RV Moving Day And Set Up Tips





Torque Wrench

Was That Our Tire?

Did you ever see your tire roll by you as you were driving down the interstate? We sure hope not!!! Seriously though, not checking your lug nuts before you head out on the road can have some detrimental effects.

How Do Lug Nuts Loosen Up?

Lug nuts can loosen over time for various reasons. Things like the heating and cooling of the rim and lugnut, debris between the lugnut and rim, and damaged threads on a lug just to name a few.

A Must Have For Your Tool Box

What can you do to avoid losing a tire on the interstate? Well, it’s actually quite easy. All you will need is a Torque Wrench and the correct socket size for your vehicle’s lug nuts. A torque wrench will only allow you to tighten your lug nuts to a pre-determined point.

Over Or Under Tightening Are Equally As Bad

Using a Torque Wrench will ensure each lug-nut is tightened to the exact same amount as determined by the manufacturer. Just set the wrench to the desired number and use it as you would any other ratchet. When you hear a click, you have reached the point to stop.

Check Each Lug Nut

Make sure you check each lug nut on all your tires. The whole process should take under 15 minutes to do all your tires. Couple this with checking your tire pressure (our previous tip, see below) and visually inspecting your tires before hitting the road can greatly improve your chance of not getting stuck on the road with a tire issue.

Where Do I Find This Torque Information?

All you need to do is check your owner’s manual. The torque specifications should be listed there. Usually, there is a set of 3 numbers. If you are just putting the tire on, say after changing a flat, you just follow the sequence in your manual.

We hope this helps.



air compressor

Air It Up!!!

One of the most important things you can do before hitting the road is to check your tire pressure. So many trips are destroyed because people don’t check tire pressure and then an hour or so later they have a blow out going down the interstate.

Blowouts Can Cause Bigtime Damage

RV blowouts can do way more damage than just destroying your tire. Especially in travel trailers and fifth wheels. In towables, a blowout usually means ripping off a portion of your fender wells or some cases can rip out propane and/or sewer lines. In motorhomes, a blowout can possibly cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

Here’s the thing. Everyone says don’t buy “China Bombs” because they will blow on your first trip. That may or may not be true but the biggest factor in blowouts is under or overinflated tires. Tires will lose air pressure with temperature changes, sitting for long periods of time, and slow leaks from punctures or leaking valve stem/seals.

What You Need

We purchased an air compressor and multiple tire gauges ( we always seem to lose them) and check the tire pressure on the truck and RV tires before we move our vehicles. A good pancake compressor is easy to store and can plug right into the campground electric. Make sure you get the correct size fittings and hose. A valve stem tool is small, easy to store, and is also a great addition to your tool bag.

Is It 100% Foolproof?

Nope, there is always a chance for a blowout but you swing the odds in your favor much higher just by doing a simple air pressure check. So air them up and enjoy your trip!!!



Leveling Blocks

Don’t Get All Twisted

After arriving at your campsite and either backing or pulling in, the first thing you are going to do is level your RV. If you have an RV with automatic levelers this is a pretty simple task, just push the leveler button.

What if you are in a travel trailer or 5th wheel without automatic levelers? How do you level your RV? Do you use the stabilizers supplied by the manufacturer? If you use the stabilizers supplied by the manufacturer, you will run the risk of twisting/bending the frame of your RV. That can be a costly mistake.

Level Side To Side First

The proper way to level your RV is with the use of RV leveling blocks. There are several types and styles of blocks. We use a couple of different types. These blocks sit on the ground and you will drive over them with the tires of whatever side needs to be raised. This will level your side to side. There are a few ways to check your level.

You would then use your front tongue jack to level the front to back. Again, I will give you some tips on how to check the levelness next week. Once the RV is completely level you can then deploy your stabilizers.

Hope This Helps



Adjustable Table 1

Where Are We Going To Eat?

Many times you will get to a campground and there will be no picnic table or a really crappy one. If you wind up with a crappy one or none at all you can go to the office and ask to have one brought to your site. While most places will at least try, some just don’t have one to give.

