About Us

We’re a couple of “Do-It-Ourselves” full-time RVers who offer RV maintenance, repair & travel tips. We’ve handled most of our own RV maintenance during more than a decade of exploring North America.

While we’re not RV technicians, we’re very mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. We handle most of our own minor service, repair and upgrade work on our 2005 43′ Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. We also maintained our 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during our first 2 years on the road.

We hope our experiences can help other RVers go DIY, saving time & money while experiencing the satisfaction of a job well done.

We don’t pretend to be experts on any particular RV topic, and mostly know about maintaining our own rig. But lots of things are the same on RVs in general, and diesel pushers in particular. Consult with a professional technician if you’re unsure about working on your RV.

Safe Travels!

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  1. we have a 2003 mountain aire and can not find were the water pump control switch is located.The black and red wires from the water pump go behind a panel and do not know were they go from there…thanks

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      Hi Karen,

      We’re not familiar with the 2003 models… and if you have a gas unit, it would definitely be different than our diesel. In our coach, the control switch for the water pump is located on the side wall in the water compartment, right near the pump itself. If tracing the wires isn’t working for you, we’d recommend giving Newmar Customer Service a call (800-731-8300). If you have your coach number, they should be able to give you more information about where to look. If that doesn’t work… you could try posting in the Newmar Owner’s forum over on iRV2.com (http://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/). The forums are free to join & post… and there is probably a fellow 2003 MA owner on there who can tell you EXACTLY where to look.

      Sorry we couldn’t be of more help! Let us know how you make out.

  2. Love your channel! Guys, what can you advise on Class A Motorhome Safety in crash. I was all in and planning on purchasing soon but my choose a different set up. Your thoughts?

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      Thanks Darryl! We don’t have hard stats on safety of a Class A vs Class C vs driving a pick-up truck towing a 5th wheel or travel trailer, we would suggest this… the safety comparisons are unlikely to be different enough to be much of as factor in deciding between RV types, when compared to all the other considerations that are needed. Size, space, cost, floorplan and all the other myriad considerations make such a large impact on the RV experience that we would think that any possible difference between them safety-wise would surely fall to the very bottom of the list of considerations. If there is any difference between them regarding safety, we’d guess that a Class A might have an advantage, due to its larger size and mass, better stability than a towable, and height advantage for superior visibility down the road.

  3. I recently cleaned out my 12 gallon suburban water heater using 4 gallons on vinegar and water. I turned on the electric to heat the water and let it heat overnight. The next day after the water was cooled I removed the almost brand new anode rod and noticed it was about 85% eaten away – I am assuming by the vinegar – yes?

    I am curious if there is a possibility that I damaged the tank or other components (i.e. heating element) by leaving the tank on with the mixture overnight?

    Thanks
    Andy

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      Hi Andy. We’ve never heard of the anode going from virtually new to 85% gone overnight. Do you know if you have very hard water there, or has it been more than a year since you flushed and cleaned the heater? Did a lot of scale come out when you flushed the tank? We’re guessing that your tank was simply very full of scale, and that you may have just done an extremely good job of cleaning the heater. Assuming that it’s still working okay, install a fresh anode and all should be fine.

      1. I am pretty vigilant about cleaning the tanks – water heater, black and grays – on our RV. I never leave water in the water heater after a trip and always remove the anode. This is the 1st time I did a real thorough clean and rinse with the vinegar.

        I appreciate the reply.

        Thanks
        Andy

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          Hi Andy. We did some checking, and added an annotation to the video with a correction – don’t leave the vinegar in the tank overnight. That’s what ate away the anode. Sorry about that. It’s great that you’re so diligent about maintaining your tanks. We’re pretty obsessive about ours and figure we’ll keep everything working well for many years by being thorough. We’re planning an updated video about flushing the water heater. Stay tuned!

    1. I just watched your video on lukewarm water, my shower was hot on Saturday and Sunday just warm, the burner is working and i tried the electric and still no hot water. My outside shower is not on like the video but i did have hot the day before, can you help solve the problem? the camper is only 9 months old.

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        Hi Mark,

        Is it just the shower causing a problem? Are you getting hot water from any of the sinks? If so, then it sounds like it could be a problem with the valve for the shower. If it’s a single-handle setup, you may want to try removing the handle to see if it has an “anti-scalding” mechanism inside that may have gotten turned down (possibly by turning the handle to hot too hard), making it so that “hot” isn’t as hot as you’d like.

        If there’s no hot water anywhere in the camper, then something must have changed. Is it possible that between Saturday and Sunday you did something that could have resulted in a water heater bypass valve getting turned accidentally? Or were you doing something like sanitizing your tanks that could have left some other valve in a non-standard position?

        Or is there another faucet that is like the outside shower… where there’s a shut-off at the spray head so water doesn’t run, but you could have left a valve open that allows hot and cold water to mix in the plumbing system?

        Barring any of those… you may want to consider posting in the appropriate brand forum over at iRV2.com. It’s free to join and post… and there are lots of knowledgeable owners on there who may have run into your exact problem in the same/similar RV.

        Hope you get this solved… stop back and let us know how you make out.

  4. If water stay in shower or start to fill up with water is because your gray tank is full…I learned the hard way, was doing laundry and water started to come in the shower, then overflow all over the floor in bathroom so I checked my gray tank and it was full….so I empty the gray tank and the water in shower went down the drain.

