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WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT? TIPS AND TRICKS (3,980 members)

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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  • james riddle
    james riddle:
    6 hours agoi just bought a 30ft winnabago, and im looking at good sam roadside ins, and any other clubs to join that will make our lives easier. campground memberships any and all. id love to hear all your suggestions and reviews. thanks jim riddle
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      Norm & Ann Burgess 4 hours ago check out Wholessales warranties
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      TeamFoxy 3 hours ago Your insurance company may provide some type of roadside coverage. We also have AAA-RV+ which worked out very well for us when we needed an 80 mile tow last year. The tow company was also a fleet services company with a 24 hour mechanic on duty. They got ...  more
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      Joy Petnut 2 hours ago Look into Progressive. I have RV insurance and Roadside and have been very happy with them.
    • james riddle
      Tom Petty 2 hours ago Ditto Progressive Insurance. I have used their roadside service 4 times. I am very pleased with them.
    • james riddle
      Pete & Tina 1 hour ago Join Escapees. As a benefit you can join fulltime families for 1 yr.free. As a benefit of Fulltime families you get 1 year Good Sam for free!
  • The Churchill's Sandy & Perry
    The Churchill's Sandy & Perry:
    Mon at 8:46 AMOur wifi problems solved. A while back we purchased a "Hot Spot" from AT&T. We no longer use wifi provided by the parks we stay in. We also purchased a "Firestick" from Amazon and signed up for Netflix and Amazon Prime. This has allowed us to use all our ...  more
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    • The Churchill's Sandy & Perry
      John And Debbie Maxson Mon at 12:49 PM This may sound stupid. But.... we have hot spot on our phone. How do you get it to react with the tv ? My granddaughter used it for WiFi on her phone. I can’t figure out how to connect to tv for Netflix
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        Jenskifer | GlutenFreeRV Mon at 2:41 PM it's just like any other router/wifi access point, where you turn on the wifi hotspot on the phone, and then connect your devices just like you normally would (usually you can give your hotspot a custom name, like "John's phone" or "My RV Internet")....  more
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        The Churchill's Sandy & Perry Mon at 2:50 PM Not to sure but I believe using your phone as a hot spot for other than a short period is very expensive. I would recommend purchasing a independent hot spot so you can stream movies etc. Mine from AT&T was only about $45, 
      • The Churchill's Sandy & Perry
        LarandSus Mon at 5:22 PM You need a Smart TV or an HDMI port and a device like the fire stick which attaches to the HDMI port.
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      Jenskifer | GlutenFreeRV Mon at 2:42 PM Ive never used a firestick and have always wanted to ask someone this: Does the firestick use your AT&T hotspot data, or does it have its own cell service?
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        Linda Cook Mon at 2:48 PM I have a fire stick and it connects to any WiFi. (You set it in settings) I use mine with my Verizon jet pack
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      The Churchill's Sandy & Perry Mon at 2:57 PM My Firestick connects to my tv through a HDMI port and will connect to any wifi I select. The problem with connecting to an RV parks wifi is you will use up all their band width if you try to stream. That is where the Hot spot comes in.you connect your Fi...  more
    • The Churchill's Sandy & Perry
      PamandDan Mon at 6:37 PM I think ATT monitors this site and when people tell about a good deal they take it away from RV World 
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      OurMobileBackPack 9 hours ago We also have the $20 ATT unlimited plan with a separate piece of hardware to broadcast WiFi and an Apple TV . We never use the RV parks WiFi.
  • Curtis
    Curtis shared 1953's post. June 16Pointers anyone for this fine person?
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      Travelinlady June 16 I watched a lot of videos on YouTube. One of my favorites is the RvGeeks they have great videos on cleaning your tanks and so many others.
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      Brian&Nadine June 16 The first thing I learned was the first time I went to a dump station that a 10' sewer hose gets lost in an 8' bumper. Had a guy waiting behind me so I just left. Now I keep a 10' hose on one side and a 20' hose on the other and a long rod to push out the...  more
    • Curtis
      Arliene Christison June 16 Travel prepared for things to go not as planned n then don't panick... go with the flow. We had a small part, water tank filter suddenly break resulting in a flooded rv. We turned water off and used every towel n tshirt we had to soak up water. Next day ...  more
    • Curtis
      Jim & Jan Grabe Mon at 11:28 AM We developed a checklist for arriving and departing. We've heard "NEVER interrupt anyone who is arriving nor departing."  We've had leaks, flooding, 3 tire blowouts, etc.  BE PREPARED!  Keep extra fuses on hand, extra parts that MIGHT be ne...  more
    • Curtis
      Tildie & Tosh 6 minutes ago First thing to learn is that everyone's experience is different, everyone wants different things from the experience, and there's no substitute for learning through experience 😉  You will learn more and faster than you ever thought possible. You will...  more
  • Drifter
    Drifter :
    June 15How to convert your wife’s cooking timer back into a smoke detector. The lid is placed between the ceiling and detector.