A Portable Folding Table

We have found that having our own portable table has been a game-changer. If we have a picnic table and don’t need anything else it’s folded up and out of the way. If we wind up with no table or a crappy one, we take out our table and in minutes we now have a table.

Problem solved

You now never have to worry about a picnic table anymore. The table we have comes in different sizes, set-ups and breaks down easily, and folds up nice and flat for easy storage. We will be putting up a full review on our table within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, here is a link to our table. “Lifetime 4428 Adjustable Table



Discharge Valve

Out Of Reach

This tip is for people who have a sewer dump valve under the slide like us. Our Hemisphere came with 2 grey tanks because we have a rear kitchen. That means the second gray tank is near the back. Actually, it’s under the slide!!! This has made it a royal pain in the butt to empty. We need to climb under the slide just to pull the valve!!!

PVC Pipe

One of the guys we work camped with in Mystic had the same problem. He came up with an idea to take a PCV pipe, notch the end, and tie wrap it to the dump handle. It worked for him and we almost did the same thing.

Web Surfing

Then I was surfing the web when I came across a dump valve (Valterra Twist-On Valve) (see our review of this product) that actually attaches to the pipe end where your hose would go and a light bulb went off in my head. Even though there is nothing wrong with my valve, why couldn’t I order this valve and attach it to the sewer drainpipe? This would make the drain handle much closer to the end of the RV and I could actually reach it without climbing under the slide.

Amazon To The Rescue

We ordered the new valve and it has worked perfectly. Since it worked so well we decided we are going to take it one step further and order a 90 degree and straight adapter fitting and move the valve to the end of that. This way the valve will stick out far enough where I won’t have to reach under at all. The 90-degree adapter and straight piece are working perfectly!!!

We did a full review of this valve. Click here to check it out.



Bucket

Buckets For Black Tank

We have talked about ways to clean your black tank on this site already (check out our blog post on Pyramids Of Poop) but here is a quick tip if you don’t have a sewer on your site and have to dump at the dump station on your way out. Mostly all dump stations have water hoses. Many of them have either cut the ends off or attached some kind of nozzle on it so you can’t screw it onto your RV. They also have short hoses that only reach a short distance around the dump station water spigot. So, how can you clean your black tank?

5 Gallon Bucket

The best thing to do in this case is to have a 5-gallon bucket. Fill it with water from the spigot then dump it down your toilet. This will help dislodge anything stuck in the tank under the bowl. You can do this 2 or 3 times but please be courteous and do it as quickly as possible especially if there is a line at the dump station. This method is not as thorough as a flush but it does work.

You can keep an eye on your clear sewer elbow to see when your water comes through clear.

We hope this helps.



aluminum foil

Aluminum Cover Up

Do you like to grill? Ah, there is nothing like throwing a steak or some burgers on the grill. So you have people coming over for a nice BBQ. You prepare all day. You go out and shop for burgers, steak, hotdogs, and beer. Everything is going great. You head back to your campsite and put everything away in anticipation of later on.

Maybe Playing Cornhole

Your friends come over and now you are popping open a few beers and just shooting the shit. Maybe you are playing cornhole, horseshoes, or washer toss. It starts getting late and a few people start saying they are hungry. No worries. You’re ready with a ton of food.

How Do You Do It?

Now some people clean the grill with a brush after they BBQ and some wait until before they BBQ again to heat up the grill and scrape it clean. Which one are you?

You’re Ready To Go/Or Are You?

Let’s just say you’re the type that cleans after each cook-out. So you know your grill is clean and ready to go. The grill itself is clean but what about the inside of the grill cover? You flip the cover-up and it’s loaded with grease. Ugh!!!

Aluminum Foil

A lot of people know that if you put aluminum foil on the grill of your bbq it will keep your grill looking new for a long time. That’s not new. However, did you realize that you can use aluminum foil to line the inside cover of your grill to keep your lid clean? It works great!!! No more cleaning the inside cover and it keeps it looking brand new. Just change the aluminum foil every now and then.

