RV Product Reviews

My RV Product Reviews

Traveling and living in the RV we use many different RV related products. In this section of the website you’ll find all my RV products reviews. I even did a full review of the entire Keystone Fifth wheel trailer after 18 months of use.

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    Adding LED Lighting To My RV Kitchen Pantry

    I love the large RV kitchen pantry in our Keystone Cougar fifth wheel. It is quite tall and has nice deep shelves. It’s a great spot to store all our dry grocery goods and heavier items like books, beverage bottles, cans, etc. Being that it is…

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    Boating Adventure While RVing Vancouver Island

    A Three Hour Tour We are really enjoying our summer up here in Campbell River, BC while RVing Vancouver Island. The weather has been outstanding with plentiful sunshine and warm balmy conditions. One of the main reasons we decided to spend July and…

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    Review of the Thunderbird RV Park in Campbell River BC

    After spending the last two summers at Living Forest Campground in Nanaimo and then Oceanside RV Resort in Victoria this year we decided to check out a spot a little further north on Vancouver Island. We have long loved to camp in the area around the…

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    No~Shock~Zone RV Electrical Safety eBook Review

    Introduction Having been an electronics repair technician for over 25 years I respect the power of electricity to cause damage and even death. My main occupation was repairing consumer electronics like televisions, VCRs and stereo equipment. I have…

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    Lubing My Fifth Wheel Trailer

    How I Lubricate My Fifth Wheel Trailer Usually twice a year I will go through the fifth wheel mechanisms and give them a good lubrication. I find that lubing my fifth wheel trailer and hitch regularly really helps it perform better for me. Everything…

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    StarLights Brilliant Light LED RV Fixture

    Upgrading a 12 Volt RV Lamp Fixture Recently I updated our Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheels lighting systems to new LED bulbs. While installing the new bulbs one of my fixtures was damaged. Due to the heat produced by the 12 volt incandescent bulb the…

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    Installing Swanky New RV Shower Fixtures

    Introduction For the last little while our RV shower fixtures have been acting up. The cold tap has been really wonky. We have to really play around with it to get a constant stream which makes adjusting for good pressure and temperature a real pain.…

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    Ripping Out My Fifth Wheels RV Carpet

    Why Rip Out My Fifth Wheels RV Carpet? I was doing the spring cleaning of our RV after another great snowbird season down south and got to work tackling the carpets. For carpet cleaning I use a Bissell portable steam cleaner, great little unit and…

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    What About an Extended Warranty for the RV?

    RV Extended Warranties – Introduction When my wife and I purchased our brand new Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel three years ago we had to make the decision on whether to buy extended warranty coverage or not. Normally I don’t buy extended warranties…

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    Hummingbird Feeder for the RV

    Stick-on Hummingbird Feeder for the RV The last few seasons RVing we have noticed quite a number of rigs put out a hummingbird feeder. After seeing this over and over again we decided to see what the attraction was and finally, we purchased ourselves…

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    Boosting RV Internet with the Wilson Sleek 4G

    Why We Need to Boost the Cell Signal For a few years now we have traveled in our RV using a Verizon MiFi Hotspot as our primary source of internet connectivity. It works through the cellular data networks just like a smart phone but without the phone…

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    My Temporary Fifth Wheel Power Jack Repair

    Details of my MacGyver-like Fifth Wheel Power Jack Repair A few weeks ago we were all setup camped at Zion National Park when we notice a strange clunking noise as we moved about the fifth wheel. Along with the clunking it also seemed to be wiggling…

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    New Free RV eBook called Roughing It Smoothly

    Roughing It Smoothly eBook Review A couple days ago I had the pleasure to get my hands on a new free RV eBook called Roughing It Smoothly. It is written by one of our RV Happy Hour members named Ray Whyte. Ray has taken his approximately 50 years of…

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    Install and Review of StarLights LED lamps for the RV

    Introduction I’ve been looking to swap out our fifth wheels OEM incandescent light bulbs to the more energy efficient LED lamps for a while now. As luck would have I got an email from a high quality LED lamp manufacturer asking if I would like to…

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    Return to Palm Creek Resort RV Park in Nevada

    Palm Creek Resort RV Park Last snowbird season we discovered an oasis in the stark southern Nevada desert. An online photographer buddy of my wife Anne named Don Davis invited us to stay at his little RV Park located about 50 miles north east of Las…

