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Handy RV Tools and tips (1,560 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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  • TerraGypsy (Phoebe)
    TerraGypsy (Phoebe) :
    February 6New member looking for advice
    • Tom & Laura and 1 other like this.
    • TerraGypsy (Phoebe)
      TerraGypsy (Phoebe) February 6 You may want to post in the Tips and Tricks group within RVillage
    • TerraGypsy (Phoebe)
      Penny & Berny Braverman February 6 ACUVA at ACUVAtech.com
    • TerraGypsy (Phoebe)
      Tom & Laura February 6 I use an whole house water filter its a free standing filter. About every 6 months or sooner I scrub out and change the filter .I also use a Brita water pitcher that I keep in th fridge.
    • TerraGypsy (Phoebe)
      Hank & Shirleen February 6 I have a whole house water filter installed in front of my water softner! 
    • TerraGypsy (Phoebe)
      Jules & Janice Poolson February 7 Hello from Pensacola, FL, we just got back from Savannah, stayed off 95 at CreekFire MotorResort. 
  • Sally & Al
    Sally & Al:
    February 6Do the crank out windows that open about 6" let in enough air as compared to a sliding window of the same dimensions?
    • kenwood6996 and 1 other like this.
    • Sally & Al
      The Pangles February 6 No, not even close.  Our previous 5th wheel had the slide windows, and we could open them and could achieve a nice air flow. But with the new ( about 2 plus years old) 5th wheel, most of the windows are the crank out type and not nearly the same air ...  more
    • Sally & Al
      TerraGypsy (Phoebe) February 6 I found one piece sliding let in more but the crank let me control angle. Really a preference thing.
    • Sally & Al
      Herb&Mina February 6 Even though the air flow is a little less, the nice thing is you can leave the window open during rain and still get air.
    • Sally & Al
      wannabervin February 6 Definitely more air through a slider.
    • Sally & Al
      Sally & Al February 7 Thanks for all your answers.  Confirms what we thought.
  • Nolookinback
    Nolookinback:
    February 5I have run into a number of situations where the sewer connection at the sight has been lower than ground level. It has been difficult to get my threaded 90 degree connection to catch and still connect the sewer hose. I'm now at a sight where there is no ...  more
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    • Tom & Laura and 1 other like this.
    • Nolookinback
      Nolookinback February 5 I have done that as well and also had my wife step on it while flushing. Just wanted something limited a messy situation. Thanks for the response!
    • Nolookinback
      David & Leslie February 5 Leave the 90 degree, screw-in piece out of the equation.  Stick the end of the sewer hose down the hole at least a few inches and place a weight (brick/s, rock/s, board/s, whatever is handy) on the hose to make the hose stay in the hole.  I have...  more
    • Nolookinback
      Nolookinback February 5 That's where am at now. Thanks for the response. Mncreeves above has the answer above.
    • Nolookinback
      Mark & JoAnn February 5 OK, Here's the answer that I found for the problem.We are full time and move around fairly often and I have found this problem to be more common than you might think. I tried the  item suggested above but the little tabs are pretty weak and easily br...  more
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      • Nolookinback
        Tom & Laura February 5 I just bought one of those last month and use it for the sewer site that have no threads to screw the elbow into. It works great......
      • Nolookinback
        Nolookinback February 5 While placing the clear extension in my Amazon cart I noticed this on page. I read the reviews and chose to purchase this one instead, mainly because it will work with no threads. Great suggestions! Thanks!
    • Nolookinback
      Mark & JoAnn February 6 It will work fine, even in the kind of in-ground connection that has threads or NO threads, it just pushes in and make a nice tight fitting, and when you're ready to leave you just pull up on the handle and it pulls out. It's so much better than trying to...  more
  • Pylein
    Pylein:
    January 30Lost power to gfi which took out our microwave and refrigerator.
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    • kenwood6996 and 1 other like this.
    • Pylein
      kenwood6996 January 31 so have you found the problem ? if not not knowing how old your gfi is there made to kick out when you have something plug in and its over loading the the plug so you would just unplug what ever it is and reset plug !!! but if gfi is going bad they will k...  more
  • Jack Huber
    Jack Huber :
    January 18My WEN 2000w inverter generator doesn't seem to properly power our microwave or Keurig. It did up until a couple of weeks ago. I can run the microwave at 50% power without it shutting off, and it runs other appliances okay. Will maintenance like an oil ch...  more
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    • Karen and Steve Veneskey and 1 other like this.