  5. HELP. HELP. HELP.
    We are newbys, we think we can empty our black tank, but now it smells. Our grey tank is empty and we can not use our shower now because the drain from it is full? What do we do?
    No one here (small town in TX) seems to know unless we can take our TT to them, but it is already hooked up in a small park which was delivered to us there by a friend, we can not tow.
    Can we combine? Can we remove the tanks and just use the park water? We need help.

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      Hi Shirley. You said your gray tank is empty but you can’t use the shower? If it’s empty, what’s stopping you from running water into it? Is it possible you have 2 gray tanks? (some units do) If you have a pool of water in your shower, the gray tank is NOT empty.

      Be sure you don’t leave the black valve open all the time. It must ONLY be open for dumping. If you leave the black valve open all the time the liquids will run out and the solids will stay behind creating a giant mound which absolutely will cause odor, and can be very difficult to remove.

      The gray valve can be left open all the in some circumstances, allowing you to use your TT like a regular house, just running water all you want. Watch our video about that here:
      https://youtu.be/kBnw6a4Jcyw

    2. Will try your recommendations, thank you so much. We are leary of using the shower because we can see water in the drain? Is this normal, we were afraid water won’t go down?

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  6. Good Day Mates!
    Just saw your first video of your Australian travels…looking good!
    Hope you are enjoying this beautiful country and all it has to offer.
    Drive safe…stay safe…and have fun!
    We are heading into Byron Bay on Sat. the 25th for a week. If you don’t get there this time…you must try for it next trip “down under”!
    Well worth the visit!
    See you back home when you get there.
    Cindy & David

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      Hey Cindy & David! What a crazy coincidence that you’re here on the other side of the world, too. We’re loving it here, and hope you are as well. We’ll be coming through Byron Bay all right, although in a bit of a whirlwind. We’ll be arriving tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon for just over 24 hours. In that short time we have two interviews to do and two more videos to shoot, much of it at the Bluesfest. If you’ll be there, let us know so we can say hello! Have a great time on the rest of your visit. We’ll be back in BC by June.

  7. I notice that you have a tag axle on your coach. Do you feel the tag axle is a better choice? At what length of coach would you start looking at a tax axle? (Pro’s and Con’s)

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      Unless you A) have money to burn, and B) travel only from RV resort to RV resort, a tag axle coach is a mistake. We fit into neither of those categories and would never buy another tag axle coach. We love our rig, but its length has prevented us from staying in many places that we wish we could fit, with the tag axle exacerbating the problem by extending our footprint, which prevents us from sticking the tail of the rig very far over the back of an RV pad in many circumstances. Our advice is simple: if you want the ability to camp in most National Parks and forests, and other beautiful but space-limited areas, buy the smallest rig you think you can be comfortable in. The dumbest thing we’ve seen are 40′ coaches that are now so heavy with tile floors and other weighty features that they require a tag to hold the weight. Now you’ve lost 3 feet of basement storage to the tag. Used to be that only rigs over 40′ had tags. If we had it to do over, we’d target the 35-37 foot range. Just our 2 cents.

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  8. Hi Guys!
    Understand you might meet up with Andrew w/CoolBulbs this weekend: I sent him some tips re the HID upgrade I just installed on my 2001 National Tradewinds 7390 LTD; hoping he will pass them on to you..
    I’ll be driving through Monday on my way to AZ; going to try to see Andrew on my way through: he wants some pics of my 4 headlight upgrade.
    Hope you are having Fun-in-the-Sun!
    Thanks for all the wonderful, accurate information: I have used it a LOT, upgrading my coach!

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  9. Hi Guys. Love your videos. Just saw on RVtravel.com the following notice and thought of you guys.

    Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 1997-2005 Dutch Star and Mountain Aire, 1998-1999 London Aire, 2004 Essex and 1997-1998 Kountry Aire motorhomes. The affected vehicles have a steering gear mounting bracket that may crack, causing a loss of steering ability. A loss of steering increases the risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and Spartan dealers will replace the steering gear mounting brackets, free of charge. The recall began on January 4, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300 or Spartan customer service at 1-800-543-4277. Newmar’s number for this recall is 15V 633

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      Thanks so much, John! By coincidence, we contacted Spartan late last year about a different recall that we thought we were affected by (turns out we weren’t). But they did tell us about the upcoming recall that you’re referring to, and now we’re just waiting to be officially notified and schedule the work. We figure that if we’ve gone nearly 11 years without anything happening yet, we’re okay until we receive the official instructions for having it taken care of. Hope we’re right. ;) Thanks so much for looking out for us, and other Newmar owners here as well!

  10. Thanks for the quick response! Much appreciated. I already have a call into Tyler as I type. I Called him first yesterday when I experienced my problem. We’ve spoken on several occasions since I started changing out my Toppers last year. Not one problem until this one and of course it was the last. Definitely a do-it-yourself project like you guys say except for this little hiccup.
    Thought I’d try you guys also. Thanks again for your help, insights and quick response! I’ll say Hi to Tyler.
    Kevin C

  11. I was recently installing a new slide topper (my 4th and final one) and lost the tension on my roller assembly (my awl/picks broke on one side before doing other side) Now I have my roller assembly sitting on top of my slide without the topper and no tension. My question is with the roller in this condition, how many turns do I put on the tube and once this is done do I cotter pin it for the tension and then install the new topper as usual or is there something else? Thanks for the help in advance. Kevin C.

