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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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  • Eric and Kathy
    Eric and Kathy:
    November 20We 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
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    • Eric and Kathy
      Eric and Kathy November 20 Thanks.  Another great idea.  Will definitely get some.
    • Eric and Kathy
      Tom & Laura November 20 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 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 Lesson learned, its also good to check the water level in the Batteries...
    • Eric and Kathy
      Eric and Kathy November 20 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 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 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 19Hi, 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
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    • Christie Garrison
      Hoffie November 19 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 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 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 Thank you all!! That is a lot of useful information and I will follow up with these suggestions. 
    • Christie Garrison
      Bandit455 December 10 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 8We 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 Could you put some wide house flashing on first and then spray it with flex Seal spray?
    • Eric and Kathy
      Wolfe Rose November 8 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 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 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 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 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 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
    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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    • Lindsay Amy & Chase's Adventures with Mable
      Bandit455 October 23 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 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 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 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 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 3we 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 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 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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  • Don & Dot Roscoe
    Don & Dot Roscoe:
    September 25Check 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
    • trink and 1 other like this.
    • Don & Dot Roscoe
      Jeanette & Emery Leraand September 25 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:
    September 25I am new R.Ver I need to know how to get the water pump to pump
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    • Evelyn Weaver
      David & Leslie September 25 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 September 25 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 September 25 Also make sure that there is water in the tank.
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    • Evelyn Weaver
      CC & Van September 25 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
    • Evelyn Weaver
      Russell & Linda September 28 Just survived an issue with ours had water on city hook up. But no water from pump. Pump ran it was the valve replaced now life is good until next hiccup. Happy travels
  • Tony and Margie
    Tony and Margie :
    September 19Some 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
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    • 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!!!
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  • Robbie & Alice
    Robbie & Alice :
    September 4We'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.
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    • 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.
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      • 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 31Anybody else have a challenging driveway like this??
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    • 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!