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Share your tips and tricks you have discovered while camping. Hey, we can all use a little help. Post some of your clever ideas you have done to make camping a little easier. Thi... see more

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  • HappyTrvlrs
    HappyTrvlrs:
    December 9I'm sharing this because it saves lives. Proper hitch equipment should be law. Protect your investment. Protect your family and others on the road. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jk9H5AB4lM
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    • HappyTrvlrs
      RoadHog December 10 This needs to be shared with all RVillage Groups. Thnx for sharing.
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      TheClearyClan December 10 This also demonstrates how critical load distribution is.
      Bob
  • Meeska
    Meeska:
    December 9The blinds over the couch in the slide are out of whack somehow. First, they aren't straight and I can't make them behave. Then, this morning, they flat out refused to go up and down and stay in the position they're put. (picture shows blinds propped on...  more
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    • Meeska
      rclark December 9 If the strings r not broke and they will not stay up there is round plastic washer on each side at the bottom screwed into the wall. Loosen the screw so washer will turn, turn it to tighten cords then retighten screw u will have to hold washer till screw ...  more
    • Meeska
      Seann ( the Canadian) December 9 rclark has it right. Follow his instructions, you will have to periodically redo this, I've been doing this for the last 10 years
    • Meeska
      HappyTrvlrs December 9 If they are day / nite shades.always use two hands to put them up and down and more importantly one at a time. It's too much on the strings if you don't. Tighten on wall like mentioned above. If they are down most of them time, push them up and re pleat t...  more
    • Meeska
      David & Cheryl Scoby December 10 Comments above are exactly right.  From the day these blinds are new, they start cutting the grommets.  You need to buy  a kit or shop yourself for grommets, good quality string, and a restring tool. (make one yourself out of wire.  Th...  more
    • Meeska
      HappyTrvlrs December 10 Btw...  Make sure you measure your old strings first then go from there. Good Luck! https://www.amazon.com/United-Shade-650000-Pleated-String/dp/B008OAECW0
  • Grub32
    Grub32:
    December 9Hi all, I am new to the group and relatively new to the site. I have been following the RVVillage on Twitter for a while and I decided to to finally click the link in the profile and I wound up on the site. Anyway, I wanted to share some of the things tha...  more
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    • Grub32
      Jim & Jan Grabe December 9 Welcome to "posting" in the group!  Looks like a good idea, especially if one is near the beach and needing to dry a lot of towels.  We are switching from our luxurious thick towels to "regular" ones for a couple of reasons.  Note that our ...  more
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      • Grub32
        Grub32 December 9 That’s a good plan. Weight is a big problem especially when they are wet. We use large and normal size towels at the beach and we can put 8-10 towels on the rack before it shows any sign of bending. Plus they are out of the way behind our RV, usually dryi...  more
    • Grub32
      Eric and Kathy December 9 Thank you for the tip and the video.  I was thinking of making something similar out of PVC.  Our cheap wooden drying rack kept falling apart, so I finally ditched it.  The wind always blew it over anyway.
  • Debbie and Ceceile
    Debbie and Ceceile:
    December 7On the subject of condensation in your RV..... We purchased our fifth wheel in Feb, 2015 and have been living and traveling in it ever since. From owning a couple RVs before this one, I knew about condensation. So, from the get-go we have used only a Nuwa...  more
    • voy108 and 7 others like this.
    • Debbie and Ceceile
      Brian&Nadine December 7 We have a 23 foot Class C and we heat it 90% of the time with a Comfort Zone ultraviolet electric heater. We have used similar heaters in our house when propane was $2.29 a gallon. The thing about these heaters is that they don't heat the air nearly as hi...  more
    • Debbie and Ceceile
      Ross & Melanie December 7 Since our primary heat and cooling are two heat pumps, they remove a lot of moisture.
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      • Debbie and Ceceile
        Debbie and Ceceile December 7 We use our electric fireplace and a Mr. Heater infrared space heater (which our dog just loves).
    • Debbie and Ceceile
      John & Sandy G December 8 :)
  • Roy and Evelyn
    Roy and Evelyn:
    December 5Good morning..Wondering what is the best way to sanitize our fresh water system..Thank you in advance for your help!
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    • Roy and Evelyn
      Pat and Alan Young December 5 TheRVGeeks on youtube have great videos. We have learned a LOT of stuff from that site
    • Roy and Evelyn
      COmedlin December 5 Here is the link to the RVGeeks video on sanitizing the fresh water system: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEepug8N-aE 
    • Roy and Evelyn
      Jim & Jan Grabe December 7 Thanks for posting.  13 minutes long.  We watched it and agreed with everything they said!
  • Judy&Rick
    Judy&Rick:
    December 4To everyone who is nervous or concerned for safety at night. Keep your car key fob next to your bed. If you hear a noise or someone attempting to enter your RV, hit your car alarm. Guaranteed the person will move along. Suggested by a law enforcement officer.
      · via iPhone
    • Jo&Ro and 32 others like this.
    • Judy&Rick
      Sharon B December 4 Great idea (Y)
    • Judy&Rick
      The WE2's December 4 It also sounds like a shot gun racking when you just click the unlock and lock button! :)
    • Judy&Rick
      Michael & Dena December 4 What’s wrong with letting them hear the real shot gun
    • Judy&Rick
      PassinTime December 5 lol - but then you have the hassle of trying to keep track of which states reciprocate on licenses. :)
  • Class B+ Ronnie & Milt Abrams
    Class B+ Ronnie & Milt Abrams :
    December 4We have a Coach House B+ with no bays at all on the utility side. Would love to somehow be able to keep a sewer hose connected all the time to make our lives a little easier. We are both handicapped and nearing 80 and suggestions would be greatly apprec...  more
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    • Class B+ Ronnie & Milt Abrams
      LarandSus December 4 Are you wanting to keep it connected while driving or do you mean all the time while parked?