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      Hi Kevin. Not to worry. Your situation is easy to remedy. We’ve watched Tyler at Tough Top Awnings demonstrate how to judge the tension, and it’s pretty simple. But rather us than describe it second hand, please call him directly and he will be happy to help: (360) 980-0537. He’s on the West Coast, so you might want to wait a couple more hours before calling. Please tell him Peter & John said Hi, and we’re sorry we missed him in Quartzsite. Thanks, and please let us know how you make out.

  12. I have a 2010 Hideout,model 38bhds and am looking to buy sink covers.I measured but don’t want to buy the wrong size.Thanks,Mike

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  13. We recently moved into a trailor and for the first few weeks, our in ground septic tanked was not capped. We recently capped it and almost immediatly sewer odors over took our trailor. We believe that the majority of the odors are coming from the vent that is under the vanity sink. We were wondering if you would recommend putting a trap out side of the tanks at the connection to the sewer line, or if it might be something as simple as the tank being capped, sending an air bubble in the line, and possibly off-setting the rubber gromit in the vent under the sink.
    Thank you very much for any help you can give and we love your you-tube videos.

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      Hi Matt. It does indeed sound possible that you have a weak air admittance valve under your vanity. The first thing to try is closing the gray valve to prevent any open connection from the sewer into the RV. If that stops the odor, the capping of the septic tank is probably causing pressurized air to be pushed up through your sewer line. If you want to isolate the problem to the air admittance valve, try re-opening the gray valve, confirming that the odor is back, and then covering the air admittance valve with a small plastic bag (like a ziplock sandwich bag) held tightly in place with rubber bands. If that stops the odor again, the valve is probably worn out and should be replaced. You can also add 360 Siphon roof vents to create positive air flow as we demonstrated in our video about eliminating sewer smell in an RV:
      http://thervgeeks.com/plumbing/keep-your-rv-odor-free/

      This video might help too:
      http://thervgeeks.com/plumbing/rv-gray-tank-open-or-closed/

      Hope this helps you solve the problem.

      1. Thank you very much, I had tried closing of both grey water valves and unfortunately the odor continued, I think our next step will be your suggestion of creating a trap with the connecting hose outside of the trailor, to be followed by the 360 vents. Again, thank you very much

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          Hi Matt. Hmmmm…. with both gray valves closed, it’s basically the same as disconnecting from the septic system altogether, since you’ve cut off the connection to it by closing the valves. Based on that, my guess it that if you actually disconnect the sewer hose, you’ll still have the odor problem. Is it possible that the smell is coming from outside, and not through your RV’s drains? Is there some sort of septic vent near where you’re parked? I just don’t want you to try fixing something in the RV that isn’t broken. ;-)

          If you do confirm that the odor is coming from under your vanity when the gray valves are closed (or with the sewer hose disconnected), then the smell is on board your rig, and not coming up through the septic system.

  14. Where can I get info on the tire protection you have on your RV; I like the appearance of those over the traditional tire covers.

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      Hi Bob. We’re very sorry to report that MCD stopped making those tire covers years ago, and we know of no similar product on the market. We’re hoping someone else starts making them again before ours wear out, since we love them.

  15. Hi Hands,
    love the videos, very helpful. We own an 07 Ventana do you have any plans on updating the cockpit shades? Wondering if you have done any research on doing this with a split windshield?

    Also any thoughts on the MagnaShade? I want to know how it works in High wind situations.

    Thanks,
    Bob & Dena
    Nomadics from NH, currently in AZ

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      Hi Bob & Dena!

      Thanks so much for the nice note, and thanks again for your generous support. We weren’t sure if you were only referring to inside or outside shades, so here are our thoughts on both.

      Inside: We currently have motorized front and side visors/shades that came as standard equipment on our rig from Newmar, and we’re pretty sure they’re made by Automotion. We’ve never liked them, not because there was anything inherently wrong with the quality, but because they weren’t sized correctly. The front windshield visors are really the problem, as they’re not wide enough. There’s a big gap in the middle between them, and large gaps at the sides. So whenever the sun happens to be shining through any of those three large gaps, there’s no way to block it except holding a hand up. Really poor planning, and something we’ve talked about replacing for years. Now that we’re having trouble with the motors on both side shades, we’re just starting to investigate our options. We have little doubt that sometime this year we’ll need to do something about this long-overdue problem, so stay tuned for a video when we get it figured out….probably later this year.

      On the outside, the windshield screens we use are no longer made (MCD stopped making them). We have friends who bought the MagneShade, and they really like it. We spent a weekend on their rig with them and got an up-close look and demonstration. They look really solidly made, and the magnets were amazingly strong. Although we have no personal experience with them (so we can’t speak to the issue of strong winds), we’ve read good things about them, and our friends had nothing but good things to say. If you have any questions about anything, including performance in strong winds, we’d suggest contacting the company about it, as we’ve heard they have great customer service.

      Hope this helps a bit. Thanks again, and Happy Holidays.
      Peter & John

  16. I have a 40 year old travel trailer I am redoing. When I bought it, it had one 14″ wheel/tire (P195-70-14) and a 13″. It is 14ft x 7ft. I do not know the weight. I can not find a ST 195-70R-14. A ST205-75-14 will not fit. I do not plan on taking it more than 100 miles from home. I have two questions:

    1) Can I get safe service from a “P” tire.
    2) Do you think a 13″ wheel/tire would be appropriate?
    3) If so, what size tire do you suggest? I have found a ST185-80-13.

    Thank you.

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      Hi Robbin. While we know a lot about tire care and maintenance, we are definitely not qualified to answer the specific questions you’ve asked. We would suggest reaching out to an RV tire expert like Roger Marble. You can reach him at tireman9@gmail.com and tell him RVgeeks sent you!

