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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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Converting Fluorescent RV Lights to LED Strip Lights

UPDATE: Check out the new and improved ways we’ve converted our entire RV to LED. View our entire LED video playlist here. Being frequent boondockers (for the uninitiated, that’s camping without hook-ups), we’re always looking for ways to conserve resources. Even though our RV came equipped with some fairly energy efficient fluorescent lighting, LED lights …

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Tiffin Motorhome Factory Tour — Red Bay, AL

We take you on a video tour of the Tiffin Motorhome Factory in Red Bay, Alabama. 2013 marks Tiffin’s 40th year, so what a great time to visit. We’ve taken an awful lot of factory tours at various RV manufacturers: Monaco, Entegra, Winnebago, Newmar (of course… twice!), Travel Supreme, Rexhall, Country Coach and even high-end …

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Replacing a Dometic/A&E RV Slide Topper — “Alternate Method”

UPDATE: Tough Top Awnings now offers a special discount for RVgeeks viewers. Enter the discount code “RVGEEKSROCK” at checkout and get 5% off your entire order! www.toughtopawnings.com This is the “alternate” installation method, which is well-suited for deep slide-outs. To see the “standard” installation technique, check out our two videos on the topic. One is …

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Plugging in an RV (Dog Bones 101)

A new RVer recently asked us how to plug their RV into a regular household electric outlet, so we thought we’d cover the basics of connecting different types of RVs into 20-, 30- and 50-amp electric service. A standard 3-prong household electric outlet provides 20-amp service (sometimes also referred to as 15-amp service). Most medium-sized …

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Making a Fitted Sheet Fit an RV Mattress

Although we only have personal experience with two RVs, it seems that we’re not the only ones who’ve found that “King” and “Queen” beds aren’t always exactly the same size we were used to in a stick house. Typical residential mattresses usually come in pretty standard sizes, which is handy for buying the right size …

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