Automated Intelligence

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By Dennis Brewer
February 23, 2015

  How to remotely control 120-volt AC circuits, lights and appliances in a motorhome using Z-Wave technologies   One of the features of today’s custom homes and high-end bus conversions is automation, or the ability to control just about anything from one place, even when you’re not actually... Read more »

Motorhome Cab Heater Issue

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by Ken Freund
February 19, 2015

  I have a 2011 Damon Astoria 40KT. The issue is the dash heater; it seems insufficient to provide adequate comfort heating when traveling down the highway. When I first took possession of the coach, I noticed this and my local service technician said the baffles were not completely open, so he... Read more »

TOP THIS

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by Chris Hemer
January 28, 2015

  Installing new slide-topper fabric isn’t difficult, and costs just a fraction of a new hardware assembly   The humble slide-topper awning is the unsung hero of our RVing experiences. Just think of all the work they do: They keep the sun off the slideout roofs, which helps prevent UV damage,... Read more »

A Better Grip

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January 27, 2015

While RVing in the mountains last summer I had the doors open a lot and used the screen. There was no grab bar to pull the door shut behind me. Stores do sell them, but they are sort of bulky. I bought a handle off the shelf at Lowe’s that was large enough for my hand to fit in. The screws that came... Read more »

Hold That Hose

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January 27, 2015

You set up camp, make all your attachments and assume things will be fine. But hot weather and repeated dumping of the tanks causes the sewer hose to slump even though you use one of those slinky-like devices. My solution: Purchase 8 feet of 4-inch PVC drainpipe. Cut into 2- to 4-foot sections and... Read more »

Lights Out?

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By Dennis Brewer
January 27, 2015

  Simple procedures for identifying electrical wiring problems will help keep appliances and accessories running smoothly There is nothing more frustrating to a motorhome owner than having the 12-volt DC equipment such as headlights, turn signals and clearance lights fail when you want to be on... Read more »

Brake Time

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By Ben Smith
December 23, 2014

  Installing the RVibrake2 auxiliary braking system, with a tire-pressure-monitoring feature, nets shorter stopping distances and greater confidence   There are a great number of RVers who want to take the comforts of home with them when they travel in a motorhome. Of course, these include... Read more »

How to Maximize the Life of Motorhome Tires

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By E. Don Smith
November 22, 2014

  With a few protectant products and a little care, premature sidewall damage can be greatly reduced   If you own a motorhome long enough, you will eventually have to replace the tires. Most coaches require six tires, and a tag axle means two more. If you have priced tires lately you know... Read more »

Put a Sock on It

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November 21, 2014

My wife and I grew tired of the constant “clinking” of glassware and the eventual scratching/marring of our glasses from bouncing down the road. I screwed a spice rack to the back wall of the cabinet, tie-wrapped another to it and my wife covered the glasses in fun/funky socks she bought at the... Read more »

That’s a Wrap

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November 21, 2014

I use a Christmas-wreath container to store my freshwater hoses. It’s the perfect size for easy coiling, and it keeps the hoses orderly and clean. Basil Vanderboegh | Benton Harbor, Michigan  

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