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WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT? TIPS AND TRICKS (3,067 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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  • RV'ing Denise
    RV'ing Denise:
    To help organation of shoes i have used the clear 2# comand hooks on the side walls of our hanging closet as well as along side the bed wall for slippers and or shoes you put on daily.
    • 1 hour ago
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  • Oregon Morgans
    Oregon Morgans :
    Anybody have any tips for a Black Water valve that has become very difficult to pull out and push in? Will just something like WD40 on the cable help? Thanks.
    • 4 hours ago
    • Oregon Morgans
      Alan & Melanie If you have access to the cable where it enters the sheath, you can use a bicycle motorcycle cable lubricator tool and cable lubricant. You won't have to disconnect the cable. Get the one with the dual screws that secures the cable not the single screw. T...  more
      • 2 hours ago
    • Oregon Morgans
      revbilly This is a great little video on finding a solution. Bought the lubricant but haven't had the time to doctor my valves. 
      • 1 hour ago
    • Oregon Morgans
      RV'ing Denise We use a Spray lube. 
      • 1 hour ago
    • Oregon Morgans
      Brian&Nadine Be careful if you try to replace your valve. My valves are directly between my black and gray water tanks and I had to loosen the gray tank to get the black tank valve back in. The best method I have found is to let the system dry out. Then I reach inside...  more
      • 1 hour ago
    • Oregon Morgans
      Mark & JoAnn My RV has cables that you pull to open the Black and Grey tank drain valves, they seem to be getting harder to open and close. There isn't a place to be able to get to the cable to attached the above suggested lube tool. Any other ideas?
      • 31 minutes ago
  • Magnum
    Magnum :
    Been having trouble getting OTA tv channels at some parks. Received this today and found I received 16 channels whereas my stock power batwing antenna only received 4 channels. I have a similar one at my house and it works great so I figured it should wor...  more
    • July 14
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    • Hank & Shirleen and 13 others like this.
    • Magnum
      Angelack Did you permanently mount it or what?
    • Magnum
      Magnum No, but I have to raise my flagpole daily so it only takes an additional minute or two to attached the antenna. Our plan is to only use it when our installed power antenna is not getting good signals. I have seen RV’s that appeared to have them permanentl...  more
      • Mon at 11:45 AM
  • Robbie & Alice
    Robbie & Alice :
    I must be missing something here about this group. The description above discusses sharing tips and clever tricks for camping. None of the posts below have anything to do with tricks or tips to make camping easier.
    • July 13
    • LarandSus and 5 others like this.
    • Robbie & Alice
      GaleS I sympathize with what Robbie and Alice are saying. I've been part of this group and a couple others for quite a while and have become very disappointed that posts are so off topic. I don't know the solution, but hope there's a cure. No one is blowing any...  more
    • Robbie & Alice
      JR &Pam Amend brother. "Tips and tricks" or change the post name.
    • Robbie & Alice
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors Must have forgotten to take their meds
    • Robbie & Alice
      Terry & Diane I think it might be operator error when posting;)
      • July 15
    • Robbie & Alice
      Eric and Kathy We belong to several groups. I really don't mind off topic comments and have learned a lot from many of them. If not interested I just don't read. Hate to discourage folks posting by being too judgemental. I suppose the creator of a group could eject n...  more
      • 5 hours ago
  • HippyGypsy
    HippyGypsy:
    Just joined. Still trying to decide between Class A or C or build a Tiny House on Wheels (THOW). Looking for other full time Mom & Daughter Duos to connect with and any advice, guidance or just someone willing to hold our hands.
    • July 13
    • Skylar and 1 other like this.
    • HippyGypsy
      Brian&Nadine How often are you going to move? I would look at used travel trailers in the 40' range. I think you will find them cheaper than a tiny house and much easier to live in. Good luck.
      • July 13
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      • HippyGypsy
        HippyGypsy Thanks for responding. Semi often. Daily to monthly. Do you have any experience with THOW's?