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    Upgrade Ideas For Your New RV

    My New RV Needs Upgrades? Yes, like any other product out there the manufacture is on the look out to keeping costs down and leave it up to the customer to add on or improve some things. Drawing from my experience RVing full time here are a few of my…

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    RV Boondocking in Arizona eBook Review

    Introduction I’ve always enjoyed boondocking even back in my camper van RVing days when it was just camping to me. Back then I explored the many back roads of Vancouver Island camping on what is called in Canada “Crown land” or at primitive…

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    Our Dental Trip to Algodones, Mexico *Updated*

    Visiting a Dentist in Los Algodones Anne and I needed a ton of dental work. We are both small business, sole proprietors which is great in so many ways but dental coverage is not one of them.   We have to pay the full cost ,minus a 10% cash discount…

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    Carry a Torque Wrench for RV Maintenance

    Torque Wrench for RV Maintenance Tip As a full timer, snowbird and even a regular vacation type RV user it’s a good idea to carry and know how to use a torque wrench to maintain proper tightness on critical nuts and bolts. As our motorhomes,…

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    RV Install and Review of the Mr. Heater Big Buddy MH18B

    Big Buddy Indoor Safe Propane Radiant Heater Introduction While snowbirding in the US South West last winter we got the chance to do a substantial amount of dry camping out in the desert. I quickly discovered how much juice it took to run the big…

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    Faulty Electrical Switch on a Suburban SW6DE Hot Water Heater

    RV Hot Water Electrical Repair – Bad Switch The other morning while breaking camp to head out to the next destination I noticed the electrical on/off switch for my Suburban SW6DE Water Heater was a little stiff and it required a lot of force to…

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    Update RV Thermostat Tip

    Using Lux DMH110A to Update RV Thermostat I  previously wrote a blog post describing my upgrade mod to my RV heating/cooling thermostat and posted a video on YouTube detailing the install. I used the Hunter brand model 42999 and it works great in my…

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    The Mobile Internet Handbook Review

    The Mobile Internet Handbook I have just finished reading The Mobile Internet Handbook by Technomadia and can recommended it highly to RVers both new and old. Though the subject matter can be quite technical and confusing they do a fine job of…

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    Top Ten on My RV Christmas Wish List

    My RV Christmas Wish List There are those RVing accessories that are needed like sewer hoses, leveling blocks, and tools. Then there are those that we would like to have. They are sure to enhance our RVing experience but usually cost a little more…

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    Faulty Dexter Trailer Brake

    Found During Routine Service My 2011 Keystone Cougar 276RLS went in for routine service last week at Triangle RV in Sidney BC. The work to be done was an axle bearing inspection, clean and grease repack. Also new seals were to be installed and if…

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    We Were Featured in an RVing Magazine

    Getting featured in RVwest magazine A few months ago I was approach by RVwest magazine with a request to use one of my articles for their online website. They also asked if Anne and myself would mind being interviewed for some further articles. Sure…

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    RV Waste Tank Valve Replacement Keystone Cougar 276RLS

    RV Waste Tank Valve Replacement A little while ago when running some wiring to install a headphone jack in the Cougar I decided to have a peek inside all areas of the underbelly. As I inspected the area where the gray and black tank valves are…

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    Solvit RV Dog Ramp

    Solvit RV Dog Ramp Review When we started our RVing adventure a couple years ago we set out initially on a one year trip around North America. One big reason we chose the RV as a mode of transportation was so we could bring our beloved furry…

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    Hunter 42999B Digital RV Thermostat Install

    Our Keystone Cougar 276RLSWE Fifth Wheel came equipped with a Coleman-Mach Analog Thermostat to control temperature when using either the Airxcel Air Conditioning or the Suburban LP Gas Furnace. I noticed a problem right away with trying to maintain…

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    Update to Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C RV Surge Protector Review

    I have a couple updates to my original review post for the hard wired Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C  RV surge protector. 1) I was able to break it! I was messing around with one of my Champion 2000 watt generators during a recent boondocking…

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    Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Shoe Storage Mod

    One thing that was lacking in our 2011 Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel was a place to put our shoes. Generally they get placed by the entrance door in a heap. The other day I was exploring the space under the kitchen counters and noticed a large void…

