RV Tips and Tricks

Love Your RV – Tips and Tricks

Having RV’ed a fair amount of time now I’ve picked up many neat little Tips and Tricks along the way. In this area of LoveYourRV.com you’ll find all sorts of quick little tips to make the RV lifestyle a little easier.  Don’t forget to Pin or Share your favorites. Thanks!

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    The Case of the Singing RV Water Heater

    What the Heck is that Noise? A couple days ago I noticed a faint whistling noise every once in a while in the rig. It would come and go apparently at random. Then yesterday it got very loud and it was easy to track it down. Our Suburban SW6DE water…

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    Tips and Tricks for Cold Weather RVing

    Introduction RVers generally are an inventive and self-reliant bunch. One thing that really gets their creative juices flowing is trying to live in an RV below freezing for a sustained period of time. The typical RV is not at all designed for use in…

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    Housekeeping Tips for Snowbirds on the Move

    When the winter months roll around, it’s easy for RVers to get caught up in the excitement of heading south and certain elements of everyday life can often be forgotten. Being a snowbird comes with much responsibility, not only with the upkeep of…

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    11 Helpful Tips for RV Storage

    Introduction Even though we now live in our RV as our only home there have been times in the last few years that we have had to place our Cougar fifth wheel trailer in storage for a little while. Luckily we have found a nice secure storage yard to…

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    Simple Tips to Improve Your Caravan

    For those who are traveling with an RV for the first time, it may seem like there’s really not much that you could add to make the trip any better – discovering the unparalleled freedom and comfort of RV travel is often enough to keep travelers…

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    Are Your RV Storage Bay Locks Secure?

    Did you know that if you have a key for your RV storage compartments marked CH751 that almost any other RVer can open them? What!? Yes it is true; many manufactures use the exact same key for all the RV storage bay locks. I guess it saves them a lot…

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    Howto Install an RV Attic Roof Vent Tip

    RV Attic Vent Tip We get lots of terrific tips, mods and upgrades shared over in the RV Happy Hour community. I particularly liked this quick and fairly easy upgrade to the RV ventilation recently posted by RVHH member Eddie. Eddie and his family…

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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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    Fun RV Tip Get Yourself a Flag!

    Last winter we explored the American South West and spent a good deal of time boondocking (dry camping without hookups) out in the desert. One cool thing I noticed was how many folks had a flag pole on the rig and were flying all kinds of various…

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    Inventive and Inexpensive RV Tips by Beth

    One of my readers “Beth” was kind enough to share with me a few inexpensive RV tips she uses in her travel trailer. I found them to be very inventive and asked her permission to share them on Love Your RV! in the Reader-Submitted Tips…

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    4 Ingenious Ways to Increase Storage Space in Your RV

    If you’ve ever planned an RV trip, you know just how precious each square foot can be – when going on a longer trip it seems that you need to bring so much that in the end there’s not much room to even turn around. So if you want to take…

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    Is RV Tow Insurance Part of Your Risk Mitigation?

    Adventures with Willamena Whale – Grim and Grimmer - Guest article by Charles Lloyd Sara and I own “Willamena Whale”, a 2006 37-foot Heartland Big Horn 5th wheel towed by “Baby Huey” a 2005 Cummins powered Quad Cab Dodge Ram 2-wheel…

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    Ten Helpful RVing Tips and Tricks

      Use Cordless Drill for Rear Stabilizer Jacks My Keystone Cougar fifth wheel trailer has manual crank rear stabilizer jacks. By using my cordless drill with a special socket sized for the jack, deploying and retracting the jacks is a breeze. No…

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    My Yearly RV Hot Water Heater Maintenance

    Introduction RV hot water heater maintenance is pretty straight forward. With a few tools, a warm sunny afternoon and a little know how it’s easy to do it yourself. The main thing we want to do is flush out the sediments and deposits that build up…

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    Advice for a Safe and Fun RV Road Trip

