Category Archives for RVing 101


Finding a Small Vented Propane Heater For RV (Helpful Guide)

When you pay a lot of money for an expensive RV or travel trailer, you expect every appliance to work perfectly. However, this is not always the case as some furnaces are not the best they can be. That

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How To Replace, Seal, or Repair RV Underbelly (Helpful Guide)

The underneath area of your trailer is often vulnerable to the wind, cold and small animals. Covering it with what is called an underbelly prevents the wind, cold and small animals from entering your trailer.

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How To Dry Out RV Underbelly (Water in Underbelly After Rain)

If there is a small leak somewhere, water will find it eventually. Then it will use that leak to go where you do not want it to go. When it does, you may be in for a lot of work as you dry the underbelly

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Use Guide: How to Light a Furrion Oven (That Will Not Light)

Modern technology does have some bugs to it. This is seen in how the instructions in the manuals are written and the symbols used on different appliances. Sometimes the instructions and the symbols do

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How to Install and Use a Paw International TV Mount (Swivel)

One way to get some news and entertainment while away from home is through the flat screen TV set. When you buy one, you need the proper TV mount to hold it in place. The key is to make sure you get a

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How To Keep RV Underbelly Warm (RV Underbelly Insulation)

One thing that can ruin a vacation is when the cold out battles your heater or the heater fails. You can protect yourself by insulating the underbelly of your RV or trailer. That way you have another line

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What Is RV Underbelly Made Of? (Coroplast Sheets For RV)

Looks may be misleading. To some, this material is a cheap corrugated plastic that can rip the moment someone breathes too hard. But the material used under the RV or trailer to protect components may

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Propane Smell From RV Furnace: Is It Normal? (Helpful Guide)

When you have new appliances or other powered devices there is always a ‘new car’ smell that takes a little time to go away. This can happen with propane furnaces as well. Or it may be an indication

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Forest River WiFi Prep: How Does King WiFi Work in RV?

It seems that pre-wired does not mean what it traditionally has meant. That wires are already in place and ready for hook up. Some RVs do not get the wire or the wires are placed in such a position that

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Forest River Wifi: How To Set Up RV Wifi Ranger (Sky4)

With technology advancing as it is, setting up your wifi system will depend on the type of service you want from the equipment. For example, if you want wifi only, you do not have to do very much. But

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9 RV Refrigerator Door Locks and Travel Latches

Necessity is the mother of invention. When the need arises so do many creative and innovative ideas that are easy to implement and install. Fridge locks and latches do not need a hasp and a padlock. There

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How Do I Use a Splendide 2100XC? (Operate, Clean, Winterize)

As it is with all modern appliances, pushing the right buttons is all it takes to operate modern washers and dryers, even the combo models. The trick is to make sure you know which buttons to push and

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How to Attach Battery Box To a Trailer (Mounting Tips)

RVs and trailers need good solid batteries. Those batteries need good and solid protection if they are going to work right. Having properly mounted battery boxes provides the protection your batteries

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Everstart Maxx Battery Recond: Why Does My Charger Go Into This Mode?

You can save old batteries. Instead of sending them to the junk pile, you can buy the right charger and revitalize those old batteries and keep them around a lot longer. In the end, you save some money

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How to Light a Suburban RV Oven (Use & Troubleshooting Guide)

When it comes to lighting your stove or water heater, the procedure is simple and not that difficult. However, even simple mechanisms can go bad on you especially if there is a faulty part. The fault lies

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Dog Door For RV: Can You Put a Doggie Door In An RV Door?

It may be doable. The issue with putting a doggie door in a door on your RV or trailer may sound like a solid one. However, you may be facing issues you may not have thought of that will hinder your installation.

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Jayco Emergency Exit Window: How To Open RV Emergency Window

They may be too small is one of the complaints about these emergency windows on RVs and trailers. They are not made for a one size fits all escape. Some people who may be a little overweight may find it

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Stealth Grey Water Dumping: Dumping Grey Water On The Ground

It may not be illegal...everywhere. Dumping your grey water tank may be a bit difficult as you never know what the campground or state’s rules and regulations may be. Some say it is okay, while others

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Jayco Fan Upgrade: How To Replace RV Bathroom Fan, Motor

To keep rooms fresh and cool, you need a lot of airflow. While there are a lot of good exhaust fan designs out there, not all of them can deliver that needed airflow. Make sure the design you are looking

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Atwood Furnace Reset Switch: How Do I Reset My RV Furnace?