We hope this tip helps.



tension rods

Stop Playing Peek-A-Boo

Did this ever happen to you? After traveling all day you arrive at your campground and start to set up. You’ve leveled it, hooked up your utilities, brought the slide-out, and now it’s time for a sandwich. As soon as you open the door, everything that was on the shelf comes out the door crashing to the floor. Maybe you open the door slowly peeking in to make sure nothing falls out. Yeah, like that works…lol.

What A Mess!!!

So instead of making and eating your sandwich while relaxing, you are cleaning up a huge mess!!! What’s the solution? Glad you asked. Tension Rods. Tension rods are cheap and you can order them right through Amazo {why not use our link}…lol. Seriously though, put them across each shelf and when you arrive at your location and open the door there will be no surprises.

By the way, you can also use them in cabinets.

We hope that helps.



Ladder In Open

Surprise Entry

When getting ready to leave a campground, most people have some kind of routine. One of the most common methods people use is that one person packs up the inside and one person packs up the outside stuff. Sound familiar? If you are in charge of the outside are you remembering to check the top of the slide before bringing it in? Even if you have only been at a campground overnight you should always check the top of the slides before bringing them in.

Rubber Seals

Slide-outs have seals around them to prevent water, bugs, and any outside environmental things from entering the RV. Usually, these seals are rubber. If there is any debris on the slide such as sticks or acorns and you bring the slide in, you run the risk of that item ripping the seal as you bring the slide in.

Ladder To The Rescue

We use our multi-function ladder (see our full review) to climb up and check the slide-out roof. Then we use our blower (we bought a trimmer/edger/blower combo that’s awesome) to blow off any debris. If there is any standing water on top we squeegee it off. After those items are complete the slide can now come in. On a side note. Some RV’s come with awnings over the slides. “Slide Toppers” are great but you should still always check them before bringing in the slides. Better safe than sorry.

Hope this helps.



folding shovel

Digging Up A Great Idea

Did you ever pull into your campsite and find your fire pit is a mess or even worse, someone else’s dogs “lucky charms?” You could probably go to the office and wait until they had someone to send over. The problem with that is if it’s the middle of the summer season and they are super busy, it could take a while for anyone to show up. This delays your set up and relaxing time.

Small Shovel

What would really help in this situation, and actually has many more uses, is a foldable shovel. They don’t take up a lot of room because they fold up and come in a carry case. This means they take up almost no storage. When you need it, pull it out of the bag unfold it and your shovel is ready to tackle almost any job a full-size shovel will.

Hope this helps.



Our Site

Final Walk Around

Did you ever pull out of a campground and forget to unplug in the trailer? What about leaving something behind? I have done both. Once I was pulling down to the dump station and realized (thankfully) when I got down there I never plugged the trailer’s electrical connection in at the hitch.

What Did I Do With My Keys?

I have also pulled away and left a set of keys on the picnic table only to arrive at another campground (thankfully only 20 minutes away) that I couldn’t find my keys. I have also left a campground and forgot my water spigot splitter.

4 Eyes Are Better Than Two

None of that happens anymore. Before we pull out we check all the lights. That solves the forgetting the plug problem. Once we are done hooking up, we pull out of the site and stop. Then we both walk the site making sure nothing is left behind.

Walk The Site

So my tip this week is simple. When you think you are ready to pull away, do a light check. Once the light check is complete pull out of the site completely, stop, and get out and walk the site. No more leaving anything behind.

We hope that helps.



Our Awning/Neighbors Slide

Bada Boom!!!

This is not the only setup and moving day tip, but it’s also a tip for the entire time you’re camped at a site. We have seen so many people get to their site, hook everything up, set out their chairs, and put the awning out. Sounds good, right?

Here’s The Problem

Here’s the problem. Most people will leave their awnings out all the time. This can lead to a very expensive repair. Awnings have come a long way. Most are automatic now, they have wind sensors (yeah I trust that…lol), and they drop on one side automatically if they fill with water.

Sensors Can And Do Fail

Sounds all well and fine but things can and do fail. I can’t tell you how many times we have seen people go out (especially in Amarillo Texas) and leave their awning out. It’s absolutely beautiful when they leave but an hour later here comes the wind.

