"Purging" gas lines to start your RV refrigerator A couple on their first RV trip had a great time the first night in an RV park. On their second night out, however, they were camped out in a Walmart parking lot, and noticed to their chagrin that the refrigerator – which had been working fine – was warm. What could the problem be, they wondered.
Setting your trailer height for easy re-hitching If you tow a travel trailer or a fifth wheel, you may struggle with hooking back up when it's time to move on. The problem is this: You've unhitched and leveled the trailer; but now getting the front of the trailer to the right height to hitch up becomes a pain in the neck. Here's an easy way to overcome the problem.
New RVer asks: How can I safely pack my cupboards? "How do you store stuff in your cupboards," asks the new RVer. Fearful that the shifting and bumping of the road would cause grief (and broken crockery) the question becomes, how do you store your stuff safely. Was dining life on the road going to be limited to paper plates, Styrofoam cups, and plastic knives and forks?
Braving the RV shower Accustomed to "endless" water supplies at home, some new RVers are a bit taken aback when taking showers on the road. The typical RV water heater has a six gallon capacity – far, far less than a sticks-and-bricks home version. What's to be done?
New RVer asks: What about RVing at high altitude? A new RVer was studying his rig's appliance manuals and came across a statements that suggested his LP appliances might not work at higher elevations. How big a concern is "at elevation" operation?
Water "accessory" fittings you need If you'll be camping in a park with "city water," that is, water from a faucet, there's some good accessories to keep in your RV storage compartment. These can make your visit easier--even safer for you rig. Inexpensive, you'll bless yourself for having them when you need them.
Campsite "arrival" and "depature" checklists Camping with your RV can seem like a complicated process when you're first getting started--kind of like flying a plane. Here are two "checklists" that can make your own RV 'flight" arrivals and departures easier and safer.
Outfitting your RV Having an RV is almost like having a second home. You have a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, etc. Unless you crave the thought of toting stuff back and forth though, you'll need to "fit it out," for your RVing trips. Is there a way to handle outfitting your rig without busting the bank? Most assuredly!
New RVer asks: Where do I put levels on my RV? Having your RV level when parked not only makes it easier to get around in, it's also critical for keeping your RV refrigerator alive. Most RV refrigerators can be damaged if run off-level, so keeping them happy is a first priority. Leveling your RV is a lot easier if you have levels mounted outside so you can "eyeball" them when setting up camp. But how and where do you mount outside levels?
Look out for scammers. "Nice" folks are waiting to rip you off. Here's a new approach to getting at an RVer's money.
New RVer asks: What do I do with my dirty laundry? It's a problem all RVers have to deal with: Where to put the dirty laundry until wash day rolls around. If someone could come up with a 'one size fits all solution' they could really clean up. Meantime, here's a laundry list of possible solutions.
New RVer asks: How can I save money on fuel? With fuel prices climbing toward the heavens, RVers need every break they can get. Instead of focusing on the technical issues of fuel economy, let's talk about how to actually save money at the fuel pump.
New RVer asks: What's a blue boy? What's a blue boy? This time of year, it's probably that silly Cousin Dexter who locked the door behind him when he went out to look at the snow in Minot. Seriously, though, a blue boy for boondocking RVers is probably the greatest thing since sliced bread.