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10 Quick RVing Tips & Tricks… plus our latest contest winner announced!

Someone just won an HID headlight conversion kit worth up to $250 in our latest RVgeeks Giveaway. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out who it was. Just over a week ago, we marked 12 years on the road. We were total RV newbs at first, but now we know how …

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Headlight Restoration: Bringing Clarity to Cloudy Lenses

Twelve years ago this week, on April 11, 2003, we hit the road full time. A few months earlier, we’d purchased our flat-towable Honda CR-V specifically for that purpose. Repeated exposure to harsh Desert SW sunshine and spending most of your life facing into the rear end of a diesel pusher are apparently not the …

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Furnaces, Heat Pumps & Space Heaters. Oh My! The Pros & Cons of RV Heat.

Not sure whether to fire up your furnace or plug in the portable heater? Is it too cold to run your heat pumps? Will your plumbing freeze if you make the wrong choice? Will you freeze if you make the wrong choice? This video takes a detailed look at the most common types of RV …

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How to Replace RV “House” Batteries (& Chassis Batteries, Too)

While the “chassis” batteries start your RV’s engine, it’s the “house” batteries that power the interior lights, vent fans, water pump and other 12-volt equipment. Through the use of an inverter, which converts 12-volts DC into 110-volts AC, they also power the coffee maker, TVs, microwave oven and other household appliances. Like the rest of …

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Give the Gift of (LED) Light! Plus, We Have an Air Compressor Winner!

Someone just won a Viair compressor worth $250 in our latest RVgeeks Giveaway. Was it you? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out! If you’ve been following our LED Your RV series about converting our incandescent, fluorescent and halogen lights to cool, energy-efficient LEDs, you probably know that our favorite LED …

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How to Level a Motorhome/RV… Plus an Awesome Giveaway!

Sloped campsites are a fact of life for RVers. Most of us have to deal with un-level sites fairly often, especially when we’re camping in remote, unimproved locations. Even though leveling a motorhome isn’t particularly complicated, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Here’s how we do it, plus we’re giving away …

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Inflate RV Tires The Easy Way With A Viair 400P-RV

We’ve changed the way we add air to our RV’s tires. Before, we used our diesel pusher’s onboard air compressor, but this new way applies to any type of RV, so this tip isn’t just for owners of large motorhomes. If you’ve seen our previous videos about adding air to high-pressure tires on diesel RVs, …

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We Have an LED Winner! Plus Our New FAVORITE GEAR Page!

Someone just won $250 worth of LED lights from M4 Products in our latest RVgeeks contest. Was it you? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out! We also have some other exciting news. We’ve now been full-timing for about 11½ years, so fellow RVers often ask us what RV products we …

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Converting RV Lights to LEDs – Part 5: Docking & Patio Lights

In Part 5 of our LED Your RV series, we’re replacing our RV’s docking and patio lights with cool, bright, low-power LEDs. We’re also excited to announce our newest RVgeeks Contest! On September 15, 2014 at 8pm Pacific Time, one lucky RVgeeks viewer will win a $250 Online Shopping Certificate to M4 Products, our favorite …

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How To Install a Dometic RV Window Awning

Window awnings keep your RV cooler and they’re easy to install, too! Here we’ll show you every step needed to perform this simple DIY task with confidence. But first, a word about our new website: TheRVgeeks.com. We’ve just launched the brand new site at a brand new location, replacing HowToRVgeeks, which has now been retired. We’ve …

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Do You Keep Your RV Gray Tank Open? Closed? How About BOTH?!