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      John And Debbie Maxson June 16 Yes we disengage ours when we cook toast . Will give it a try.
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      wannabervin June 16 Hang a string with a reminder note on it from the Tupperware that you put in place while cooking. It will get in your way and aggravate you so you remember to take the cover off when done cooking.
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      murray j ferguson June 16 buy a cheap shower cap - bright colour so you don't forget to remove
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      Rich & Pat Tardell June 16 That's me, not the DW.   But then I won't know when the food's done.
    • Drifter
      Jim & Jan Grabe Mon at 11:31 AM WOW!  Thanks for these great tips!  We are usually scrambling, throwing open the door, turning on fans, and grabbing anything to fan the smoke detector.  Our lives will be much more boring now, but our ears will stop ringing!  (My husb...  more
  • Dave from Maine
    Dave from Maine :
    June 15I finally have my tools and supplies organized!
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    • Dave from Maine
      Tom and Sandy Raynor June 15 looks great, love organization.
    • Dave from Maine
      LindaLee79 June 15 Awesome!
    • Dave from Maine
      John And Debbie Maxson June 16 Will definitely show John he is always looking for away to condense tool space.
    • Dave from Maine
      LarandSus June 16 Our tool compartment has a pegboard and is only about 6 inches deep. It's not organized very well so stuff falls out. Needs more of those pegboard dodads. Hmmm, it is Father's Day...
    • Dave from Maine
      Joy Petnut June 16 Impressive!
  • Paul and Anna Manzella
    Paul and Anna Manzella:
    June 14Hi good evening. Been RV ing for about 3 years and when I’m not on the road, I store my class C in a pole barn that gets the western Florida sun most of the remaining day. My wipers were sticking to the glass. So besides covering the overhang and windshie...  more
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      Jim & Jan Grabe June 14 We use tennis balls on the base part to keep the rubber part off the windows.
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    • Paul and Anna Manzella
      Jim & Jan Grabe June 14 We sometimes also put loose leather covers over the blades,  Thanks for posting your tips to the group!
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      hmpotvin June 14 Before covering the motorhome for the winter, I remove the wipers and hang them in the garage then rub them down with alcohol before mounting them again.
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    • Paul and Anna Manzella
      Drifter June 14 You can always put something across a side of the pole barn. Hang painters canvas, tarp, etc w/C cuts for wind or sun screen material to defuse the sunlight like used on edge of awnings.
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        Paul and Anna Manzella June 15 Thanks. I did before Hurricane Michael ripped them off. I still need to replace them. Luckily I still have a pole barn. It’s just leans to the right a bit 😂😂😂
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      Ray & Ann June 15 You are all over thinking this! I take the blades off and lay them on the drivers seat so I don't hit the road with them off or have the auto wipe scratch the windshield
  • Aaron & Kristy
    Aaron & Kristy:
    June 12Really thinking about adding a few upgrades to my rig. 1- is going to be adding some solar panels to keep up the batteries. I know how to do that one. The other though is I am thinking about taking out my 6 gallon water heater, and replacing it with a tan...  more
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    • Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) and 5 others like this.
    • Aaron & Kristy
      Robbie & Alice June 12 Heating element on solar charged batteries?  NO NO...waste of energy.
    • Aaron & Kristy
      Aaron & Kristy June 12 Thank you, everyone. Love the input. I do probably need to make one statement. The solar panel(s) won't be to run the camper. They will simply be to keep the batteries up, when we are not hooked up to a power source. Kristy and I have no issues with boond...  more
    • Aaron & Kristy
      Drifter June 13 On the solar just be sure to have a monitor so you don’t boil the batteries. They make panels that sit atop the refrigerator vent allowing wiring to go down behind the refrigerator.
    • Aaron & Kristy
      Jcharters June 13 I like our tankless water heater, we can take long showers back to back without running out. Retrofitting shoud work they take the same space as your heater. They use lots on fuel when running so you need proper fuel flow. They can be a problem in sub fre...  more
    • Aaron & Kristy
      Earl & Kat June 15 Hi Aaron, as a former plumber and electrician myself, first decide if you want an electric or propane unit. Personally, I prefer the electric one's. Then look at the capacity per minute. The better ones usually run 240V while smaller ones use 120V.
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      • Aaron & Kristy
        Aaron & Kristy June 15 Thank you, Earl&Kat. That is an issue. My camper is set up for 30 amps, which I'm sure is the minimum for any 120 volt unit. So, I'll probably have to go with a propane one, and hope it doesn't drain both my tanks.
