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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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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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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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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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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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Clean Your RV Windows & Mirrors Super Fast (no window cleaner needed!)

Most RVs have lots of windows and plenty of mirrors too, so it can take a lot of time to keep them clean. Here’s our trick for cleaning all of the glass in our RV super fast… without any window cleaners of any kind and without wasting a single paper towel. All you’ll need are …

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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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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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UPDATE! RV Water Heater Anode Rods

If you’ve seen our previous 2 videos about flushing RV water heaters, you’ll know we’ve talked quite a bit about anode rods. Generally, Suburban brand water heaters require an anode rod to protect the steel tank from corrosion. The rod is made of a metal that sacrifices itself, so that corrosion will attack the rod …

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Super Clean Your Windshield… Super Fast!

If you saw our original video about super cleaning your windshield, here’s a way to do it super fast, even with a really big windshield like the one on our RV. Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive…. motorhome, pick-up truck or car, this tip will quickly make your windshield cleaner and clearer. We’re …

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No More Guessing About Tank Levels! Gray Tank & Sensor Cleaning

Besides water, an RV gray tank (or “grey” if you trend more British) takes in lots of greasy, sticky substances. These include food particles & residue from preparing meals and washing dishes, soap, shampoo, toothpaste & even body oils. After a while, it can gum up your holding tank sensors, causing a false reading on …

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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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Preventing RV Roof Leaks (Dicor Maintenance)

Just about everything attached to the roof of an RV is a potential entry point for water. The TV antenna, vent fans, satellite dish, plumbing vents, solar panel mounts or anything else screwed into, or transitioning through the roof to the interior are places that invite leaks. The main line of defense against water damage …

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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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Maintaining RV Slide-Out Seals

RV slide-out rooms have both inner and outer seals (I also refer to them as gaskets, but seals is probably the more accurate word). They keep the slides sealed against the elements whether they are extended or retracted. Keeping them working smoothly is a quick and easy once-a-year maintenance item… probably the simplest task on …

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