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WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT? TIPS AND TRICKS (3,250 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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  • TJAK
    TJAK :
    Tue at 4:09 PM
    Question: we are buying an RV lot in Florida that we will use as our home base. We are also buying a bigger RV that we will leave permanently on the lot that will become our home. My question is this: we are buying from someone in the resort so we are ju...  more
    • TJAK
      Jo&Ro
      Tue at 4:17 PM DEPEnds on the resort policy most require it to be registered but a quick check at the office will answer that Hide 2 Replies
      • TJAK
        TJAK
        Tue at 4:17 PM Thanks!
      • TJAK
        The Easterbunnies
        Tue at 4:17 PM From a legal stand point, Transfer title and register for the first year, it makes for a much cleaner transaction and separation of ownership.
        Driving on private does not require registration however, as Jo&Ro stated some campgrounds can require it.
    • TJAK
      Mike and Hyesuk
      Tue at 4:33 PM This post belongs in another area. This section is for tips and tricks, not questions. Please do a modicum of research and post your question in the correct area. Hide 1 Reply
    • TJAK
      Trucking13
      Tue at 5:45 PM You have to register in florida thats how tax is collected. They will give you a sticker which goes on window facing front. Without code enforcement will ticket
    • TJAK
      Jim & Sharon Ham
      11 hours ago In my state, you have to register and title the vehicle to be sure it is legally yours without any encumberances or liens.  That is when they hit you with sales tax.  FL  has an import fee, but if the motorhome is already titled in FL you s...  more
    • TJAK
      Benji
      11 hours ago You have to go to DMV to change the title over and pay fees/taxes. I don't think your insurance will cover it without a title in the insurers name. You shouldn't need to
      Pay for plates.
  • Jonathan and Meg
    Jonathan and Meg :
    Mon at 5:03 PM
    I wanted to replace the carpet treads that I had in my Phaeton. The steps are just under 30" wide. The ones I had installed were the typical 23"x8" and one 23"x6" steps that I purchased through Amazon for around $15 dollars a piece. i never really cared f...  more
    • Karen and Steve Veneskey and 17 others like this.
    • Jonathan and Meg
      Doug & Terri
      Mon at 5:33 PM Great idea, I used some pieces of carpet but your idea has the texture and rubber backing to really do a good job. Thanks for sharing!
    • Jonathan and Meg
      Larry Holbrook
      Mon at 8:03 PM I probably missed the point, but they do make step covers for RV stairs - I put them on mine to cover the metal treads so the dogs don't slip on my steps - they aren't cheap and they have to be removed before I can put my stairs up -

      FYI: more
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      • Jonathan and Meg
        Doug & Terri
        Mon at 8:03 PM We used those when we had our trailer, our steps are now inside the unit.
      • Jonathan and Meg
        Jonathan and Meg
        Mon at 8:03 PM Ahh Larry you didn't miss the point you just didn't read what I wrote! Let me sum it up, For $20 I was able to make four full width, full depth tread covers. The covers I had and the ones you attached a link for are small tread covers and cost between $15...  more
    • Jonathan and Meg
      Steve & Diane
      Tue at 6:42 AM Great idea.  Thanks.
    • Jonathan and Meg
      Larry Holbrook
      10 hours ago Agreed -
    • Jonathan and Meg
      Kevin & Penney
      3 hours ago Uh... why didn't i think of that :)
  • Doug & Terri
    Doug & Terri :
    Mon at 2:58 PM
    I'm sure this has been shared many times but it's worth looking at for those that haven't seen. We love them
    https://www.facebook.com/1619986608268505/posts/2057561351177693/
  • Curtis
    Curtis:
    September 23
    Hey everyone. Say hi to these fine folks and share some of your tips with em. :-)
    • Curtis and 5 others like this.
    • Curtis
      Tom & Laura
      September 23 Do your self a favor and invest in a EMS "Electric Management System " since you'll be Fulltime, ists cheap insurance for your Electronics. I myself have a Progressive Industries EMS-50X which is the portable model they also have a Hardwire. What I like...  more Hide 3 Replies
      • Curtis
        RogueRoadie
        September 23 Hi Laura / Tom! The life-time warranty & your idea on the testing ability sounds great. Thanks for your insight & recommendation. Safe & happy trails as well! 
      • Curtis
        Mike and Donna Wagner
        September 23 In addition to the great advice about the Progressive products - there is another condition that can be detected with a simple $12 proximity tester - and that is a miswired connection at a pedestal that can result in a deadly situation known as “hot skin”...  more
      • Curtis
        Bruce & Linda (Omnibus)
        September 23 We have the hardwired version of the 50A PI EMS.  Wouldn’t leave home without it.  :-)
        ...
        BTW:  You can test an RV park shorepower outlet with a voltmeter (VOM, multi-meter) if you know how to use it.
    • Curtis
      Steve&Tina
      September 23 Check out Rv-Dreams.com
    • Curtis
      RVillaging With Ollie
      September 23 Yeah!! Welcome and congrats! You're going to have a blast!
    • Curtis
      Hank & Shirleen
      September 23 All the above and join Rvtravel.com
    • Curtis
      RogueRoadie
      Mon at 9:13 AM Hi Everyone, thank you for all the tips guys (& guy-ettes haha) Yes, I'm stacking up on all the RV-sites recommended. The hook-up nuances are really key for us. Doing the music thing I've been grounded one too many times splitting my lip on mics! though d...  more
  • Marsha & Matthew
    Marsha & Matthew:
    September 22
    Great dirt trapping rugs are the Trek n' Clean. They don't slip and trap tons of dirt, fine sand, etc. I got them for the RV a couple of years ago and wanted more and couldn't find them again. I was in Costco the other day and they have them again, a bit ...  more
    • JR &Pam and 8 others like this.