Big Gust Of Wind

Now no one is there to bring the awning in and that big gust of wind has just taken that awning and Bada Boom!!! It’s now laying over the roof of your RV completely pulled out of the wall. $1500-$2500 later, you will get your new awning.

Enjoy Your Awning

Enjoy your awning but remember to bring it in at night and when you leave your campsite. That way it will always be available for your enjoyment when you want it.

We hope this helps.



rv sunshade

Ant In A Magnifying Glass

When you are all set up at your site and relaxing outside, one of the worst things is when the sun comes around. You try and raise or lower your awning to no avail. That sun is cooking you in your chair like an ant under a magnifying glass.

This was our situation when we were in Arizona. During the early evening, the sun comes around the front of the RV and just seems to be in that one spot that the awning can’t block it. We have tried moving our awning in all kinds of positions with no luck.

Almost Everyone Had One

When we were out on our walk the other day we saw one of our neighbor’s set-ups. Then we started noticing that almost everybody here has something similar.

Here’s today’s tip. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to get an RV Awning Sun Shade Screen. It attaches to your awning on one side and gets secured by stakes on the other side. These sun shades allow you to see through them but keep the sun away from you. It’s a win/win!!!

We hope this helps you stay cool.



wheel chock

Hey!!! Someone Stop That Trailer!!!

This tip is for those with travel trailers. I have been RV’ing for many years. Full-timing for 3. I have set up at many campgrounds. I have never had an RV roll on me. When we got to Mystic and were setting up, we did the usual things we do including chocking in front of and behind the RV wheels. We have always done it on one side and been fine.

First Time Ever

Mystic had experienced a lot of wet weather and was a little muddy…hint hint. As soon as we lifted the trailer hitch off the ball, the chocks started sliding in the mud and the trailer lunged forward. We got really lucky that the hitch came to rest on the bumper of the truck so all we had to do was reposition it, after we chocked the other side…lol

So this week’s tip is to use wheel chocks and chock both side wheels of your trailer. We happened to get lucky but it could have been much worse.

We hope this helps.



Pondering Short Wire

It’s Short By Just That Much

Has this ever happened to you? You get into your site and get all the essentials set up. The only thing left to hook up is the cable. After being on the road all day, all you want to do is relax and watch the game.

Uh Oh

You connect one end of your cable wire to the campgrounds hook up and start to unroll your wire towards your RV’s connection point. Uh oh. You’re about a foot short. Now What?

That brings me to today’s tip. Always carry several lengths of cable wire and a few barrel connectors to attach them. You never know when you will need them. I hope this helps.

We Hope This Helps.



Pop Up Garbage Can

Pop Up Garbage

You’re all set up on your site and you’re getting hungry. Time to bbq!!! You bring everything outside and start to cook. As you peel off those little papers on the hamburgers you turn to throw them out and uh oh. Nowhere to throw them. What about when you and your family are just sitting outside relaxing? What do you do with your garbage?

Wouldn’t That Be Great?

RV’s are not known for their space so carrying around a large garbage can just isn’t practical. What if there was a large garbage can you could set up while you were camping and just fold it up when you leave? Wouldn’t that be great? Guess what? There is!!!

Folds Flat As A Pancake

It’s called a “Pop Up Trash Can” and it even comes in different sizes!!! So you can use it as a regular garbage can and when it’s time to move on, you remove the bag and fold it up. Now it’s as flat as a pancake and easy to store!! At your next stop, take it out, unclip it, and it pops up into a full garbage can!!!. It even has a zipper cover!!!  Awesome!!!



Hitch Lock Right Side View

Hey!!! Where Did My Trailer Go?

This tip is for anyone with a travel trailer or who tows some kind of trailer that will be disconnected at a campground or storage area. Although the instances of theft of a trailer are rare at campgrounds, I have read a lot of articles and posts of trailers being stolen from storage facilities.

Hitch Lock

Here is a tip that may save you a ton of heartache down the road. Install a hitch lock on your trailer. There are many types of hitch locks on the market. A good one installed on your RV or trailer could possibly mean the difference of you camping or having to file an insurance claim. 

