Tools and supplies for the RVer Experienced RVers will tell you: Sooner or later something on your rig will need fixing. While sometimes it's nice to have somebody else do the fixing, it's not always possible, either from a financial standpoint, or by logistics. Face it, sometimes you're way "out there," and help is out of reach.
"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 to fifthwheeling? Take care of your hitch needs Our first fifth-wheel was a "pre-owned" model, as was our fifth-wheel hitch. It didn't take long for us to find out that that hitch needed care and feeding. Left to itself, a fifth-wheel hitch can be awfully most cantankerous.
Avoid waiting games at the RV service center An RVer relates a tale of taking his rig to a service dealer. With plans for using the RV in a week, he explains his deadline and the dealer agrees service will be done in time. Sure enough, on day six the owner calls the service facility and is told, "Sorry, we're still waiting for parts." Other RVers have similar complaints: Seems like their rigs spend more time in the shop than out on the road. What's to be done?
Maintain and test your carbon monoxide detector Lightheaded? Confused? Have a headache? All unpleasant enough things to have, but also all symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Most people know that given enough "CO" you can go beyond those unpleasant symptoms to one really nasty one – death.
This isn't a situation we can afford to neglect: In a recent five-year period, over 400 people died every year from accidental, non-fire related CO poisoning in the U.S. Sadly, that's not surprising, when you consider that you can't see CO, nor smell it. Victims are often overcome at night, safely – or so they thought – tucked away in their beds. The only way to know whether your RV is safe from CO is with a working CO detector. Do you have one? Does it work?
RV tires: How old is too old? A man goes into an RV dealership, interested in a seven year-old motorhome with 10,000 miles on the odometer. The tires on the rig have plenty of tread left on them, but on learning that they're the original tires, he wonders about them being too old to be safe. The salesman tells the customer that worrying about the age of the tire is nothing more than buying into a myth. Should the customer walk away?
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?
Planning ahead to stay out of trouble Got a new RV? With that new size comes a new need: Planning ahead with an exit strategy. We don't mean getting out of the RV lifestyle, but rather, planning ahead to get your RV out of places you might otherwise get stuck in.
Use the GOAL method to back up your RV For many new RVers, the greatest challenge of the new lifestyle is that of backing up the rig. Even experienced RVers can tell you that backing into the campsite is perhaps the most stressful part of the entire trip. With the GOAL method, things can be a bit easier.
New RVer asks: What batteries for my RV? When it comes to batteries for RVing, things can get a bit fuzzy. Starting batteries? House batteries? Flooded or glass mat? We unravel the mystery of choosing RV batteries.