    • Marsha & Matthew
      LarandSus
      September 22 I got the bed bath and beyond one and agree. It has greatly reduced my daily sweeping. Been thinking of getting another to put in front of the litter box to catch cat litter.
    • Marsha & Matthew
      Christina Coloradoan
      September 22 I love those mats!
    • Marsha & Matthew
      Debbie Hughes
      September 23 Walmart has some are they the same...
    • Marsha & Matthew
      Steve&Tina
      September 23 Saw this here. Made a bee line for Costco. They had the 30 x 40 size for $12.99. Amazon price was $37.87. We needed 2, bought 3 just in case.
    • Marsha & Matthew
      Christina Coloradoan
      September 23 Just don't dry them in dryer, they need to air dry ?
  • John & Paula Clary
    John & Paula Clary :
    September 19
    Check out TECHNORV.com
    • Debbie and Ceceile and 1 other like this.
    • John & Paula Clary
      Steve & Diane
      September 20 Thanks.
  • StacyandShane
    StacyandShane:
    September 19
    Sorry if this has ready been addressed multiple times but is there a way to boost cable satelite strength at campgrounds?
    • Karen and Steve Veneskey and 1 other like this.
    • StacyandShane
      StacyandShane
      September 20 Ty Jon. Our Rv is older (04) and has original equipment. My husband installed an updated antenae yesterday. He really wanted to know if running new coax cables would be recommended before going through the trouble. I guess I know what he is doing this weekend!
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    • StacyandShane
      charles formby
      September 20 Test them with volt omhs. Or Dtv swm.
    • StacyandShane
      charles formby
      September 20 Yes. But more power enduced switches needed along with heaver cable possible.. how long of runs are required?
    • StacyandShane
      charles formby
      September 20 When my team , installs hotels, motels rv resorts. This is accomplished by electronic engineering, along with correct booster switches. Yes. It is expensive.
    • StacyandShane
      Jim & Sharon Ham
      September 20 You mentioned installing an new updated "antennae" on an 04 RV.  This sounds like a replacement of the device for receiving off-air digital signals from TV stations.  If this is where the poor picture is coming from, the first thing is to look f...  more
  • Tony and Margie
    Tony and Margie :
    September 19
    In case you didn't know :) https://backroadsandotherstories.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/stripped-screw-fix-diy/
    We Have a loose Screw! – BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES
    • Christina Coloradoan and 2 others like this.
    • Tony and Margie
      David & Leslie
      September 19 I usually take a toothpick with a little glue on it, stick it into the screw hole, break it off at the surface level, and screw in the screw.  Sometimes I can use a larger screw without using a toothpick.  Sometimes I have to use two or mor...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Tony and Margie
        Chris & Jennifer [ThxHarvey]
        September 19 I second the toothpick fix. For slightly wider holes, I use a matchstick, cut to length of hole.
    • Tony and Margie
      Bandit455
      September 20 I always keep a tube of valve lapping compound in my toolbox(s). Think of toothpaste with fine sand mixed in. Dip your screwdriver in and go. Cheap lasts forever and it works very well.
    • Tony and Margie
      Karen & Collins
      September 20 We tried the red loctite, which didn't work, then a larger screw, which wouldn't go in.  My husband finally wrapped it it plumbers tape & that did the trick.
  • DnD
    DnD :
    September 19
    GENERATOR NOISE. Found clamp at generator exhaust tight against solid metal attached to vehicle frame. Loosened, rotated 15 degrees to eliminate touch, retightened.
  • Freedomflyer
    Freedomflyer:
    September 15
    Anyone know where I could find a wiring diagram for 2011 Forest River Cedar Creek 36rd5s?
    • Karen and Steve Veneskey likes this.
    • Freedomflyer
      Benji
      September 15 Is it multiple issues or just a certain one?
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    • Freedomflyer
      Robbie & Alice
      September 17 Try here:   https://goo.gl/images/J27udm
    • Freedomflyer
      Debbie and Ceceile
      September 17 When we bought our Montana fifth wheel at a RV show, our salesman was also the service manager for Camping World. I asked him what RV type he got in the most for service and he said, "Hands down, Forest River". Good luck!!!
    • Freedomflyer
      C & C Bonelli
      September 18 Here is what I got from Thor:

      Get your ride's schematics! I found a post on Thor Forums ( www.thorforums.com/ ) to contact Thor Customer Service ( www.thormotorcoach.com/customer-care/ )
      The form limits the size of ...  more
    • Freedomflyer
      Bandit455
      September 19 Don't reinvent the wheel, a bad connection is just that, a bad connection. RARELY will you have a wiring issue actually be the wire itself. It is possible, but for an issue to start up after 7 years with no service work done in that area, it really is unl...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • Freedomflyer
        Freedomflyer
        September 19 I’ve been trying to resolve this for a year. I’ve decided to abandon the repair project. Going to mount a solar motion sensor over the door.
      • Freedomflyer
        Benji
        September 19 Sounds like a poor connection I'll bet a ground. Try adding a ground wire to a metal frame piece before getting any crazier.