DIY Repair of Most Recent Blowout Damage – I Learned About RVing From That

DIY Repair of Most Recent Blowout Damage – I Learned About RVing From That

A recent blowout  on the right side of the 5th wheel RV trailer blasted away the plastic wheel-opening trim, and tore the lower metal panel aft of the tire.  Checking with the dealer where I bought it, I learned that it would take at least a month (probably more) for them to fix it.  I thought about it for a little while, and decided to fix it myself.  It would be quicker (I hoped) and undoubtedly cheaper. I emailed photos of the damaged parts to the dealer and they agreed to have the parts loaded into the next new unit coming to them from the factory.  This way, I wouldn’t have to pay crating and truck-shipping fees. As Murphy’s Law would have it, the wrong gold-colored aluminum curved panel arrived. Reordering and waiting for another new unit...

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I Learned About RVing From That: Watch That First Step

I Learned About RVing From That: Watch That First Step

I got my first non-tent camping unit in 1994 – a used slide-in truck camper – and have had seven more RVs of various kinds since then, so I’ve been at this for a while. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or three about RVing, often the hard way. In the hope of keeping you from making the same mistakes, I’m periodically writing about some of my experiences. Many towable-trailer manufacturers build units with two doors. Usually, one is near the living area and the another off a bedroom. My first brand new unit – a Rockwood – had two doors and that was quite a novelty to me. But we nearly always used the aft door from the living area whenever we accessed the trailer because that was where we spent most of our time when on the road. However,...

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2013 NC RV Dealers’ Show – September 6-8

2013 NC RV Dealers’ Show – September 6-8

As always, if there’s an RV show reasonably close, I’ll hit it. And no exception was the semiannual North Carolina RV Dealers’ Association event at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This year, it’s on the same weekend as the Home and Hot Tub event downtown. So, Friday for RVs, and Saturday for Homes and Hot Tubs. Excitement! Go camels! (You have to be of a certain age – and a Smothers Brothers fan – to get that reference.) There were a few notable and different things to see. One was a two-story trailer – well, more like a story and-a-half. The aft end is tall like a toy hauler, but inside are a few steps down to a bunk and squatty sitting area, and a few steps up above is a sleeping loft for Mom and Dad. Like I said –...

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I Learned About RVing From That – Do It Yourself Repairs

I Learned About RVing From That – Do It Yourself Repairs

I got my first non-tent camping unit in 1994 – a used slide-in truck camper – and have had seven more RVs of various kinds since then, so I’ve been at this for a while. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or three about RVing, often the hard way. In the hope of keeping you from making the same mistakes, I’m periodically writing about some of my experiences. My first (and only) motorhome was eighteen years old in 1997 when I acquired it for five-thousand dollars cash. I’d actually been in it before when a friend borrowed it for several of us boys to go to central Florida for an aviation event. It got us there and back so I felt pretty confident buying it a couple of years later. Besides, it belonged to a good friend’s sister-in-law...

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I Learned About RVing From That – Blocking The Tires

I Learned About RVing From That – Blocking The Tires

    I got my first non-tent camping unit in 1994 – a used slide-in truck camper – and have had seven more RVs of various kinds since then, so I’ve been at this for a while. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or three about RVing, often the hard way. In the hope of keeping you from making the same mistakes, I’m periodically writing about some of my experiences. When I bought my first brand new travel trailer in 2002, I was excited to take it on the road so we decided to head south to St. Augustine for Thanksgiving. Not quite realizing how long a drive that would be, we didn’t arrive until after dark. Let me just say – setting up after dark sucks. The back-in spot we were assigned had a slope to the rear with the edge of a...

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