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    Inside the Belly – Keystone Cougar 276RLSWE Fifth Wheel

    Introduction Our 2011 Keystone Cougar 276RLSWE Fifth Wheel has a black chloroplast (plastic like material) layer attached to the bottom with many 3/8 nut headed self taping screws. Since I had to undo a fair amount of this material to complete a…

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    Installing Hard Start Capacitor into my RV Air Conditioner

    Why do I want a Hard Start Capacitor? When dry camping there are times I would like to run the roof-top air conditioner to cool the camper down. I have a pair of Champion 2000w inverter type generators that I can parallel together for 4000 peak and…

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    Installing Headphone Jack in my Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailer

    Living full time in the trailer in such close quarters using the headphones becomes essential. Like if I want to watch some annoying guy stuff and my wife is busy writing on her computer. So we have been using the existing headphone jack but I wanted…

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    Champion 2000w Inverter Generator Maintenance

    In the summer after a winter spent down south as a snowbird doing lot of boondocking my pair of 73536i Champion Generators need some tender loving care. I like to pick a nice sunny day, strip off the covers and perform the manufacturer’s suggested…

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    Passport America Discount Camping Club Review

    Introduction When traveling around the country in our RV we are always on the lookout for ways to keep our camping budget low.  Besides our membership in Thousand Trails, stop overs in Casino Parking lots, and Boondocking another way to save is by…

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    Review of the Oceanside RV Resort near Victoria BC

    Introduction After spending the winter RVing down south we headed back to Vancouver Island and picked a spot to stay for the summer.  This year we chose Oceanside RV Resort near Victoria BC.  We had stayed here for a week back when we started out…

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    Dometic DM2652 RV Refrigerator Repair

    The other day I went to get a couple of ice cubes for my “Happy Hour” beverage and splush instead of ice I hit cooled water. Weird, I thought to myself. Maybe I had left the door slightly open on the freezer but checking the fridge…

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    Love Your RV – Tips for the RV Life eBook

    Tips for the RV Life eBook I’m very excited my first eBook Tips for the RV Life is finished!  All monthly newsletter subscribers receive a *free* copy! The LoveYourRV.com newsletter is also being changed from basically a weekly blog update to…

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    Valterra Water Regulator

    I purchased this water regulator because the cheap one included with the RV gave too little pressure to have a decent shower. The Valterra Water Regulator has much better flow ability and is adjustable to my preferences.  I usually set it at around…

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    Love Your RV on Pinterest

    I’ve tried out most of the Social Media sites out there, like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Tumblr, etc. but lately I have been really getting into one called Pinterest. It is really easy to use and a lot of fun. Basically you make a collection…

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    Bissell Little Green Portable Steam Cleaner Review

    Living in our RV Full Time means we need compact, lightweight appliances to take along with us. One piece of equipment that’s been a great addition to the RV cleaning arsenal is the Bissell Little Green Portable Steam Cleaner. I found this unit…

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    Tools and Maintenance Items for the Full Time RV Life

    I’m often asked what tools and maintenance items I carry along while pursuing the Full Time RV Life.  While organizing the RV this spring I pulled out all my tools and thought this would be a good time to show to you the stuff I carry. When RVing…

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    Finally! I solved the case of the Intermittent Trailer Running Lights

    I have battled a problem of intermittent trailer running lights for a few months now. Every once in a while the marker/running lights would go out and I would find the fuse powering that circuit in the truck blown. I would replace the fuse and things…

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    Champion 2000 Watt Inverter Generator Review

    Review of my Champion Generator I purchased 2 of these Champion 2000 Watt inverter generators plus the parallel cable so I would be able to run my 13500 BTU RV Air Conditioner and use one at a time if I just needed to charge up the batteries or use…

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    How I Wash, Wax and Detail the RV

    Introduction Every six months or so I wash, wax and detail the RV. Occasionally between this it may get a quick wash if it gets very dirty or dusty, usually after a couple big rainy drives or a desert windstorm. Below you will learn the methods,…

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    Metal Detecting Goes Well With RVing

    Ever since I was a small boy I loved to find treasures. I remember scouring the neighborhood in search of pop bottles or lost coins. When I grew up and metal locators became available I bought one and was hooked. Nothing like the thrill of unearthing…

