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I wanted to create a group where we can share tips and tools that help make every trip and hook-up easy and quick so we can get started with the adventure and relaxation!

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  • Wolfe Rose
    Wolfe Rose:
    In honor of PA/OH/NY getting our first snow the last couple days, I present a snow clearing video started last Winter... This has to be the safest/most back-friendly way to clear an RV (or even a residential roof)... zero lifting, no ladder needed...

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    • November 10
    • Vannchan and 8 others like this.
    • Wolfe Rose
      RenaissanceCoach Genius! Thanks for sharing! 
      Looks like it is ~8' long, so I'm not sure about available storage in most RVs
    • Wolfe Rose
      Wolfe Rose Actually, 12' unless I've trimmed too much off... It's soft flexible plastic and all the strength comes from the corugation, so its easy to lay in the center aisle while driving short distance, or to flatten and roll right up in a cabinet for longer storage.
    • Wolfe Rose
      Mike and Donna Hill WOW!!!!!! Love it!
    • Wolfe Rose
      NurseKate OMG! Love this!!! Thanks!
      • December 1
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      • Wolfe Rose
        Wolfe Rose Thanks, and welcome!

        Topic requests always welcome!
        • December 1
  • JodyO
    JodyO :
    When I bought my '98 motor coach. It had old dirty gross carpet foam glued to the bin doors for insulation. I ripped it off, but have yet to replace it. What have you used to insulate the bins, please.
    • November 8
    • wannabervin and 1 other like this.
    • JodyO
      Hank & Shirleen Are you talking about the bay doors to the basement storage? Most of the doors already have foam in them. Our old 98 did.  Hide 2 Replies
      • JodyO
        JodyO Huh, wonder why it was there then, yes, the bay doors.
      • JodyO
        Hank & Shirleen JodyO, it was probably because one of the previous owners may have stayed in a much colder climate in the winter is my guess. 
    • JodyO
      Benji & Sandra Block foam sheets in Home Depot depending on thickness run less than $20 a 4'x8' sheet can easily be cut with a push type flush cut hacksaw. I
      Would use Velcro to fasten it to the compartment doors.
    • JodyO
      JodyO Good idea on the use of Velcro, thanks!
  • wannabervin
    wannabervin :
    While rummaging in my under-seat storage, I noticed that the wall and plastic backs of the cushions was wet--apparently due to condensation. Outside temp have been in the 30-50 degree range. Has anyone else encountered this and how did you address it? ...  more
    • November 6
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    • wannabervin
      Don & Dot Roscoe Get a dispenser of Dry-The-Air, which is calcium chloride crystals or pellets, and the little basket to put them in, place them (or it) in a sink or bath-tub.  It will collect moisture from the air inside your RV.   Check it every few days,...  more
    • wannabervin
      Wncol I had an old holiday rambler travel trailer that did that.  My issue turned out to be, I had a leak and I had water in the wall.
    • wannabervin
      Becca Ray Ventilation-even in cold weather keep a roof vent (or 2) cracked open slightly and run air vent fans if/when necessary.
      • November 11
    • wannabervin
      Don & Dot Roscoe Yes, that makes sense, too.  Too  often we shout everything down to keep out the cold
  • David Crivaro
    David Crivaro :
    Has anyone ever tried the interlocking rubber floor tiles on their floors. Wondering if they would make a difference during the winter.
    • November 3
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    • David Crivaro
      Bob and Karla Benson I put the mats in my master bath They did make difference as far as comfort and I believe they helped keep it warmer kind of like an insulation on the floor. Mine did not bow up but the measurement had to be exact. If they are too tight against the wall...  more
    • David Crivaro
      Larry & Darlene We use them in a couple of locations in our 34ft toy hauler. Most of our floors are vinyl so on cold days walking on the pad is nicer then the bare floor. Some places the interlocking tabs can lift up. Gaffers tape took care of that.  Did find that ...  more Hide 1 Reply
    • David Crivaro
      Wncol Yes, I used them for my finish floor covering in a 1953 Airstream.  It did help keep the floor a tad warmer, easy clean up, soft to the feet. Easy repair if damaged and EASY install.  No glue, no nails. Just cut to shape and drop in.   Thou...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • David Crivaro
        Wncol I forgot to mention,  installation only required a utility knife, measuring tape and a straight edge so to keep the cuts straight.
        • November 4
      • David Crivaro
        David Crivaro Thank you so much.
        • November 4
    • David Crivaro
      Cheryle I put bath mats as carpets. These have the rubber backing, and soft
      padding to walk on, especially barefoot in the winter or cold times.
      Easy to wash and care for. My feet and ankles get cold very easy...  :)
      • November 6
    • David Crivaro
      David Crivaro Thank you
      • November 7
  • Linda and Gary Schultz
    Linda and Gary Schultz:
    We have a Girard Tankless hot water heater that unfortunately, didn't work this week while camping in Cape Hatteras. Thus, no hot water the whole week. We can't find anything wrong and did all the troubleshooting tricks we could think of. We didn't hea...  more
    • November 1
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    • Linda and Gary Schultz
      Dennis and Connie We have an Atwood tankless and have had by the hi temp cut out switch trip at times. Outside on the unit. Hide 1 Reply
    • Linda and Gary Schultz
      Hank & Shirleen Was it very very windy?  Hide 1 Reply
      • Linda and Gary Schultz
        Linda and Gary Schultz At times, but the flame/burner never came on while we there.  We don't even smell LP gas......thinking it may be something in the control unit b/c it doesn't kick on. 