Leaving your RV’s gray valve open when fully hooked up allows you to take long showers without worrying about dumping or filling up the gray tank. But what about sewer smells that can come up from the campground sewer system? Here’s how to get the best of both worlds! One of the luxuries of staying …

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Converting RV Lights to LEDs – Part 4: 12-inch Fluorescents

Our previous videos about LEDs have generated so much interest that we wanted to share the details about the new way we’re upgrading our fixtures. This video covers the steps needed to convert 12″ fluorescent tubes to beautiful new LEDs. Since 12″ fixtures are upgraded to LED in a different way than 18″ fixtures, we’re …

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Converting RV Lights to LEDs – Part 3: 18-inch Fluorescents

Our previous videos about LEDs have generated so much interest that we wanted to share the details about the new way we’re upgrading our fixtures. This video covers the steps needed to convert 18″ fluorescent tubes to beautiful new LEDs. Since 18″ fixtures are upgraded to LED in a different way than 12″ fixtures, we’re …

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How To Protect Your RV From Low Voltage

Over eleven years of full-time RVing, we can’t begin to count the number of times we’ve hooked up at RV parks and seen readings on our voltmeter that are way too low. Low voltage can cause valuable electronic equipment to draw more amps, or current, which can lead to overheating and premature failure. The solution to …

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RV Water Heater Fail! Don’t Make This Newbie Mistake

Besides telling you about our newbie mistake, we have an LED contest winner to announce! Someone just won $250 worth of LED lights. Was it you? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out. ;-) On April 11, 2014, we marked 11 years of full-time RVing. After all this time, we’ve learned …

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Converting RV Lights to LEDs: Part 2 – LED Color & Brightness

Last week’s video about our ongoing conversion to cool, energy-efficient LED lights generated a lot of interest, plus some questions. Today we’ll provide some additional details about the exact choices we made regarding color temperature, brightness and style of LEDs. The majority of light fixtures in our RV came with the following types of bulbs: Incandescents, …

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Converting RV Lights to LEDs: Part 1 – Incandescents & Halogens

The process of converting our RV’s lights to LEDs has been a bit frustrating… until now. This video explains what’s been happening. If you’ve seen our video about converting our RV’s fluorescent lights to LEDs (if not, you can view it here), you may have noticed that it’s been a while since we’ve shared any …

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How To Replace Dometic/A&E RV Patio Awning Fabric

NEW & EASIER TECHNIQUE! We’ve learned a new and improved (EASIER!) way to do this job. Watch the new video here! UPDATE: Tough Top Awnings now offers a special discount for RVgeeks viewers. Use Discount Code “RVGEEKSROCK” at checkout (or on the phone) to get 5% off your entire order! www.toughtopawnings.com Our favorite type of …

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Solar Maximus! Optimizing the Sun When RV Boondocking

Unlike a campsite in an RV park, when you’re wild camping (or, if you prefer – boondocking, dry camping or RVing off the cord) in a remote location like Quartzsite, AZ, you can usually park your RV facing any direction you want to. Here are some tips on how we get the most out of …

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Special Guests: Gone with the Wynns – Inverters 101

An inverter is one of the greatest devices to have on an RV, allowing you to power your appliances when you’re camping “off the cord” (without hook-ups). A power inverter converts the 12-volt DC power in your RV’s batteries into standard 120-volt AC household current. But how many watts do you need and what’s the …

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How to Replace a Carefree of Colorado RV Slide Topper (Model SOK II)

Our favorite type of DIY RV project is one that’s both surprisingly manageable and also saves a lot of money. Slide topper replacement fits that description to a T by being much easier to accomplish than one might expect, while costing as little as 1/2 to 1/3 the price of having it done at an …

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Keeping Oil Off Your RV’s Toad (Towed Car)

If your RV is a diesel pusher like ours, and you sometimes find small specks of oil on the front of your toad (towed car), there’s a little black tube under the engine that just might be the source. It’s a part of the crankcase ventilation system commonly known as the breather tube (some mechanics …

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Measure, Order & Replace Your RV Slide Topper

Here is the full-length version of this video, showing how to measure, order and install a new A&E slide topper. Our favorite type of DIY RV project is one that’s both surprisingly manageable and also saves a lot of money. Slide topper replacement fits that description to a T by being much easier to accomplish …

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Replacing an A&E RV Slide Topper — “Standard Method”

Here is the “express” version of this video, showing how to install a new A&E slide topper. Our favorite type of DIY RV project is one that’s both surprisingly manageable and saves a lot of money. Slide topper replacement fits that description to a T by being much easier to accomplish than one might expect, …

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