  17. Good evening guys. We take delivery of our first motorhome in April, 2016. Very much enjoy your videos. Have you done or considered ever doing a video on your 10 most favorite campgrounds. Would love to know which ones are your favorite. Take care.

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      Hi John. Congratulations on your upcoming purchase! You must be so excited. We have done a few destination videos, which can be found in our Trip Tips playlist: http://thervgeeks.com/trip-tips/. We’re not so much about the favorite campgrounds as we are about the favorite destinations. Any campground in or near a western National Park is tops on our list! Our top parks are Yosemite, Glacier, Zion, Crater Lake, Arches, Canyonlands, Yellowstone & Grand Teton. All are not-to-missed-by-any-RVer in our book! Have fun out there. :)

  18. In all the youtube videos I have watched I haven’t found an answer to this: I need to find out about towing a vehicle behind a class c motor home. WHICH vehicle, why that vehicle is good to tow, why it isn’t, etc. I know about tow bars etc but I purchased a Subaru Forester, 2009 model, with the hope of using it behind a class c motor home, but the dealer said I can’t tow a Subaru all four down. So now I have to find a vehicle that can be towed behind a class c.

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    2. Judy,
      I hope you don’t mind me adding in my 2 cents here. I sell about 13 different brands of cars. Do NOT takes car salesman’s word on vehicles as to wether they will flat tow, Make them show you the owners manual (Users Guide) and checking the towing index, it will tell you right there if it is capable of towing on all four wheels. Don’t assume like a lot of my customers that all Jeep’s will flat tow. My brother has a Class C he wanted a Jeep Patriot but with automatic transmission it won’t flat tow so he bought a manual transmission Jeep Patriot and it works fine. In our case we have a Class A and we tow a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with automatic transmission and it works fine for our needs. Just because you can shift the vehicle in to neutral doesn’t mean it can be flat towed there is more to it. Best of luck.

  19. Hey guys,

    Really find your maintenance videos extremely helpful and very well done …. again really good stuff! Any chance you might be doing one on changing the oil in your diesel pusher?

    Keith

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      Thanks Keith! We went back and forth for years on whether changing our own oil was worth dealing with the large volume of oil and carrying around a large enough drain pan, etc. Then we discovered Speedco, and all discussion of doing it ourselves ceased after just one visit. If you have a diesel pusher, they make doing it yourself seem like a waste of time. http://www.speedco.com rocks!

  20. Peter & John,

    Thanks guys that was very helpful. I had seen that video before (since I have watched everyone of them, sometimes several times) apparently I needed the reminder. Wish we were going to be in Palm Springs this winter. If you haven’t tried it yet I suggest “Wangs in the Desert” for some good Asian food. And “Shermans Deli” for great sandwiches!

    Tracy & Chris

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  21. Jamie,

    Congratulations, it’s not going to be easy waiting till spring to get back on the road. Palm Springs in March is sounding really good right now!

  22. Hey guys,

    My partner and I just bought our first ever RV, too late in life to work our way up through all the different types, we like our comfort. We bought a 2016 Thor Ace 29.4 and have only had it out on the road for a few short trips, so far so good. Now that the snow is ready to fly we have winterized it and stored. We just wanted to thank you for the great tips, the videos are amazingly well done and very informative. Someday after I have retired for the second time and my partner has retired we hope to move to a full time experience.
    All the best to you, and thanks again.

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      Thanks for the nice note, and congratulations on your first RV! What an exciting time that is. Yesterday we heard from friends who just stored their rig for the winter too, and we felt the melancholy in their e-mail. We hope you can make it through the winter just knowing that it’s there waiting for you in the spring. :)

      1. Hey guys quick question about storing the RV; with the levelers down or just on the rubber? It’s going to be stored outside and will be covered with an “Elements” cover.

        Thanks in advance

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          Hi Tracy & Chris,

          Taking substantial weight off the tires while they’re stored is beneficial for them. However, leaving the jacks down to take weight off the tires may stretch the jack springs. Here’s our take: stretched out jack springs are cheaper to replace than tires. We’d store with the jacks down, taking a good percentage of the weight of the RV off the tires (but not all… don’t go raising the tires off the ground)! That said, 50% of the population will disagree. LOL

          A couple of other important things to keep in mind. For storage purposes, fill the tires to the maximum inflation pressure listed on the tire sidewall. Even though normal operating pressure will usually be lower than that (regular PSI is set based on the weight being carried, according to the manufacturer’s inflation tables), but keeping the tires filled to the max pressure on the sidewall while in storage is beneficial for them.

          Also, if you will be storing on ANY surface other than concrete, such as asphalt, dirt or grass, be sure to place a barrier in between the tires and the ground. You can use something like these cheap cutting boards: http://bit.ly/tire-storage-barriers. They’ll protect the rubber from moisture damage when storing on grass or dirt, or from chemical damage when storing on asphalt. Storing on concrete requires no barrier. Also, the tires should be covered to protect from UV. In case you haven’t seen it, this video covers a lot of detail about tire care, including tips for storing:
          http://thervgeeks.com/maintenance/rv-tire-age-care-replacement/

          Hope this helps! Have a great winter. Sorry to report we’ll likely be spending at least part of it in Palm Springs! ;-)

          Peter & John

    2. My husband and I just bought our first Motor Home. It is an old one, but goes good. We are planning short trips to get out of this cold weather in Ohio. Seams like we have the same ideas.
      Thanks

  23. Just found your web site and videos. Very well done and thanks for the advise. I am still just a part time small truck camper and hope to upgrade to a 23 airstream sometime soon. We are in Newfoundland Canada. All the best and if you ever crazy enough to come up our way I can help will things todo and where to stay.
    Cheers

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      Hi Mark!