There seems to be a hidden breaker switch on the top of the Atwood Furnace that will trip if something goes wrong. The problem is that RV makers do not tell you that it is there and it is not mentioned

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What Gauge Wire to Connect Two 12v Batteries In Parallel

Using the correct wiring is vital to any operating system. That includes your RV or travel trailer. Without the right wires connecting anything, you won’t have power and you may have to replace some

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How Do You Update an RV Bathroom? 5 RV Bathroom Door Ideas

It is not going to be simple. RV bathrooms and their doors are not full-sized. This ‘RV’ dimension can make replacing the door a little more difficult than replacing a traditional home’s bathroom

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20 RV Flag Pole Ideas: How Do You Hang a Flag on an RV?

Flying your country’s flag is one way of showing your patriotic spirit. However, RVs and travel trailers, etc., have limited places you can mount a flag pole. Yet, it still can be done even if you do

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Electric Trailer Jack Not Working: How Do I Fix My Jack?

It can be very embarrassing, and expensive, to go to a technician or mechanic only for them to find a very simple source for your problem. That is what it can be when your electric trailer jack does not

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Furrion Remote Control Codes: Can You Use a Universal Remote?

With all the different entertainment devices you have in your RV or travel trailer, you may be finding that you also have too many remote controls lying about. It is time to clear up the clutter and switch

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How to Build Wooden Steps For a Camper (Free RV Step Plans)

Easy as pie. At least that is what some owners describe building steps for their trailers. If you know how to get the step dimensions right, then building a set of stairs is not that difficult. It is like

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Inside Dimensions: How Big Is The Inside Of a School Bus?

While many RVs and travel trailers are built for tall people, school buses are a different story. They were built for students and most of the riders do not hit 6 feet in height while in school. You may

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School Bus Height: How Tall Is The Inside Of a School Bus?

School buses were made for children. They are not designed to carry adults or have adults live inside of them. That makes their height a problem when you are tall and want a conversion project. Don’t

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Jayco Roof Rack Options (Cargo, Coleman, Instructions)

When you have different pieces of equipment or toys to bring with you on vacation, there is always more than one way to achieve this goal. There is no need to leave things at home when you want a fun-filled

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Teddy Bear Bunk Series Cleaning Tips (Cover and Mattress)

Zippers are not on everything. When it comes to mattresses and their covers, do not expect to find zippers holding the two together. For RV-style bedding, expect the two to be sewn together as one piece.

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Skoolie Door Lock and Handle (How to Lock a School Bus Door)

The front doors are hard to lock and they fold out of the way but it can be done. You just have to be a little creative and innovative when searching for solid solutions. Some owners use a U-shaped bike

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Seats vs Length: How Long is a 48 Passenger School Bus?

With 7 distinct school bus types, you will find these vehicles in a variety of lengths. That is a good thing as you get plenty of choices and you can find the right length to fit your purpose.The rule

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How To Fix Cracked Linoleum in a Camper (Chipped, Peeling)

A cold dry winter is all you need to start a crack in your linoleum flooring. These cracks can be long or they can be short. In either case, you will need to fix them to keep that good look you have inside

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Allison 545 Transmission Review, Specs, and Problems

It just may be getting old. That seems to be the viewpoint of some skoolie owners. The Allison 545 has been around for a very long time and there are different bus owners who think it is time to switch

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RV Pass-Through Storage Organization Ideas (DIY Tray + Tips)

Thinking outside the box. This is a standard term used to describe driving creativity. When it comes to your pass-through storage area you may have to think outside the box to maximize the available but

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Jayco Door Lock: How Do I Change the Lock On My RV Door?

It has been the habit of society for many decades now to lock everything up tight. it never used to be that way but times change. Even RVs are not safe to leave unlocked anymore. It pays to keep your valuables

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The Jayco RV Antenna Booster Location (Helpful Guide & Tips)

This seems to be the favorite game for RV makers to lay. They love to hide components from their customers. This is true for the antenna booster. If you search hard and long enough you will eventually

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DIY RV Bunk Bed Safety Rail Ideas (Helpful Guide and Tips)

It is easy to complain especially when you buy an RV or travel trailer that does not have bunk bed rails. You may think it is a sloppy job on Jayco’s or other RV maker’s part but in reality, it is

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Cutting Memory Foam Mattress To Fit RV (Helpful Guide-Tips)

One of the drawbacks to RV and travel trailer life is that those vehicles do not match normal sizes. The beds in these camping vehicles come in all sorts of sizes and you won’t find mattresses to fit,

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Jayco TV Mount Guide: Kits, Instructions, Weight Limit

While camping in the great outdoors, nothing happens at night. Those nights in nature can get lonely, long, and boring if you do not have a TV along for the ride. A TV mounted on the right TV mount will

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RV Storm Door: How Do You Put Plexiglass On an RV Door?

