Travel Tips

Keeping It Clean

July 25, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Keeping It Clean

Submitted By Harvey Hetrick of Torrance, California After several years of using aluminum foil as a splash guard around RV stove, we found an inexpensive and more durable product. Disposable cookie sheets do wonders. We can buy two for about $4, and they will last a very long time. The 15×10-inch size works fine. Simply [...]

Microwave Noodle

July 25, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Microwave Noodle

By Good Sam Member Angel Hayes Tools Needed: large scissors and one “swim” noodle The roadways of America can be really rough in places! To keep the rotating glass plate from jumping around in the microwave while traveling, insert part of a “swim” noodle. Cut noodle to the required height and insert between the glass plate [...]

Do It YOURSELF: Installing Day/Night Shades

June 24, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Do It YOURSELF: Installing Day/Night Shades

Replacing noisy window blinds or worn curtains with easy-operating Day/Night Shades is a simple way to improve the look of your RV interior and to control light and privacy. Measuring The key is to measure correctly when ordering your Shades. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make it easy. All you’ll need is a measuring tape. [...]

Tips on what to do if an RV tire blows out

June 24, 2011 by · 10 Comments 

Driving an RV makes some people nervous under the best conditions. Cruising along and having a tire blow out can be absolutely terrifying for many drivers as well. RV enthusiasts Russ and Tina DeMaris offer some tips on dealing with a motorhome tire blowout on NewRVer.com. The best way to ensure against an RV tire [...]

The Flow Was Slow

June 22, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

The Flow Was Slow

Submitted by Lee Jungkans, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin I have found that using a water-mattress style water tank for transporting water works great while boondocking. Usually, the difficulty in dry-camping lies in transporting the water on the roof and trying not to lose any while the vehicle is in motion. Additionally, the water-fill inlet on my trailer [...]

Assess the life of your engine lubricants through oil analysis

May 27, 2011 by · 10 Comments 

Long Live Your Engine In any given lubricant (such as engine oil, transmission fluid or gear oil), three main factors influence the useful life of the lubricant: viscosity stability, oxidation and contamination. While it’s important to understand how these factors affect oil life, it’s equally important to realize that none of these factors can be [...]

How to Protect Your Blades

May 27, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

How to Protect Your Blades

The next time you enjoy a cup of coffee, hold on to that foam cup—it can be used to help protect those expensive motorhome wiper blades. Simply place a cup under each wiper arm so that when you’re parked the blades are raised off the hot windshield. By Harvey Hetrick, Torrance, California This tip can [...]

RV Product of the Month

April 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Product of the Month

GiraffeG4 Overhead Protection The GiraffeG4 overhead protection system uses waterproof sound technology to measure overhead hazards up to 20 feet and displays the height on an in-cab driver-programmable readout. Good Sam member Doug Thomas from Sparks, Nevada, tested the system and reported, “This product is indispensable to anyone with a tall RV.” PRICE: $189.95, plus [...]

What Will Solar Panels Power in My RV?

April 21, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

By James Mannett, CEA Solar Solar power for your RV depends on many factors: number of batteries, types of appliances, duration of use, presence and size of the inverter, and, or course, your budget. While solar panels won’t power everything on your RV, most items can be powered, either partially or entirely, by solar—with careful [...]

It’s No Joke

April 21, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

It’s No Joke

By Fred Wilson, Stockton, California While you’re parked in some areas, certain people think it’s fun to release your fifth-wheel hitch, which will cause your trailer to tear up your truck bed and tailgate when you drive away. To stop this, I replaced the bolt in my fifth-wheel hitch with an eyebolt on the pull [...]

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