How to Protect your RV Awning in Wind and Rain

Graphic of wind and rain next to an RV awning

Almost every RV comes standard with an awning. Awnings are great for keeping your campsite shady or keeping things dry in a small rain shower. Unfortunately, most RVers have to decide to retract the awning or keep it extended. This information is relevant if you have a manual awning or an electric awning. Some common questions related to this include: Can I keep my awning out when I leave the campsite? Do I need to retract my awning if it rains? Is it too windy for my RV awning? What happens if I leave my awning out during a storm? … Read more

RV Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Guide (DIY Tips)

man repairing an RV air conditioner

RV air conditioners are a must-have when camping during hot summer months. While they are dependable, spending time in your RV can be uncomfortable when it’s not functioning correctly. Below are a few common problems and troubleshooting tips for dealing with a non-functioning or poorly performing RV air conditioner. Most RVs will have a rooftop AC unit (or two) that pulls air from the interior of the RV, cools it down, and circulates the cold air through roof vents in your RV. With proper maintenance, your RV AC unit will last many years. However, since there are many components of … Read more

How to Dump RV Tanks At Home: All of the Best Options

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Emptying a black water tank is one of the least fun parts of RV camping. When camping at full-hookup campgrounds, you have multiple options for emptying it at your campsite, at a dump station, or even with a honeywagon service. However, what do you do when you have a full tank and need to dump it elsewhere. Can you empty a black tank at home? The short answer is yes. So how do you do it? Let’s find out. Commercial Dump Stations Before we discuss a permanent solution for installing a dumping station at your home, an easier solution is … Read more

Childproofing and Petproofing RV Screen Door

Dog and young girl sitting inside the screen door of an RV

One of the most common questions RVers with pets and young children ask is what to do with the Screen Door. RV screen doors do not latch very securely, and even a small dog or a young child can pop it open if a bit of pressure is applied to the door. Camping is supposed to be relaxing, but worrying about a runaway dog or a child tumbling down the steps can turn any trip into a stressful situation. Keeping the screen door open while camping is a small little joy we get to experience on the perfect days when … Read more

What’s That Smell in my RV? [How to find and eliminate RV Odors]

Mad holding his nose from the smell coming from an RV

Does your RV smell? RVs are unique in that they combine a variety of compact pieces of equipment, technologies, and systems to make a living on the road possible. Some of these are slightly different from what we use in our homes. They also can produce a unique odor that we’re not used to smelling. This is especially true when living in such a small space, a common problem of RV life. Your nose is an excellent indicator of a problem, and if you smell something off or a foul odor, it can help pinpoint the cause of the issue. … Read more