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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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  • Russ and Susie
    Russ and Susie:
    May 31Took our new to us travel trailer out for it's maiden voyage last weekend. We camped at Bellingham RV Park, in Bellingham, WA. First time hooking up the water, I got the hose hooked up, went to every faucet to run out the pink stuff. Got excited, flipp...  more
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      Rick & Debbie May 31 You should go buy a square bit (Roberson) screwdriver (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace). Literally the TT is put with those screws.
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      • Russ and Susie
        Russ and Susie May 31 Good advice, I’ll look into getting a set of those then.
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      Irvin & Nancy just outside of normal May 31 I would get a screwdriver with square head, most screws on a camper are of the square type. You will need it at every turn. Pun intended
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      Rick & Debbie May 31 Just all screws are No. 2 square head.
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    • Russ and Susie
      Don & Dot Roscoe May 31 Glad you got things sorted out, and that you don't have other earth-shattering experiences.   Sometimes simple things like shut-offs, switches, etc., are the main cause of problems with a 'new' rig, as you found out.  It's happened to ALL o...  more
    • Russ and Susie
      Ron Cook June 2 I would get some square head bits as that is very common now even on RVs. I got a great screwdriver set with long interchangeable shafts double ended with all sorts of ends. It seems high quality and is my main set now. Possibly from Home Depot.
  • Irvin & Nancy just outside of normal
    Irvin & Nancy just outside of normal :
    May 13For a simple device that will turn on a light or heater in cold weather in your cargo bay. Sear ch Amazon. For heatit theromatic controlled outlet
      · via Android App
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      Gary and Joy May 13 Find a small heater with a thermostat. I have bought some remote control AC switches on Amazon.
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  • Leigh & Dave
    Leigh & Dave :
    May 8Hi, we are kind of new here and will be picking up our new to us Winnebago View next week! (h5) It's our first rig. The U-dinette desperately needs reupholstering or replacement, and was wondering if anyone had suggestions or know where we could go to ...  more
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    • Leigh & Dave
      Bandit455 May 8 Check these guys out. They sell replacement covers you can install your self or an entirely new set up.
      https://shop4seats.com/rv-furniture/rv-captain-chairs.html
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        Leigh & Dave May 8 I called and they don't have replacement covers, but we could order a new set, or just order material from them.  So these guys would be one possible option for us.  Thank you! I'm still open to more suggestions from folks...we want to do this t...  more
    • Leigh & Dave
      Eric and Kathy May 8 We had our cushions recovered by a local upholstery shop we've used for other stuff. It wasn't expensive. We put our money in good fabric.
    • Leigh & Dave
      Karen and Steve Veneskey May 11 You may want to try the Elkhart and Goshen areas of Indiana.  That's were a great many of the RV's are made. There are many surplus and salvage stores, along with companies that cater to the industry.  We were there last week and talked with a c...  more
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      • Leigh & Dave
        Russell & Linda June 7 I've heard there is an RV restore type business in the Elkhart/Goshen area that sells RV related stuff like end of year and unused inventory real reasonable.  Call Winnebago they may know of it.
    • Leigh & Dave
      Eric and Kathy June 7 We just visited an RV surplus store in Michigan (just outside Elkhart, Indiana). Interesting place. Bought some accessories, but the furniture was pretty pricey.
  • Bro Paul
    Bro Paul:
    April 28Need to decide which wifi extender is best
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      Jim & Sharon Ham April 28 Consult technomadia.com.   This pair of full time RVers have tested everything in the WIFI, router, and cell phone area to make connections.
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      • Bro Paul
        OurMobileBackPack April 30 Hi I use a we-boost drive sleek it does a good job of boosting my WIFI. Very portable easy setup. I use a verizon my fy and ATT Mobley for internet , both with unlimited service.We will be posting this setup on our YouTube channel this coming...  more
    • Bro Paul
      Richard Lang April 30 I absolutely agree with the reference to Technomadia. And here’s what I can say from experience: TechnoRV sells an outfit with an exterior antenna and an indoor WiFi router. Works to a degree, and viable if (1 - you don’t need it all the tim...  more
  • Don Estey
    Don Estey: April 14
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    • Don Estey
      Don Estey April 16 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 April 16 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 April 16 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
    • Don Estey
      Bandit455 May 8 I went through the same temp sensor issue on my diesel generator. The shut down cycle was a pretty regular occurrence. It would go for about 5 minutes and shut down, then blink a code. Google your generator and fault codes. They are all over the internet....  more
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    • Don Estey
      Bandit455 May 9 That is when you say “Yes Dear” and move along...
  • 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 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.
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      Norm and Ann April 4 Filters dissolved solids out of water
    • Norm & Ann Burgess
      Bandit455 May 8 4 micron and below is sterile.
  • 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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      RayJack March 12 Go Industries Dually Mud Flaps, AutoAnything.com
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