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 »

Keep Connected


September 24, 2015

  Anyone who has hooked up a fifth-wheel and then pulled away, only to have the trailer come unhooked, knows how scary that can be. There are many things — from being in a hurry to a poor inspection routine — that can cause this. Almost always, the cause is driver error, and it can be very costly... Read more »

I Can See Clearly Now


September 1, 2015

  The 6½-foot bed on my shortbed truck holds a generator and a rolled- up cover. It’s difficult to hook up the truck to my fifth-wheel since I can’t see around the generator and bed cover. I made a block of wood about 3 inches long by 1½ inches high and 2 inches wide. I then put a magnet on... Read more »

LP-Gas Cylinder Holder


September 1, 2015

  I bought a milk crate to haul my 5- or 7-gallon LP-gas cylinders when they need filling. They fit right in, and there’s no worry about them tipping over and damaging anything or rolling around. Bob Bauer | Conover, Wisconsin        

Transporting Glassware Safely


July 29, 2015

    We like having wine glasses (as opposed to plastic) while traveling and had a problem with the stemware rack in our camper because the wine glasses would fall out while traveling. Adding a small wire rod across the open ends and wrapping the ends of the wire loosely around the vertical supports... Read more »

Replacing a Water Inlet Plug


July 29, 2015

Due to age and use, the city-water inlet plugs that keep the insides and threads protected from the elements tend to fail. To remedy the problem, I took the plugs that are used to protect the ends of an inline RV water-system filter before use and trimmed the shoulder so that it would fit nicely in the... Read more »

Top Tip for Antenna


July 29, 2015

  Many RVers have been dreadfully reminded — often by a low-hanging tree branch or an overpass — that they forgot to lower the rooftop TV antenna. And how many people fail to look up during a walk-around to ensure that the antenna is down? While lying in bed one morning and wondering whether... Read more »

Storage for Hitch Bars


June 29, 2015

    I got tired of moving around dirty hitch spring bars, so I came up with this solution. I simply store my trailer’s Eaz-Lift hitch spring bars in a clean, easy-to-carry space using a fabric rifle case I purchased for less than $20. Zip it up, and it’s neatly put away. Paul Krutsch |... Read more »

Chock It Up


June 29, 2015

    I went to my local Lowe’s and got a twisted/bent 4×6-inch piece of wood that was 16 feet long. In speaking with the store manager, I was able to get it for only $5, since it was a piece of scrap wood. I cut two pieces to 13-inch lengths and mitered the corners to 45 degrees to fit between... Read more »

At-a-Glance Battery Check


June 29, 2015

  We installed a DC voltmeter (purchased online for $5) into our RV’s stove hood. Carefully cut a hole (we used a Dremel) to fit the meter. There are a lot of wires inside the hood to select from to connect the meter, so be careful when cutting the hole. Now we can tell at a glance the condition... Read more »

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