Posts made in July 2017

RV Toolbox Essentials

Despite the love and care you give your RV, you never know when it’s going to give you some mechanical trouble. Undoubtedly, one of those times will be while you’re in the middle of nowhere traversing across this great land of ours. The views might be gorgeous, but the sight of a broken down RV without a mechanic shop in sight for hundreds of miles in less than pleasant.

This is when Google and phoning a friend (preferably one who is an RV mechanic) comes in handy. In case you haven’t cell phone reception out there in the wilderness and need to make a go at temporarily fixing your RV until you can coast into a town with a shop to fix the issue, you’ll want to be sure you’re stocked with this comprehensive list of RV troubleshooting tools. Duct tape and needle-nose pliers can go a long way, at least that’s what MacGyver taught us.

Extra fuses and light bulbs
Socket wrench set
Phillips head and flat head screwdrivers
Standard and needle-nose pliers
Channel-lock pliers
Pocket knife
Wire cutters
Tape measure
Crescent wrench
Electrical circuit checker
Electrical tape
Extra cotter pins
Extra hoses
Wire crimper
Wire splicers
Spare electrical wire in several gauge sizes
Cordless drill with spare battery
Jumper cables
Duct tape
WD-40 (or other multi-use spray-on lubricant)
Windshield-washer fluid
Clean rags

Don’t let a snapped, cracked, rip loose, torn, bent, leaking, or otherwise broken down RV ruin your tranquil trip. Store your RV in a metal camper carport, take proper preventative care before you put it away for the season and as you prepare it for another season on the road, and you should help prevent major issues. However, when they do arise you’ll be set to fix any problem with the right tools on hand.

Summer RV Packing Checklist

We’re in the full swing of summer across the United States, so it’s time to put rubber to the road. Whether you call it camping and break out the tent to rough it at night, or you prefer “glamping” and resting your head on a soft pillow in the comfort of your RV, the great outdoors awaits you this July.

So pull her out of the RV carport, give her a thorough cleaning inside and out, gather your travel companions and begin your next adventure.  Your RV is your house on wheels, so you’ll want to make sure it’s fully stocked before you hit the road.

RV Camping Checklist:
Linens – sheets, sleeping bags, towels
Kitchen supplies – cooking oil, tin foil, paper plates, paper towels, dish soap
Clothing – rain gear, socks and underwear, sweatshirt and light jacket, hiking boots, bathing suit
Solar device chargers
Solar or battery operated candles/lights
Basic First Aid kit
Sun screen/bug spray
Citronella candles
Disposable cleaning wipes
Air compressor
Tool kit
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot (for checking the weather, not Facebook)

Every adventurer has a different set of needs, so this list is by no means exhaustive (portable meat smoker or frozen drink maker, anyone?). We’ve got you started with the staples. Add on as you need and be sure to write everything down for a quick reference sheet the next time you need to pack up.