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Offline cudakidd53

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RV Helpful Hints-
« on: October 16, 2015, 10:14:07 AM »
Here's a new list I figure that I'd start:  Helpful hints that most of us learn by trial and error, and nobody goes over when you buy a trailer.  Please add yours as it goes along!

1.  For Venetian style blinds, with the rod that bounces around going down the road, twist the blinds closed so that the lower edge of each louver closes over the upper edge of the one below it.  This way the rod doesn't end up flopping around and catching behind them, bending them out at the ends.  The other option is to pull them all the way open, but then it's like everyone can window shop your RV.

2.  For long term storage (especially during hot weather or climate) give door, hatch and slide-out seals a light coat of petroleum jelly or seal dressing so they don't bake onto the sealing surface and crack or tear when you open them later.

3.  Microwave/Pool Noodle trick: http://real-man-truckworks-and-survival.com/index.php?topic=504.0  This is a quick and easy fix to keep those microwave glass turntables from bouncing and breaking!
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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2015, 11:53:13 AM »
1. Put a nylon tie strap on the drivers side hitch tension bar. Reduces wear in as it always goes on the
    the same side.

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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2015, 09:28:39 PM »
Use zip ties to secure drawer and cabinet door handles so they don't flop open while on the road. Added bonus when your doors might interfere with the slides and get ripped off
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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2015, 09:41:08 PM »
Get tags like the "remove before flight tags" and write your checklist before leaving on it and hang it on your steering wheel when you arrive. It will force you to review your checklist before you pull out. Like lower antenna , turn off water heater,  check hatches, etc
Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2015, 11:18:44 PM »
Get tags like the "remove before flight tags" and write your checklist before leaving on it and hang it on your steering wheel when you arrive. It will force you to review your checklist before you pull out. Like lower antenna , turn off water heater,  check hatches, etc
....and take out tire chocks.. :(
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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2015, 11:23:56 PM »
Get tags like the "remove before flight tags" and write your checklist before leaving on it and hang it on your steering wheel when you arrive. It will force you to review your checklist before you pull out. Like lower antenna , turn off water heater,  check hatches, etc
....and take out tire chocks.. :(
Sounds like you've done this to Ken.  :-[
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2015, 12:14:20 AM »
On a tow trailer, physically reach under the hitch and be sure the ball is trapped and cross your safety chains.
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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2015, 07:01:49 AM »
And in the fifth wheels do a "pull test" before putting your landing gear all the way up to make sure the kingpin is captured in the hitch.


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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2015, 12:17:19 PM »
Stabilizer jacks are NOT meant for leveling. Level first, then drop stabilizer jacks.

Not me... But I've seen it.


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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2015, 10:52:26 PM »
On a tow trailer, physically reach under the hitch and be sure the ball is trapped and cross your safety chains.

I use the up button on the tongue jack to check the latch. That is a bad spot to be putting fingers, have seen the red liquid of others a few times.

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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2015, 01:58:26 AM »
That MAY work. But I trust feeling it, I can't count the times I have had a hard time getting the ball to release with the latch open.
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Re: RV Helpful Hints-
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2015, 09:04:07 PM »
Maybe a little mirror on a stick?
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