Tidy Storage Compartments

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May 2, 2016

  We tend to collect a lot of small items that lie around on the floor of our RV’s outside storage compartments, so I came up with a simple solution. I bought a piece of vinyl J-channel that is used to place vinyl siding on houses, and I cut it to various lengths. I then secured the cut channel... Read more »

RV Clinic October 2015

Tire pressure gauge

April 14, 2016

Q: It’s an old question, but I do need your advice. I just bought four new tires for my trailer: P205/75R14 by MotoMaster, made in China. The dealer inflated them to 35 psi, and the tire sidewall reads, “Max pressure 51 psi.” What would you put in? The trailer weighs 5,000 pounds. I had Towmax... Read more »

Taming the Mountains

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by Bill and Jenn Gehr
March 30, 2016

  BD Diesel’s Variable Vane Exhaust Brake grants truck owners much more control when descending grades while towing a heavy trailer Pulling a 16,000-pound-plus trailer or fifth-wheel has its challenges, especially when climbing long grades and descending steep and winding mountain passes. Fortunately,... Read more »

Out-of-Sight Shoe Rack

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March 29, 2016

  We have an EverGreen Bay Hill fifth-wheel that has plenty of storage but nowhere to keep extra shoes. My wife, Barb, tells me that I bring along too many pairs when we are traveling. We came up with the idea to hang the shoes on a shoe rack that attaches to the end of the bed platform. When the... Read more »

Sewer-Hose Storage

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March 29, 2016

  I recently bought a foam mattress pad for my RV that came in a clear plastic bag-type container with a zipper closure at the top and a carry handle. I know many RVers try to find adequate storage bags for sewer hoses and fittings. Up until now I’ve used extra-large plastic grocery bags, but... Read more »

It’s a Wrap

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February 29, 2016

  Trailer Life’s Bob Dawson demonstrates how you can simplify the installation of an RV cover.      

Crank It Up… and Down

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February 29, 2016

  Here’s my work-around for a troublesome manual crank to raise and lower the screw-type scissor jacks on my trailer. I bought a reasonably priced used 12-volt battery-powered cordless drill with a 19mm socket adapter and attached a two-conductor cable that will reach from the scissor jacks to... Read more »

Get a Handle on Leveling

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February 29, 2016

  To save time when setting up our trailer, I cut a 2-foot-long 6×6-inch piece of wood into 12-inch sections to make leveling blocks. I then added handles that l purchased at a hardware store. Using the handles, I can place a block with one hand and have the other hand free. The 12-inch blocks... Read more »

Electrical Independence

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by Bob Livingston
February 29, 2016

  Installing a powerful solar system provides freedom from the utility grid and the opportunity to stay in primitive locations without giving up conveniences The sun is a gigantic mass in the solar system that everyone expects to come up in the morning and to go down in the evening. It’s the... Read more »

RV Clinic September 2015

Oil change Clinic art for September 2015

February 25, 2016

Oil Change Intervals Q: I own a 2003 Ford F-350 with a 6.0-liter diesel. I live in Southern California, and my truck is garaged. Normally, very few miles are driven per year. The manual says to change the oil every six months or 7,500 miles. How important is it to change the oil every six months if... Read more »

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