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 »

Power Up

Progressive Dynamics offers a lower section replacement/upgrade converter with a built-in Charge Wizard that constantly manages the RV’s batteries.

article and photos by Bill and Jenn Gehr
July 25, 2014

  Converters are designed to provide 12-volt DC current and charge batteries — but not all are created equal   Power converters fall into the category of “out of sight, out of mind” — literally. In fact, some owners may not even know where the converter is located in their RV. Compact... Read more »

Stop the Leaking

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July 25, 2014

  For those of us whose trailers have a recessed city water connection, it can be difficult to get the hose connected tightly enough to prevent leakage. A standard hose cutoff valve solves the problem. The valve can be purchased for about $4 at any local hardware store. We leave ours permanently... Read more »

Durable Dump Valve Rods

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July 25, 2014

  We are on our second RV and find that the dump valve push/pull rods have failed, either by bending or by the plastic T-handle breaking. My solution was to use a 1/2-inch stainless-steel tube with a 3/8-inch inside diameter and make my own T-handles from steel. The original threaded bushing that... Read more »

A Bright Idea

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June 6, 2014

  Cabin Bright has introduced a line of LED lighting products designed to replace existing 12-volt DC fluorescent tubes without harming the fixture wiring. In addition to brighter light, LEDs have a lower current draw, and the company says the installation takes roughly five to 10 minutes using... Read more »

Roof Air Leak Repair

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by Bill and Jenn Gehr
May 2, 2014

  Water leakage around an air conditioner means it’s time to replace the gasket before damage occurs   Every year, after the first big rain of the season, it’s not uncommon for RV owners to discover that there’s a leak originating from the air conditioner’s inside ceiling assembly.... Read more »

Hands Down, Best Paint Protector

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May 2, 2014

  I came up with a great way to protect my RV’s finish from ladder damage. I was replacing the awning on my camper and leaned a ladder against the RV. I didn’t want to damage the finish, so I got out a pair of work gloves and put them on the tips of the ladder. It’s an easy fix and saves the... Read more »

Driveline Overhaul

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by Gary Wescott
April 2, 2014

  Proper Maintenance, Long Before Components Are Worn Out, Will Keep the Wheels Turning   It seems like everything is getting bigger these days. Trailers and fifth-wheels are longer and have more slideouts. Pickup campers and Class C motorhomes are heavier. Engines are more powerful. But there... Read more »

Pressure Check

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by Bob Livingston
January 31, 2014

  TireMinder TPMS allows drivers to keep constant tabs on inflation and temperature and sends warnings that help mitigate unsafe conditions   Checking tire pressure on a regular basis is critical to safe travels, but because of the inconvenience associated with using a tire gauge, many owners... Read more »

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