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 »

RV Clinic August 2015

RV Clinic Aug Truck Scales

February 15, 2016

Truck Payload Capacity Q: I have a 2015 Ram 2500 4WD with the Cummins diesel and shortbed configuration. The maximum payload is listed at 2,360 pounds. I purchased a 2015 Montana High Country fiver with a loaded weight of about 13,000 pounds and a hitch weight of 2,075 pounds. I believe this leaves me... Read more »

Awning Guard Duo

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January 29, 2016

  We recently had to replace the awning on our 2008 travel trailer due to damage caused by storing the trailer outside in inclement weather. To prevent deterioration, I made a cover for the new awning for when the trailer’s being stored. I used 4-inch galvanized stovepipe that I bought from Lowe’s.... Read more »

Less-Stress Closet Latch

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January 29, 2016

  Over the years, a few of the plastic latches on my RV’s sliding closet doors have broken. Universal replacement latches vary somewhat in the location of the mounting holes, and it is difficult to get the tension just right on the latch. Even after finding the best location, the latches break... Read more »

RV Clinic July 2015

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January 19, 2016

Towing in Reverse Q: I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 longbed 4×4 with a 5.9-liter diesel engine, a 48RE automatic transmission and single rear wheels. I tow a 33-foot fifth-wheel that weighs approximately 11,000 pounds loaded. When I back up on level ground, it does fair. When I try to back up a 5... Read more »

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