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    • Class B+ Ronnie & Milt Abrams
      Malcolm & Stella Belisle December 4 Valterra makes an adjustable sewer hose carrier that can be mounted under the RV and you may be able to locate it so the hose remains attached to the rv outlet and just pull the park end out when in use??  I have 2 of them located just under edge of ...  more
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    • Class B+ Ronnie & Milt Abrams
      Michael & Dena December 4 Could you share a photo
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      • Class B+ Ronnie & Milt Abrams
        Hank & Shirleen December 4 I have a 5” pvc fence Post I bought from Lowe’s strapped up under our rig. Keeps two lengths of sewer hose in it. I also bought 2 end caps. Screwed one on and usd the other for a cap! 
    • Class B+ Ronnie & Milt Abrams
      TheClearyClan December 5 Maybe something like this could also help. 
      Camco 39758 Rhinoflex Sewer Fitting Wrench
      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OJHPQSQ?tag=s4343sdfd-20
    • Class B+ Ronnie & Milt Abrams
      PassinTime December 5 Attach PVC pipe with end covers. :)
  • mike kirwan
    mike kirwan :
    December 4How do you transport your firearm?
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    • mike kirwan
      Meeska December 4 On the backseat of my truck, on a crib mattress covered with a sleeping bag, and an extra pad for comfort, with her collar and leash at the door.
    • mike kirwan
      Brian&Nadine December 5 Does anyone else realize that people who carry that are at these gun massacres have a greater chance of getting shot by the police than people that don't?
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      • mike kirwan
        Larry Holbrook December 5 Agreed, anyone is far more likely to be shot by police - it's sort of a damned if you do and damned if you don't - a person next to you may or may not have a firearm - a policeman next to you always has a firearm -
      • mike kirwan
        Steve & Diane December 5 The average number of people killed by a bad guy with a gun, when there is a good guy with a gun present, is two.  The average number of people killed by a bad guy with a gun, when there is NOT a good buy with a gun present, is in the high teens (I f...  more
      • mike kirwan
        Wolfe Rose December 5 First, police are not indiscriminate assassins... based on your defensive behaviour, a CHP *shouldn't* be shot on sight by trained LEO. Uniformed cops generally won't shoot any undercover cops ...because they will be acting against the same threat. ...  more
    • mike kirwan
      Robbie & Alice December 5 Loaded.
    • mike kirwan
      Brian&Nadine December 6 I wasn't meaning to start a heated discussion. Wolfe Rose is exactly right that you holster your gun when you see the cops arrive. Unfortunately, if you don't see them before they see you then what?
      I leave my guns at home when we travel. But my g...  more
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      • mike kirwan
        Bandit455 December 6 I didn't notice any heated responses to your post. All good info, advice, and concerns. We all have opinions, rarely are they the same. Good to see we can still talk about things.
    • mike kirwan
      Toni & Chet December 13 What do you do though if you have a concealed carry and take your gun with you, travel to 2=3 states that it is ok to do so then the 4th one, you shouldn't have it.  You can't hardly get rid of it.
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      • mike kirwan
        Jim & Sharon Ham December 13 You have several options when you hit a state line that does NOT have reciprocity with your home state that issued the CCW card.  


        The official legal method is to find a federal licensed gun dealer and have them ship the fir...  more
  • Larry and Dee
    Larry and Dee:
    December 4also if you live where it snows have some remove the snow from your driveway and side walks. This helps make it look like someone is home.
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    • Larry and Dee
      Mike and Donna Wagner December 4 I think this is a reply for the post below by Melvin and Laura.
  • Melvin and Laura
    Melvin and Laura:
    December 4We are getting ready to hit the road for several months. What things should we do to prepare our residence for this,both safety-wise and also economy-wise?
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    • Melvin and Laura
      David & Leslie December 4 Your preparations would depend largely where the house is located - cold with freezing or not cold with little chance of freezing.  Otherwise, do you have a trusted neighbor or friend living nearby.
    • Melvin and Laura
      Bob & Shirl Thompson December 4 I can recommend both indoor and outdoor NEST cameras. Easy to set up. There is a storage feature that saves video in case your Internet is down.
    • Melvin and Laura
      Seann ( the Canadian) December 4 Shut the water off at the meter if you're in freezing areas drain the water lines. Turn off most of the power through the breakers make sure someone picks up your mail or put it on holdmake sure of what you have to do to maintain Insurance EG how often do...  more
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      • Melvin and Laura
        Yoopers Don & Mary December 4 One note on shutting off the water: If you have hot water heat, you cannot shut off the water, as the backflow valve between the water supply and the heating system water can fail (if it been in there for a number of years), and can leak the system water ...  more
      • Melvin and Laura
        Ray & Ann December 4 In addition to turning off the water, water heater and turning our heat down to 50 we added Ring cameras around the outside. Nice for commenting on the snow at home. :) Last year we added an inside camera with a mic but forgot to turn off clock chimes :( ...  more
    • Melvin and Laura
      Eric and Kathy December 4 Pretty simple in Florida. Turn off water, turn up A/C, turn down gas water heater, unplug unnecessary appliances (like wifi), handle mail, and have someone on tap for hurricane shutters.
    • Melvin and Laura
      Kevin & Leslie December 7 Sell it?