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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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  • Michael & Linda
    Michael & Linda:
    9 hours agoThe Onan Emerald Plus 4000 generator has not worked on my 1997 Class C Rv since we bought. I have it looked at and will cost to much to fix. I found a used one just like it that is supposed work. The guy is gonna install it for me to show me it works. My ...  more
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    • Michael & Linda
      JimOnTheBeach 8 hours ago I used a rubber suction bulb with plastic hose that I picked up at Harbor Freight to siphon some gas into the hose when the fuel pump to my generator loses its prime.
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        Michael & Linda 8 hours ago Do you have a photo or link for the suction bulb?
    • Michael & Linda
      JimOnTheBeach 8 hours ago iEFiEL Leak-proof Hand Fuel Pump Multi-Use Siphon Hose Transfer for Gas Fish Tank Water https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FMT2P3Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_X1GUCbRSK483Z
      I found this one on Amazon same thing
    • Michael & Linda
      TeamFoxy 7 hours ago If you follow that hose, it will probably be hose clamped to a metal fuel line. I would suggest that you replace the rubber hose which you can buy at any  auto supply store. There is likely to be some deterioration of the hose from having ethinol gas...  more
  • John And Debbie Maxson
    John And Debbie Maxson:
    13 hours agoGetting ready to replace flooring vinyl hardcore planks snap together waterproof. Has anyone done this ? Did you glue any down at sides or corners? We have one slide did you leave carport there or replace since it’s not seen .has anyone put new plywood ...  more
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    • Seann ( the Canadian) and 1 other like this.
    • John And Debbie Maxson
      John & Diana 12 hours ago I replaced all the carpet in my MH. I used snap lock floating flooring (real wood) with a built in vapor barrier. It is not secured anywhere as the wood needs to expand and contract and has the perimeter covered with quarter round. It looks beautiful. more
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      Liz & Barb - TwoGalsGo 12 hours ago Replacing old flooring with LVP, which it sounds like you have, is a good idea. Be careful to leave space around the outside, like John & Diana did. Quarter round fastened into the wall will cover the gap. Put a very high quality cushioning and sound dead...  more
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        John And Debbie Maxson 11 hours ago Yes the one we picked out has a pad glued to the bottom of the plank . Has to look better than our tile that has cracks and outdated shag carpet lol
    • John And Debbie Maxson
      Lyn & Linda 12 hours ago I did the same but used Luxury Vinyl Strips. I glued everything down with adhesive and have not had any problems at all in 3 years. I did this per a comment by a guy in Missouri who apparently made his living replacing RV flooring. I don't have his addres...  more
    • John And Debbie Maxson
      RRStudebaker 9 hours ago We pur down vinyl planks and left a gap around the edges for expansion. For the outer edge we found stair L-shaped wood trim that matched our wood colors. And nailed it through the flooring with finish nails.
  • Bruce & Kris
    Bruce & Kris :
    April 13Video streaming. Looking for a good streaming device for wifi connections. We currently use a Roku Express and connect it to a wifi signal. But this device requires a really strong wifi signal. Does anyone have a suggestion of a device that seems to o...  more
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    • Bruce & Kris
      Bruce & Kris April 14 Thanks all for your ideas.  You've given me some great ideas.
    • Bruce & Kris
      Liz & Barb - TwoGalsGo April 14 Please check out the copious amount of information for Mobile internet at Mobile Internet Afficionados (MIA). They have a group on here as well as the full website. You likely need a hotspot and a MIMO antenna and to assess your needs and how much you wan...  more
    • Bruce & Kris
      Liz & Barb - TwoGalsGo April 14 The group here is: Mobile Internet Resource Center. Chris Dunphy and Cherie Van Ard and their team are the top of the line for information you need.
    • Bruce & Kris
      voy108 April 14 Not sure what you're looking for but I use a hot spot on my phone and then I prefer the Amazon TV over the Roku. The cube and stick are very modifiable. Check You Tube with TONS of information. Remember bandwidth costs  $$$$ so if looking for streami...  more
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      • Bruce & Kris
        Debi & Dean April 14 We use a HDMI cable on our phones and connect it to the TV and from there we stream Netflix and Amazon movies.
      • Bruce & Kris
        Nessa April 14 Sprint through FMCA is unlimited and I have had good luck with signals across the country.
    • Bruce & Kris
      Nessa April 14 Use your own mifi.  I have both verizon and sprint from FMCA.  Verizon throttles at 25mb but Sprint is unlimited high speed.
  • John A Aukema
    John A Aukema :
    April 12We have a 36' class A RV with a dinning booth...my question...has anyone removed the dinning booth and built a computer work station with table with chairs? Thank you.
    • Bird and 3 others like this.
    • John A Aukema
      Bird April 12 This was a great question and something I was just thinking about.   I'd love to see more pictures of other ideas.   I'll need to do this in our travel trailer.    I'm going to need room for a laptop with 2 monitors and a printer.
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      • John A Aukema
        wannabervin April 14 Do you have bunks? Our old tt had a bunk room and one of the lower bunks converted to a mini dinette—perfect for my laptop. I don’t miss the tt but I do miss that.
      • John A Aukema
        TheClearyClan April 14 I have seen in some of the newer Super-Cs where, like our 2010, have bunk beds opposite the bathroom. Ours are just the two beds, the new ones have the bottom bunk as a jackknife couch facing a TV or a mini dinette.


        Bob
      • John A Aukema
        Nessa April 14 Check out pinterest...there are lots of ideas for remodeling and removing the dinette.
