Demco Glide Ride Upgrade

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by Emily and Mark Fagan
December 23, 2015

Replacing a worn kingpin assembly strengthens the truck-and-fifth-wheel connection and improves towing stability   We keep our one-ton diesel truck and 36-foot fifth-wheel trailer in top shape by inspecting key components on a regular basis. We check the kingpin assembly a few times a year, ensuring... Read more »

Cutting Board at-the-Ready

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December 22, 2015

  I was looking for an easy way to secure the cutting board in my RV while still allowing it to be readily accessible. I took a 3M plastic hook that was deep enough to fit the width of the cutting board and mounted it upside down on the wall behind the stove at the same height as the cutting board.... Read more »

No-Trip Satellite Cables

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December 22, 2015

  We discovered that the coaxial and power cables that run on the ground between the trailer and portable satellite dish on a tripod can be hazardous, especially in the dark. To minimize the chance of tripping, we use a bright-colored swim noodle. I carefully sliced halfway into the noodle lengthwise,... Read more »

RV Clinic April 2015

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Jeff Johnston and Ken Freund
December 14, 2015

Where to Level? Q: We recently purchased a 2015 Forest River Sierra fifth-wheel that has the kitchen in the rear. My understanding is that the unit should be leveled at the refrigerator for optimum efficiency. Since the refrigerator is in the rear of the RV, the slideouts have to be extended to access... Read more »

Plug That Leak

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by Chris Hemer
December 2, 2015

Flat tires happen at the most inopportune times. Ideally, they should be repaired from the inside out, but in an emergency, that’s not always possible. The Stop & Go Deluxe Tire Plugger is designed for on-the-wheel repair to virtually any tubeless tire, according to the company, and it seals the... Read more »

Clear the Air

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by Chris Hemer
December 2, 2015

  A good vent fan inside your trailer is important for a variety of reasons. It can keep the interior free from smoke and odor while cooking, and when kept open during storage, it can help prevent mold and mildew from forming. But for those of us who store our rigs outdoors, leaving roof vents open... Read more »

RV Tires 101

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by Ken Freund
November 30, 2015

  Understanding the basics can help avoid costly blowouts and lead to safer travels Tires on tow vehicles or trailers run the gamut from passenger-car types to truck and trailer rubber — and each has its own specific design, construction and job to do. Problems with tires have become one of... Read more »

No-Stick Drain Valves

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November 25, 2015

  Even with regular use of expensive drain-valve lubricants that are poured in tanks, I’ve struggled for years to operate sticky dump valves. Removing and lubricating at least the black-water valve once a year, and sometimes even replacing valves, was just a temporary fix. Then I came up with... Read more »

Hat’s Off to Little Things

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November 25, 2015

  My husband was always leaving small items around our RV after emptying his pockets. I bought a hanging hat rack from Lowe’s for $11.99 and hung it on the wall in the bedroom. It works wonderfully for safekeeping all these little things. It has been a real blessing, as he no longer wonders where... Read more »

Cheap Coverage

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November 2, 2015

  I have a 19-foot travel trailer with an Ultra-Fab 3002 electric A-frame jack. To protect the electric motor, I use a thoroughly cleaned 182- ounce Clorox plastic jug. I measured about 11 inches from the bottom of the jug and cut the handle and cap portion off. I then slit from the bottom about... Read more »

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