  • The Rhoades’
    The Rhoades’:
    June 11We are just a few days away from three weeks out west with our granddaughter and her friend. I have pulled a bumper pull camper out west twice, but this is the first time with our 44foot fifth wheel. We have a great F350 dually that is more than rated for...  more
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      djsroadtrip June 12 I also have an F350 dually that's a 6.7l and use the electric downshift button on the steering column occasionally but like another post, I70 is not a major problem. Do like the truckers and grab a lower gear.
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      ed1769 June 12 I have a Motor Home...and on the down grades I just shift to lower gears....
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      John & Diana June 12 Is a Voltage 3970 44 feet long?
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      Kyrila June 12 Always shift into first gear going down a graded highway or you could end up in serious trouble.  I learned this the hard way.
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      The Rhoades’ June 12 Thanks everyone. Great advice!
  • Diane Leddy and Larry Gibson
    Diane Leddy and Larry Gibson:
    June 11Hi all! New to the RV world and need a tip on what to do with these cushions that are getting worse! Looking for suggestions. Slip covers? Thanks!
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      Mark & Anneliese (Hicks on the road) June 11 Diane, I made slipcovers, they were not too hard to do, I just took my time, I had fabric at home and set out to do it...I will attach a photo. If you look on Pinterest you will find help.  Good luck with your project, it is fun making that cam...  more
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    • Diane Leddy and Larry Gibson
      Nessa June 12 Even if you don't sew...you an always wrap them like presents and tape the back side.  If you sew take them apart and use them as the pattern to cut the fabric for the new ones and stitch them up.
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      • Diane Leddy and Larry Gibson
        Diane Leddy and Larry Gibson June 12 Like with fabric? Lol. I’m trying to do an easy fix right now and was hoping to find some kind of slip cover that could go over the back. Any suggestions where to get something like that?
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        Jenskifer | GlutenFreeRV June 12 This is a great idea!! They make fabric adhesive tape you can use under the edges to stick them together!
    • Diane Leddy and Larry Gibson
      Mark & Anneliese (Hicks on the road) June 12 Nessa, I did that I took them apart 1 at a time ( I cheated, I used the good parts and only added fabric to the parts that needed to be "prettied" up. 
    • Diane Leddy and Larry Gibson
      Mark & Anneliese (Hicks on the road) June 12 Diane, take a sheet and draped it over it and "christmas wrap it", it does not have to be vinyl.  Be creative it's your castle! Also there is fabric glue that works, I have used that before on stuff, just stay away from hot glue because it will melt ...  more
    • Diane Leddy and Larry Gibson
      Nessa June 12 Sitting in the RV with it 103* outside the vinyl sofa was getting sticky.  I just took a full size sheet I have for it in case I have company and put it on.  A couple of months ago I bought 1 1/2" wide elastic and made straps to go around the so...  more
  • David & Joyce E.
    David & Joyce E.:
    June 10If you buy from a reputable RV dealer they will stand behind the warranty and fix any issues that pop up, I would recommend extended services that cover not only RV issues but also Tow vehicle issues. My tow vehicle broke down on a RV trip in the middle o...  more
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    • David & Joyce E.
      Solo Joe June 11 There's something missing from this story. I had Good Sam roadside assistance for several years. Had to use it a few times and they always towed me to the nearest facility capable of repairing my problem. Never just dropped me in a parking lot.
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      • David & Joyce E.
        Barry & Millie-Ambassadors June 11 Same here
      • David & Joyce E.
        David & Joyce E. June 11 I was 150 miles from anything. They told me they would tow it to the NEAREST safe spot!
      • David & Joyce E.
        Solo Joe June 11 I'm fairly certain that their roadside assistance agreement says nearest repair facility. If that's not what happened you should post a complaint on rv.net. They have a special forum dedicated to roadside assistance. That usually gets the attention of an ...  more
    • David & Joyce E.
      SGM & Mrs G June 11 I agree, where is "The rest of the Story?"
    • David & Joyce E.
      David & Joyce E. June 11 the rest of the story is my tow vehicle was towed by Allstate from Payson, Az to Phoenix, leaving my RV stuck at Canyon Point campground.they said since it was safe there all they could do was take it to Walmart lot where I would not have camping fees....  more
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      • David & Joyce E.
        Mike and Joyce June 11 We had Good Sam roadside assist and they dropped up for using them to much! We only called them for 4 flat tires!!! Not very serviceable!! 
    • David & Joyce E.
      Roy and Evelyn June 11 If the Manufacturers of these coaches did better QC we would not have to worry about the dealerships!