What’s in your RV tool kit? Here’s a checklist of 10 must-have RV tools that you should always carry with you + 6 RV tool boxes that make traveling with tools much easier!
5th Wheel Trailers
Here's everything you want to know about 5th wheel trailers for RVing. See how to choose the right RV tow truck for RVing with a fifth wheel, what you need to know before you buy a fifth wheel, step-by-step instructions for mounting a 5th wheel trailer hitch on your truck, why fifth wheels are great for full-time RVing, RV leveling tips, and more.
RV resale value is a tricky thing. Because RV dealers are looking for trade-ins that still look like they just drove off the lot last week. And personal RV buyers may not have the same appreciation for what you think looks good inside an RV, or for the add-on features that you believe enhance RV life on the road. That said, there are a few things you can do to get more money for it when it comes time to sell your RV! Here are 5 ways to get a higher trade-in value from an RV dealer + 5 ways to get a higher RV resale value when selling your RV privately.
See how much your RV is worth (RV values explained), plus the top 10 things that decrease the value of your RV. The biggest takeaways here are: 1) Seriously consider every single change you want to make to your camper BEFORE you make it, and 2) Evaluate the degree to which that change could be detrimental to your RV’s resale value (because not everyone will appreciate what you happen to like). So… pick the best RV for your needs from the get-go. Then, get out there and use it (rather than keep it parked). Take care of your camper… and use it!
Even though you recently bought a used RV, it’s NOT ready for a road trip just yet. There are a few things you must do in order to make sure that your RV is safe, disinfected, and ready for you to travel in first! Here’s your checklist of 10 things to do before hitting the road in a secondhand RV.
Every RVer will eventually make the mistake of turning down a road or path that won’t support their rig. The desire to explore remote camping locations makes the chance of getting stuck a real danger. It happened to me! Since then, I carry some specific RV gear and equipment with me at all times. See my list of RV self-rescue gear you need. Plus tips that I’ve learned firsthand to help you get out of a bad situation when you’re stuck in your RV.
Is your RV slide-out stuck? As much as slide-outs improve livability in an RV, the mechanical issues can be a huge negative. And a stuck RV slide-out tends to happen fairly often. Here are some ways to manually adjust a slide-out that won’t budge.
Here’s a list of the most common things that go wrong with RV slide-outs. See how to prevent those things from happening in the first place. Plus, how to fix them after they’ve happened. RV motorhome and trailer slide-out maintenance tips you need to know!
Just like the items inside your house, RV components have a certain life expectancy. Following is a list of all the items in and on your RV — and their expected lifespan. Items are listed in the order they are most likely to wear out, with time ranges showing the approximate number of years each item typically lasts. The list includes all major RV components — from the drivetrain and electronics to slideouts, roof vents, toilets, refrigerators, and more! A checklist of RV repair issues that you should be prepared for + DIY tips to make things last longer.
How do you dewinterize an RV and get ready for summer RV camping? Our Spring RV Maintenance Checklist includes 8 tasks that will quickly verify that no damage was done by winter’s wrath while your RV was in storage and ensure that your RV is safe to drive for the spring and summer RV camping season.
See a list of fall/winter RV maintenance tasks that are most important. These are the things you should do every year during the fall before winter hits. One of the MOST important is RV roof maintenance… see why!
Driving an RV is very different than driving a car! Most of us learned how to drive an RV the hard way — through trial and error (and a lot of mistakes). But sitting behind the wheel of a large RV on your first road trip is not the best time to figure out all the challenges and nuances that come with driving RVs. Here are 12 important first-time RV driving tips for newbies to learn before renting an RV… or buying one.
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.
Do you know your state’s triple towing laws (or double towing laws)?… In many states it’s legal to tow 2 trailers at the same time! Here’s a list of states that permit triple towing. Plus, what you need to know before you pull 2 trailers behind 1 vehicle.
The LevelMatePRO is the best way I’ve found to accurately determine if your RV is level. Here’s my review of this handy Bluetooth RV leveling system.
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.
Car didn’t come with a tow package? And you want to use an electric brake controller for your trailer? Use these tips to keep from frying your car’s wiring!
