Trailer folk: Jack the frame – not the axle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When we were new to the RVing-with-a-trailer set, we bought an older fifth wheel that had been sitting about on its tires for some time. Lots of tread left, sure, but the tires themselves had been exposed to plenty of UV radiation. Our RVing mentors “learned us” quickly that just because there’s plenty of... Read More

RV Mods – A quick disconnect for your RV’s LP heater?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many RVers have found it to their advantage to shuck the use of the factory RV furnace in favor of a “Blue Flame” or catalytic style heater. For boondockers, these LP-fired heaters are a godsend, as most use no electricity (no battery run-down) and are far more efficient than RV furnaces ever dreamed of... Read More

Sticky 5th wheel hitch, Cowboy? Slick ’em up!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris One of the most neglected areas for fifth wheels, the hitch, can be one of the most cantankerous. Having a “stuck” hitch release can really take the joy out of the lifestyle, yet it’s easy to care for problems before they come up. Fifth wheel hitches having moving parts, and the locking assembly that... Read More

Read this before replacing nonworking absorption fridge

Dear Gary, I have a refrigerator that needs to have the cooling unit replaced.  Do you know of any place that I can get a new or rebuilt cooling unit for it? Thanks! —Tom R. Dear Tom, Any respectable RV dealer or service center can order a new or reconditioned cooling unit from a number of rebuilders around the country.... Read More

Carefree extends living space on Starcraft toy haulers

  Carefree of Colorado and Starcraft RV of Elkhart, Indiana, have teamed up to extend the living space of Starcraft toy haulers. Starcraft is offering the Carefree Retreat on its new GPS toy haulers. The new Carefree Retreat Tailgate Annex attaches to the back of a toy hauler trailer, fully enclosing the entire tailgate and giving RV owners more usable... Read More

Can I paint and paper my RV’s interior?

Dear Gary, Can you paint and or wallpaper the inside of an RV? A service person said it will cause mold under the painted or papered area. I would love to brighten up the interior of a fairly new travel trailer. —Patty K. Dear Patty, Properly prepped, it is quite plausible to paint, tile, refinish or wallpaper inside an RV.... Read More