      Thanks so much for the kind words… we’re really glad our videos are helping people! And we love Airstreams! They’re just awesome!

      We absolutely would love to make it out to Newfoundland some day (we didn’t have the time the last time we were out east in the RV)… it’s definitely on our bucket list! So we may absolutely hit you up for some suggestions if we start planning a trip. Thanks!

      Best of luck Airstream shopping. ;)

      – Peter & John

  24. Hello!
    I am retired and the misses will retire at the end of the 2018 school year. We are thinking of purchasing a 5th wheeler and I have found your videos and I/we are learnins lots. for the last several months I have been searching helpfull RV videos so that I learn all there is the learn and there is a tramendous amount of knowledge out there but I have to say that your videos are great.
    The main issue I am having is that there are so many 5th wheel builders to choose from and on top of that are all of the models that there builders offer. Where to start. I already have a notebook started with catagorized information to help wher we start to visit manyfactures and dealers.
    Thank you for the videos and who knows, we might meet some day on the road.
    Frank & Linda

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      Hi Frank & Linda,

      Congratulations on your (50%) retirement! Bet 2018 can’t come fast enough for you! We really appreciate the kind comments and are so glad that our videos are helping! RVing is truly a wonderful “lifestyle” and we’re thrilled that more and more people are getting into it every day!

      Shopping for an RV is absolutely an overwhelming process, but it sounds like you’re off to a great start! It seems totally overwhelming at first… but over time, you’ll begin to whittle it down to a more manageable list of “potential” RVs based on what characteristics are most important to you. Take your time and enjoy it while it lasts! You only ever buy your first RV once. ;) LOL!

      Hope to see you out on the road… can’t wait to see what you choose to buy!

      – Peter & John

  25. Have you guys ever did a video on the different RV organizations you belong to? Just wondering, as I get all sorts of invites to join numerous clubs (FMCA,KOA, Escapees, etc) just wonder if you ever did research them all and what ones you like and are a member of?
    -Jamie

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      Hi Jamie. We haven’t done a video on this topic because we don’t really belong to many organizations, so we’re probably not typical of many RVers. We’re not really “joiners” as a rule, and mostly belong to a few groups for the discounts offered, not for any social aspect. Not to ruffle anyone’s feathers, but we can’t imagine going to one of those Good Sam or FMCA Rallies. Just not our thing.

      That said, we do belong to the following groups for the following reasons:

      – Good Sam Club, which also includes the Camping World Presidents Club, because it gets us 10% off nightly rates at tons of parks, plus discounts at Camping World. Been a member since day one.

      – Passport America, for 50% savings at participating parks (although some restrictions do apply). We’ve had this membership for many years, and all it takes is a few uses each year to pay for itself. Worthwhile for a full-timer who’s flexible about where they stay (it’s often the parks that need the business most who participate).

      – FMCA. We just recently joined to get the Michelin tire discount, and will let our membership expire when the year is up. Just not our thing, and we have no other reason to be members.

      – Escapees. Also just recently joined, solely for the purpose of joining their new Xscapers group, which was party founded by our friends Chris & Cherie (of http://Technomadia.com). Never had a reason to join before, and haven’t done anything with it yet. Time will tell if this might be the one “group” we stay in.

      Again, not to ruffle any feathers, but we would never join KOA, as we’ve only stayed at one or two in 12+ years on the road, and only out of necessity. They generally seem to be overpriced for what they offer. We didn’t even know they had a membership, but obviously, we would not join.

      We know a lot of people are into the rallies that many of these organizations tout, but the one rally we ever attended (a Newmar owners rally) was just not what we’re into RVing for. Rather than hang with large groups of people, hear music that we hate (without naming any genres) or being exposed to overtly political or social moors with which we disagree (again, without specifying them), we’re more into solitude, and making a very few dear friends along the way. Again, we’re just not joiners, but we do seem to be the exception sometimes!

  26. Watching your latest video on springs for the basement doors I noticed your tire covers. Could you tell me a little about them? We need to get some for our Newmar Ventana and have not been able to decide on what we want. looking fro something that will install easily and store easily and not take up much room.

    We enjoy your videos. They are very informative.

    Thank you
    Ken Driscoll

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      Thanks very much, Ken. So sorry to have to report that MCD stopped making those tire covers many years ago, and we’ve never seen anything else like them. Ours are starting to get a little long in the tooth after more than ten years, and we’re wondering what we’ll do when they finally wear out. If we find out that MCD, or any other company, starts making them again, we’ll be sure to publicize it.

  27. Thank you for your previous answers.

    We live in Connecticut and the winters can be not only cold and snowy, but way to long. I was unable to find inside storage so I am going to leave the coach our driveway, parked on asphalt. I have been going back and forth between Elements brand “All Climate” and a “Expedition S2”, cover for my Class A Motorhome.
    Do you have any suggestions and are the wheel covers brands pretty much equal?

    Thank you in advance,
    Ed

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      Hi Ed.