Nothing Is 100%

Nothing is 100% guaranteed but think about this. Let’s say there is 2 trailers side by side at a storage yard. One has a hitch lock and one does not, chances are a thief will want to steal the one with no hitch lock. It’s just faster.

Rather Be Camping

I don’t know about you but I would rather be camping than dealing with the heartache of a stolen trailer.  We use the Master Lock Trailer Lock Combo and are very happy with it. I have included pictures of other types of locks RV’ers use. All locks shown above are sold on Amazon and are under $50. Any lock is better than no lock but make sure you use something.  Make this part of your set up and storage every time!!!

We hope this helps.



Swimming Noodles

Ouch!!! That Hurt!!!

How many of you have been outside your RV walking around getting things set up and walked into your awning poles? What about your slide edges? A lot of RV’s are coming with multiple slideouts at different heights.

Awning poles don’t really hurt that much but boy, those slide-outs can do some damage to your head. So what can you do other than strapping on a football helmet and some shoulder pads?

Use What?

You have heard of swimming noodles, right? They come in all sorts of colors. You can get some nice bright ones so you can see them, cut a slit down the side and place them over those awning poles or slide-out edges.

Now, if you happen not to see the bright colored noodles and walk into them, at least it will cushion the blow a little.

We hope that helps.



mirror

I Wonder If It’s Safe To Change Lanes

Have you ever been towing something and wished you were able to see a little more in your mirrors? If my mirrors were only a little bit longer you thought. Changing lanes has turned into a nightmare. Not every SUV or truck comes with mirrors that extended while you are towing.

Never In A Rush

We are usually never in a rush when we travel. Most of the time you can find us in the right lane chugging along. There are times however we need to move into the next lane such as a lane closure. We will also move over if there are too many on-ramps close together.

Look Down The Side

When it’s time to move we are able to take a look in either mirror and see down the side of the trailer. We can then see traffic and move into the next lane safely. We are lucky enough to have mirrors that extend. So we can pull them out when towing. Does your truck have mirrors that extend? If not how do you change lanes? Lucky for you we have a tip that can help you out.

Lucky for you they make inexpensive mirror extenders that clip onto your existing mirrors. Now you might actually be able to see beyond what you’re towing so you can change lanes safely.

We hope that helps.



Antenna Is Up Sign

Hey Honey? What Was That Noise?

How many times have you pulled out of a campground and left the antenna or vent open? If your lucky, you will make your next destination with them still intact. If you hit a low lying branch along the way, you may not be so lucky. You might be installing a new antenna or vent.

Most people walk around their RV’s just before they are ready to pull away to make sure they have not forgotten anything. What they don’t do, is look up. So what can you do to prevent yourself from pulling away with these items up?

What A Great Idea

I have just the thing. I saw this in a store and thought it was a great idea. It’s a little sign you clip to the steering wheel that reminds you to check your antenna. You could even write in next to it “vent” so you don’t forget that. When you get in your vehicle to pull away, it will be staring you right in the face. There is no possible way to forget now. Problem solved!!!

We hope this helps.



Oh No!!! Not Another Broken Glass

Has this happened to you? You have packed up your RV and moved on to your next location. you have taken your time to pack everything neatly and place bungee cords and/or child locks on the cabinets. You pull in to the campground, check-in, set up the outside stuff and now all you have left is the inside.

Oh No

You start removing the bungees and child locks (you saw my last 2 weeks tip right?…lol) from your cabinets. As you open the doors, you see your glasses and some bottles broken to pieces.

So not cool. What could you have done to prevent that? Hmm, I have an idea. Put Koozies over your glasses and bottles. They are very inexpensive and could possibly save your favorite glass!!! What about your wine bottles? If you have some plastic mesh you can cover the wine bottles and save them too!!!

We hope this helps.



Child Locks

Keeping Cabinet Doors Closed

Anyone who travels down the road with an RV knows that it is equivalent to your house going through numerous earthquakes. Some roads are in terrible condition or maybe even you run over an object in the road. The point is that the RV is bouncing.

This bouncing causes everything that is not tied down to move and jump around. We all know that can’t be good. Especially when cabinets start flying open and spilling their contents all over the floor.

