RV 101: Safe Towing

By Chris Dougherty
January 5, 2017

  With a little know-how, pulling a travel trailer or fifth-wheel can be a stress-free experience Towing a travel trailer or fifth-wheel is a skill that just about any driver can master. It isn’t difficult, but it does require a different thought process from driving an ordinary passenger vehicle. Size... Read more »

Cure for Kamikaze Spice Bottles

January 5, 2017

    After going through many spice racks and bottles, and cleaning up scattered spices after the bottles fell off the sliding pantry shelves, my wife decided to recycle some of our prescription bottles. She sanitized the containers, dried them thoroughly and then filled them with spices. The... Read more »

Hung Out to Dry

January 3, 2017

  As an active outdoorsman and RVer, I often need a place to hang clothes or rain gear to dry. Since our RV does not have a clothesline in the shower stall, I made a simple one myself. I installed two self-adhesive plastic hooks on opposite corners of the shower. I then drilled a hole in each end... Read more »

Basic Battery Disconnect

December 15, 2016

  Most travel trailers have the battery or batteries on a tray on the frame at the front of the RV, and there is no place for a battery-disconnect switch. I solved this problem by purchasing a set of welding cable connectors at my local welding-supply store. I cut the negative cable from the battery... Read more »

Master of Sway Control

by Chris Dougherty
November 30, 2016

  A high-tech cure for trailer sway, Hayes’ electronic system applies varying braking force to the trailer’s wheels to bring it in-line It’s the age-old dilemma that all trailerists deal with: trailer sway. It can be a real problem that ranges in severity from an annoyance to a frightening... Read more »

No-Fuss Hitch Grease

November 30, 2016

  No matter how careful I was, I always made a mess when I greased the hitch ball. I came up with an idea that has worked great, and everyone I’ve shown the fix to has taken the time to duplicate it. My brother uses it for his fifth-wheel as well. I remove about half the grease from the container... Read more »

Magnetic Oven-Door Fix

November 30, 2016

  After many years of use, the oven door on our SunnyBrook 27FKS’s Wedgewood Vision stove no longer closed tightly, allowing heat to escape when we used the oven. I disassembled the door and inspected the springs and hinges, and found nothing broken or out of alignment. To fix this problem, I... Read more »

Stabilizer Stability

October 25, 2016

Q: We recently bought a used 2011 Keystone Montana 35-foot fifth-wheel. Our question is about stabilizing the trailer. After we lower the front feet and rear stabilizers, put the ratchet-style scissor chocks between the tires and place the kingpin on the hitch, the trailer still has a wobble effect,... Read more »

RV Clinic January 2016

October 25, 2016

Stabilizer Stability Q: We recently bought a used 2011 Keystone Montana 35-foot fifth-wheel. Our question is about stabilizing the trailer. After we lower the front feet and rear stabilizers, put the ratchet-style scissor chocks between the tires and place the kingpin on the hitch, the trailer still... Read more »

Have a Weight Issue?

By Chris Dougherty
September 29, 2016

  Overloading a vehicle can have a number of consequences, so understanding weight and loading is essential to safe towing Merriam-Webster defines “weight” as the force with which a body is pulled toward the earth. Everything around us feels this gravitational pull. Then you add the forces... Read more »

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