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Handy RV Tools and tips (1,753 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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  • kimden
    kimden:
    Wed at 6:37 PMI have a 30' rv and a jeep wrangler. I bought a car dolly to tow my jeep. I was told by someone that the jeep should not be on a dolly but towed all 4 down instead. Any advice ?
    • kimden
      Mark and Nga Wed at 7:21 PM Can't tow a 4x4 on a car dolly. Either on a trailer or flat tow all four on pavement. Further there are certain ways to set the transmission and transfer case so you don't burn your gears but that varies by make, year, and model. Check your owners manual.
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    • kimden
      JnKAldridge Wed at 8:51 PM We have a 4 wheel drive 4 Runner and according to the manual and dealership it can’t be towed with 4 wheels down so we bought a car hauler to tow behind our motor home.
    • kimden
      Jim & Sharon Ham Wed at 9:55 PM Some of my friends purchased Jeeps just so they could tow 4 down.  They are very popular.  The tow dolly by nature of the wheel platform is wider than the Jeep, so takes up more space in the lane.  Since you already have the tow dolly, migh...  more
    • kimden
      OurMobileBackPack 12 hours ago we have been towing our 4x4 wrangler 4 down for almost 2 years You cannot tow a wrangler 2WD 4 down. On a 4x4 put the transfer case in neutral info in the owners manual.
  • kimden
    kimden:
    Wed at 6:34 PMWhat is the best way to get internet in the different parks. All I currently have is the regular antenna that came with the rv. Has anyone heard of ladybug wireless ?
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      Jim & Sharon Ham Wed at 9:50 PM Refer to technomadia.com for latest info.  This RV couple also has a group here on RVillage.  The short answer to your question is that ANY antenna mounted outside the steel box that is an RV, will result in an improved signal.  But WIFI in...  more
  • Howard and Kathy
    Howard and Kathy :
    Mon at 1:53 PM22 foot flat trailer, 1 car 1 razor and sometimes motorcycle (650 dual sport). Bring our own fun. almost 70 foot total length but no problem.
  • smarty pants
    smarty pants:
    Mon at 6:14 AMI pull a car hauler, behind my dp motorhome, so I can back up if need be. Any one else pull a car hauler or should I switch to something else.I have driven semi trucks of all kinds and It's not intimidating to me, but I'd like to hear if someone else agrees.
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    • smarty pants
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors Mon at 6:21 AM I have used tow dolly, car trailer and flat tow I like car trailer for same reason you stated but the but most campgrounds don't have room to park at site and have to move it can be a hassle
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      • smarty pants
        smarty pants Tue at 2:56 PM my rv park in texas has room 25 dollars a month.
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      Johnny & Teresa Mon at 7:25 AM If you have a way to managing the car hauler at the campsite... then yea, I'd rather car haul. This will protect your toad. Sadly that is not our situation. We have used both dollies and flat towed. Currently we are flat towing. (all 4...  more
    • smarty pants
      Murray & Barb Law Mon at 11:03 AM We have used an open trailer for the past 4 years and been to over 100 RV Parks, and had probably 14 different cars on the trailer in that time - depending on who maybe travelling with us.  Never had an issue at RV Parks, mostly don’t unhook.  O...  more
    • smarty pants
      Russell & Linda Mon at 3:24 PM because I go solo I can hook up flat tow.  I don't think I could manage the dolly, we had one so know how it works.
  • David - David’s mobile RV repair
    David - David’s mobile RV repair:
    Mon at 4:41 AMMy recent weekend project was to sanitize our fresh water system. Some of these parks don’t have the greatest water systems in the world. Even with the greatest filtering system made it is still a good idea to flush out the funk from time to time! Take a ...  more
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  • AZRickey
    AZRickey:
    September 26i'v used tow dollies for over 25 year. The weight on the RV hitch is less the 100 lbs. the weight of the car is on the rear wheels and on the tow dolly wheels. You may ask how I know is, well on one trip I did not properly connect the hatch. When i lo...  more
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    • AZRickey
      Hank & Shirleen September 26 I don’t use a tow dolly. I tow 4 down. However thanks for posting your experiences and advice. That is part of why we are all here help each other out, make new friends, see old friends again, and have lots of RV fun!
  • Lucie & Daniel
    Lucie & Daniel:
    September 26Good morning all, has anyone purchased the Tow Tower to tow your car to your Motorhome? I would like to hear some feedback & comments. Thanks in advance.
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    • Lucie & Daniel
      Jim & Kathy N. September 26 Unless I am mistaken and I could be, this lift would overload just about any hitch on a motor home. It lifts the front of the car off the ground, that according to the video is 1,600 pounds! Most hitches have a Hitch Weight of 10% of the Tow Weight, or 1,...  more
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      • Lucie & Daniel
        Lucie & Daniel September 26 Thanks, Jim & Kathy,  we just got our new car 2 days ago, 2013 Fiat 500 C (automatic), so I guess we will not flat tow.  Oh well!  Appreciate your input, thanks again. 