Short Story

We have a situation that goes one step further than the contents of cabinets falling on the floor. In our RV we have two cabinet doors that are very close to the side of the slide. If those doors open while we travel and we proceed to open the slide, they get jammed in the slide. This can cause slide damage and/or ripping the cabinet doors off their hinges!!! This is much worse than broken glasses. I think you get the point.

As kind of an add-on to last week’s tip, I have another way to keep your cabinet doors closed. If your handles are close together, you can use a child lock. They work great!!!

We Hope This Helps.



Bungee Cords

Why Is All Our Stuff On The Floor?

Every time you get ready to move on to your next location there are always a million things that go through your mind. Things like did I check so and so, did I make those reservations, did I put everything away? While a good checklist can help with some of these issues, what about cabinet doors that fly open?

Cabinet Doors That Fly Open

One of the problems we had early on was cabinets that opened during traveling. Our stuff wound up all over the floor. We also have a cabinet that is positioned in such a way that if it opens during travel when we go to put out the slide it will catch the door and rip it off the hinges. It almost happened to us once.

Bungees To The Rescue!!!

Our solution was an easy and cheap one. We purchased bungee cords. When we are ready to move on down the road, we use bungee cords to keep the cabinet doors closed. The ends are coated so it does not scratch the handles and it works like a charm.

So the next time you are heading down the road, think bungee!!!

We hope this helps.



Slide

Hey, What Was That Bang?

Has this ever happened to you? You travel all day to get to your campground. You’re tired so all you want to do is get to your site, set up and relax. You check-in and off to your site you go. You pull up, get out and assess the situation, then back in (or pull in).

You get yourself all leveled out and unhooked (travel trailer or fifth wheel) and start to set up the outside stuff. If you are like us you have one of your gray tank outlets under your slide so we always set up our waste hoses before we open the slide.

Watch Out For That Tree!!!

So all your outside stuff is done and now you head inside. As you start to open your slide, your spotter yells to stop. Even worse, you have no spotter and the slide bangs into the tree or pedestal!!! Guess what? You do not have enough room to open the slide. There is either a tree or your electrical pedestal in the way. You know what that means.

This Can Be Easily Avoided

Unhook everything you just hooked up, hook the truck back up and move the whole set-up over. That is a huge fail that can be easily avoided. If you measure your slide out and make a note of the distance, every time you pull into a campground and into your site, all you have to do is break out the tape measure and check your slide-out distance.

If you are off you can move it over before you unhook. Super simple and saves a ton of potential aggravation.

We hope this helps.



Propane

Honey? Is The Heat On?

When you are setting up on your campsite, do you turn on both your propane bottles? After all, most RV’s that have a 2 bottle system have a valve that switches over to the 2nd bottle when the first one empties. It seems like a no-brainer, right?

Most of us do not camp in cold places on purpose. What if you get caught off guard and the temperature dips into the cool range. No problem, you just turn the heat on. So now you are ready to go to bed. You set the thermostat in case the temperature dips and off to bed you go.

Why Are You Freezing?

At about 2 am your wife/husband/partner/significant other wakes you up because they are freezing. They ask you if you put the heat on. Confidently, you answer, of course. Ok, well then why are you freezing?

It seems that all season while you were out camping, you always opened both bottles of propane. The one bottle emptied a long time ago and switched to the second bottle but you didn’t know that. Now the second bottle is empty and it’s 2 am. Guess what, chances are you will not find propane at 2 am. 

Here’s The Tip

So, here is my tip for this week. When you are setting up on your site, only open one bottle. Make sure it’s the same bottle you have been using. We put a small tie wrap on the active bottle, that way we are sure we are always using the same one. That way, if the heat goes off at 2 am because you ran out of propane, you can simply switch to the second bottle and get the other bottle refilled in the next day or so. We learned the hard way…lol.

We Hope This Helps.



Hanging Hoses

Who Cut My Hose?

If you are staying at a campground for any length of time you might see the workers mowing and weed whacking. Someone has to do it right? What if they get too close to your sewer hoses, water hoses, or cable line. Where are they located? Most likely on the ground. So it is very easy for them to be nicked with a weed whacker or mower.