        • July 13
      • HippyGypsy
        Brian&Nadine Only what I have seen on tv. It seems like they all have sleeping lofts with ladders that go straight up. I sleep in the cabover bunk in our class c and that is bad enough. We spend about four months in the winter travelling in our 25' class c and we mana...  more
        • July 13
      • HippyGypsy
        HippyGypsy We want to build a THOW, I even already designed our ideal layout. But we are now wrestling with wanting to be under 30' total. Now we're thinking about Class A or C or maybe converting a bus. How long have you had your rig? What problems have you had?
      • HippyGypsy
        Brian&Nadine We bought a new 2011 Four winds and had it for about 4 years and hated it. The microwave fell out of the cabinet on one trip. I won't recommend any Thor product. In 2015 we traded for a used 2015 Coachmen Leprechaun 230CB. It is really versatile because t...  more
        • July 14
      • HippyGypsy
        HippyGypsy Thanks for the info. Spent the last few hours looking into rehabbing a Class A or C as well as buses... Do you have any customizing experience/advice?
        • July 14
      • HippyGypsy
        Brian&Nadine I converted a 1979 cargo van to a leisure van but didn't do anything like an RV in it. I did find out it is real easy to increase the weight when you start adding stuff. I am beginning to think you like work. I am thinking the best thing you can do is sta...  more
        • July 14
      • HippyGypsy
        HippyGypsy Yes, been researching all day, leaning towards buses for now, unless that magic diamond in the rough finds us. But realistically, we have very specific design ideas based on how we feel we want our space to be laid out, and unfortunately there is massive ...  more
        • July 14
    • HippyGypsy
      Skylar Love your name! I travel alone in a 20-ft Winnebago Class C. It’s a 2000 an oldie but goodie. I’ve driven all over and so far no breakdowns. This will be your home on wheels so it’s such a personal decision. I like a class c because you can get them more ...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • HippyGypsy
        HippyGypsy Thank you for responding and understanding how personal and daunting this is. We are liking the Winnie's too. Class B's are too awesome but too expensive. And Mom wants a little more living space. Is there anything about your Rig that you don't like? 
        • July 13
    • HippyGypsy
      HippyGypsy Thank you for responding and understanding how personal and daunting this is. We are liking the Winnie's too. Class B's are too awesome but too expensive. And Mom wants a little more living space. Is there anything about your Rig that you don't like? 
      • July 13
    • HippyGypsy
      TheClearyClan I started tent camping in 1962 as a kid. The tent trailer came about 1968. My wife and I started renting about 33 years ago. Since 2008 my wife and I shared a travel trailer at an RV Park with her sister and brother-in-law. We did three more rentals. Twic...  more
      • July 13
    • HippyGypsy
      Joy Petnut I don't understand the romance with tiny houses personally. I have a Class C and like it very much. I think trailers have way better storage and better more realistic bathrooms. Some of the things I see them putting in the tiny homes I'm thinking "Oh my g...  more
      • July 13
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      • HippyGypsy
        HippyGypsy For me the romance is the custom ability. I have found reputable RVIA certified THOW builders to build my design for reasonable cost. Even though most THOW's intentions are semi mobile; THOW's can be made to be highly mobile especially the smaller you go....  more
        • July 14
      • HippyGypsy
        TheClearyClan You may need a TARDIS.
        https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=tardis&view=detail&mid=4F1F307F89D206CF1DA64F1F307F89D206CF1DA6&FORM=VRRTAP&PC=SWG01
  • Jerry & Lillian
    Jerry & Lillian:
    How often do you change trailer tires?

    We are planning a trip out West which would be about 4,000 miles round trip.

    I have a 28 ft. Outback camper. I put new tires on it a little over 2 years ago, and have put approximately 4,500 miles on them. They l...  more
    • July 9
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    • Jerry & Lillian
      Donna Weiss I had 3 tire blowouts on a 7 week trip and the one thing I learned is to carry a spare.  If you don't, roadside assistance can get very expensive.  When it happens in the middle of nowhere, you pay the going rate.  I will never travel again...  more
      • July 10
    • Jerry & Lillian
      Jim & Sharon Ham As Donna said, a spare is essential.  Could even become a DIY change if stuck in the middle of nowhere.  Rather than send old tires the shred mill, even unmounted tires can be a life-saver when you have a problem and have already used your spare...  more
    • Jerry & Lillian
      Benji Are there any cracks or grayish color appearance in the sidewall they are dryrotting and I would change them. Constantly check air pressure including the spare and you should be fine.
