10-Minute Tech: Strain-Saving Trailer Jack Block

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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 »

Travel Trailer Hitch Bounce

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

April 17, 2012

We recently retired and purchased a KZ Sportsman Classic with one axle. It weighs 2,700 pounds and measures 15 feet long. We tow it with a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee that is rated to tow 3,500 pounds. During our first outing, with slight exaggeration, it felt like we were in a small boat in a choppy sea.... Read more »

Travel Trailer Tire Trauma

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

April 10, 2012

We had ST235/80R16 Goodyear Marathon tires on our 2010 Keystone Montana trailer. While traveling south on Route 85 in North Carolina, our driver’s side rear tire blew out with such force that it damaged the side of the RV to the tune of $982. Two days later the front tire blew out on the driver’s... Read more »

Big Dog, Small Travel Trailer

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Russ and Ellen Steele
March 29, 2012

 There’s nothing better than sharing traveling adventures with the ones you love, but what happens if the one that you love most has four legs and a tail? Sharing the camping lifestyle with Fido, Bowser or Rover isn’t as difficult as it may at first seem, as long as you prepare and adapt accordingly.... Read more »

RV Clinic: Water Pump Cycling

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

March 26, 2012

When dry camping, my 12-volt DC water pump cycles about every 10 minutes. I’ve checked every inch of the water lines twice and cannot find a leak. I assume there is some sort of pressure regulator. Could that be the problem, and where is it located? Steve Rammler, Sandpoint, Idaho A one-way valve is... Read more »

RV Clinic: Tilting Slideouts

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

March 19, 2012

I have been reading your column for a while and appreciate the time you guys take to give people the right answers to their questions. Now I have one for you; hopefully it will be easy. I have a 2009 Fleetwood Formula fifth-wheel with two slideouts. The slides seem to be tilted inward from the top too... Read more »

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