You can learn from my mistake. As the result of my inexperience in matching truck to trailer, I bought the wrong truck to pull my fifth wheel trailer the first time. Here’s what you need to know…
What type of leveling system do you have for your RV? Not exactly sure? Here’s what you need to know about RV leveling systems.
The owners manual on every new RV states that you should re-torque the wheel nuts or lug nuts after the first 100 miles or so. Then periodically recheck the torque to make sure nothing has changed. This is a critical safety issue that often gets overlooked or just ignored. Here’s how to properly install RV wheels and torque lug nuts.
You probably have a lot of questions about the RV industry and how RVs are made. By touring an RV manufacturing facility you will find answers to many of your questions. RV factory tours take you behind the scenes in the RV industry. There’s no better way to see firsthand how an RV is built — from start to finish. You get to watch as an RV is transformed from a bare frame to a finished product.
I turned our RV bunkhouse room into a space that was more usable to us: an RV laundry room! See how I did it… and how you can too.
We recently went RV camping in the Nemadji State Forest. It’s a hot spot in northern Minnesota for RVers who happen to also be ATVers. Our destination was Garfvert Campground on Pickerel Lake just outside of Nickerson, Minnesota. Here’s what ATVing and RV camping is like there.
Here’s everything you need to know about RV locks, keys, and trailer hitch locks that will ultimately prevent thieves from driving away with your RV trailer or fifth wheel.
Does your pickup truck barely control the weight of your heavy 5th wheel RV? Using a Class 8 heavy duty truck — or semi truck — converted for RV towing gives you a wide margin of safety and more power than you’ll ever need!
Choosing between 5th wheel trailers and bumper pull trailers depends on a number of factors that are all spelled out for you right here. Deciding based on price alone could be a big mistake.
RV tire pressure monitoring systems will give you advance warning when a tire starts to loose air pressure. This video show how easy they are to install, and the peace of mind knowing that your much less likely to experience a blowout is priceless.
These tips cover the main ways that RV driving is different from driving any other type of vehicle. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with these unique scenarios BEFORE your first solo driving adventure behind the wheel of an RV!
How your RV hitch is mounted and hooked up is critical. These videos show what to do… and what NOT to do when hooking up an RV hitch to your truck.
RV buying involves making many comparisons to find out which type best matches your needs. Fifth wheel RVs and motorhomes have some dramatic differences that are spelled out for you here. There’s even a video of another option, the Sprinter Van based motorhome.
Love the truck, but hate the ride? This can be fixed by adding air ride suspension to your RV or tow vehicle. With adjustable air bladders you can level the load and smooth out the ride. Why let your truck beat you to death? Get air ride suspension and ride in comfort.
As this video shows, the added safety margin of a medium duty RV truck is impressive. Some 5th wheel trailers weigh in at 20,000 pounds. Do you really want to gamble that your RV trailer’s electric brakes will be enough to stop you in an emergency?
There are many decision that you must make when choosing the best RV for you. Think about your circumstances these other factors and then make a list of pros & cons of each type of RV.
The 5th wheel RV trailer is way out in front in popularity when it comes to full time RVing. You do need to be careful hitching up, because dropping a 5th wheel can cause expensive damage.
One of the most versatile rigs on the road today is the toy hauler. Built with the rear portion designed as a garage, a toy hauler allows you to bring along all the toys that will enable you to combine camping with your favorite hobby.
Here are 5 ways to make the most of the limited storage space inside your RV.
Ever have a trailer breakaway from your hitch before? I have. Here’s how to properly mount and hook up a fifth wheel hitch on your pickup truck.
My top 2 choices for our next RV would be a 25-foot fifth wheel trailer and a teardrop trailer. Here’s why these RVs are tops on my list…
You can save a lot of money by buying a used 5th wheel or RV trailer, rather than a new one. Whether you’re looking for a recreational vehicle for full time RVing, or just the occasional road trip, here’s what to look for in a used RV trailer.
Following are some questions you’ll want to ask yourself, along with some of the differences between the various types of recreational vehicles on the market today. Great tips for buying a new or used RV.
Deciding which RV is right for you may be easier if you think of it as buying a HOME instead of thinking of it as buying an RV. After all, if you’re going to be a fulltime RVer, your RV will BE a home. Here’s what you need to know about the types and sizes of RVs, travel trailers, and motorhomes; towable trailers and tow vehicles, RV floorplans, and more!