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Handy RV Tools and tips (1,491 members)

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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  • Don & Dot Roscoe
    Don & Dot Roscoe:
    Tue at 1:38 PM
    Check for the most likely reasons first: is there water in the tank ? are any of the shut-offs turned off ? Some pumps may have to be primed with a little water in order to start up. Check that all switches/circuits are properly connected. Check back...  more
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    • Don & Dot Roscoe
      Jeanette & Emery Leraand
      10 hours ago A lot of water filters have bypass and shutoff positions. It could be as simple as a filter set on bypass
  • Evelyn Weaver
    Evelyn Weaver:
    Tue at 10:32 AM
    I am new R.Ver I need to know how to get the water pump to pump
    • Evelyn Weaver
      David & Leslie
      Tue at 10:55 AM Check the power to the pump with your multi-tester. If there is power there - probably 12v to 12.7v, then the pump likely needs replacing.  If there is no power to the pump, then check for power at the ON/OFF switch.  The switch could be bad, a ...  more
    • Evelyn Weaver
      Benji
      Tue at 11:47 AM It has a power switch usually on a control panel you need to flip. Then I'd start checking power there if it's not cycling
    • Evelyn Weaver
      Linda and Tom
      Tue at 1:06 PM Also make sure that there is water in the tank.
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    • Evelyn Weaver
      CC & Van
      9 hours ago Some RV's have Valves for filling, connecting to city water or dry camping/   If you have valves  make sure they are in the proper position and the pump switch is on .    Good luck  and congradts on your decision to try RVing
  • Tony and Margie
    Tony and Margie :
    September 19
    Some of you might find this tip useful! https://backroadsandotherstories.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/stripped-screw-fix-diy/
    We Have a loose Screw! – BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES
    • Karen and Steve Veneskey likes this.
    • Tony and Margie
      Debbie and Ceceile
      September 19 We have a 2015 Montana fifth wheel. When we are on the road and it is rough,, the screws that hold the ceiling fan blades on get loose. We are going to give this a try. Thanks!!! Hide 2 Replies
  • Robbie & Alice
    Robbie & Alice :
    September 4
    We've found that a teaspoon of 50/50 powdered sugar and borax (found at dollar stores) sprinkled on an ant trail will move the ants in about 24 hours. This even works on fire ants.
    • Tony and Margie and 8 others like this.
    • Robbie & Alice
      Joy Petnut
      September 4 What is 50/50 powdered sugar?
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    • Robbie & Alice
      Joy Petnut
      September 4 OH, OK!
    • Robbie & Alice
      Robbie & Alice
      September 5 Sorry, half powdered sugar and half borax mixed up.  I keep it in an old parmesan cheese shaker can. Hide 2 Replies
      • Robbie & Alice
        Mike and Donna Wagner
        September 5 I hope you have the can labeled as ant deterrent - sure would hate to put some on my spaghetti! LOL
      • Robbie & Alice
        David & Leslie
        September 5 I doubt it's stored in the kitchen - probably stored in the basement with the hoses, tools, etc.
    • Robbie & Alice
      Mike Leslie
      September 19 I put the borax/sugar mixture in lids, not sprinkled 
      on the floor.  It can get quite sticky.
    • Robbie & Alice
      Robbie & Alice
      September 19 Mike, we only use a teaspoon, and that wipes up easily with a sponge.  You don't need to use very much.
  • Yoopers Don & Mary
    Yoopers Don & Mary :
    August 31
    Anybody else have a challenging driveway like this??
    • Barry & Millie-Ambassadors and 1 other like this.
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Jonathan and Meg
      September 1 Ahh Don I didn’t realize it was your home that I was taking cheap shots at. I’m sure it’s a beauty. Very crafty how you made do.

      Just one question. What about if you would regrade the driveway from just in front of the blocks down through th...  more
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      • Yoopers Don & Mary
        Yoopers Don & Mary
        September 1 That would certainly help, but would cost me a couple of grand to re-pour the concrete for that section of the driveway (and my wife would make me redo the entire driveway - it does really need it).  This way it is a little more hassle, 6 times a yea...  more
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      SGM & Mrs G
      September 1 just throwing this one out there, Yes your current fix is about $50, but would the "ramps" for automotive use be worth it, load rated????, just a thought that hit me
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      • Yoopers Don & Mary
        Yoopers Don & Mary
        September 1 I had considered that option, but it has issues too.  Finding ramps that could raise it high enough (it would require about a 18" rise to get it like I have here), that could safely hold 10,500 lbs + safety margin, and I'd have to back all the way up...  more
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Wolfe Rose
      September 3 Maybe missing your point, but that is NOT a bad driveway, especially with hydraulic levellers. I back a 35' travel trailer down a 6degree, 8' wide driveway, around a woodpile blocking the lawn, and end up about 20 feet parrallel from the driveway... I w...  more
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Jonathan and Meg
      September 3 Nope you're missing Don's point. You just think your task is a difficult one. Suggestion.....Move the woodpile! Mr Wolfe you missed the point that the front of his coach is 20" in the air and as you so eloquently put it Don needs to "back and jack" 4+ tim...  more
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      • Yoopers Don & Mary
        Wolfe Rose
        September 3 Nah, I saw the blocks.  I just think he should have consulted the local youth community so that the coach would jump up onto the blocks all by itself...  :-D  I've always wanted to see an RV that can get some air...


