Adding a sun shade tarp to make your own RV awning room will greatly improve the livability of your outdoor space AND reinforce the awning should modest wind or rain suddenly appear. If you want more RV awning shade, here’s how to do it… on a budget.
Repairs & Add-Ons
If something on your RV isn't working, then you need to fix it. Here, RV owners are sharing tips for tackling DIY RV repairs yourself on RV refrigerators, RV toilets, RV windows & windshields, generators, slideouts, brakes, tires, awnings, water tanks, batteries, even RV winterizing tips. And to make life more enjoyable inside the RV, you might want to add some new RV accessories -- like a new RV mattress, RV furniture, RV washer & dryer, towing equipment, solar panels, etc.
When boondocking or RVing full time and living off the grid, you will have to tailor your Solar Power System to meet your specific needs. Here are some clever ways to set up your RV Solar Power System. Plus, everything you need to know about solar arrays, your solar system’s batteries, and solar power wiring tips. See the differences between parallel vs serial wiring connections, and why I chose a series-parallel configuration for my RV solar installation.
When it comes to seriously looking at solar power as a dedicated source of electricity when boondocking, a great place to start is a 200-watt Solar Kit. Is 200 watts enough? Yes, it’s enough to power a refrigerator… and watch TV. Here’s what to look for when you’re buying an RV solar system. And remember… you can always add more solar power over time.
If you want to use solar power when you’re RVing, but you fear taking on a DIY project that involves wiring and mounting solar panels & charge controllers, an RV Solar Suitcase may be exactly what you’re looking for! Here are the pros and cons of using a Solar Suitcase for RV boondocking.
My hands-on DIY cargo van insulation tips. See step-by-step how to insulate a van roof, how to insulate cargo van walls, and how to insulate a van floor. I’ve done it myself… and you can too!
RV refrigerators can fail for a number of reasons. A common problem is when the refrigerator stops cooling properly — especially after it hasn’t been used in awhile. See how to solve a number of RV refrigerator repair issues yourself, online repair manuals for Dometic and Norcold refrigerators, and when it makes sense to replace instead of repair an RV refrigerator.
For your DIY RV van conversion, you’ll want to start from the top down. That way, one step won’t interfere with another while constructing your Class B motorhome. First, determine which amenities you want to include. Then, install everything that you plan to have mounted on the roof before you do anything else. I’ll show you how to install RV solar panels, an RV vent, and a TV antenna on the roof of your RV van.
Here is a list of all the ways the RV Level 4 beats other RV leveling systems I’ve tried: it’s easier to use, it runs on USB instead of batteries, the app works perfectly without changing the settings on your phone, the calibration switch is better than the others’, it’s more reliable (accurate within 1/10th of an inch), and it’s less expensive.
Is it time to remodel your RV? Oh, how I’ve enjoyed remodeling RVs and travel trailers… Here are my best tips doing the RV renovation yourself. Plus where to find RV parts & accessories, and RV renovation companies that will do the work for you if you like.
See why I think a cheap set of spring clamps are the RVer’s equivalent to a Swiss army knife. Here’s my list of clever uses for spring clamps while RVing and camping — from making a DIY camper awning to holding curtains open, keeping your dog safe while setting up camp, and drying a few items on a camping clothesline. There are SO many ways to use spring clamps in and around the RV!
RV refrigerator not cooling? I can help you find the problem! I’m going to walk you through the steps of DIY RV refrigerator repair. Then, if it still doesn’t work, I’ll let you know when it’s time to throw in the towel and call a professional to fix your RV fridge. Whether you have a Norcold refrigerator, a Dometic refrigerator, or some other RV refrigerator… I can help!
Whether you’ve got a rock chip (that will lead to a cracked windshield in no time, or an RV windshield that needs replaced for some other reason. Here’s what I’ve learned firsthand about RV windshield replacement cost vs RV windshield repair cost.
The wood door panels on your RV refrigerator expand, contract, and absorb water — because wood is a living, breathing product that changes with the weather. After spending 8 months in the heat & humidity of Florida, when I relocated to the deserts of Arizona for the winter, it took only a few weeks for the wood door panels on my refrigerator to warp! To prevent this from happening to you, be sure to regularly treat all wood surfaces in your RV with an oil-based furniture polish. See how I repaired the warped doors on my RV refrigerator – and you can too.
Here’s how to tell what size RV mattress you have now and where to find replacement camper mattresses. Plus my personal experience with several different RV mattresses. TIP: If you can’t afford a new camper mattress, try a memory foam mattress topper!
RV leveling jacks giving you problems? Here’s how to troubleshoot what’s going on. I’ll show you how to find the source of the problem step-by-step and repair your RV levelers yourself!
Replacing the waste valve assembly is a low-cost DIY project that any RV owner can do easily. Here’s how to do it – step by step, with photos and videos.
Solar panels for RV trailers (like small teardrop trailers) are popular today. Here are my best tips for installing RV solar panels and wiring them correctly
When you’re boondocking, it’s much more convenient to get your power from RV solar panels, instead of running the RV generator all the time!
I added some orange RV stripes to mimic the color of my Jeep toad. Now my motorhome and my Jeep match! It was easy. Here’s how to paint stripes on your RV.
The Heart Interface Inverter went bad in my 1993 Diesel Pusher RV. Having it repaired would cost a fortune. So I replaced it with a 1750-watt RV inverter.
To save on RV air conditioning, I made a swamp cooler for my motorhome. A commercial evaporative cooler costs $400+. My DIY model cost less than $50 to make
Have an RV plumbing leak? You must act quickly! The only way to prevent mold from growing inside your RV is to dry out the area fast using these 4 tips.
When the brakes went out on my 22-yr-old motorhome, it became a challenge to find RV brake parts. Here’s good info if you need to find old RV parts!
When you buy a used RV, you work with what you’ve got. For my latest RV project, I re-organized the RV wiring to make it neater & safer. Here’s how I did it
If your RV air conditioner fails like mine did, check for hidden electrical connectors that have gone bad. Here’s what to look for & how to fix it yourself.