See why parking your RV on grass is a bad idea. (Hint: rust forms in no time!) Plus, how to prevent RV rust and how to remove it once it appears. And 3 alternative parking on grass solutions you need to know.
Longterm RV Storage
Parking your RV for a month or more? Read this first to see what you need to do before parking & storing your RV for a long time! Here RVers share their personal experiences storing RVs longterm, plus tips that will save you time & money when storing your RV for the winter... or longer. See the pros & cons of indoor RV storage vs. outdoor RV storage, ways to protect your RV awning, roof, tires, alarm system, water pump, big screen TV, furniture, and more. And all about RV sun damage and how to prevent it by using RV covers, tire covers, windshield covers & dashboard covers or an RV garage.
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!
Too much humidity and too little humidity are both bad for your camper and your camping gear. See the #1 thing you need to do as soon as you get home, if it has rained on your camping trip! Plus, 5 steps to REDUCE RV humidity in damp, wet conditions and 4 steps to INCREASE RV humidity on dry, arid days. Everything you need to know about RV moisture levels, the perfect humidity level to maintain inside an RV, and how to solve RV window condensation problems.
How to prevent RV battery theft. A full time RVer’s thoughts on RV battery lock boxes & how to lock RV batteries affordably. All about RV battery theft protection!
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.
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!
Should you take your RV to a professional to have it winterized? Or is this something you can do yourself? The professionals are only concerned with what damage ice in the water system will do to your RV. Here’s how to do ALL of the RV winterizing yourself… according to someone who’s been winterizing RVs for over 50 years!
I finally found how to keep mice away from my camper! Here are 6 ways to avoid a rodent infestation and keep mice, squirrels & rats from damaging your RV.
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.
The 4 best choices for indoor RV storage and outdoor RV storage — including the pros & cons of each: heated garage, steel building, enclosed RV storage facility, and outdoor RV storage facility.
Getting your RV level can be accomplished in a number of ways. Some take a bit of effort, and others are as simple as pushing a button. Here’s what you need to know to keep your RV trailer or motorhome level and stabilized.
Protect your RV from costly sun & weather damage by keeping it under cover in an RV garage. You’ve got many options and different styles to choose from. They’re all listed here for you.
Yearly inspections can catch RV roof repair issues early — before expensive damage occurs. Here’s how to do RV roof repairs without causing more damage.
Run flat tires on RVs can cause catastrophic damage when they fly apart. A tire pressure monitoring system can alert you to dropping air pressure in time to safely get off the highway and avoid a serious accident.
Winter RV storage can lead to some serious issues. Leaving any food items in your RV will guarantee a mice problem. Read on to find out how to deal with that, but don’t forget to watch the snow load too. You don’t want to start next season with water damage.
Just like in your home, there are a number of RV alarm systems you can employ to protect your possessions and the safety of your loved ones. These videos show security systems installed in cargo trailers that would also work in your RV trailer or motorhome.
If you plan on leaving your RV in Arizona more than 6 months, then you need to register your RV in Arizona. It’s the law.
RV tires that sit in storage for long periods become weak — especially if they’ve been exposed to the sun much of that time. Even though they may look fine, at highway speeds your RV tires can disintegrate and cause an accident.
Just like the RV water system, your RV batteries need to be winterized to prevent expensive damage.
RV water pumps are reliable right up to the time you forget to winterize the RV and temps drop below freezing.
Here’s what you need to know about black water, gray water, and potable water on your RV.
Liquid when allowed to freeze expands, distorts, and even cracks.
There is a liquid-based material within the screen of LCD TVs. Will it be damaged overnight in freezing weather? Worse yet, if left in storage through the winter where temperatures can get bitterly cold, will an LCD flat-screen TV survive?
Here are some of the detectors and monitors inside your RV that need to be checked each year — and have a fresh set of batteries installed.
Here are some possible sources of RV water leaks, along with ways to accurately determine the source of your leak.
RV covers not only protect your motorhome from the sun’s rays, they also keep your RV cooler inside, and they allow moisture to escape while being stored for long periods of time. Here’s what to look for in terms of RV tire covers, windshield covers, dashboard covers, and covers for the entire exterior of your motorhome.
See how to diagnose a problem with RV water pumps, plus step by step instructions for repairing or replacing your RV water pump.
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.
What do you do if you turn on the water pump and immediately see water running out onto the floor? After you have located the spot where water sprays out, you need to determine what type of fittings or hose will be needed to make the repair. Here are tips for fixing the water pipes in your RV.
Unfortunately, in the RV world some RV components have a higher failure rate than what you find in the average house. This is due to weight issues, cost restrictions, and of course exposure to the elements. Here are the top 10 RV repairs you can fix yourself.
One of the most common reasons that RV generators fail is lack of use — as strange as that may sound. The best way to avoid this problem is to run your RV generator on a regular basis. In addition to that, here are more RV generator tips…
Even when RV tires look like new and have plenty of tread on them, if they are not used regularly and shielded from the sun, then they WILL fail early — and may cause a blowout! Here’s how to protect your tires and prevent tire rot.
The fact of the matter is, the longer a motorhome is parked and unused, the faster its value declines. Top that with the fact that RVs stored in harsher climates — either too hot or too cold; too dry or too snowy & rainy — can be dramatically decrease in value and even become worthless. Here’s what to look for before you buy a used RV motorhome.
If you’ve stored your RV for the winter, then it’s time to get it out of storage and get things in order for your summer travels. Here’s how I prepare our RV each year for a summer of fun on the road…
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.