10-Minute Tech: Soggy Shirt Sleeves

10MT-soggy shirt sleeves

June 14, 2012

When washing down an RV with a long-handled brush, water runs down the pole, past your hands and ultimately drips from your elbows. To prevent this uncomfortable circumstance, cut the bottom off a plastic bottle (I used a 1-quart oil container), slip it over the handle about a foot away from the brush... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Strain-Free Jack Handle

10MT-u-joint handle

June 7, 2012

Winding jack-style stabilizers up and down is a real chore for me, because the jack handle socket has to be straight out from the jack screw in order to get enough torque to operate the jack. I must bend over to reach it and this in turn puts a lot of strain on my back. In order to relieve my back strain,... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Easy, Breezy

Easy breezy

May 29, 2012

The best fan can’t ventilate a bathroom if fresh air can’t get in to replace the air that is exhausted. In my rig, with the window closed because of weather, the only entry was under the door and the fan just whirled away while moving little of the air. To improve airflow, I cut a hole in the lower... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Cleaning Dirty Electrical Contacts

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

May 24, 2012

To clean those dirty contacts on markers, stop and taillights, the turn signals and trailer connector/receptacles, I use approximately 1 ounce of cider vinegar and add a little table salt. I apply the cleaner with an acid brush or similar applicator, and when the contacts are clean, rinse them with water... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: More Shower Volume, Less Pressure

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

May 17, 2012

If you are dissatisfied with the low volume of water flow in your RV due to the restriction in the water regulator (1/4-inch opening), try using a household-type unit. I purchased a 3/4-inch pressure regulator at a hardware store and put an adaptor on each end to make it fit the water-hose-type inlet... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Strain-Saving Trailer Jack Block

10MT-strain saver

May 10, 2012

Here is how I made an A-frame jack block that saves considerable time and strain when hitching and leveling a travel trailer. Folks with manually cranked jacks will really appreciate the work it saves. Using 2-by-5-inch boards and nails or screws, assemble a stair-stepped platform (see diagram). After... Read more »

RV Clinic: RV Salvage

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

May 8, 2012

We recently did some damage to our Cougar fifth-wheel trailer and need to replace a slide fascia. Because of the shape and size, shipping is expensive going through a dealer. We are wondering where the RV units go when they are wrecked. Is there a salvage yard some place in the Midwest we could access... Read more »

RV Battery Basics: Get the Best Performance

Regularly clean your battery terminals for reliability, especially after storage.

Ken Freund
May 1, 2012

Batteries are the silent servants of unplugged camping, providing us with light, entertainment and other important functions. Yet many pay no attention to them until there’s a problem — which unfortunately is often too late for the batteries.  Design Types Heavy-duty batteries designed for RV’s... Read more »

Replacing Dual-Pane RV Windows

After the gasket has been applied all the way around the frame you will have to cut the gasket. It is better to cut it slightly long and then trim it shorter as needed. Make sure there is no gap in the seal or this can become an opening for moisture and air to enter the RV.

E. Don Smith
April 25, 2012

Fogging of dual pane windows in RVs is, unfortunately, a fact of life for many owners. Dual pane windows have been widely used in houses for decades and their energy savings are well documented, which is a major reason why they are also used in RVs. The air layer between the glass panes provides a huge... Read more »

RV Clinic: RV Oven Too Hot

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

April 24, 2012

We have a 2001 Jayco Designer with an Atwood stove. Every time I turn on the oven it goes way past the designated temperature. Someone told us to put a piece of ceramic tile in the bottom. I did, but there was no difference. Then when I put it on the lower rack, it broke. I have to open the door and... Read more »

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