    Planning for a Safe and Fun RV Road Trip When you get ready to take to the open road for an RV adventure, the last thing you want to think about is what if something bad happens while you are traveling. What if a tire goes flat, you run out of gas,…

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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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    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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    Use Vent Cushions to Help Regulate Temperature in the RV

    RV Vent Insulator Cushions Tip Cushions designed to fit in the square vent openings on the RV roof can be made or purchased on Amazon. When it is too hot or cold outside the vents are a major source of temperature exchange, by blocking them you can…

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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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    RV Awning Washing Tip

    RV Awning and Slide Topper Cleaning Tip Steve over at RV Happy Hour forums shared a terrific tip recently for making the chore of RV Awning and Slide Topper cleaning a little easier. Use a one gallon garden sprayer. It helps keep you dry and saves…

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    8 More Simple Little RVing Tips from a Fulltime RVer

     Eight RVing Quick Tips My last RVing Tips video “11 Quick Little RVing Tips from a Full Time RVer” was very well receive and I got a ton on positive feed back from folks thanking me. Well I had left a few of my tips out of that video…

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    Check Your RV Tires Age Tip

    Using Old Tires can be Unsafe! Check the age of your tires and change them if they are getting too old. Most RV and Trailer tires should be changed at around 5 years and vehicle tires 7 years. These are just general rules of thumb that I use. To be…

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    11 Quick Little RVing Tips from a Full Time RVer

    RVing Quick Tips As we enjoy our full time RV lifestyle and spend more and more time living and traveling in the RV we pick up little helpful tips along the way. Here is a video outlining 11 Quick Little RVing Tips from a Full Time RVer. These are…

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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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    Conserving Fresh Water During Dry Camping Tip

    Use the Dish water for toilet flushing When we are out dry camping the thing that limits us the most is fresh water. Our fresh tank holds 60 gallons and our waste tanks add up to 120 gallons. A way to make the fresh water tank last a bit longer is to…

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    Quick Fifth Wheel Winterizing with RV Antifreeze

    My Quick Method to Winterize Because I normally travel down south during the winter months I’ve never had to winterized my Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel. Unfortunately this year we have been delayed in departing and suddenly I was faced with…

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    Carry Portable CB Radio in the RV

    Portable CB Radio in the RV When traveling it’s a good idea to have several methods of communications on board. One old school method is to carry a CB Radio in the RV. Now the CB radio is almost an obsolete technology but is still used by…

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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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    Use Rice Cooker to Heat Up Leftovers

    Rice Cooker to Heat Up Leftovers Carole and Eric over at RV Happy Hour submitted a great tip as a comment on my blog posting “RV Quick Tips” We discovered that reheating leftovers (which we always seem to have) works amazingly well in our…

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    How I Back Up a Fifth Wheel Trailer

    Introduction One of the biggest fears I had when we first got our brand new Keystone Cougar fifth wheel trailer was how the heck would I back this huge thing into the driveway and tight RV parks. I scoured the internet, reading as much as I could…

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    RV Fire Safety

    Tips For RV Fire Safety Change Detector Batteries Make sure all your detectors like smoke, propane and carbon monoxide have fresh batteries in them at all times. A good rule of thumb is to change all the batteries every 6 months on the time change…

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    Avoid Overloading of the RV

    RV Overloading It’s one of the easiest things to overlook as far as RV safety goes. RVs can be substantially overloaded but not outwardly show it like a car or truck when it is obvious the back end is riding low. So unless you weigh your RV you may…

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    Water Thief Tip

    Water Bandit RV Tip In some cases when RVing and wanting to acquire fresh water you may run into a source where your standard filling hose connection won’t work. Maybe the threads are worn, the wrong size or there are none. I ran into this…

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    Use Bleach Spray Bottle for Campground Tap

    Bleach the Campground Water Tap Tip One tip I found useful was to carry a spray bottle full of bleach. Before connecting to the campground tap I give it a quick spray to sterilize it. If the tap is low enough it may of been used by a dog to relieve…

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    Use Portable Propane Heater while Dry Camping

    Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy By using an indoor safe portable propane  heater when dry camping in cool temperatures you can save a lot of power in your RV batteries. When running the big RV furnace substantial power is used to drive the furnace…

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    Preparing the RV for Snowbird Season

    Introduction After spending the summer stationary in one RV site this year I had many things to do while preparing the RV for snowbird season down south. Our journey down to the US southwest will see us cover several thousand miles in a short time so…

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    10 Simple Tips to Help Maintain the RV

    Ten tips to keep your RV working smoothly 1. Lubrication – A little lube goes a long way. Keep all the hinges, locks, sliders, and basically anything that moves well lubricated. I find the best lube to keep on hand is a dry silicone type. Works…

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    Trailer Towing Tips Infographic

    Practice, practice, practice! This has to be the all-time best tip you can get. You can read all the information you want, but the only way to truly learn is by doing it over and over. It’s how you learned to drive your car, right?  So take some…

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    RV Waste Tank Valve Tip

    RV Waste Tank Valve Tip I’ve just finished replacing the black waste tank valve on my Keystone Cougar 276RLS fifth wheel and have a little tip for you. The main reason my black tank valve needed to be replaced was due to a crack forming near…

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    If You’re Housebound, Take Your House with You!

    Introduction I’d like to welcome a special guest writer to Love Your RV. George and his wife have gotten back into RVing, even with some physical challenges. I think it’s awesome that they are back out there enjoying themselves and asked…

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    RV Cutting Board Cleaning Tip

    How to get your white RV sink covers clean If your like me and have those white dual purpose cutting board and sink covers then you know over time they will get dingy looking. Food will stain them and they generally get a gray look to them. A tip to…

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    RV Forum Questions Not To Ask

    Introduction While reading many RV forums over the last few years I’ve watch as a few topics always seem to blow up into extensive threads with many replies and comments. Unfortunately, many times these forum threads degrade into outright…

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    Stop RV Toilet Bowl from Leaking

    RV toilet bowls usually use a rubber seal to keep the water in the bowl. This water is essential to seal off the waste tank odors preventing them from getting into the rig. If your seal dries out it can start to develop a slow leak draining out the…

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    Keep a Well Stocked First Aid Kit in the RV

    When embarking on a your RV journey always carry a well stocked first aid kit. During your travels you may encounter road accidents and need to apply first aid until help arrives. Many times our camp sites are out far from the nearest medical center…

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    Soak Shower Head in a Bag of Vinegar

    If your RV shower head is difficult to remove a neat trick is to fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and use an elastic band to secure it to the shower head. Let soak over night and the vinegar will dissolve the hard water mineral and calcium…

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    Clean Iron Stained Porcelain Toilet with ToothPaste

    One time when camping in a park with heavily iron concentrated water our porcelain toilet bowl got badly stained by the iron. I tried many things to get rid of the reddish-brown stains. Finally I gave a whitening toothpaste a try and voila the stains…

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    Make the RV Mattress more Comfortable

    OEM RV Mattresses are notoriously uncomfortable, especially after some use. The springs soon poke through and stick into your body. A new deluxe mattress would be ideal but expensive. A cheaper solution is a memory foam topper. Since we added ours…

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    Keep a Battery Operated Weather Alert Radio in the RV

    It’s a great idea for safety to keep some kind of battery powered weather alert radio handy when RVing. Storms can come up quick and are much more dangerous to us in our RV’s. High winds, hail, tornadoes, flash floods can cause damage and…

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    Add Fish Eye Mirror to The RV

    For a better view of the road behind and a decreased blind spot area add a convex “fish-eye” mirror to your regular RV mirrors. The more you can see the safer your RV adventure will be. Also aids in backing up the rig or trailer into your…

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    RV Refrigerators Misdiagnosed

    FRVTS has just launched it’s fifth video on money saving DIY tips, for the RV owner. You can see all of our DIY and RV information at our YouTube Channel start here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYKpZdAex8w Or Google FRVTS Our videos are geared to…