    • Jerry & Lillian
      Judith & Mark Age of the tire is the most important as discussed above;  however, the SPEED RATING of the tire is also very important!  Most trailer tires are only rated for 65 MPH, and running these tires at Freeway speeds (or in excess of the posted speed l...  more
    • Jerry & Lillian
      NurseKate & BeerSteinBob We replaced all 6 tires on our class A last week after having a blow out.  :@ 
      • Mon at 6:54 AM
  • Jane C
    Jane C:
    2 BIG questions. I have a Holiday Rambler Alumi-lite C class motor home, 24'. I dislike the dinette configuration and especially dislike the cushion configuration. Under the dinette seating are 3 big water tanks (three!!!).
    Question 1. Can I remove one o...  more
    • July 6
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    • Jane C
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors First make sure they are all fresh water tanks
    • Jane C
      Jane C yes
    • Jane C
      The Rolling Stones Your best bet is to contact the Holiday Rambler Rev Group Technical Assistance and let them help you through this.  They will have all the schematics and knowledge to determine if what you are wanting to do can actually be done without jeopardizing t...  more
      • July 7
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      • Jane C
        Jane C Thanks, I will contact the group. Great share.
        • July 8
    • Jane C
      Jim & Sharon Ham From your photo, it appears the large gravity freshwater fill is going into the middle tank on the side.  The clear vinyl tubing on top is where air is pushed out of the tanks to the side fill vent.  I presume your method of fill is to run the w...  more
      • July 7
    • Jane C
      Jane C This is very good information. Thanks. Per the cushions. We too determined fabric is the only way too go. So many issues associated with leather/leather-like materials. Great share.
      • July 8
  • John and Shelley
    John and Shelley:
    I have a 30 Class C, Thor Chateau. I want to transport a motorcycle and am looking for a Knowledgeable supplier. I am based in Atlantic Canada. Thanks John
    • July 5
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    • John and Shelley
      John and Shelley Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
    • John and Shelley
      Doug and Terri We have put our bike on a hitch carrier and it's very easy, our hitch will hold 500lbs of direct weight....we recently swapped the motorcycle for a 150cc scooter and love the flexibility. You can view various ramps at discount ramps.com and YouTube.
    • John and Shelley
      John and Shelley Very helpful thanks ? 
      • July 7
    • John and Shelley
      JR &Pam He who dies with the most toys wins!!
      • July 7
    • John and Shelley
      John and Shelley Right 
      • July 8
  • Kim&Robyn
    Kim&Robyn:
    Has anyone tried out the Skylink antenna
    SkyLink
    • July 5
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    • Kim&Robyn
      Marta231655 I think the roof antenna is going to work better
      • July 5
    • Kim&Robyn
      Benji Who makes it? I never heard of it.
      • July 5
    • Kim&Robyn
      Marta231655 they are worthless I prefer rabit ears works just as good but the roof top antenna is the best
      • July 5
    • Kim&Robyn
      Benji This is what I bought. I haven't used it yet but it's about $350 I don't want a monthly bill and try to not watch that much tv.
      • July 5
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    • Kim&Robyn
      Liz Wharton & Barbara Jording You could check out Technomadia.com. They offer comprehensive testing and reviews of antennae and all other things Nomad Tech for RVers
      • July 13
  • Gdad
    Gdad:
    I have a 2013 coachman freedom express TT. Looking for recommendation for keyless door lock
    • July 4
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    • Gdad
      Benji Look on EBay. I'm considering getting one down the priority list.
      • July 4
    • Gdad
      Robert & Erica Steele I recommend the www.rvlock.com models. The v4 probably fits your application, but call and check. You can get them on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ITJ1K9
      • July 4
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      • Gdad
        Robert & Erica Steele That link is an affiliate link, so I get a small commission from Amazon if youbuy from that link.
        • July 4