      When we bought our first RV, we knew someone with access to heavy-duty fabric sewing and manufacturing equipment, so we made it kind of fun project to design and make our own covers that hung on the side of the RV. Our current tire covers were discontinued by MCD years ago. So our personal experience with tire covers is not only limited, but definitely not typical. Most people probably go to a place like Camping World and buy whatever is available as standard off-the-shelf covers in the correct size for their tires. Sorry, but we don’t know that there’s any particular type or brand that stands out.

      We also have no experience with covering our RV, but we’d suggest that it’s a good idea to do that in the climate you’ll be storing in. We’d suggest that a good source of info and opinions on RV and tire covers would be the user forums at iRV2.com, where it’s free to join and post: http://irv2.com/forums

      Once thing you should absolutely do when storing on asphalt is to drive the tires onto something to keep the off the pavement. Asphalt can leach the chemical compounds out of the rubber over time, so the tires should not be allowed to remain in contact with it over the winter. We’d suggest picking up some thin, cheap, flexible cutting boards, like these: http://amzn.to/1srVHhR and putting them under the tires. Just buy as many as you need (6?) and place them in front of your tires, then roll onto them for the winter.

      Sorry we couldn’t be more helpful on this topic, but hope this helps a little.

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      We don’t actually have a video about that, because we don’t have a satellite dish. We used to have an internet dish that also received TV (even had a Tivo with it). lol But a couple of things happened that made us get rid of it. First, cellular data got way better at the same time internet satellite got pretty bad (data limits, slow, expensive, not well-supported, etc). Second, TV became so easily available on demand on the internet, that anything we want to see can come in over the web these days.

      People who watch more TV than we do, or prefer a satellite dish just for TV, still have plenty of options, but sorry we have no experience with them. We’d suggest checking out the forums at http:irv2.com to see what people are using these days, and how they like their systems. Hope this helps.

  28. You guys really have a great site. I have purchased a few items based on your video, and so far the air compressor is my favorite.
    My partner and I are new to Rving but I spent a good year researching your videos and other and I just want to say thanks
    If you guys ever make it to the Galveston / Houston area agin would like to meet you guys.
    Safe Travels!

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  29. Hello. Just purchased a 2015 Tiffin Allegro Open Road and wish the season was just starting rather than coming to an end here in New England. My question is, when I parked our coach and activated the automatic leveling system. The rear wheels on one side came off the ground 2″ and are just barely touching on the other, front wheel are firmly on the ground. Is it bad to leave the coach in this position with the sides out or just bad in general? The dash lights for the system do not display any warning and the coach is not tipsy.

    Thank you in advance,
    Ed

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      Hi Ed! Congratulations on your new RV purchase! We have heard both sides of the argument for years (“Never lift a tire off the ground” vs. “It doesn’t matter”). We can only tell you from our experience with our first RV (a Bounder Diesel) and our current Mountain Aire that we have lifted tires way off the ground more times than we could ever count, sometimes for weeks, or even months at a time, with zero ill effects. That said, we have a diesel rig with air bag suspension vs your gas RV, so even though we doubt it’s any issue, you might want to inquire about the “official” word from Tiffin regarding any potential effects on the suspension.

      There is one other thing to consider… the parking brake only works on the rear wheels, so lifting all of those into the air would potentially be a safety issue. By definition, if you’re jacking up the rear of the RV, you’re facing uphill. If you jack all four of the rear wheels off the ground, you’d have no tires on the ground that have parking brakes on them, and potentially roll or slide backwards down the hill, possibly even damaging your jacks. This would be a particular concern on a steep uphill (probably rare, but something to be aware of). We’d suggest in that case, a set of high-quality wheel chocks (like these: http://bit.ly/super-wheel-chock ) be used, with one behind each front tire to prevent rolling backwards. Hope this helps!

  30. I too am looking into purchasing a motorhome. Currently tossed between an older Country Coach and a newer Newmar. Since your coach is 43′ , do you have any trouble getting into National Parks, State Parks or “boondocks”? I noticed that Nikki and Jason tow a Smartfortwo car and it is getting pretty beat up, what are your thoughts about putting a car (like a Fiat 500 Abarth) into a tandem axle enclosed trailer?
    Your videos are awesome, hope to see you on the road sometime. Thank you

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      Hi Dennis! Our advice is simple: buy the smallest RV that you think you could be comfortable in, and no bigger. As much as we love our RV, we talk about downsizing all the time. We cannot fit into most National Parks and National Forests. If we had it to do over again, we’d go for something in the 35′-36′ foot range for full-timing. For others, 32′-33′ is a good range. Our must-have list includes king bed, residential fridge, separate washer & dryer, decent-size closet and a realistic amount of kitchen counter space. We haven’t seen much below 35-36 feet that accommodates all of those. Your wish list may vary of course.

      One thing we would advise… if you have any intention of trying to fit into smaller NP & NF campgrounds don’t even THINK about a tag axle. The long wheelbase means a lot less rear overhang to stick out over the end of a campsite, further limiting your options. And then there’s the 20% extra cost of tire replacement!

      We have been flat-towing our 2003 Honda CR-V the entire 12+ years we’ve been on the road, and it’s in great shape. We’re probably less likely to drive long distances down gravel roads than Nikki & Jason, which probably accounts for the difference in our cars’ condition. We’ve never damaged a thing on our car.

      We’re BIG advocates of flat towing. Most campsites just don’t have space for an RV, a toad AND a trailer. Even dollies are a big pain the the rump from what we’ve seen. Hard to find a good place to put them without being in the way. The only reason we can think of to use a trailer or a dolly is if you already own a car that cannot be flat towed, and you either love it so much, or can’t afford, to replace it with something flat towable. Or maybe you’re only part-timing and only need to tow occasionally, so don’t want to invest in a new car. Flat towing rules, and we would never consider anything else for full-timing. Just our $0.02!