    • Jack Huber
      Ted&Sharon January 18 I doubt that an oil change will have any affect at all.  I suppose that the spark plug could be in bad enough shape to cause some power loss, but that really shouldn't make much difference except in how it starts and how it sounds when you're running...  more
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      • Jack Huber
        Jack Huber January 18 Thanks for your thoughts. We are in the California desert at about 1700 feet, so probably not that. We do run the fridge and water heater on propane only when we're boondocking, and the batteries are fully charged. It's puzzling.
    • Jack Huber
      Mike & Marsha January 18 Possibly spark plug or air cleaner. Could even be a mud dobber in muffler or carbon.
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      • Jack Huber
        Jack Huber January 18 Thanks, I'll be checking on those.
    • Jack Huber
      Wncol January 18 Kind of guessing here.  But, If the engine is running smoothly and at full rpm without bogging down more than usual, the generator head might be getting hot.
      If the engine isn’t running well, not running smoothly or not at full rpm. It could b...  more
    • Jack Huber
      R&R Primmer January 18 My apologies if this is a repeat post, but it doesn't appear my first attempt posted at all. Anyway, here is an article that may help with your issue. https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/rv-distribution-center-troubleshooting-007934/
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      • Jack Huber
        Wncol January 18 It isn’t his converter he is having trouble with , it is his inverter generator. But, that is a good link for other issues.
    • Jack Huber
      Bill and Betty January 24 Check your appliances that kureg pulls a lot more than your microwave
  • Eric and Kathy
    Eric and Kathy:
    November 20, 2018We were at a Good Sam rally last week, and were able to schedule a mobile RV tech at a reduced rate to check out our slide. It has been hopping in both directions for the last couple of months. We have had some DC issues as well. The control panel won'...  more
    • The WE2's and 17 others like this.
    • Eric and Kathy
      Eric and Kathy November 20, 2018 Thanks.  Another great idea.  Will definitely get some.
    • Eric and Kathy
      Tom & Laura November 20, 2018 It's called PM , Preventive Maintenance. Have the take the time to go over thing specially 12 volt system.
    • Eric and Kathy
      Eric and Kathy November 20, 2018 I know better, but since I always disconnect the battery when parked in storage I'm looking at it all the time.  With no visible corrosion I assumed all was well.  Not so.  I feel really stupid that I didn't recognize the signs.  Kathy...  more
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      • Eric and Kathy
        Tom & Laura November 20, 2018 Lesson learned, its also good to check the water level in the Batteries...
    • Eric and Kathy
      Eric and Kathy November 20, 2018 I check water level regularly, which now that I think of it was another clue.  I haven't added any water to the trailer battery for a very long time.  Probably not all year, even though we've been traveling for months.  It used to take wate...  more
    • Eric and Kathy
      LuTina Black November 23, 2018 I'm a newbie so any and all info is news to me. I have one connector that often seems to corrode. Good to know so many components can be effected from such little corrosion. Thanks for sharing!
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      • Eric and Kathy
        Eric and Kathy November 23, 2018 You're very welcome.  I posted about my somewhat embarrassing knowledge gap just for others who may not have thought about the far reaching consequences of inadequate battery maintenance.  I noticed the corrosion around the positive battery term...  more
  • Christie Garrison
    Christie Garrison:
    November 19, 2018Hi, I'm new here in the group and new to RVing. Glad to be here with all of you helping each other out!
    I'm wondering if $3200 seems like the best deal to have a tow package installed? This would be Camping World. Would be towing a manual transmission Co...  more
    • Becca Ray and 1 other like this.
    • Christie Garrison
      Hoffie November 19, 2018 I have used Blue Ox towing packages since we started towing our vehicles. I purchased the Blue Ox tow bar used off of an Ebay seller that did not need it anymore. I purchased the towed vehicle base plates from HitchSource on line for 3 different vehicles ...  more
    • Christie Garrison
      Ken and Penny November 20, 2018 If you go to the web site of the towing manufacturer, they will list authorized installers in your area. We found it was cheaper and done right.
    • Christie Garrison
      Alice Nelson Robinson November 20, 2018 I love camping world with quickness compared to the other places in central Texas, but my friends have never paid half that much!
    • Christie Garrison
      Christie Garrison November 20, 2018 Thank you all!! That is a lot of useful information and I will follow up with these suggestions. 
