Leveling Blocks

Leveling blocks

December 25, 2012

Most of us level our trailers from side to side by driving on plastic or wood blocks. I found that 2-by-12-inch planks, cut to size, do a very good job. They do not sink into soft soil, nor do they chip from rocky ground. After a time, however, they do weather and split. My solution is to drill from... Read more »

Hands-Free Freshwater Fill Adapter

Hands-Free Freshwater Fill Adapter

December 14, 2012

Purchase a new fill cap and water hose adapter (female hose to 1/2–inch male pipe treads). Next, drill a hole in the center of the fill cap and install the hose adapter. Then drill a series of small holes around the newly built hose adapter – holes are needed to allow air to escape while filling.... Read more »

How to Install the 5th Airborne Sidewinder PinBox by Reese/Cequent Towing

5th Airborne Sidewinder pin box by Reese/Cequent

Bill and Jenn Gehr
December 11, 2012

Towing a 37-foot fifth-wheel with a long-wheelbase dually can challenge even the most seasoned RVers when it comes to maneuvering in tight places. Our prior, shorter fifth-wheel was fitted with a 5th Airborne Sidewinder pin box, which made negotiating city streets, tight fuel stations and technical... Read more »

Brake Troubles

RV Clinic

December 10, 2012

Q: Two years ago, I replaced the entire backing plate braking system on all four wheels on our 2001 SunnyBrook fiver. I have one wheel (left front) that periodically grabs and locks up, skidding the tire. There is always a metal-to-metal-squealing at lockup. The brake locking on this one wheel is sporadic... Read more »

What You Need To Know About Engine Oil Filters

Engine Oil Filter

Jim Allen
December 4, 2012

If the oil pump is an engine’s heart and oil is blood, the oil filter must be the liver. Like the liver, it filters contaminants from the engine’s bloodstream. Filtration reduces wear and extends the life of the engine but also extends the service life of the oil. Engine Oil Filter   Construction Research... Read more »

Hose Reel Tip

Hose Reel

December 4, 2012

I made a water-hose holder from a reel that’s generally used to wind up electric cords. The reels are sold at all types of stores, including Walmart. Mine holds 25 feet of hose. When I roll the hose I start at the male (RV) end and leave about 2 feet unwound (or the length you need to reach the city-water... Read more »

MaxxFan Deluxe Improves Trailer Venting

MaxxFan Deluxe Install

Tom Morr
November 29, 2012

Hanging out in a musty trailer is almost like being locked in a porta-potty at the county fair. Ordinary bathroom vents help release some stenchy air into the great outdoors, but an array of innovative upgrades over the standard hand-crank vent-fan combination are offered by MaxxAir. The company touts... Read more »

Portable Solar Light

Portable Solar Light

November 29, 2012

Individual solar-lamp assemblies are available at many hardware stores and home centers. They make nice light sources while camping. And in order to be able to place your solar light in the sun for charging, you should make it portable. Cover or paint a 13- to 16-ounce coffee can or a 1-gallon paint... Read more »

Tire Tip and Nitrogen Question

tires

November 28, 2012

Q: We pull a 35-foot travel trailer. When I got the trailer I had several problems with trailer tire blowouts. I noticed that my son’s larger and heavier fifth-wheel trailer had light-truck tires instead of trailer tires. I bought five 16-inch six-lug wheels and E rated light-truck tires and this solved... Read more »

Tranny Filter Tech

2012 Ram 1500 automatic transmission

Jim Allen
November 26, 2012

If you compare oil filter systems used in automatic transmissions from 50 years ago to present-day, you won’t see many changes until just the past few years. Common were “boulder-catching” screens or coarse filter pads mounted in the pan, with efficiencies of 100-150 microns. Pan filters are a... Read more »

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