So here comes the tip. When you get to your campsite, as you are hooking things up, make sure you hang them up off the ground. That way when the workers come to maintain the grass around your site, you have a minimal chance of having your hoses, electrical, or cable lines cut.

Ignore The Green Hose…lol

I am putting a picture up of my stuff hanging. I know it’s a horrible picture but maybe you will still get the idea of what I have done. Ignore the green hose on the ground in the background. That is my black tank flush hose and only comes out when it’s time to flush. Guess what I was doing when I took this picture?…lol.

The water, electrical and cable lines are hung over the slide out track mechanism and tie wrapped up. The Cable and electrical are done the same way. Make sure the sewer lines are also up off the ground using some kind of hose support system. 

*Note*

There is one drawback to this system of raising your hoses and electrical cords. If you should ever have to bring your slide in quickly due to inclement weather, you will not be able to. If you live in an area that weather changes without warning, use a different way to support your hoses and cords off the ground.

Hope this helps!!!



Pathway X2 On The Roof

How High Are You?

This tip is actually very important and should really be done as soon as you buy your RV and bring it home. Your tip this week is to know your RV height!!!. Knowing your RV height can possibly save you some from pretty embarrassing and expensive moments. Do not trust the dealer. Do your own measurements. Take your time and make sure they are accurate.

There are a couple of ways that you can measure your height. The first way you can do yourself. The second way, you will need an assistant. You might even want to do both and compare the measurements to make sure they match. Accurate measurements are a must.

A Couple Of Ways To Accomplish This

Method 1 #1– Climb up on the roof and find the highest point on the RV. It could be the A/c, antenna (floppy antenna’s don’t count but fixed ones do) or anything else that sticks up and is not flexible. Once you find the highest point, measure from the top of the point to the low point on the roof. Once you have that measurement, Measure from the roof to the ground. Add the 2 together and you have your height.

Method #2–  This method will take 2 people. Find a long and straight item. A pole, piece of wood, or anything like that. Climb up on the roof and hold the item on top of the highest point making sure it hangs over the edge of the RV. Have the second person measure form your straight item hanging over the roof to the ground. That is your height.

If you have a pull-behind trailer, you will need to measure on flat ground while hooked to your tow vehicle. The bridges and canopy’s of the country thank you. Your roof and a/c unit also thank you. Now get out and enjoy camping!!!

We hope this helps.



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Do You Have Manual Stabilizers?

Are you tired of cranking those babies up and down in 90-degree weather whenever you leave or arrive at a campground? I have a great solution for that. A cordless impact gun (preferably 18 volts) will have those stabilizers going up and down in no time with very little effort. A cordless drill will also work but it is not as powerful. If you don’t own a cordless impact gun and/or drill and you are going to purchase one because you think this is a great idea, you should look into the kits that come with both a cordless drill and cordless impact gun. They are usually cheaper than buying separately and share the same battery.

Easy Peasy

Don’t have either a cordless impact gun or cordless drill? That’s ok, we don’t either. Ours broke and we have not replaced it yet. What we do have is a corded drill. This works too. We have automatic stabilizers but I also added manual ones. After backing in and unhooking from the vehicle, I hook up the RV to shore power. Then I plug my extension cord into the outside socket (on the RV) and plug the drill into the cord. Easy peasy. A little more involved than a cordless one, but still beats cranking!!!!

One nice thing about a cordless impact gun.  You can get an extension to hook up to it. That way you don’t even have to bend down!!!!. Well, just to put the leveling blocks underneath…lol.

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Ice Cube Bags

The Best Way To Keep Food Cold While Traveling

I have been seeing a lot of people asking questions on various Facebook pages and forums about this topic so I figured I would make this the Wednesday tip of the week topic.

How do you keep your food cold on moving day? Do you keep your propane on while driving? Is it even safe to keep your propane on while driving? That is the million-dollar question. It’s about a 50/50 split. We personally do not keep the propane on while driving. I would rather take some simple steps to keep my food cold and ensure my safety than possibly put my life in jeopardy just for the sake of cold food.