When it comes to different tricks and ideas for RVs, the best ideas come from those RV owners that are very handy with tools. You spent a lot of money on your RV or trailer so it makes sense to be able

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How Long Is a School Bus? (Short-Mid-Long Sizes Explained)

They are called skoolies. That is the term used for decommissioned school buses. These retired school buses come in a variety of lengths depending on the number of kids they had to carry to and from school.

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Jayco VIN Decoder: How Do You Read a Jayco VIN Number?

First, you have to find it. That is the trouble with many RV makers, where certain pieces of information should go does not mean that they put them there. Usually, the VIN on a trailer is located on the

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10 DIY RV Deck Ideas: Plans For Building a Deck Off a Camper

Who says you can have a travel trailer like a home? There are ways to improve your stationary travel trailer so that you can feel more like it is a home and not a trailer. Building a deck or two is just

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Kirkland Costco 6v Battery Review (Price, Specs, Dimensions)

Getting close to nature means getting away from campgrounds and RV parks. When you do that alternative you have to give up secure power options for battery power. There are some good batteries out there

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EternaBond Primer Substitutes: Do You Need a Primer For It?

Water leaks are known for their silent destruction. Often you do not know if you have a leak because the damage is done somewhere in the interior of your RV or trailer. To stop leaks, you need to apply

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5th Wheel Rack: How To Haul Kayaks With a Fifth-Wheel Camper

Boys and their toys. Finding ways to haul those favorite vacation toys with you as you travel can be a creative process. They say that where there is a will, there is a way so if you try hard enough, you

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Travel Trailer Broken Frame Guide: What To Do and How To Fix

It doesn’t matter where it is or how small, there will be an accident from time to time. Whether they are inside your RV or when you are on the road, accidents will happen. The worst accident you could

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What Is The Jayco Glacier Package? (Do You Really Need It?)

When the sun goes down, everything cools off including your RV or trailer. At those times it pays to have extra insulation guarding your pipes and tanks. Frozen pipes and tanks make it difficult to use

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Vented Sealed Battery Box? (Box Ventilation Requirements)

They need to be sealed. One reason for sealing a battery box is to prevent theft. Another is to prevent damage to the battery. However, sealed does not mean air-tight and there should be enough vent holes

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JWM40 Troubleshooting: Fixing Jensen RV Stereo Problems

Music is a gift to the soul. Having a top-rated brand-name radio or stereo in your RV or travel trailer can make long dark nights shorter and more enjoyable. Music makes everything feel better. That is

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How to Make a PVC Flag Holder (Easy Flag Pole Instructions)

There is nothing wrong with being patriotic. In fact, it is a very good trait no matter which country you live in. Displaying that patriotism can come through simple demonstrations such as flying your

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Ratchet Straps: Can You Tie Down a Truck Camper With Straps?

One thing about ratchet and similar straps. They do come in sizes that allow them to hold down many heavy objects you do not want flying off your truck. The key is to make sure they are strong enough for

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Jayco RV Bunk Ladder: Buy or Build Your Own RV Bunk Ladder

Bunk beds are cool, at least for young kids. they get to climb up and down and enjoy the different levels as kids do. The key to their fun is the ladder. But, the ladder may be missing when you buy the

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Fixing Dish Playmaker Problems (Dish Not Finding Satellites)

When you have exhausted all the fun things to do, sometimes camping out in the wilderness loses its appeal. That is why many RV owners have a satellite dish. Watching t.v. can shorten the night and make

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How to Hook Up RV Battery Cables (Hook-Up Picture Diagram)

It can get confusing. Car electrical systems are a bit different from RV electrical systems. That is because of the different wiring. One color code will be for your car battery while another will be used

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RV Battery Disconnect Switch On or Off? (How and When to Use)

Even when you have a battery-operated system, keeping those batteries charged can cost you money. One way to preserve battery power and lower your charging costs is to have a battery disconnect switch

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How to Keep a Pocket Door Closed (RV Pocket Door Strap)

Pocket doors save space. That is one of their most attractive features. Instead of swinging out into the room, you can slide it out of the way into its personal pocket. The drawback to these doors is trying

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List of Electric Fireplace Error Codes (Furrion 88, E1, E3)

One thing about having an electric fireplace in your RV, it makes your trailer, etc., feel like you are in your traditional home. It is a grand feeling when you are out on the road and makes one more comfortable.

