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12volt systems
The LAST thing usually looked for when problems arise is the ground circuit. Electric circuits are ...
A Cold Heater Tip
We puchased our 24 foot Hi-Lo trailer in Las Vegas in September of 2002. As recommended we took a sh...
A Slight Flaw
Having recently bought a nice used travel trailer, I found only one significant flaw - a tear throug...
Air Conditioner Return Air Grille
On our 2004 Winnebago Sightseer the ceiling mounted grille on the AC unit is held in place by screws...
Airbag replacement
Replacing airbags in your front springs can be a formidable task because the access hole is much sma...
Battery maintenance
most moter homes have there batteries installed under the entry step. Anyone who has ever changed th...
Battery maintenance
When not in use, we keep our motor home connected to shore power through a "dawn-to-dusk" type timer...
Bug Removal
Want a very easy way to remove bugs from the front of your RV and windshields. Grab that dryer softn...
Cheap Fix
Recently the closure on the door of my RV's water heater broke off in my hand. There was no way to k...
Clear coat
I was recently parking at night and didn't see a tree branch. It scraped along the side of my coach ...
Draining and de-bugging your water heater
When draining the water heater on our rig the water wants to run down the side of the trailer, leavi...
Drains
Pour a mixture of warm water & white vinegar into the drains to keep them clean especially in showe...
Easy Battery Fill
Like Ed Haggett III of New Bern, NC, I also used a clean dish detergent bottle to fill the coach and...
EXTENDING THE LIFE OF YOURREFRIGERATORS
REMEMBER HOW YOU USED TO TAKE A STICK AND DRAG IT ALONG THE FENCE AS YOU WALKED ALONG?? WELL, I USE...
FILLING HARD TO REACH BATTERIES
I just read the good suggestion for using an old detergent bottle to fill those hard-to-reach coach ...
Leaf Springs
when checking the older RV's over in preparation of starting the season, don't forget to give a clos...
Maintaining Tail Light
To avoid corrision and lost of tail/stop lights. Clean the light socket with steel wool and then lub...
Maintenance of refrigerator
Twice a year I use my Shop-Vac to blow the rust off the orifice on the propane burner of my refriger...
MPG UPPED 14% PLUS
MPG Improved with product Made in America. Cooler running Engine & Drive train with better mileage,...
Oil Changes
I have found a very easy way to change oil. I have replaced all of my oil drain plugs with a Fran oi...
Once and for All
I grew tired of replacing the plastic caps that cover the vent exits on the roof of my RV. These are...
Petroleum jelly on o-rings
A reader suggested using petroleum jelly on an o-ring when replacing it. Petroleum jelly will cause ...
Pro Fil
When I fill my rv battery's that are hard to reach I use a battery filler that I got from Camping Wo...
Replacing O-Rings
As a licensed handyman, I have found that a common way of lubricating or for ease in installing new ...
Replacing Window Awning Straps
If your rig requires removing the end cap from the window awning tube to replace worn or broken awni...
Roof solor cell protection
I installed three solar cells on the roof of my Horizon motorhome for better power management. I bec...
RV Tires II
An easy way to check for leaky valve stems on any rv, camper or truck and car. Either use a soapy wa...
save you knees
I always carry a set of inexpensive knee pads with my rv. If I have to do anything that requires my ...
Smoothing Sticky Steps
A small build up of rust and road debris is all that is needed to make the entry step sticky and dif...
Squealing Brakes
Squealing brakes are a result of "slate board and chaulk" effect. To prevent the squealing brake sy...
Thetford Toilet Water Leak
In April's edition of "Out of the Tip Jar" the writer recommended using petroleum jelly to lubricate...
Trailer/5th Wheel batteries
Seems to be a lot of comments about batteries going dead in trailers/5th wheels during storage. This...
Warm fridge
Our RV fridge would not maintain the correct temp.. I placed 5 lbs of dry ice in the freezer and a ...
Water Heaters
For those who own newer Atwood Water heaters that have aluminum tanks, an anode rod is unnecessary a...
water lines
Not to long ago a water line sprung a leak inside my 1995 travel trailer, I found that a washer was ...
WATER PUMP
I have a 1984 class A Ambassador by Thor. My water pump wrent out and it took 4 people to find it. N...
Working under the RV
Another person said they use an old table cloth to keep clean when working on the ground like a tir...
Wrong Lube on o-rings
In Mr.James Georges repair on his RV toilet, he states that he uses petroleum lube on his orings, th...
Wrong Lube on o-rings
In Mr.James Georges repair on his RV toilet, he states that he uses petroleum lube on his orings, th...
A Shocking Situation
Taking care of our vehicle batteries is something we all have to do and everybody knows how to servi...
A Stone’s Scrub
Having trouble keeping the raised white letters on your tires clean and new-looking? Here’s a simpl...
Beauty on a Budget
On a recent tour with our new 25-foot travel trailer, my family decided that our truck and trailer s...
Drawing a Bead
Our travel trailer is 11 years old, and we’ve used it extensively in all kinds of weather. We have a...
Go For It
Minor accidents in which the skin of a trailer is dented or punctured can happen to event eh most ca...
Lugging Drain Plug
The drain plug in a hot-water tank can be difficult to remove if it has become corroded. I discovere...
Part-Time Light
Do your RV's 12-volt DC bulbs flicker and fail from time to time? Do you have to hit your flashlight...
Quick (and Cheap) Screen Repair
Small tears or holes in a window screen will certainly become large holes in short order. A simpl...
Really Bugged
When I broke my travel trailer out of storage last spring, I was chagrined to find that the manual w...
T-Handle Jam
While emptying the holding tanks on my newly purchased 5-year-old RV, I had to exert considerable fo...
Thetford Aurora Toilet Leak
I am a full timer and about once a year the water valve on my Thetford Aurora commode starts leaking...
Tricky Troubleshooting
Many times, the 120-volt AC GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) receptacle found in newer RVs wi...
Wear Repair
My wife and I have been full-timing for over two years in a fifth-wheel trailer. Obviously the entry...
Wild Compass Needle
Ever wonder if all your trailer brake magnets are working? You can move the vehicle forward slowly ...