RV Tips/Tricks/Repairs

How to install a keyless door lock vid here.

To combat summer heat through the windows insert some reflective bubble insulation called Reflectix and lower the nightshades. Reflectix BP48010 48-Inch by 10-Feet Bubble Pack Insulation. This cuts the heat transfer tremendously. https://www.reflectixinc.com/

A “spicy” way to “water” your batteries. “I’ve been using an empty mustard container (French’s) to add distilled water to my batteries for years. Works like a charm.” –Thanks to Tommy Molnar.

Go to local Dollar store and buy a product called Awesome. Not expensive and use it around windows and surface to remove black stains.

Frozen food safety tip in case of a power outage or when relocating with our residential refer 

If you’ve been away for an extended period of time and come home and realize there’s been a power outage, how do you know how long the outage lasted and if the food in your freezer is still good?  You put a cup of water in your freezer, freeze it solid, then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. … If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup, that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup, your food may still be OK. It would be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time.

Snapped shade strings?

From reader Tim Slack: Constant traveling, pulling shades up-and-down, up-and-down, really wears out the strings, doesn’t it? I sent a few of our blinds to Tiffin to restring (cost $15 each, plus freight) but within a couple of months, some had broken strings—again! I then thought, “Hmmm, maybe I’ll try fishline.” I got the highest pound-test line I could find—80 pound—and strung away. Here’s how:

  1. Lay the blind flat on a work surface, drawing a diagram as you take it apart showing how the strings run to create the tension in the blind.
  2. Now follow that diagram with your high-tensile fishline. Use braided line or Spyderwire, not monofilament line! Use at least 60 pound; 80 or 100 pound is even better.
  3. Smooth any roughness on the metal eyelets of the blind to eliminate early wear. Be sure to leave sufficient line to put tension in the strings when you remount the repaired unit.
  4. It’s smart to use two tie-off posts for each line instead of just one; that fishline is slippery stuff! The fishline runs smoothly through the labyrinth of the blind, and I haven’t needed to restring any of my ‘fishy’ blinds in the last four years.

Sanitize your fresh water hose – coil it up, pour in a solution of one cup water and one cup household bleach. Connect the ends of the hose together and “roll” the coiled hose around to distribute the solution. Repeat a few times. Disconnect the fittings, dump the solution and run plenty of fresh water through the hose to clear the sanitizer.

Install in the stair treads glow-in-the-dark tape on the steps so you don’t trip at night.

Mr. Beams MB 723 MB723 Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight — One reviewer said: included double-sided adhesive will almost certainly damage your wall when removed. Suggest using 3M damage-free adhesive which I’ve been happily using and removing without pain.

Jack under the spring plate on the axle.

Secure each awning extension arm with a velcro strap before traveling to prevent the awning from deploying.


Bungie straps to wrap the extra potable hose and a third black water hose