No Generator? Now What?

Now if you have a drivable RV, you probably have a generator you can turn on and that solves your problem. You can run the fridge off that. But what if you’re like me and traveling in a travel trailer or any other type of RV with no generator. Now what.

We have a simple trick that we have used for years and it works great. We take ice cubes and bag them. You could also freeze water in milk cartons or something similar. We then take the bags of ice and put them in our fridge and freezer on moving day

The Outside Fridge Rocks!!!

Due to the design of our RV, when the slide is closed we can’t open the fridge. The good thing about our Rv is we have an outside fridge. Since we do not eat out a lot, we pack our day’s snack, drink, and food into the outside fridge and throw some bagged ice in it. When we get hungry, we pull into a rest area, open the side compartment and have some lunch. Food and drinks are always cold and we never have to worry about being safe or not with the propane.

When we get to the RV park and plugin, We leave the ice in until the fridge temp cools off on its own. If we are going to be traveling again the next day, we throw the ice into the freezer and reuse it!!!

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Extension Ladder

How Am I Going To Get Up There?

Do you need to get on the roof of your RV for maintenance or repair? What about when you’re getting ready to leave a site. How do you clean the top of the slide?  Do you say you have a built-in ladder on the rear of your RV?  What about if you want to clean the front cap, or fix something up high away from the rear ladder like a front cap marker light? Are you going to change the marker light hanging over the roof? 

Not Exactly Light

I am not a light guy (we will leave it at that…lol) so I do not trust my rear ladder. Some RV’s don’t even come with rear ladders. So now what? We solved that problem by buying an adjustable ladder. There are 2 styles. One style you just pull it straight up and it extends. It folds down to approx. 36.5” and extends up to approx. 12.5’ or they also have one that goes to 15.5’. Those are just extension style ladders. It has a weight limit of 250lbs. No good for me. 

All In One

The second style is the all in one type ladder. That is what we purchased and love it. It extends to approx. 17’ and folds down to approx 4’7″.  It has a weight limit of 300lbs. It is a little bulkier than the first type but it’s a little sturdier too. You can configure it into many positions from the standard step ladder position to an extension ladder and anything in between making any job a breeze. They come smaller but we wanted the height. When not in use, we use bicycle locks to lock it to the rear ladder. See, the rear ladder does have a valuable use…lol.

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4 thoughts on “RV Moving Day And Set Up Tips

    1. For the types of tasks listed in this article most combo sets would be fine. When I get around to finally picking up a set, it will most likely be a Makita. I have used Makita products for years and found them to be very reliable. A good combo set that comes with a case is the Makita CX200RB. It is sold in most Home Depot stores. The drill and impact are small, lightweight and easy to use. On that note, I will say that I have not used this specific tools personally, I am basing this on some research I did a while back when I was going to purchase. What I can say, is I have never had any problems with Makita products. This combo kit is for your general type projects. If you are looking to do heavy duty projects like tire removal, auto or truck repair work than a Craftsman C3 1/2″ 19.2 Volt Impact gun would be a better tool for the job. I hope this information helps.

  1. Great article. I also have a question. I have a motor home at the present time. We are considering buying a travel trailer. Would the leveling blocks work as a barrier between the tires and concrete, to prevent damage to the tires for a year or longer?

    1. Don- We love our travel trailer!!! One piece of advice on travel trailers I can give you is if you are going to full-time, do not buy a Hyper-Lite…lol. I am assuming you meant the trailer would be sitting in one place for a year or longer. Anytime a tire sits in the same position for a year or longer you can potentially have problems no matter what it’s sitting on. In my opinion, if you need to store it for any length of time the leveling blocks will definitely act as a barrier of sorts but keep in mind that tires that sit in one position for extended periods of time are subject to deflation, rot, and flat spots. What you can do is if you have a tire place near you that sells used tires, buy the cheapest ones you can find and put them on while the trailer is in storage. Then a year later when you are ready to roll, remove the old cheap tires and replace them with the good ones that you originally took off. It sounds like a lot of work but definitely the safer way to go…Dennis

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