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!
If you don't have a motorhome, a fifth wheel, or a camper, then you probably have an RV travel trailer... or you're looking to buy one. Whether you want a recreational vehicle for full-time RVing or just occasional road trips, here’s what you can expect in most travel trailers. See the differences between 5th wheel trailers and bumper pull trailers... and tips for choosing the right travel trailer for your needs. This is where RVers share their personal experiences with travel trailers -- unique tips & ideas that apply specifically to RV trailers.
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!
Wondering which electric bike for RV owners is best? I live full-time in an RV travel trailer and I just bought my first e-Bike. My choice for an RV electric bike is one that folds in half, making storage simple! Mine is the Lectric XP ebike. I’ll share with you some tips to make sure you get the right e-bike setup for your needs while RVing and camping.
For me, the 3 most important items inside an RV are: a decent bed, a decent shower, and a decent kitchen. You’ll notice that an RV dinette is not on that list! Since a dinette is not an item that I use, I decided to remove it myself. Here’s how I tackled the RV dinette replacement myself… and put a comfy recliner in its place!
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.
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!
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.
When it comes to closing up your house and downsizing your life to fit inside an RV, drastic measures must be taken. But living in an RV is worth it!
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!
Obviously, a luxury motorhome doesn’t get the best RV gas mileage. But see how RV travel trailers and diesel pushers compare in terms of RV fuel economy.
Here is the most effective way to sell your RV online… 6 clever tips from an RV expert to make your online ad stand out from the rest.
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.
The following tips show you how to best use your RV mirrors when backing up, plus how to use RV hand signals from a spotter outside the vehicle.
These simple trailer parking tips should keep you from making dumb or expensive mistakes when parking or backing up your RV trailer.
Extended warranties offer protection from high cost RV repairs. Beware… seldom do they cover everything! Also, extended RV warranty claims are being rejected more than ever before. See why…
High wind and RV awnings are a bad combination. Awnings just can’t stand up to a good stiff breeze. Here are some tips to make your RV awning last longer, plus tricks to prevent damage in high winds.
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.
Here are some examples of today’s must-have RV accessories. How many of these do you have?…
Avoid RV weight problems by going to a truck scale first. It’s the only way to know for sure you haven’t added too much cargo inside your RV or trailer. These videos show how easy it is to weigh your RV at a truck scale.
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.
Your RV isn’t a secure place to leave valuables. Aside from changing the locks and installing RV alarms, what are your options? Floor safes or small fireproof safes will help keep the valuables inside your RV safe. Here’s what to look for.
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!
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.
RV pictures alone just aren’t enough when you want to see details of the many features inside RVs. RV virtual tours make it possible to see all of those special features up close. Watch these RV virtual tours to find your next dream RV.
An RV corners completely different than a car does. In city driving, cars will be crowding you. They may even trap you, causing you to hit them during the corner. This video shows how important it is to understand safe cornering with your RV.
Maneuvering in close quarters when RV parking is an art learned over time with repetition. These 7 tips will get you started. Practice makes perfect — especially when learning how to back up a trailer for the first time.
New RVs don’t magically appear at the RV dealership. RV transport drivers drive the RVs to the dealers’ showrooms directly from the factory. Becoming an RV transport driver is one way to travel in a new RV with someone else paying all the expenses!
Why spend hours walking from one RV to the next. Shopping for your next RV online is so much easier and narrows the field down to only a few when it comes time to make the final decision. This video show how much you can learn about an rv online.
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.
Getting away from it all is even better with a 4×4 RV. Just use caution as going to far can do some serious damage to your RV, and repairs could get costly real quick!
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.
Are the noise and confusion of an RV campground too much for you? Try a 4-wheel drive vehicle with a small off-road trailer and get away from the crowds by boondocking!
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.
Rather than accepting the quick depreciation that comes with buying a new RV, why not buy a used RV and remodel it to suit your tastes? The money savings alone can be substantial!