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5 Jayco Bike Rack Ideas (Eagle, Swan, Starcraft, Hummingbird)

Even on vacation, you should stick to a good exercise program. Keeping moving is one way to stay younger, healthier, and looking good. One way to stick to your exercise program is to carry bikes with you

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Do I Need a Solar Disconnect? (RV Solar Disconnect Switch)

Solar power is a good thing. It provides you with the extra power you need without costing you anything. The solar system is easy to set up and wire to your batteries. It just takes a little electrical

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Coleman Mach Thermostat Wiring Diagram: How Do You Hook It Up?

When you want to run your Coleman air conditioner or heat pump, all you need to operate it is a little power. To get that power, you need to wire the thermostats correctly and the unit should run as advertised.

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How to Get Stains Out of RV Sink (Can You Paint RV sinks?)

You are never free from housework. Even when you own an RV housework does not change, except its location.The good news is that getting stains out of an RV’s or travel trailer sink is the same as getting

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Troubleshooting a Norcold 1210 Refrigerator Not Cooling

In a perfect world, RVs would be the right size all the time, have all the best features perfectly made and none would ever break down. However, since we live in this world, things are going to break down

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Finding a 50 Amp To 110 Adapter For RV (Can 50 Amps Convert?)

Getting connected can be hard to do when your RV is not wired in the same way as the campground you are staying at. There are ways to remedy this situation and usually, it involved finding the right adaptor.

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Putting Hard Sides On a Pop-Up Camper (DIY Guide and Tips)

Many pop-up campers have toyed with this idea. However, while it may be feasible, it may not be practical. There will be a lot of work involved and you may or may not be skilled enough to handle all the

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Finding and Installing Your Grand Design RV Backup Camera

When you are driving, seeing the road all around your RV is very important. While RVs have lots of windows, the trailer you are towing may still block your view. It is a wise move to attach a backup camera

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Pop-Up Camper Battery: Tent Trailer Battery Install Guide

Even pop-up campers need power. They may not have a motor but some components inside the pop-up do. Those appliances and luxuries need the right kind of battery to power them. All you have to do is find

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Finding Pop Up Camper Bed Supports (DIY vs Jayco vs Viking)

You want to sleep comfortably all night. You have the blankets, the right mattress, and pillows. But when you get into bed, you find that it may be sagging. Not because you are overweight but because the

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How To Make a Canopy Taller (Pop Up Tent Leg Extension Ideas)

When you want everything to work together. It is a great goal to have unity in your campsite or RV. However, not everything is made the same height and you have to make adjustments. Canopies always need

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Finding an Awning For Aliner Campers (Aliner Canopy Ideas)

When there are no trees to help block the sun, you need to turn to awnings and canopies. These little accessories help block the sun and let you enjoy the fresh air without getting a sunburn or too hot.

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Apache Hardside Pop-Up Camper Guide (Interior, Specs, Parts)

When it comes to RVs, travel trailers, and small campers, you won’t run out of brands to look at. Some brands are independent while others are part of a large conglomerate with all hoping to get their

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How to Haul Bikes With a Pop Up Camper (Adding a Bike Rack)

Getting exercise takes discipline. It takes even more discipline when you go on vacation. One way to maintain that workout ethic is to bring your bikes with you as you travel. All it takes is finding the

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Viking IDT Lift System Diagram, Recall, And Repair Tips

Upgrades happen all the time. Technology finds ways to improve on previous designs. When this happens it is difficult to find the parts you need when you do not have the upgraded system. This is what happened

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15 Pop-Up Hanging Pantry Options (Rockwood, Forest River)

Pop-Ups are not known for their storage space. That is one of the issues you have to contend with when you opt for a pop-up trailer over a regular travel trailer. While there are some larger pop-ups, the

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DIY Pop Up Camper Canvas Replacement (Cost, How To Replace)

Canvas is a heavy and thick fabric. This is the first factor you need to consider when attempting this DIY project. It is not a material you can easily sew by hand and you may end up quitting before you

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How to Set Up Awning On Pop Up Camper (Starcraft, Viking…)

Extra living space is what awnings provide when you have a smaller camper. Those extra square feet come in handy when you want to sit back relax and just enjoy the area you are camping in. But setting

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Best Pop Up Camper Sheets: What Size Sheets For Pop Up Camper?

Part of a good night’s sleep is having the right bed sheets on your mattress. This is an easy task to do when you own a traditional bed. It's not so easy when you have a 4-inch foam mattress and a pop-up

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How Much Does It Cost To Repair a Pop-Up Camper Roof? (Tips)

They say that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. But that is not always the case. Pop-up trailers are small and do not have large roofs so you should be able to afford to repair the one on your

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Finding a Pop-Up Camper Mattress Replacement (How To Change)

Soft or firm. How you like your mattress to be is totally up to you. Some like the mattress soft and others like them more firm. No matter what type of mattress you like to sleep on, everyone agrees that

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40 Watt Solar For RV: What Can a 40-Watt Solar Panel Power?