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    Trojan 6 Volt Batteries RV Install

    I added to the standard 12v deep cycle battery that came with the RV with 2 of the T-105 Trojan Six Volt golf cart type batteries. This update more than tripled my amp hour capacity from 85 ah to 310 ah and gave me a very robust dual battery bank…

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    Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller

    In continuing my RV Product reviews next up is my Primus IQ Brake Controller. I’ve been using it for about 2 years now installed in my 1994 F350 Ford Truck towing 9000 lbs. worth of Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel. I’ve logged around 35,000 in that…

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    So, you want to be an RVer?

    Being more of a doer than a thinker I don’t read a ton of books but I have just finished reading a great one on RVing and the RV Life Style. It is written by John and Kathy Huggins, two full-time RVers who have lived the lifestyle for nearly nine…

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    Cheap Waste Tank Cleaner

    Rather than buy nasty and expensive chemicals for the waste tanks try using a 1/2 cup of good old Borax laundry detergent and 1/4  cup of Calgon Water Softener. The Borax detergent helps control odor and cleans the tank. The water softener makes…

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    RV Sewer Dumping – The Straight Poop on the Poop

    RV Sewer Dumping. Yes we all have to do it at some point. It’s the right of passage into the RV world. Everyone in the park loves to watch the newbie with the brand new sewer hose figuring out the procedure for the first time. If you’re a new…

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    Essential RV Ipad Apps List

    This post contains my Essential RV Ipad Apps List I use all the time while RVing. These aren’t all the apps I use or have used but the ones I find essential. Some are completely free and some have a small fee for use. Weather One of the most…

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    Thousand Trails Zone Camping Pass

    I’ve decided to write a post about the Thousand Trails Zone Camping Pass. Just so you know I don’t work for Thousand Trails or get money from them for this, I’m just an RVer who uses their park system. The Thousand Trails Zone Camping Pass…

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    Keystone Cougar 276RLSWE Fifth Wheel Trailer Review

    Introduction Hi, my name is Ray. In May 2011 my wife Anne and I purchased a brand new Keystone Cougar 276RLSWE Fifth Wheel Trailer to spend one year traveling around North America in. This was a lifetime dream of ours and we decided a truck and fifth…

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    Progressive Industries Model EMS-HW30C – RV Surge Protector

    This Xmas I got a wonderful present, especially for a tinkerer and do it yourself person like me. I opened up a Progressive Industries Model EMS-HW30C Electrical Management System. It is a RV Power Surge Protector and much more.  AHHHH!  Gadget…

  • True Sine Wave Inverter

    1000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    I purchased a 1000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter to be able to run our IMAC computer and LCD TV while off grid. I wanted a Pure Sine Wave Inverter to give our sensitive electronic items clean , stable power. The unit has performed well for 18 months now…

  • O-Grill Review

    O-Grill 1000 Gas Barbecue

    This is our compact O-Grill  Gas Barbecue we use for our RV BBQ.  I like many things about the O-Grill 1000 Gas Barbecue 1. It easily folds down into a compact size which fits nicely in my RV storage compartment. 2. Comes with its own storage bag.…

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    Trailer Aid Plus

    For lifting your heavy tandem wheel trailer to change a tire or check bearings and brakes nothing is as easy as using the Trailer Aid Plus. I picked up one to use on my 9000 lb Keystone Cougar fifth wheel trailer. It makes it easy to check the brakes…

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    VentMate – Vent Covers

    First thing I would want on any RV is vent covers.  Being from the pacific coast of Canada they came already included from the dealer. They allow the top vents to be open even when it is raining.  With the ones from Vent Mate I’ve been able…

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    Wingman RV-WING UHF Add-On

    We added the Wingman RV-WING UHF Add-On to our Winegard Antenna that came with the RV and immediately notice a big difference in the number and quality of stations we were able to pull in.  We received many more HDTV stations.  The installation was…

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    Jefatech Long Range WiFi Repeater Kit for RVs

    Finding it tough to pick up the campground WiFi in many parks I was looking for a solution.  I ordered the Long Range WiFi Repeater Kit for RVs What a pleasant surprise when I was able to pull in weak signals.  As an example I was camped at the Rio…