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    Help Vent Smelly Sewer Odors from the RV

    If you’re having problems with smelly sewer odors in the RV a tip is to install a special inexpensive fan on the roof top sewer/waste tank vent. The fan will draw odors and sewer gases out of the rigs waste tanks. Super easy to install. Camco…

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    Place Small Fan in RV Fridge to aid cooling

    By placing a small battery operated fan in the RV Fridge it will cool more efficiently and odors are reduced. There are several types available, some come with a small charcoal filter.  …

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    Pick up the eBook “Tips for the RV Life” for free

    Head over to the information page at http://loveyourrv.com/love-your-rv-tips-for-the-rv-life-ebook/ and get a free copy of this great new eBook. The eBook you’ll receive is a digest version of my nine most popular RVing help/advice articles from…

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    Egg Carton Charcoal Briquette Fire Starter Trick

    I love this fire starting trip. I found it on the website – http://sewmanyways.blogspot.ca/2012/06/eggs-tra-special-campfire-starter.html Fill the egg carton with briquettes and light, so simple!…

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    12 Volt Slow Cooker

    Arrive at the RV Site with a tasty meal cooking – 12 Volt Slow Cookers with cigarette adapter allow the night’s food to cook while traveling to the campsite. Arrive with a nice yummy cooked meal waiting to eat.…

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    PVC Pipe Holders for Hair Appliances

    Cut 2-3” PVC tubes into 4” lengths and adhere the pipes to the inside of cabinet doors. These work great to store coiled cords and hair appliances   Photo Credit: Homemakingtoday.com…

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    Ice Balloons for the cooler

    Found this great tip at Lifehacker.com. Looks like a useful tip for RV and Camping as well. To keep your drinks cold and your party festive this summer, fill balloons with water and freeze. It’s cheaper than ice from the store and you…

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    Cork board on RV cupboard door

    Use a Cork board on the inside of your cupboards or pantry door for recipes or little notes. Found this little gem of a tip making the rounds on Pinterest…

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    Better RV Shower Tip

    Replace your OEM shower head with one from Oxygenics and enjoy a more powerful spray and save water. Ideal for boondocking. Even with low campground water pressure you’ll enjoy a better shower. I have recently installed this unit and very…

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    Duct Tape and Bailing Wire are your Friends

    It’s a good idea to carry duct tape and bailing wire in the RV for temporary repairs on the road. They can be very handy to hold on a damaged part or a piece of the RV that has come loose. Other tapes to carry include electrical, double sided…

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    RV Thermostat Upgrade

    Our RV came with a basic manual slider type thermostat. By installing a digital model I get much more precise temperature control. Also the furnace maintains a more even temperature. Check…

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    Get Rid of Ants in the RV

    While RVing through Florida we picked up some uninvited guests. Sugar Ants were everywhere. We were able to get rid of them by using Raid Ant drops. Just a few drops wherever we saw them swarming and in a week they were all gone. Love the stuff. Now…

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    Utilize RV space with wire storage baskets

    In our RV there is a lot of high cupboard space. So we can use it, I have installed various sizes of wire storage baskets. This lets us use the otherwise wasted space and they hold items secure during transit.…

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    Slide Out Measuring Rope

    Cut a piece of rope to match the distance your RVs slide-out reaches out from the trailer. Now before you deploy the slide in the camp site you can quickly measure to see if it may hit an obstacle such as the power pedestal,tree,water outlet,etc. We…

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    Led Replacement Lights save Power

    Replacing your regular incandescent lights in the RV with LED type can reduce power consumption dramatically. Some LED lights use 1/10th the power. This means when camping without hookups you will get longer battery life and need to recharge less…

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    Dish detergent works well in salt water for bathing, washing your hair or doing dishes if you are camped by the ocean.…

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    Portable Steam Cleaner

    Since we travel with a dog full time the carpet areas in the rig get quite dirty. I found a great solution was a portable stream cleaner. They are designed for stairs and spot cleaning but since the RV area is so small it’s perfect and does a…

