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.
RVers share their own personal experiences & tips to help you set up your mobile kitchen with lots of helpful storage solutions for small RV kitchens. See common RV odor problems that come from the kitchen & how to fix them, tips for entertaining from your RV, even how to choose the best RV (for foodies & those who appreciate popular RV kitchen features). We've got lots of DIY RV refrigerator repair tutorials & other RV plumbing repairs you can do yourself -- including the kitchen faucets. And see how RV weight issues are affected by the food you keep inside the RV!
Making healthy, home-cooked meals doesn’t need to stop when you go RVing. RV cooking is easy as long as you have the right camping cooking equipment! See a list of camp cooking gear and appliances that I regularly use in my RV as a full-timer who cooks 95% of his own meals.
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.
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.
We bought an older motorhome with a refrigerator-sized icemaker placed in the center of the living room. It had to go! Here’s how I removed the RV ice maker
If it’s been awhile since your last RV trip, you may have a nasty, moldy mess waiting for you the next time you open the RV refrigerator door! That is, unless you properly cleaned it out and propped open the doors after your last trip. Here’s how to remove refrigerator mold and prevent it from growing inside your RV’s fridge.
RV plumbing problems such as leaky faucets or shower fixtures are easy do-it-yourself repairs. Your best bet is to spend a few extra bucks and upgrade to household quality faucets & fixtures. Here’s how to replace the bathroom faucets, kitchen faucets, and shower fixtures in your RV.
Tackling each specific RV odor with the proper solution is the best way to freshen up your RV. These videos show how to remove sewer odor, as well as how to eliminate moisture and mildew odor. These are the 2 most common RV odor problems you’re likely to encounter.
Here are 5 ways to make the most of the limited storage space inside your RV.
Just as you need to know your RV’s height limitations and width limitations, you also need to know your RV’s weight limitations. Here’s how to tell how much weight your RV can legally carry, as well as how much your RV weighs with everything on board.
After owning numerous larger RVs while we were full timing, now that we only take shorter trips a smaller RV seemed appropriate. We still enjoy RVing, but we no longer need a 37-foot vehicle and multiple slideouts. Our 2007 Dutchmen 18B travel trailer is half the RV we had before. See how it has worked out for us!
There are some trade-offs when you choose an RV with huge wall expansions created by slideouts. For instance, there are some times where the slideouts create more problems than they’re worth. Here’s the scoop.
Just like homeowners are starting to downsize their homes in order to become more cost & space-conscious, RVers are also downsizing these says, as a way to save money while still having fun out on the road. Here are the pros & cons of downsizing your RV lifestyle, plus a few things you may want to think about.
Rebuilding or repairing the standard water faucet on your RV just isn’t worth the effort. Most likely, you won’t be able to obtain seals or parts anyway. Instead, your money and time are better spent upgrading to a quality unit from a name brand that provides replacement parts and seals. It just isn’t that expensive to do it right.
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.
Whether you are going to a new campground and planning to stay for months, or just going on a weekend trip in your RV, you should have a checklist of things that need to be done before you leave. Only by crossing off the things on this list can you get from one place to the other safely — and without forgetting anything!
Whatever you do now — as far as eating out or cooking in your house — is what you will probably be doing when you live in an RV. So, in order to equip your kitchen, think about what utensils, pots, pans, and dishes you need in your sticks and bricks house. Then consider your limited storage space. Here are some tips…
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!
How to host a big party for all your friends at the RV park or RV campground. Tips for preparing your favorite big dishes, finding decorations and table settings, and pulling it all off while living in an RV.
Looking for an RV checklist? These are the best of the best RV checklists for full-time RVers, part-timers, RV renters, or those who enjoy driving 5th wheels and RV travel trailers.