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 »

Sewer-Hose Storage

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

February 29, 2016

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

Crank It Up… and Down

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

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 »

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