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Handy RV Tools and tips (1,587 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 Estey
    Don Estey: April 14
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    • Don Estey
      John & Diana Mon at 5:24 AM I have had the same trouble with my Marquis 7000 gas generator.
      One A/C ran fine but two A/C,s (or other high draw appliance) would cause the genset to stumble and finally quit.
      Two different, expensive, visits to Onan repair centers did no...  more
    • Don Estey
      TeamFoxy Mon at 8:53 AM Onan generators have a lot of problems with older fuel pumps. One of the symptoms is running until the unit warms up and then quitting. After it cools, it will pump again. You can diagnose by disconection the fuel line from the carburetor immediately afte...  more
    • Don Estey
      Don Estey Tue at 2:29 AM I like to refer to the basics
      An engine needs fuel to run and the only thing that would stop it would be stopping the fuel or fire.
      Electricity needs a path and circuit. A short or extreme load will cause tripping a breaker or (hope it never ...  more
    • Don Estey
      David & Leslie Tue at 6:01 AM When our generator, a 12.5kw Onan Quiet Diesel, had a problem, it would shut down after it got warm, about 15 minutes.  I could immediately start it again but it would shut down after only a few minutes.  When it was cold, it would run for longe...  more
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    • Don Estey
      Don Estey Tue at 2:05 PM Yes, they could power a small village lol
      But our gas onans are different
      I’m suspected dirt but you have that covered and one friend mentioned the strength of the fuel pump... maybe. I’m thinking bad or dirty carburetor. When you put a max ...  more
  • Dennis / Maureen Lendzion
    Dennis / Maureen Lendzion:
    April 11Has anyone used a batter minder for their RV batteries? How often do you use it and can you just connect it to battery terminals while battery is still connected in RV
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      Wolfe Rose April 11 I have Batteryminder 2012, and it works well. Yes, you can have it connected along with a load, and it even has a light to indicate it knows that's the case. No complaints or malfunctions.

      I also have Genius 1100 and 3500 chargers, which s...  more
  • Norm & Ann Burgess
    Norm & Ann Burgess :
    April 10https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqiq4w73cwY&t=3s
    Installing a heat and sound shield in a V10 Class A Motorhome
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    • Norm & Ann Burgess
      Norm & Ann Burgess April 10 Installed in mine and video of helping a friend do his.... works great
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      Yoopers Don & Mary April 10 I had done that in our Winnebago Vista 29VE and it made a world of difference, but to be honest, the only way I found to get the noise level down to the point where my wife and I could comfortably talk in normal voices was to buy a Diesel Pusher with the ...  more
  • Richard Lang
    Richard Lang :
    April 4I was told by the techs at Mid-State RV in Byron, GA, where I had gone for other work, that the roof needs attention. Has anyone here redone your own roof? What did you use? I saw something recently that showed cans but foolishly didn't capture it. Wh...  more
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    • Richard Lang
      Acroduster April 4 Hdpe catalyst two part. The only covering that adheres and lasts for many seasons. Flex seal is crap. And all other one part coatings have the same limitation. The only way to produce a fully non water permiable barrier with paint on coatings is catalyse...  more
    • Richard Lang
      TerraGypsy (Phoebe) April 4 What type of roof?
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      • Richard Lang
        Richard Lang April 5 Shortly after posting this I hit the road and figured out that I had left out that detail. It’s a 2005 Forest River Georgetown XL with a rubber roof.
    • Richard Lang
      Mike and Donna Wagner April 4 Richard you might try doing a search here at the top of this page for that subject to see what has been posted. ~Donna
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      • Richard Lang
        Richard Lang April 5 I started to do that - unsuccessfully so far - then had to hit the road. At the moment connectivity is poor and I expect to driving for a few days getting back home. Which means unpredictable connections, so leaving this at least got me started.
    • Richard Lang
      Jim & Sharon Ham April 4 Is the roof EPDM "rubber" roof, or metal, or fiberglass?  EPDM or TPO were common on older RVs.  There are two DIY fixes that many have used.  For a minor seam crack, EternaBond roof sealing tape works well.  With minor surface prep it...  more
    • Richard Lang
      Tom&Trish April 10 Look up Lottes Roofing and follow the Click here dropdown box to White 45 & 60 MIL TPO Rubber Roof Kits. It's a Johns Mansfield, made in the USA product. You can buy kits direct & save money. The kits run from 10'X15' ($216, includes shippi...  more
  • Norm & Ann Burgess
    Norm & Ann Burgess :
    March 12We just purchased a ZeroWater filter system. Takes out all the toxins and chemicals in water.... check it out... can purify shore water better than having bottled water... zerowater.com
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      John & Sandy G March 12 I don't think it takes bacteria out though, you need a UV system to do that.
    • Norm & Ann Burgess
      Norm and Ann April 4 Filters dissolved solids out of water
  • DK4Nature
    DK4Nature :
    March 12Request suggestions for types of rear mud flaps used for F350 DRW truck. Preference as well for towtector mud flaps?
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      Robbie & Alice March 12 https://duraflap.com/
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      RayJack March 12 Go Industries Dually Mud Flaps, AutoAnything.com
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  • L&K
    L&K:
    March 12Looking to replace our drivers side exterior mirror on our 2009 Damion Essence. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We bought what we thought was a replacement mirror just don’t want to break anything else in the process. HELP!
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  • Steven schroeder
    Steven schroeder:
    March 10Does anyone know of a decent Cummings diesel service center on the eastern side of Long Island. I had a very bad experience at one place on the East End.
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      victor g March 20 Check out this website https://www.rvresources.com
  • Debbie and Ceceile
    Debbie and Ceceile:
    March 9I don't have much of a grip and have arthritis in both wrists. Sometimes connecting or disconnecting the sewer hose is a pain... literally! I just found a tool to help with that... it's called a sewer fitting wrench :-)
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      RVNomads March 9 I have one of them because my sewer hose connection is in an awkward location in side the wet bay.  It's a handy gadget.
    • Debbie and Ceceile
      Robbie & Alice March 9 I have the same problem with strength, and I use this oil filter wrench from Amazon.  https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-5866-12-Inch-Filter-Pliers/dp/B000NPR33O/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=filter+wrench&qid=1552170973&s=gateway&sr=8-3
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      • Debbie and Ceceile
        Robbie & Alice March 10 I worry that the Rhino wrenches put too much pressure on the weak spot of the fitting, the lugs.
    • Debbie and Ceceile
      John & Diana March 10 Do you have to buy two or do they come in a two-pack ?
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    • Debbie and Ceceile
      Mark and Nga March 10 Camco 39758 Rhinoflex Sewer Fitting Wrench https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OJHPQSQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_jmsHCbXQRXB5S
  • Alan & jennifer
    Alan & jennifer:
    March 6Water heater drain ,plastic plug replacement 😀,iposted this on a facebook rv group when someone asked about there plug
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    • Alan & jennifer
      Greg & Toni March 9 I was going to do that, but then the water would drain down the side of the MH, leaving some real tough mineral residue stains.  Had to use polishing compound to get it off.


      I opted to install a regular water faucet (valve) and ...  more