Facts, Myth, and Common Sense

OIL-lead

by Bob Carpenter
October 31, 2014

  Oil is what keeps an engine alive and running strong. But how much do you really know about it? A lot of people refer to engine oil as “the lifeblood of an engine,” and that’s really not an exaggeration. Anyone who has let an engine run too low on precious oil has learned the hard way... Read more »

Seal of Approval

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October 31, 2014

  Readers’ top picks in our third annual RV poll   One of the great things about RVers is a nearly universal willingness to share hard-earned RV know-how. Visit any RV park, and chances are, it won’t take long before you’re exchanging tips on backing into a campsite with the couple... Read more »

No Maps Needed

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October 29, 2014

Redesigned inside and out, the new Rand McNally RVND 7730 LM RV GPS device provides fresh hardware, a faster processor and two new graphical user interface options with improved map appearance. With robust navigation and new features such as Toll Cost estimates and Advanced Lane Guidance, the RVND ... Read more »

A Faster Screwdriver

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October 29, 2014

RVs are made up of a lot of screws. Now it’s easier to tighten or remove them with the new 4V Max lithium rechargeable pivot screwdriver by Black & Decker. An included micro USB wall charger supplies the screwdriver with a 400-milliamp charge rate, and the tool’s handle rotates 90 degrees to... Read more »

Screen Lock Solution

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October 27, 2014

We have enjoyed RVing for more than 40 years but have always wondered why RV screen doors come without a secure lock. We often leave the main door open to get fresh air, most often at night. Our solution involved a trip to a hardware store for three packages that include an Everbilt sash lock and nuts... Read more »

Big Wig

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September 26, 2014

    Hauling a big fifth-wheel or truck camper? Hellwig Products’ Big Wig rear air suspension for the 2014 Ram 2500 truck with rear coil springs provides 5,600 pounds of level load capability, according to the company. The “largest in class” air bags support the same weight as most other... Read more »

Devilish on Dirt

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September 26, 2014

    RV enthusiasts now have an easier way to improve air quality and keep their rigs cleaner. The Dirt Devil CV1500 by H-P Products runs quieter and offers 26 percent more cleaning power than handhelds and other RV central vac systems on the market, according to the company. The remotely located... Read more »

No-Fail Support Block

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September 2, 2014

I noticed that my neighbor’s A-frame jack had sunk into the asphalt driveway because the wood had failed. I made a support block from layers of 2×4-inch lumber, screwed and glued together. I finished with a 4-inch-round steel electrical plate cover. The A-frame jack now sits on the plate and is... Read more »

Glasses and Cups Stay Put

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September 2, 2014

With the often-close quarters in a travel trailer, knocking a glass off a shelf or table is always a concern. I used the dimensions of all of the types of cups and glasses that we have in our RV for wine, water, coffee, etc. and created a holder that attached to the shelf under the window between our... Read more »

Easy-Access Storage

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June 4, 2014

  Here is a tip for combating compartment storage problems. Using garage-door tracks and hardware, you can make a guide and use rollers attached to the sides of the compartment. The drawer slides in and out of the compartment so you can get a clear view of everything. I made one end shorter so that... Read more »

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