      1. Hey guys …… love the info on your website. I don’t want to start a gas vs diesel debate, but I was wondering, since you really like the Newmar coaches, and now feel that a smaller coach would work better for you two ….. would you consider a gas Newmar over another Manufacturer’s smaller diesel. I guess I am trying to get to your thoughts on this debate. Sorry.

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          Hi Keith! Thanks for the comment, and no worries about starting a “gas vs diesel” discussion, since that’s always a great topic, very much worth considering. We have indeed been pondering smaller for some time. Our ideal coach would be 1) A Newmar (love it, and if we replaced ours that would be our absolute 1st choice), and 2) Diesel (we want the torque and the ride and stability that air suspension provide). But… it’s All About Floorplan! Our ideal coach would be a 35′- 37′ Newmar Diesel, but right now there is not a single floorplan in that range that fits our wish list. If there were, it would be perfect. So, we have looked at possible Newmar gas floorplans. But even though there’s more choice there, we can’t get over the gas thing. We’d reluctantly look at certain other manufacturers’ 35′ – 37′ diesels over Newmar’s, but haven’t seen anything we want there either. Bottom line, as full-timers, we’re not interested in gas.

          We love the fact that so many more smaller diesels are coming with equipment that’s on our wish list… king bed, separate washer & dryer, residential fridge (with battery bank to back it up), and a few other very specific things we’re interested in. The problem with Newmar is that they have continued to up-size in some areas. All Mountain Aires are now 45′, where ours was the largest model at 43′ in 2005. We’re okay with going downline to a Dutch Star or even a Ventana, but the choice of floorplans in the size range we’re interested in is so limited. We’re hoping that they add more diesel floorplan choices in smaller sizes in the future. It’s not all about bigger!

          That said… a lot of our concern/issue with making the switch stem from the fact that we already have, and are used to, a diesel coach. So we would be more aware of the differences than if we had never had one. So, if we were moving up the product line from a towable unit, or even a Class B or C, we would definitely consider a gas Newmar Class A. Their quality, reliability and overall usability are, on our opinions, worth the higher cost of a comparable competitor.

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  31. Heyas. I just love your videos. They are very informative and show us what you really have to do rather than just telling us and and showing a still picture. I don’t own an RV myself… yet
    but now i’ll be well prepared for if and when I get one.

  32. Hi, just found your site through Technomadia so I’m new here. I was wondering if you have been happy with your Newmar Mtn. Aire, would you buy it again, and what other brand would be on the top of your list if you were looking to replace your current rig?

    Thanks,
    Bruce

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      Hi Bruce! Welcome! We love Cherie & Chris, and we’re so glad you found us through them. We are indeed very happy with our Mountain Aire, which just turned 10 years old last month. Even though we’re not in the market for a new RV, we love looking at everything that’s out there. We’ve concluded that if we were to buy a new rig of any kind, Newwmar would be our absolute #1 choice (we were actually looking at the 2016 Newmar floorplans on one of their dealer’s websites earlier today LOL). We also like Entegra, Tiffin and American Coach, but Newmar is still tops. The ONLY reason we would even consider any of those other brands is if Newmar didn’t have a floorplan that we liked at the time we were shopping for a new rig.

      1. I just purchased a 2015 Newmar Dutch Star 4018. What led me to Newmar was their quality reputation, the ability to customize both the inside and outside (paint colors), the full wall slide/floorplan, and Comfort Drive.

        After watching your video on how to clean the front windshield, I purchased my bag of 0000 steel wool. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it will do a great job.

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          Congratulations on your new Dutch Star, Tom. We’re jealous! We hope you like your Newmar as much as we do. Once your windshield gets good and buggy & dirty, 0000 steel wool will polish it clean very nicely. Just don’t use it on the rear view mirrors, since they’re probably plastic. ;-)

        2. Hi Tom, this is Fred from Boston and I also have been following the RVGeeks and think they are great, however my question is for you and your thoughts on the DutchStar 4018 floor plan. I too am looking at them and would appreciate anything that you could advise me on.
          In particular there are not too many, (or any) Newmar Dealers in the North East or close to Mass. so I am seeing pretty high pricing on them up here. Would love to know what the margin is in your neck of the woods.
          Like you after folioing Peter & John, I am also convinced that Newmar is building one of the best coaches out there and am hoping to pick one up soon.
          Anything you could tell me would be greatly appreciated and I hope you are having a great time in your new coach.
          Thanks and Thanks RVGEEKS for bringing many of us together on your adventure.
          Fred from Boston.

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  33. My husband, two dogs and I are about to embark on full-time MH living in a few weeks, so I have been binge watching your YouTube channel! You tips, advice and suggestions are tremendously helpful and a big game changer for us. I may be missing it but do you have a simple check list of daily/monthly/quarterly/annual maintenance that we should preform on our Class A MH?

    Again, thank you for your videos I am not sure I would have known what to do first!

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      Hi Victoria! Thanks for your kind comments and congratulations on your upcoming entry into full-timing. You must be so excited!

