Tech Tips

Tech Tip: Drop Shot

December 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In my area, covering an RV for the winter is a must; however, once I put the cover on it’s difficult to raise the zippers high enough to allow clearance for the top of the door without climbing up a ladder. To remedy this, I cut two lengths of nylon cord long enough to go [...]

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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

Download the Good Sam App on Your Android Phone

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Download the Good Sam App on Your Android Phone

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 

Lifestyle Tech Tip—See Change

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 

Keeping Chassis Batteries Charged

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. [...]

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