now that spring is almost here, preparing your RV for travel and performing necessary — and preventive — maintenance will pay dividends all year long. For those who stored their... Read more »

Lights Go Dim

February 14, 2017

Q: I have a toy-hauler trailer, and the more lights I turn on, the dimmer everything gets. I replaced the converter, but there was no change. It still does this even while plugged into 120-volt AC shorepower. Do you have any suggestions? Larry Jones, via email A: The lights are powered from the battery... Read more »

Interior Lights Dimming

February 7, 2017

  Q: Our 2012 Keystone Cougar High Country 321RES had the problem of lights going bright, then dim. We tried installing a new battery in the trailer, but that didn’t help. When we asked the service technician at our local RV dealership which power supply would be better than the WFCO WF-9875... Read more »

Suspension Basics

Air-ride equalizers such as LCI’s Center Point air-ride trailer suspension system use air bags to improve ride quality.

by Ed Bolduc
February 5, 2017

  A well-maintained suspension system keeps trailers and fifth-wheels rolling down the highway smoothly and safely When it comes to RV maintenance, the first components that usually come to mind are the roof, batteries and furnace. While trailer and fifth-wheel suspension systems are frequently... Read more »

Flip Your Furniture

by Chris Dougherty
February 2, 2017

  Lippert’s new line of RV furniture makes replacing worn, uncomfortable living-room seating easy and practical Take a look on TV or the Internet, and it’s easy to find some program or posting about sprucing up the interior of an RV. After all, a recreational vehicle is a home on wheels, so... Read more »

If the Shoe Fits, Hang It

February 2, 2017

  After seeing various tips in 10-Minute Tech on how to store shoes in an RV so you aren’t tripping over them, I came up with my own idea. To make extra room for my shoes and keep them out of the way, I bought a hanging canvas shoe organizer, cut it in sections and hemmed the tops. My husband... Read more »

Customized TV Remote Control

February 2, 2017

  I find it difficult at night to see all the control buttons on the TV remote. I used “puffy” craft paint, bought at Walmart, that I can feel, and dotted several of the buttons with the paint. Other options are using glow-in-the-dark paint or nail polish — whatever works for you. I painted... Read more »

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