When you’re traveling in your RV on the open road, you’re subject to plenty of freedom and independence. That independence means that you need to be able to handle problems yourself, if they arise. It’s part of the territory. To that end, there are certain tools that are pretty much required for RV travel. You may never need them, but you could be really sorry one day if you don’t have them aboard.
This one’s going to get used frequently. A tire gauge allows you to monitor the air pressure of your tires and to keep them at optimal levels as you travel. Properly inflated tires are more resilient, last longer, and will provide you with better fuel economy, which an RVer can appreciate.
A quality axe provides a multitude of useful functions around any RV site or campground. From cutting up wood for a fire to clearing debris, an axe is never dead weight. Consider packing it or a hatchet when you go out hiking. If you get lost somehow, it’s among the most useful items you can have.
Instead of owning a dozen screwdrivers, invest instead in a multi-bit version. The various heads all magnetically snap into the handle and give you all the utility of a drawer full of lesser screwdrivers. No matter what kind of screw you encounter, a multi-bit has got you covered.
Channel Lock Pliers
Channel lock pliers will serve as your go-to tool for all things plumbing-related. From tightening a water hose to turning on a spigot that’s missing a handle, they’ll serve you well any time you need to really tighten something or need a makeshift handle.
Needle Nose Pliers
The pliers to use when something requires a bit more finesse. Needle nose pliers can fit into tight spaces and give you fine control over something too small for your hands to properly manipulate.
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Your RV’s fridge isn’t any better or worse than the one you’ve got at home, but it does operate under stressful conditions. The bouncing and jarring as you travel down an uneven road, the variations in weather that you experience, being hit by direct sunlight since an RV interior is smaller than a house… all contribute to your RV’s fridge getting overworked and cutting its efficiency.
Instead of resigning yourself to inefficiency, do yourself and your food a favor and take measures to help your fridge out.
Install Plastic Sliders
There are relatively cheap plastic and rubber sliders that you can install in your fridge to keep things from moving about. They’re not normally useful in a house, but in RVs they’re ideal for keeping things in place while you drive. Many a novice RVer has come to the end of driving for the day, opened their fridge for a soda or snack, and found the juice box or milk carton falling out the door right on top of them. Prevent it from ever happening by holding loose items in place.
Level Your Rig and Keep the Sun Off the Fridge
When you stop in at a campsite or RV park, especially the uneven ground of the former, take some time to get your RV nice and level. You want your RV to be level anyway for purposes of comfort, but did you know that a level RV helps your fridge to operate better too? Another thing you can do when parking is to take into account where your fridge is located within your RV. Place your RV such that the sun, whether it’s coming up or going down, doesn’t shine through a window and hit your fridge directly. Not only will it cause a slight temperature spike from mere contact alone, but it can also hit your condenser coil and overwork it, causing cooling inefficiency.
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One of the problems with boondocking if you don’t have or don’t want to use a generator is keeping the batteries charged. You can minimize that issue by using solar panels to charge the batteries. When you keep the batteries charged, the inverter, which runs off the batteries, will also work. If you purchase a smaller watt system, you can run the 12-volt lights, the heater fan – if it’s 12 volts — and even power the inverter.
If you want to run more appliances, you’ll need a solar system with more wattage. Woody’s RV World has several solar systems available for RVs. Depending on the type you purchase, you’ll put the solar panels on the roof of the RV or even on the ground in the sun. Hook the system up according to the instructions that come with the model you purchased. The smaller systems hook directly to the batteries so that the sun can keep them charged.
Even if you have a generator, you can save a lot of money on gas for it by using solar power. The solar systems will pay for themselves rather quickly if you use the generator a lot. Even if you use the a smaller system to top off the batteries so that you can use them longer at night without generator, you’ll recoup your investment within a few weekend trips.
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Stop by Woody’s RV World to check into the different types of solar systems we have available for RVs. We’ll help you pick out the best system for your needs, whether you need something just to top off the batteries once in a while or you need something to constantly charge the batteries because you don’t want to use a generator or don’t have one.
RV forums and support groups are a great way to find life long friends, traveling partners and even love, but they can also be a place to find scams, trouble and people who can do you harm. With a little education and preparation you can learn to spot the safe people and avoid the unsafe ones!
Just because someone is a fellow camper, RVer, retiree or fisherman doesn’t make him or her safe. Online people can be, or pretend to be anyone they want to be. While the majority of online friends we make are real people there’s a percentage who are there to cause us grief, or intend us harm. Learn to set and enforce your boundaries and take proper precautions, you can find some of the best, most helpful folks in the world only a mouse click away. Continue reading
If you have an RV or travel trailer you’ve probably learned to depend on propane (LP Gas) for a lot of things. There are a lot of things to learn and know about propane and propane tanks (also referred to as LP for liquid petroleum gas). LP gas is either propane or butane gas or a mixture of both. Know what you’re getting if you plan to be in colder or very, very hot climates or transitioning between the two. For instance, going to Mexico (usually where the butane blend is higher) and then returning to Canada in the fall or winter you may notice a difference or that your appliances aren’t working at all. Continue reading
Computers have done for RVing what RVs did for camping&##8211;made life easier, faster, cleaner, and ripe with more opportunities for fun, travel and safety on the road. If that sounds like overselling, it&##8217;s not. RVers who travel with laptops, smart phones and/or net books, or iPads have many more opportunities and much more information available to them than their non-tech peers. Internet access gives you the comfort of shopping, banking; travel planning, making reservations and checking the weather, connecting with friends via Skype and email and even learning about how to fix your RV with online tutorials. It&##8217;s hard to beat that kind of resource, especially when it&##8217;s all in something as compact as a laptop computer! Continue reading
People have always traveled from place to place, camping along the way. Early travelers traveled by horseback, packing their tents or tarps on horseback. Wagon trains, shepherd&##8217;s carts and other wheeled vehicles became home for months or years at a time for other travelers. Once trains criss-crossed the country travelers could camp in private rail cars that were pulled along side train routes. That kind of accommodation limited where a person or family could go. It was also difficult to set up camp if the rail car was already occupied.
Travelers wanted more. They wanted mobility and they wanted comfort. Just like today, they were willing to compromise on one to afford the other if they had to. Most of the early RVs had a place to sleep and to hold basic comforts. Some had bathrooms and kitchens or even stoves, most did not. They began to explore and create options as travelers have always done. Continue reading
Once you feel comfortable camping in a campground, chances are you’ll want to try what is called “boon docking” or “dry camping.”
Dry camping simply means totally self-contained camping. Being able to dry camp or boon dock means you’re as comfortable parking overnight in a parking lot or truck stop as you are in a field or on a back road in the wilderness or along the beach. Continue reading
There are a lot of benefits to financing your RV. Depending on your credit score, lower payments are only one advantage. When you finance your RV instead of liquidating your assets or paying cash you maintain personal financial flexibility, critical for many of us who like to travel and want the financial freedom to do so. If you’re a full-timer your RV may qualify as a home or a second home if you rent your permanent home or condo.
Check with your tax advisor to see works best for your situation. But consider these benefits when you do. Not all these benefits apply to everyone, but there many that will impact you and your decision, so take your time and explore all your options. Continue reading
You’ve found your dream RV. You’ve done the walk-through. You’ve kicked the tires. You’ve popped the hood, if it has one, and you’ve checked the vehicle or trailer inside and out. Dreams of hitting the road are filling your head. The salesman is closely eyeing you for subtle clues that will help him close the sale. Yet, before you leave the dealership, there’s still one more important decision you need to make. Should you buy a maintenance contract? Continue reading