    • John A Aukema
      Michael & Dena April 12 It would be easy to do
    • John A Aukema
      John A Aukema Mon at 4:57 AM Thank you for every ones input.
    • John A Aukema
      Kevin & Diana Ryan Thu at 8:24 PM
    • John A Aukema
      Bird 13 hours ago Great video - I enjoyed that!
  • David & Lenka
    David & Lenka:
    April 12So here is the instant desk or counter for the kitchen. The gap at the top needs to be there to allow for the piece to pivot in place. I will add another piece of walnut that will be held in place with velcro then just remove it when we need the table up....  more
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    • Nancy Applegate and 7 others like this.
    • David & Lenka
      Cajunville (John & Laurie) April 12 nice
    • David & Lenka
      Roy and Evelyn April 13 Nice   Don't forget to add a small wine cave!
    • David & Lenka
      Lee & Ann B 8 hours ago You might try neodynium magnets instead of Velcro.
  • Chuck&Cheryl
    Chuck&Cheryl :
    April 7Looking for adivce on mounting kayaks and bicycles to the back of our camper. We have 2 kayaks and 2 bikes that need to go on the back of the camper, any suggestions?
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    • Chuck&Cheryl
      Tim & Crista April 7 Check out cruiserlift.com. They have some interesting configurations.
    • Chuck&Cheryl
      Solo Joe April 8 Have you considered a rack in the bed of the truck? Or adding a receiver hitch on the front of the truck and carrying over the cab/hood?
    • Chuck&Cheryl
      Kathy & Jon April 8 try Rack Stars, boulder colorado.  I'm sure they have a website but i'm sure what it is.
  • Mark & Anneliese (Hicks on the road)
    Mark & Anneliese (Hicks on the road) :
    April 5I need some advise, we have a chain link fence and it has a 10 ft double gate, on the side is a 18" panel and a 24" panel, we would like to make those panels that are right now stationary, movable, is that something we could do or hire a contractor?
    I t...  more
    • Hank & Shirleen and 1 other like this.
    • Mark & Anneliese (Hicks on the road)
      Hank & Shirleen April 5 Yes it can be Done! But will take some engineering depending on how you want it To Work! 
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    • Mark & Anneliese (Hicks on the road)
      Lanky007 April 6 let L take a look at it....ex owner operator of a deck and fence business.....might trade you some advice for some more "potatta"....
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  • Average Campers' Adventures
    • Steve-Pat and 4 others like this.
    • Average Campers' Adventures
      Dreamers and Travelers/ Tom & Prescott April 5 Wow! CONGRATS! Living the dream! We hope to find similar property when we choose to slow down.
  • Fran & Glenn
    Fran & Glenn:
    April 1Alright, I know someone out there knows the answer and they are gonna make this really easy for me to understand. We had solar panels placed on top of the trailer, we went to 2x 6 volt batteries and have new outlets in the camper and a switch. Also we ...  more
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    • Fran & Glenn
      Bandit455 April 1 Read your post again, my best guess to what you have is a solar panel(s) charging your onboard batteries. This should leave all 12vdc outlets and fixtures working as normal. The switch you mentioned, probably turns on an inverter that will power the addit...  more
    • Fran & Glenn
      Drifter April 1 I doubt you have the storage to run your refrigerator on 110 using solar alone. If your truck is powering your trailer batteries motoring down the road, the panels and alternator most likely will be able to operate your refrigerator with inverter on.
    • Fran & Glenn
      Fran & Glenn April 2 Thanks everyone for your help.
    • Fran & Glenn
      Kay and Russ Wallace April 5 Your solar charges your batteries. What size inverter did you install? The inverter gives you 120 AC. If it is big enough you might run your microwave or your coffee pot or your toaster oven. You don’t have enough capacity to run your frig on 120 AC. You...  more
    • Fran & Glenn
      Blodn1 April 13 I have solar and 4x12v batteries which allow me to use all my lights, my AC/DC refrigerator and my pump. I also have a DC blanket, if it gets cold, so I don't need an inverter with this setup.
  • Richard and Denice
    Richard and Denice :
    March 31We are getting ready to take a 9 month trip right after our family reunion in August. We used to have a 5th wheel and traveled about 15 years ago. a little but were working so time was limited.

    At the time we did not have a computer but plan on taking o...  more
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    • Richard and Denice
      dstowe April 1 We use a Brother Pocket jet.  It's very compact, it fits in a drawer when traveling and works good.
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        Richard and Denice April 1 Pocket jet I like the name will surely have to check this one out. Thanks for the reply.
    • Richard and Denice
      KatB April 1 We have an older model with a flat top. We used velcro to make sure it is secure.
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    • Richard and Denice
      Yoopers Don & Mary April 1 We carry a Samsung SL-M2020W laser.  It is fairly compact and works great.  It is also wireless, so you can keep it some place out of the way when you do have it set up (it stays stored under our dinette seat most of the time).
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      • Richard and Denice
        OldMan April 6 This is a good idea, because ink cartridges leaking. 
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        Yoopers Don & Mary April 6 Yes, and the print heads and ink cartridges won't dry up and clog when not used very often.
    • Richard and Denice
      JimandMargie April 1 We use an HP Laserjet 1006. Not too big for us and tends to work well. https://www.amazon.com/HP-CB411A-ABA-LaserJet-Printer/dp/B000UZH526
    • Richard and Denice
      Jim & Sharon Ham April 1 We should add to previous message that sometimes we also carry a Brother HL-L2300D compact monochrome laser printer.  It is much cheaper to operate than the HP Envy 4500 ink jet printer but lacks the WIFI connection, and ability to scan or operate as...  more