Sliding Doors Stay Put

June 30, 2016

  After breaking several plastic latches on the sliding-glass doors on our RV’s wardrobe and having to replace the mirror on one of them because of the broken latch, I decided to make a more positive restraint to keep the doors in place while traveling. My fix requires three parts. One is a drain-stopper... Read more »

Best of Both Showerheads

June 30, 2016

I like the convenience of a fixed showerhead as well as a portable handheld sprayer, so I modified the handheld one in our RV. I used CPVC pipe and fittings, and purchased a showerhead with an on-off valve. I connected the pipes and the new showerhead to the existing faucet’s vacuum breaker, and attached... Read more »

Secure Batteries

May 31, 2016

  After having our new trailer’s propane cylinders and batteries stolen at our “secure” storage facility, we decided it was prudent to “close the barn door after the fact.” A trip to an RV supply store produced a Torklift Fortress GasLock, an efficient and simple locking device for the... Read more »

Get a Handle on the Fan Crank

May 31, 2016

  My wife and I are too short to reach the fan crank handle on the overhead vents in our Jayco trailer without standing on a step stool. Our neighbor solved the dilemma with a simple tool he fashioned from a tree branch about 5/8 inches in diameter. The legs of the “Y” are cut about 2 to 3 inches... Read more »

Power Protection

by Chris Hemer
May 3, 2016

  Electrical surges are a common part of RV life. Here’s how to keep the electrical components safe Traveling the country by tow vehicle and trailer is often a game of unknowns. We usually don’t know what we’ll see, who’ll we’ll meet along the way, and may not even know where we’re... Read more »

Easy-Clean Backsplash

May 2, 2016

  Cooking splashes and grease are hard to clean off, especially if the area around your RV’s stove is wallpapered. I created a relatively inexpensive way to protect the wallpaper by making my own backsplash. I measured the area I wanted covered and purchased a 1/16-inch-thick piece of clear plastic... Read more »

Tidy Storage Compartments

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

Max Tire Pressure Versus Reduced Pressure 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... Read more »

Taming the Mountains

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

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 »

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