    • Lucie & Daniel
      Wncol September 26 Most hitches are rated to have no more than 500 to 1000 lbs of downward weight called tongue weight.  His car he admits is 1600 lbs on the hitch.  He is overloading his hitch from the weight of his car alone not to mention the several hundred lb...  more
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      • Lucie & Daniel
        Lucie & Daniel September 26 Thanks for your comments, appreciate it
    • Lucie & Daniel
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors September 26 I tried and couldn't get price information
    • Lucie & Daniel
      David & Leslie September 26 I watched half of the Tow Tower video.  The inventor of the product had trouble hooking up the car to his own device.  I could tell the recording of the video was not accomplished in realtime; it was done in a stop-and-go again fashion.  We...  more
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      • Lucie & Daniel
        Lucie & Daniel September 26 Thank you David & Leslie, I appreciate your input.
    • Lucie & Daniel
      Jim & Kathy N. September 26 Too add to this discussion... We have only ever flat towed. We had a gas unit with a Unified Brake in the tow for 11-1/2 years. that Toad went behind our two gassers and spent three years behind our current DP. No issues. We currently have a new Toad and ...  more
  • Benji
    Benji:
    September 20ANT PROBLEM WHILE CAMPING?
    By pulling out cornmeal and sprinkling it in various places around your camper, you’re essentially feeding the little pests to death. This is because the cornmeal—which they will gather up and take back to their queen—expands i...  more
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    • Benji
      Sldeems September 23 Unless you are someplace like Florida, where the palmetto bugs will also enjoy snacking on the cornmeal...
  • KKarens
    KKarens:
    September 15Hi all, thanks for the add. Not full time RVer’s but have done a little traveling. We run a Jayco Eagle 5th wheel. This Friday we had our camper plugged in at home to cool fridge, we unplugged our 50 amp cord, drive three hours and our cord wouldn’t work....  more
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    • KKarens
      Robbie & Alice September 15 Pedestals are not created equal.
    • KKarens
      Benji September 15 Get a multimeter around 50 bucks digital is better you can test the cord for breaks (continuity) and check the pedestal for voltage. You should have 120 on each phase and 220-240 across both. Some campgrounds will show 208 but that is ok too.
    • KKarens
      MaryAnnWendland September 15 Better yet, get an EMS. You will know what the problem is immediately!
    • KKarens
      KKarens September 15 We were at a fairgrounds, was able to borrow a cord from a camper vendor; and so we know the pole and outlet worked and it is our cord.
    • KKarens
      Greg & Toni September 16 I have had the connections inside the plug come loose (twice).  First time the ground wire shorted to one of the hot lines...interesting results.  Second time 1 hot line just pulled out of terminal.  Took it to an RV shop (Deming NM) and th...  more
  • Fiddlesticks
    Fiddlesticks:
    September 4Does anyone have a list of tools I should always carry with me when traveling? I have a high top van I'm converting and am starting to build my mobile toolkit.
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    • Fiddlesticks
      Lyle & Jan Huff September 4 This is way overkill for a van,but it fits in one toolbox and a bin. Tools and maintenance items 1. Black & decker 20 volt drill, with sawzall, leaf blower, vacuum, and flashlight attachments. 2. Magnetic flash...  more
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      • Fiddlesticks
        Fiddlesticks September 26 That's a great list. I'm grateful to you.
      • Fiddlesticks
        Sldeems September 27 26. Zip ties,  butt connectors



        What is a butt connector?
      • Fiddlesticks
        Kim E September 27 Great, great, great post!     Thanks for being so helpful!!!
    • Fiddlesticks
      Ted&Sharon September 4 That was a very thorough list.  There are several items on your list that I carry in my trailer, but I just didn't think of them.  Great post.
    • Fiddlesticks
      Sldeems September 10 This is great info, I copied and pasted lists so I can keep building.  I would add a portable tire inflater to the list, and a portable battery charger in addition to battery cables. I have used my HALO bolt twice on trips now to jump someone’...  more
    • Fiddlesticks
      Ron & Lisa Cook September 10 Here’s my observations based on my “wasted” purchases. Don’t buy any of those large toolkits that has some of everything in it. You will end up with a lot of not much useful and the tools in the top part of the box will keep falling out as you close the l...  more
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      • Fiddlesticks
        Fiddlesticks September 26 Yes, I agree those sets suck. I will be only taking what I need. Thank you for the great explanation. Very helpful to this newbee.
    • Fiddlesticks
      Gordiegaffer September 21 CREDIT CARD
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      • Fiddlesticks
        Fiddlesticks September 26 haha. That's one I try not to use very often.