    • Christie Garrison
      Bandit455 December 10, 2018 As Jim and Sharon Ham mentioned, Remcotowing.com will give you all kinds of info and part numbers you need. I believe they can even refer you to a shop to set you up. Do not discount their knowledge, I have inquired about an older GTO ragtop. Be...  more
  • Eric and Kathy
    Eric and Kathy:
    November 8, 2018We experienced a tire blowout during the summer on our travel trailer. It did some damage, but nothing too major. It tore up the fabric under the floor over the blown tire, and punched a depression in the bottom of the floor. I've been trying to seal t...  more
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    • Eric and Kathy
      John & Sandy G November 8, 2018 Could you put some wide house flashing on first and then spray it with flex Seal spray?
    • Eric and Kathy
      Wolfe Rose November 8, 2018 I had a full blowout last year, and did almost no damage.  This year I lost a tread without popping the tire, and it flailed the CRUD out of half my trailer side.  So, I'm in the same boat.  My intended repair will be metal flashing (becaus...  more
    • Eric and Kathy
      GlenM November 9, 2018 No matter what your trying to adhere to the damaged area it will probably need to be very clean. Unless you can get in there to screw a new piece of wood. Then seal that. Good luck
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      • Eric and Kathy
        Eric and Kathy November 9, 2018 Thanks. Still having problems with the slide too. It's over the wheels on the damaged side. It hops when traveling. The sill it rides on may have been moved slightly. I may opt for a temporary protective coating until I can get the slide repaired and...  more
    • Eric and Kathy
      Eric and Kathy November 20, 2018 Final follow-up:  We were at a Good Sam rally last week where I took the opportunity to consult with a mobile RV tech who was on site with discounted rates.  The fabric was torn, wavy, and dirty.  I was able to get underneath to apply Flex-...  more
    • Eric and Kathy
      Bandit455 December 10, 2018 Just saw this post. I had the same problem many years ago. I took a piece of aluminum larger than the damaged area by 1-2 inches. Used urethane caulk around the shredded area of the plastic floor covering to seal it up. I then screwed the aluminum up into...  more
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      • Eric and Kathy
        Eric and Kathy December 10, 2018 It looks really messy, but I think it's good enough until I have the time and equipment to remove the wheel and do something like you did. Right now I really try to avoid driving in heavy rain. Thanks for sharing.
  • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
    Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable :
    October 23, 2018
    How many have cracked and scraped their Class A fiberglass body? Does a fiberglass repair need to cure days in 60 degrees or better? Yup, the better half tried to move a stump! Any fiberglass experts out ther, what else should we know about fiberglass re...  more
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    • Robbie & Alice and 1 other like this.
    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Bandit455 October 23, 2018 I have played with fiberglass in many applications, but never for bodywork. In my experience, the curing process is pretty quick depending on how 'hot' you mix it up. As it cures it will heat up (literally) and can feel warm to the touch. When it cools to...  more
    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Ross & Melanie October 23, 2018 A good repair shop that can do boats or Corvettes should be able to mix the epoxy with the correct ratio to cure well. Some will use heat lamps, also.
    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Jim & Sharon Ham October 23, 2018 I damaged the bottom rear fascia of my motorhome by backing into a low concrete curb.  I was able to fix the damage by using one of the fiberglass repair kits widely available.  Mine came from Menards, but Amazon and Wally have them too.  T...  more
    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Jim & Sharon Ham October 23, 2018 Here is a link to a fiberglass repair product from the small fiberglass RV forum.   URL is:  http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f55/you-can-repair-fiberglass-52498.html
    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Russell & Linda October 25, 2018 Awesome repair shop in Palatka Florida One Stop Auto on SR 100. Fixed an ouch from fuel station piling (hose things to keep pumps safe). Looked like never happened
  • Rudi schaffner
    Rudi schaffner:
    October 3, 2018we have 200 Winnebago journey and my back-up camera quit . i need some help to see if it is the camera or the Monitor also how to remove the monitor. thank you rudi
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    • Rudi schaffner
      Robbie & Alice October 3, 2018 My understanding of this group is that it is about Handy RV Tips and Tools.  Suggest to get your answer you go to one of the RV repair groups.
    • Rudi schaffner
      Ross & Melanie October 3, 2018 Suggest that you search for RV Cams in Louisiana. They have helped me to trouble shoot and 3 replacements. Ph 225-261-9946
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