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    Boondocking Solar Light tip

    In order to save our batteries, we use solar lights which you find in lawn and garden centers. We have a couple of pots of petunias outside with a solar light and we bring them in at night and put one in each room. The flowers make our camper smell…

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    Cup Holders

    Need a cup holder in the RV. My wife likes to have water at night or hot tea at bedtime and needed a secure place to keep it. I picked up this great cup holder which works great, is right next to the bed and folds out of the way.  …

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    Speed-up RV Freezer Defrosting

    When doing the chore of RV Fridge defrosting use a hair dryer to speed up the process. Keep the hot air moving and not too close to the plastic. Also works great when the metal fins inside the lower fridge get iced up.…

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    Quick way to clean out the black tank, before leaving the campsite dump a couple bags of crushed ice down the toilet. During the drive it will clean up the tanks walls.…

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    Help prevent Black Streaks on the RV

    Wash your roof often, most black streaking is caused by dirt and grim from on the roof. Clean roof equals less black steaks. Also buy gutter spout extenders or attach a cloths peg to the gutter spout to cause the water to drip further from the RV…

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    Keep Shower Stall Clean

    Use a sham wow type cloth and dry out the shower stall after each use. This keeps the shower stall from growing mold and removes the hard water.…

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    Water Regulator

    Use a water regulator at the campground hookup to prevent too high of pressure from damaging your rigs pumping. I use one that keeps pressure at 50-55 PSI      …

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    Water Splitter

    Use a water splitter on the campground water supply, this way you can have an extra feed for washing things. Also you can vent off the pressure when you go to disconnect. saves getting water sprayed on yourself.…

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    Outdoor Wireless Thermometer monitor plumbing pipe temps

    I use the wireless thermometer to monitor how cold my rig gets around my critical plumbing areas. This way I know if I need to take action to prevent a freeze up in my pipes.…

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    Get more even heating from your RV oven

    Pizza Stone in RV Oven Tip Find a cheap pizza cooking stone and place it at the bottom (not right on the burner) of your RV gas oven. It will stop things from getting burnt on the bottom and even out the oven temperature. Make sure to measure your RV…

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    Turn your water off when away from the campsite

    A good habit is to turn off the campground water supply when you’re away from the rig for a while. If your RV plumbing was to fail this tip would save you a major clean up and possible expensive repair.…

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    Is the Black Tank almost full tip

    Just before the black tank gets to the right full stage the toilet will start to sound a little different and a small burp or bubble of air will happen. This means the waste level is above the vent pipe and it’s time to dump!…

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    In case of fire have a ladder near the bedroom window

    Leave a step ladder near your bedroom escape window in case the rig is on fire and you have to leave out the window. Extra handy if you own a fifth wheel. Also handy for doing any work up high on the RV or rescuing cats from trees.…

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    Finding out how much Propane is left

    To check the Propane level left in your cylinder check early in the morning and look for a line where the dew stops. Another way is to pour a cup of nearly boiling water down the side of the tank and see where condensation forms. Another option is to…

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    Remove bugs from front of rig

    Use Bounce Dryer Sheets and a little water to scrub off stuck on bugs. Works best if rigs front is waxed regularly.…

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    RV Sewer Hose flush

    When dumping the tanks, do the black tanks first, then the gray tanks. This way the soapy gray tanks water will help clean out the sewer hose.…

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    Remove Pesky Flies with Windex

    Too get rid of flies instead of swatting them just spray them lightly with Windex and they will fall to the ground temporarily incapacitated. Then just remove with Kleenex. Better than fly guts everywhere, you actually are cleaning the rig at the…

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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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    Window foil

    Use bubble foil, like in the car front windows in your rig windows to reduce heat in summer and keep heat inside in the cold. You can buy it by the roll and cut to fit each window. Also work’s well in the bedroom to block out early daylight, or…

  • Dozen Eggs in the fridge

    When you buy a dozen eggs take a sharp knife and cut the carton in half. Now they will stack nicely in the small RV fridges.…