      The only video we have about routine scheduled tasks is the one we just put up this week about annual maintenance:
      http://thervgeeks.com/annual-maintenance/rv-spring-cleaning/

      The topic of daily/monthly/quarterly tasks is a good one though, and we’re adding it to our to-do list of videos. Thanks for the suggestion. There are some things you’ll want to do on a fairly regular schedule (checking tire pressure & condition and oil, coolant & transmission fluid levels in both RV and toad, house and chassis batteries (electrolyte level, charge and overall condition) for example. These are typically done once a month, but some people do them more often (and of course some people neglect things really badly)!

  34. Just a comment on your Accutire tire pressure gauge. I’ve owned them for years and have a heads up on it. The gauge use 2 batteries! One for the digit screen that you can easily change yourself. The other is internal one that operates the other the parts of the gauge. After a couple of years of service mine showed a low battery display. So I put new batts in it. Still got the same display. Call the company and they will replace the internal battery for a very minor service charge (most of it shipping). Just thought I share my experience to maybe save some times to others. Thanks for your great, well done tips!!! Tom

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      Hi Tom. Thanks for the info. We’ve had our Accutire gauge for a couple of years. It hasn’t needed any batteries yet, but good to know. We did have some concern about accuracy, since we’ve heard that digital gauges can be less accurate than traditional ones. So we compared the Accutire against a high-quality analog gauge and were happy to see that it was within 1 PSI.

  35. Love your videos. My husband brought home a 1990 Prowler but he didn’t have the time to work on it. I was completely lost before I found this website. Now I have the confidence to maintain and improve it. I’ve already given it a lot of love and am finding it was a gem in the rough. My husband is amazed at how much better it looks and yes, smells already.

  36. I love your website and find it very helpful. I am also planning to retire in about 6 months and plan to be on the road at least half of the time. I enjoyed your video on your “Batty” window screens. Do you have any videos on how to install these? I assume a drill and pop rivet gun should do the trick, but I am nervous about drilling into the RV. If this is something better left to the pros, just let me know. Thanks

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      Thanks so much and congratulations on your upcoming retirement! The brand of screens we bought are no longer made (they’re over 9 years old). We just visited with friends of ours who have another brand that they LOVE and looked awesome. Check them out here: http://www.magneshade.com. No screwing or drilling necessary.

  37. Quick question on autoformer + voltage regulator. I am guessing if I use both that the voltage regulator should go in front of the autoformer. Am I correct?
    And, again, thank you guys. I am purchasing items for my soon future 5ver just by watching your videos. You guys rock the rv world by far!

    Keith-soon to be a retired police officer going 6 plus months a year in a 5ver…CANT WAIT!

    1. Congrats on your planned retirement Keith, and thanks for your kind comments. There are two schools of thought on this. We have our autoformer connected to the pedestal, with the surge protector next, then the RV. The reason we have the surge protector at all is because we had it a long time before we even knew about autoformers, and we hard-wired it into the RV. Since the autoformer has surge and spike protection built in, we don’t really need the redundancy of the surge guard, but we’re not about to rip it out, and it does actually provide a higher level of surge protection. Not that the autoformer’s surge protection isn’t enough… but I digress. lol

      If you’re going to have both units, putting the autoformer first, at the pedestal, like we do, has the advantage of avoiding a problem that would occur if voltage drops below 102. Our Surge Guard is designed to cut all power if incoming voltage is below 102. That would deprive the autoformer of the opportunity to boost it 10% to about 112, since the power is shut off by the Surge Guard and never reaches it. The flip side (having the surge guard first in line) would theoretically provide surge protection for the autoformer.

      If we were starting over, we would simply buy an autoformer and hard wire it in, instead of the surge guard. We don’t really see the need for the redundancy and would be satisfied with the autoformer alone. If you’re purchasing a Hughes unit from Amazon, please feel free to use one of our Amazon affiliate links (50 or 30 amp) in the autoformer post if you’re so inclined. Thanks! Hope this all helps.

      1. That’s what I needed to know. I will purchase the autoformer alone. This advice saved me about $275. Thank you very much. I figured yall would have the answer to my question being as how yall are full timers.

        Take care and keep the videos coming. I eagerly await them all!

  38. Thank you so very much for your video’s. Your videos are so very informative and helpful. I have gained so much knowledge about ordinary RV tasks by watching your videos. Keep them coming!!!!

  39. Oops. 1 question right away I would like to ask. Please tell us what kind of tools we should always have for just about any scenario please.
    Also, not sure it has been posted, but, would enjoy a video on yall and a full tour of your rig.
    Thank you in advance.

    Keith

    1. We don’t really keep all that many tools. The basics you’d expect of course, screwdrivers, socket set, wrenches, voltmeter, pliers, vise grips (two pairs), allen wrenches and a fair bit of misc other stuff. Not too much room for a vast toolkit on board. My favorite tool is my DeWalt variable speed reversible cordless drill. :)

      Not sure if we’ll do a video about ourselves, but if you like a bit more of a personal introduction, there was a feature on us on the GoneWithTheWynns website last year. You can read it here: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/make-money-travel-rv-geeks

  40. Hey!
    I really enjoy what y’all are doing. The videos are super helpful and inspire us to be able to go do what we choose. I will definitely keep watching the videos because It’s a lot cheaper learning from others mistakes.

    See you on down the road,

    The Wandering

  41. You guys are awesome! I currently do not own an RV, but when I retire from the Navy, I plan to purchase an RV and see this great nation that I have served for more than 20 years! Since having found you in 2012 when my wife and I rented a 40′ Sahara Safari for a 18 day vacation and needed to dump the tanks, I have watched every video and learned so much about the systems in an RV and how to maintain some of them.

    Thanks again!

    Dave

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