Alternative power sources come in handy. When you want to run smaller electrical items, having a secondary power source will help. The key is to make sure that the power source will provide enough energy

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Pop Up Camper Electric Lift Conversion Vs Buying New

Everyone eventually reaches that age where having a little extra help is essential. They just don't have the strength to lift their pop-up camper to full height and there is no one else around to help.

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What Body Filler to Use on Fiberglass (14 Options and Guide)

Getting the trailer fixed. Many RV and trailer owners become DIY experts. Instead of paying the professional, they do the work themselves. This includes working with fiberglass. It is not a difficult project

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Fixing Tail Lights Not Working: RV Tail Light Wiring Diagram

When you are going to be towing a nice, expensive trailer, one thing you will need is working tail lights. You need to get that connection put together just right or you may find that your tail lights

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Does The Length of a Travel Trailer Include The Hitch?

This is an ongoing debate. What adds to the debate is that many manufacturers measure their own way. If you do not know this, you may be confused when you do some comparison shopping. The length of the

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Best Way to Bond Wood to Fiberglass (Tips and 20 Glue Options)

There will be times where you will want to make some alterations to your RV. One example would be adding curtains where no curtain rod exists. This situation would mean you would have to attach the brackets

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Finding an Empty RV Shell For Sale (14 Options)

One of the great things about the RV industry is that you can find companies that will provide you with an empty RV shell. The rest of the components you can add yourself to save money or just build the

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Troubleshooting: 7 Pin Trailer Running Lights Not Working

The more pins the more that can go wrong. Then there are those trailers that don't follow the color-coded system. When you run into that situation it takes a lot of work to figure out how to make the right

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Canoe On Top of Travel Trailer: How To Load, Strap, and Haul

Going by canoe is a lot of fun. But before you can enjoy the smooth gliding ride of a top canoe, you need to get it to the water. The best way to handle transporting a canoe is by putting it on a trailer.

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What Size Is a Battery Terminal? Car, Marine Terminal Sizes

Car mechanics can be quite challenging. Just when you think you have a handle on parts and sizes, the car manufacturing companies throw you a curveball. The battery terminals are not all the same size.

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Do Rain Guards Actually Work? (3 RV Window Rain Guards)

Rainy days and Monday mornings can get you down but with a top-quality rain guard, you can still enjoy fresh air when the rain comes. The trick is to not open the window all the way. Another key is to

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Fiberglass Hole Saw (How to Use a Hole Saw in Fiberglass)

Cutting holes is easy. Doing it right is another thing. When it comes to fiberglass you can use a hole saw to cut your hole. You can also use a jigsaw. They do make hole saws to cut fiberglass and that

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12v Light Switch: Can You Use a 120v Light Switch For 12v?

In the never-ending quest to cut down on expenses, people look for alternatives. One of those quests is to replace a 12 volt light switch with a 120 volt light switch. The only real question is, is the

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How Do You Make a Canopy Hoist? (10 Truck Canopy Lift Ideas)

There is more to a truck canopy than meets the eye. With the right tools, you can change your truck canopy into a secure roof for a built-in tent. But before you can do that, you will need the right hoist

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Troubleshoot Atwood Furnace (Atwood RV Furnace Won’t Ignite)

Whenever you have trouble it is always best to check the simple solutions first. Not only does that save you a ton of embarrassment, but it can also save you a lot of money. Plus, the simple issues are

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Finding a Fiberglass Cargo Trailer (Manufacturers List & DIY)

One thing you don't want behind your tow vehicle is more weight that it can handle. One way to avoid that problem is to find a nice fiberglass trailer that is strong and durable. With the right search,

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Real Street Address: Can You Use a UPS Box as a Legal Address?

With the number of con artists and other nefarious characters out there hiding your real home street address becomes a necessity. It is also not that difficult to do. All you have to do is apply for one

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Alcohol Fueled Space Heater (9 Options From Portable to DIY)

When you go camping having a light and portable space heater on hand is valuable. They are easy to use, produce lots of heat and fill in quite well when your other heaters do not work. These heaters use

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How Tall Is a Conversion Van? (Full Conversion Dimensions)

When you want to stand up, it's not quite that easy in a standard van. For most of them, you are lucky to get 4 feet of height and that is not enough to stand up straight. When you want to move easily

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Can I Run an Induction Cooktop on Solar? (How Many Watts?)

Since the invention of this induction cooker, families have had to change their cooking pots. Only metals that could be attracted to a magnet will work on these cookers. But to save energy, making the

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