RV Tips

Tech Tip: Switch Fix

November 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With some vehicles rated for dinghy towing, a fuse must be pulled before towing to prevent the battery from being drained with the ignition switch turned to acc. To make this easier on my Chevrolet HHR I installed a Dome Light Switch with Harness Kit (part #JW-DLB) from www.quadratec.com. This is a really nice package [...]

Finding a Snowbird Roost

October 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Second in a series on snowbird travel. Click here for part 1. So you’ve made the decision to head south for winter to bask in the sun while the rest of the continent freezes. Now comes the hard part: selecting your balmy snowbird roost. Fortunately, choice is in rich supply, and for those who like [...]

Prepping for a Snowbird Trip

September 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

First in a series on snowbird travel. So you’ve planned to hit the Sun Belt to avoid the cold winter weather.  Even if you’ve got your RV all packed up and ready to go, you need to attend to your other dwelling—your house. Leaving your regular home for extended periods of time raises unique issues [...]

RV Tech Tip: Extension Cord Repair

September 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Over the years, I have replaced the male end of a few 30-amp extension cords quite easily by using the repair ends available from camping supply outlets. If the receptacle end is needed, those stores do not stock it. However, that end is available from Home Depot, Lowe’s and electrical supply stores. A plastic receptacle [...]

Tips for RVers: Hands-Free Washing

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

My fifth-wheel features an exterior shower and compartment. The shower offers hot and cold water, but using it requires holding the showerhead with one hand while washing with the other. To make the shower hands-free, I found an old hose holder, formed it around the bumper and mounted an adjustable rod onto the frame. I [...]

Tip for RVers: Coffee Talk

July 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tip for RVers: Coffee Talk

As is typical in many RVs, the upper cabinets in my trailer are a bit shallow and difficult to reach. However, since I need all the storage I can get, I devised a way to use these cabinets to their fullest potential. I discovered that large plastic coffee containers were a perfect fit for these [...]

Tip for RVers: Backsplash Protection

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tip for RVers: Backsplash Protection

After purchasing a new trailer, I realized it needed a backsplash for the island sink in the kitchen. I purchased a 2 x 2-inch oak board and cut it to fit the sink. Next I cut a 1-inch-deep groove down the center, wide enough to accommodate a piece of plexiglass. I then stained and sealed [...]

Good Sam Feature: Hidden Ridge RV Resort

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Sam Feature: Hidden Ridge RV Resort

Gorgeous hardwood trees dominate the signature landscape that makes western Michigan the perfect place to escape during the glorious months of summer. Nestled in the heart of this region, in the picturesque countryside of Hopkins, is Hidden Ridge RV Resort. This premier RV resort features sprawling grounds that sweep out before you in gently rolling [...]

Top Good Sam Parks for Family Camping

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Top Good Sam Parks for Family Camping

RV Camping is a family affair at our Top Family Good Sam Parks for 2014. The RV parks on this list feature amenities, entertainment and education programs that serve family members of all ages. These parks cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for families big and small. Whether showing G-rated movies or conducting educational nature programs, these [...]

Tech Tips: Cheap Awning Lock

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tech Tips: Cheap Awning Lock

While bucking a strong headwind on Wyoming’s Interstate 80, my trailer’s awning billowed out, resulting in a $100 awning-repair bill. After reviewing the $40-$50 awning locks on the market, I devised an effective, cheaper solution—a $3 gate latch from the local hardware store. With the extended latch pin positioned in the end-cap hole, I drilled [...]

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