  • JodyO
    JodyO :
    Newbie question. It looks like it will get down to 32 degrees here on Monday night. What do I need to worry about? Class A Tiffin. Same as in a house? Run/Drip hot water in both sinks overnight? Anything else? Thanks in advance!
    • October 25
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    • JodyO
      McDonalds & Co NEVER EVER drip water it freezes your drains.  I've learnt that from experience.   If you must do this must be a steady flow.   Buy an insulated heat taped water line and if the weather turns cold you can switch your water line to...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • JodyO
        Steve and Paulina You can also check out thervgeeks.com. They have a video talking about what they did for their RV when they spent  winter in Canada. Lots of other good videos as well.
    • JodyO
      Mike & Shirley 32 overnight is nothing to worry about at home or in the RV. a sustained low temp is another story.
    • JodyO
      Gil & Jen For a short stay, I fill the fresh water tank and disconnect the water supply hoses. I have added insulation in the water compartment and added a 12v light (trouble light from auto parts store) that is wired into my artic package so it comes on at the sam...  more
    • JodyO
      JodyO Thanks everyone, for your suggestions. I added a black foam insulation cover to the the hose and put some on the faucet as well. And I have a 60 watt bulb for the ready. Fortunately the forecast has also changed. :-) Hide 1 Reply
      • JodyO
        Bandit455 Rather have it than not! When I am out in weather like that, (usual lows are mid 20’s at night, 30’s-40’s day) I run off of my water tank, and do not use a fill hose at all, except briefly while refilling the tank.
    • JodyO
      Windseer1 100 watt bulb (on a remote switch) and $8 Acurite Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer did the trick in WV winter. It had to stay below freezing for 48 hours to be a concern. I'm going on a "Hot Springs Tour" when I leave for S. Texas next month, instead!
      • November 25
  • Wondering Wonda
    Wondering Wonda :
    Hello! I'm realativly new to all this and I have a small problem. I'm hoping some of you handy folks can help with. My awning is manuel and I can't get it rolled out. I've been on you tube ect. I don't have a "strap" to pull it out with. I have gone up o...  more
    • October 24
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    • Wondering Wonda
      Ragen Like SGM says ...there is normally a long 5 foot steel rod with a hook that you might be going '''. what the heck is this for? ' Like I did. It's to reach up flip the lever on the right side of the awning tube ,as you look at the coach. Once you flip it y...  more Hide 2 Replies
    • Wondering Wonda
      Wondering Wonda SGM thank you that first picture there is my problem. The clips!!! Thanks I knew it was something simple. I'm going back out in the AM. :)
    • Wondering Wonda
      SGM & Mrs SGM G No problem, that is what the village is all about, helping others
    • Wondering Wonda
      Wondering Wonda Yay I got it out this week end! Thanks again for all your help!
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    • Wondering Wonda
      Wolfe Rose
  • Guy & Zita Pryor
    Guy & Zita Pryor :
    I have a 2003 Beaver Contessa it has a factory Installed 100 amp solar panel installed and when ever I research doing some electrical work the first step is always turn of the solar panel to avoid electrical shock. I have not had to do any electrical work...  more
    • October 24
    • Guy & Zita Pryor
      GaRay of Light In my 1996 Winnebago there is a fuse labeled “solar” that could be removed for servicing.
      • October 24
  • kevin finnerty
    kevin finnerty:
    hi I have a 1993 ford gulfstreame350 26 feet I don't get any interior lights to come on when not plugged in what could it be just purchased new interstate engine battery and other one last year but not interstate and still no lights everything is fine wh...  more
    • October 24
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    • kevin finnerty
      Ross & Melanie Look for a battery disconnect switch, usually near the door. Some call these salesman switches. They are used to disconnect the batteries.
    • kevin finnerty
      Mike and Donna Wagner Hi Kevin - I haven't noticed you posting on RVillage previously.  If you don't get a response you can give Mike a call for further help.
    • kevin finnerty
      KurtO Also might want to check connections at the inverter!
    • kevin finnerty
      Jim & Sharon Ham I have a 1997 Gulfstream and presume it is wired similar to yours.  Since you have lights when plugged in, the Converter is obviously working.  So first bet is a bad battery.  The battery charger in the Converter box only puts out about 3 a...  more
    • kevin finnerty
      JimOnTheBeach I have a disconnect switch on the dash of my 93 Winnebago
      • October 24
  • Larry & Darlene
    Larry & Darlene :
    Found this cool tool online Learning video from Progressive Dynamics. There is the sales pitch for Progressive Dynamics products but the presentation has a lot of basic information on RV electrical systems, provides some basic trouble-shooting tips. Check it out.

    • October 24
    • Donna and Roy and 1 other like this.
    • Larry & Darlene
      Mike & Shirley been using their products for years and THEY WORK !! Customer service is top notch but the main thing is that I've never heard of a PD not catching an electrical problem. Yup, they've caught 3 for me, one so bad it ruined the PD unit but saved the rig. 
    • Larry & Darlene
      elliott&vicky Their customer service is the best I have ever dealt with.  Mine has saved me twice.
    • Larry & Darlene
      Donna and Roy Thank you for sharing. 
    • Larry & Darlene
      Dwight Thomas I have a DP inline unit it has save me on several occasions, one was a lighting strike on the transformer and we survived without incident - others in the park had major damage to ALL electric items onboard - I don't indorce many things but their products...  more
      • October 24