Drain the Strain

water hose chain

February 28, 2013

When hooked up to the city water, the hose was always in the way of the valves and controls in the utility compartment. It was always in the way of the controls or valves. To solve this problem, I used a piece of chain to take the pressure off the connections and reroute the hose to the side, giving... Read more »

Slideout Slickers

10MT-slideout-slicker

January 14, 2013

When we got a new fifth-wheel, we ordered it from the factory with laminate wood flooring. We had wanted this type of flooring for a long time. However, we did not know that when the slideouts came in, they actually scratched the floor in places. For a while we used carpet scraps to prevent scarring,... Read more »

Fifth-wheel Handrail

fifth-wheel handrail

January 7, 2013

To improve the accessibility of the four exterior steps of our fifth-wheel, I formed a handrail out of 6-foot pieces of 7/8-inch aluminum tubing using a conduit bender. First, I attached the tubing to the existing handrail using two 1/4-inch bolts with lock washers and thumbnuts. Then, I detached the... Read more »

Polyurethane Bushings for Better Handling

Energy Suspension kits

Tom Morr
December 31, 2012

When the tail starts wagging the dog more noticeably than normal, RV owners often point to their tow rigs’ hard parts: shocks, ball joints and such. But like cartilage in the human body, a tow vehicle’s suspension and steering system bushings absorb movement and friction between hard parts. Those... Read more »

The Battery Mat: Battery Acid Absorber

Cutting the Battery Mat

Bob Livingston
December 27, 2012

The basic yellow Battery Mat can be purchased on the Internet for less than $4. Recently, a friend was working on his batteries neatly mounted in an exterior compartment. He was proud of his system: multiple 8Ds positioned systematically and filling up the compartment with a precision fit. Over the years,... Read more »

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 »

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