Quiet Heat, Continuous Water

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by Bob Livingston
December 31, 2014

  Trailers and fifth-wheels can now be fitted with an Aqua-Hot hydronic system formerly reserved for Class A motorhomes   Self-containment is the key to making an RV as livable as a home, and two of the most important elements in that regard are the water heater and furnace. Commonly, supplying hot... Read more »

One Smart Plug

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by Chris Hemer
December 30, 2014

  SmartPlug RV cordsets include a patented straight-blade pin-and-clip system that eliminates overheating at the RV’s inlet connection. The SmartPlug pin-and-clip system provides approximately 20 times the metal-to-metal surface contact to efficiently transfer electricity, which makes this RV... Read more »

Hang-Tight Shower Bar

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December 28, 2014

Lowe’s stocks 1- x 4-inch and 1- x 6-inch PVC lumber, which makes me a very happy camper. My first project was building a mount for a full-size grab bar in my trailer’s shower. I bolted the bar to the PVC board with 1/4- x 3/4-inch stainless-steel bolts, countersinking the back of the board 3/4-... Read more »

Cut Down Sunlight Glare

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September 25, 2014

We have three skylights in our RV. As much as we like the sunlight shining in to brighten things, the one over the kitchen is too harsh. My wife asked if I could do something to cut down the glare. In an earlier RV we had, I painted one of the skylights. That worked OK, but I thought this time I would... Read more »

Rayzar Sharp

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July 28, 2014

  Winegard’s new Rayzar Air HD Antenna is a sleek and powerful multi­directional amplified antenna that provides front and rear reception for maximum channel coverage. Optimized for North American digital TV frequencies, the Rayzar Air is designed to eliminate interference from other non-TV frequencies... 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 »

Everything in Its Place

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June 24, 2014

  We wanted to stop things from shifting around in the storage compartment of our RV. After looking at a number of things and throwing around ideas, we saw a package of children’s interlocking foam alphabet mats. They are inexpensive and easy to trim where needed. They also protect the floor and... Read more »

Medicine Cabinet Guard

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June 24, 2014

  Tired of everything falling out of our trailer’s bathroom medicine cabinet every time we moved, I made a simple solution. I purchased a 4-foot-long 1-inch Lexan plastic home wall corner guard from Lowe’s (also available at most other home-improvement stores). I cut pieces to fit each shelf,... Read more »

Outside Shower Solution

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June 24, 2014

I am a camper who uses the outside shower for washing and filling water jugs. Unfortunately, the showers are always on the opposite side from the patio or at the back end. Sometimes these locations at campsites are not very user-friendly. Our new Rockwood camper already had two water fittings plumbed... Read more »

TurboKooling

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June 6, 2014

If you have a small trailer that doesn’t justify the cost or added weight of a roof air-conditioning unit, TurboKool offers an evaporative cooling system (commonly called a swamp cooler) that runs on 12-volt DC power. According to the company, the TurboKool draws as little as 4.6 amps on the high setting,... Read more »

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