Tech Tips

Tip for RVers: Backsplash Protection

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 [...]

Tech Tips: Cheap Awning Lock

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 [...]

Download the Good Sam App on Your Android Phone

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Put the power of Good Sam at your fingertips by downloading the latest version of the Good Sam Camping app on your Android smart phone. The updated version of this free tool, which helps users find RV parks all over North America,  also works on Apple iPhones and iPad and iPod Touch devices, making it [...]

Lifestyle Tech Tip—See Change

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

To initially set up the auto-leveling system on my motorhome, I first had to get the coach level and then push some buttons to let the system know the coach was level. I found level by taping the ends of my 25-foot water hose even with a seam line on my coach, then filling the [...]

Keeping Chassis Batteries Charged

March 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Check out this inspired solution from an experienced RVer: I keep our motorhome plugged in when it’s not being used so the three-stage inverter/charger can maintain the house batteries charge. This works fine, but when I cover the coach, the solar panel for charging the chassis batteries doesn’t work very well. To fix this problem, [...]

Be Winter-Wise and Winterize

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Be Winter-Wise and Winterize

 Proper winterization of your RV’s water system is essential to prevent costly freeze damage when temperatures take a dive. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting your RV ready for Old Man Winter’s cold temperatures. Step 1: Drain the Tanks Drain any remaining fresh water from the fresh water holding tank and from the water heater. [...]

Gimme a Brake

August 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Gimme a Brake

Braking What’s Behind You Makes Towing Safer Whether you tow a car behind your motorhome or a 5th wheel or travel trailer behind your truck, the weight of the towed item significantly impacts your stopping distance and time, both affecting the safety of your towing arrangement. Laws of Motion The second law of motion states [...]

TV Viewing

August 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TV Viewing

Q: I have a 2003 Class A Georgie Boy motorhome, and the front TV cabinet began to bounce apart. After repairing it, I decided to swap the original 42-pound TV with an LED HD unit weighing 7 pounds. I found a 22-inch Samsung that fit inside the cabinet with space for rubber padding on the [...]

On the Level

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On the Level

Leveling & stabilizing your RV is fast and easy with the right equipment. – by Alan Lidstone Longer, heavier chassis have given RVs increased carrying capacity and more living space, with multiple slideouts and full-wall slides even bath-and-a-halfs! New engine and transmission offerings in tow vehicles have increased towing capabilities, allowing RVers with towables to [...]

Ask The RV Doctor – Sinking Roof

July 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Gary Bunzer Q: I have a roof air conditioner that is causing the RV roof to sink in. It’s on an older RV and water is pooling around the base and causing a leak. What can I do to re-brace the roof and raise it back to normal? —Tom Scot,  Shinglehouse, PA A: Tom, [...]

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