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    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Yoopers Don & Mary
      September 4 Thanks for all your comments, and I'm glad it generated some discussion, and maybe helped others who face similar situations, which is what RVillage is all about!
  • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
    Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable :
    August 12
    Just bought a 2011 CRV for 4 down tow car. Some suggest after towing and then disconnecting that you let the engine run for 3-5 minutes. We did not see that in the car manual. Does anyone know for sure if we need to do this?
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    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Darryl & MJ
      August 12 I do not see such an instruction in my 2014 CR-V manual. There is a pre-towing sequence documented that is repeated for every eight hours of towing, which is rare for me as I typically limit my driving to about six hours maximum.
    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Bandit455
      September 4 It may just be a tip to charge the battery after a leg of a trip...
    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Tom & Laura
      September 4 Its not required to do but what I do is start the car while I'm unhooking the car and putting everything away. That way it tops off the battery after a three - four hour tow.
  • Magnum
    Magnum :
    August 9
    I have a friend that does his RV washing himself but uses “Simple Chuck”, a spotless water system. Says he is very happy with it and now uses it for all washing (cars, motorcycle, house, etc). Anyone have any experiences with this? Seriously considering p...  more
    • Mike Leslie and 2 others like this.
    • Magnum
      The Brew Crew x 2
      August 9 I have the Simple Chuck. I received it in September 2017. I received it with a defective pressure reducer. Contacted the company, spoke to "Chuck" he said he'd send me a replacement ASAP. Never received a thing. All-in-all I'd say it's about 90% effective...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Magnum
        Magnum
        August 9  I just spoke with John at Simple Chuck. I had sent them an email with a series of questions along with your comments. He was concerned about the lack of responsiveness to your problem. I told him I will give you his number and you can call him if yo...  more
    • Magnum
      Magnum
      August 9 Thanks. Sent them a question and included your comments. Would like to see their response. 
    • Magnum
      The Brew Crew x 2
      August 10 I'll not waste more time with them... did you find them informative? When I called, a lady who answered the phone was absolutely clueless. I thought I had a wrong number. LOL She told me there was no such component shipped with the unit. Eventually I aske...  more
    • Magnum
      Magnum
      August 10 JOHN is one of the owners and was very helpful. Talked to him and someone else a couple of times today. Decided to order and did. 
    • Magnum
      Magnum
      September 2 Received my SimpleChuck system last week but, alas, My coach is in the shop for maintenance and I can’t wash it for another week. Anxious to use. 
  • Jackie & Bob Carroll
    Jackie & Bob Carroll:
    July 18
    We have a 2012 Winnebago Vista. Can anyone tell me if it's possible to have an overhead bunk added after market?
    • Becca Ray and 1 other like this.
    • Jackie & Bob Carroll
      Benji
      July 18 In my opinion anything is possible. What you need is plenty of research and a topquality craftsman with good design skills.
  • James Berg
    James Berg:
    July 14
    Hi. I have a '95 Fleetwood Southwind, Chevy Chassis. When I travel about 2-3 miles everything seems fine - then, suddenly, the vehicle locks up. It cools down and in about 30 minutes I can move again. Then it happens all over again. The brakes are only a...  more
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    • James Berg
      Benji
      July 14 Pull the dipstick on the transmission when it's hot, if it smells "burnt" it's the transmission.
    • James Berg
      Hoffie
      July 15 On my old Pace Arrow (96) the emergency brake was on the drive shaft and is solenoid operated. It was a drum style brake which was operated by a hydraulic cylinder. Had the solenoid lock up and could not move the vehicle - except sluggishly in reverse. Su...  more
    • James Berg
      James Berg
      July 19 Hello everyone.  Thank you for your responses to me posts.  I appreciate
      all of your helpful responses.  I now longer require help at this
      time.  I'm taking everything you all have said into consideration. 
      Af...  more
    • James Berg
      Gary & Diane Munson
      August 9 The Fleetwood we had on the Workhorse chassis would occasionally go into "limp home" mode. Most often when I'd engage or change speed on the cruise control. Some odd electronic glitch. Never found the problem. New RV fixed it!
    • James Berg
      Bandit455
      September 4 One thing not mentioned here. Your 1995 Chevy Chassis probably requires the removal of rear axles to facilitate removal of rear brake drums. I know for a fact the 1 ton dually's required this. Since this all started after a brake job, I know where my ques...  more
  • Runaway parents
    Runaway parents:
    July 12
    Haven't ng a problem with water coming in around outside shower and kitchen window when it rains. Called the dealer where purchased (still under warranty). Was told it was our responsibility to seal. Called Jayco and they were no help either. Any sugge...  more
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    • Runaway parents
      SGM & Mrs G
      July 17 here are more customers like you.... https://rv-one-superstores.pissedconsumer.com/review.html   (not that it helps)
    • Runaway parents
      Gordiegaffer
      July 30 also contact FMCA you see all kinds of write ups in the magazine
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      • Runaway parents
        Benji
        July 30 Sickening been surfing Youtube seeing videos and Jayco is notorious!!
    • Runaway parents
      Gary & Diane Munson
      August 9 A maintenance chore that many don't do is take a screwdriver (phillips or square) and tighten the screws on the inside trim of the windows once a year. The butyl tape between the RV's outer "skin" and the window frame shrinks over time and will cause leak...  more
    • Runaway parents
      Gary & Diane Munson
      August 9 I want to add windows are ALL going to leak. Be glad you saw the water coming in. Most of the time it just leaks invisibly into the wall rotting both the wall and floor under it. Your other windows are probably doing that as we speak. The flexing RVs get ...  more
    • Runaway parents
      Gary & Diane Munson
      August 9 If it still leaks after tightening the screws, THEN you can complain as the butyl tape was probably misinstalled. Myself, I've found it much easier on the blood pressure with problems like this to just buy a $15 roll of tape and fix it myself rather than ...  more