Watt’s Up

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by Chris Hemer
July 2, 2015

  Learning how to properly maintain a built-in or portable generator can save time, trouble and money   As a trailer owner, it probably took you only a few camping trips in the boonies to realize that your home on wheels wasn’t really designed for long-term camping without electrical hookups.... Read more »

Storage for Hitch Bars

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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

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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

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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 »

Hang in There

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June 2, 2015

  The majority of our camping is done in national forests, which means a lot of towing on bumpy gravel roads. We recently purchased a new V-Cross Vibe trailer that has a rear bedroom. When we reached our destinations, all of our clothes would be on the floor of the trailer’s closet instead of... Read more »

Chair Leg Caps

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June 2, 2015

After the plastic caps at the base of the legs on our folding camp chairs wore out, we found that the legs were punching holes in our outdoor RV mat. The hollow aluminum legs also filled up with sand and sank in soft ground. So we purchased some PVC caps that fit over the bottom of the chair legs, filled... Read more »

Bearing maintenance and lift

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May 20, 2015

We have a 2007 Keystone Montana with Dexter E-Z Lube axles that have approximately 40,000 miles on them. They’re greased with high-quality lubricant and regularly checked for metal fibers. The owner’s manual recommends yearly inspections of the bearings and seals. Is this really practiced by fifth-wheeler... Read more »

Command Performance

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May 4, 2015

    New low-profile fixtures emit 650 lumens of warm-color illumination from 22 LEDs   Lighting the interior of an RV used to be a fairly boring subject. Incandescent fixtures were the norm, with a smattering of halogen bulbs used for more brilliant lighting and fluorescent tubes reserved... Read more »

Sturdy Spool for RV Shades

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May 4, 2015

  One of the pet peeves I have with our RV’s day/night shades is the plastic piece that holds the cords tight and is held in place with a screw in the wall. Over time, the plastic piece will break. I solved the problem by using an inexpensive metal sewing-machine bobbin that I bought at a sewing... Read more »

Twist and Lock

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May 4, 2015

We have a 2010 31-foot Flagstaff 831RLBSS travel trailer. Installing the brace to keep the slideout from moving while under way was inconvenient. I got tired of holding up a 42-inch locking brace over the slideout while twisting it to hit the 6-inch sticker on the wall that indicates proper positioning.... Read more »

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