10 More Love Your RV Tips and Tricks



In this video, I share a collection of 10 more little RVing tips and tricks I’ve gathered over the last couple of years.

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1) Hitch Hookup Height – measure and cut 1×2 lumber to use for indicating the correct height to hookup up the fifth wheel. Lean wooden stick against the pin box and raise the front landing jacks until the stick falls. Stick can also be used to measure safe slideout distance by marking it with some tape.

2) RV Oven Tip – Use a pizza stone in the RV gas oven for more even cooking and to prevent burning food on the bottom of pans. To keep the pizza stone from bousing and breaking store thick wood cutting board on top during travel. Bonus tip: Layer tin foil on the bottom of the oven to catch drips and splatters making cleaning easier.

3) Fresh Water Fill Tip – For maximum filling of the RV fresh water tank I make sure the trailer is level or raised higher on the filling side. For dumping waste tanks, I do the opposite.

4) Dry Awning after Rain – Sometimes we don’t use our awning for weeks at a time, and it would get moldy inside. By making sure to open it after every rain and let it dry for 10 minutes or so, I solved the mold problem.

5) 3M Outdoor Mounting Tape – If you want to attach something light to the inside RV walls, I have found the 3M tape does the job. I mounted a wooden carving over our entrance door, and a few years later it’s still firmly attached. I find the “Outdoor” variety works the best, especially on rougher surfaces.

One drawback is removal isn’t easy. 3M advises using fishing line to cut through tape them solvent to remove sticky residue.

6) Prevent RV Plumbing from Freezing – Get a wireless thermometer and place it near the coldest plumbing pipes. To find the coldest plumbing location use an Infrared Thermonteror gun. Now you can monitor the most at risk plumbing and take action before it, and the rest of the RV plumbing can be damaged.

7) Remove Hard Water Spots – When in areas using well water such as the desert it’s not uncommon to find whitish hard water spots left over on the windows after washing the rig. To easily remove them fill a spray bottle with 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. If you also do this to the painted areas of the RV, its a good idea to re-wax right away. Vinegar may strip some waxes.

8) LOOK UP! – Always a good reminder but even more so as spring is approaching. Our RVs are tall, and it’s easy to forget to look above for obstacles. In the springtime, many of the seasonal campgrounds and parks haven’t had a chance to trim the trees back. Don’t let your RV roof be the trimmer.

9) Trailer Safety Brake Cable – For fifth wheel owners always double check the emergency trailer brake cable is free for any entanglements and nothing can shift during travel accidentally pulling the plunger out.

10) Storing a Desktop Computer During Travel – Anne owns a large 21″ iMac. To keep it safe when we are towing the fifth wheel it gets stored in a custom built 2″ foam frame and laid face down. We also store it in the under bed storage area. Being right above the hitch connection it gets the littlies up and down movement.

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38 thoughts on “10 More Love Your RV Tips and Tricks

  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Hey Ray, regarding the stick/slide out usage, my grandparents on my mom's side used to do that when they actually towed their trailer. Also, regarding the 3m tape, I'm not sure how harsh it would end up being on walls/ wall paper, but, goo be gone is a product that my grandfather's friend on my dad's side uses himself.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Ray you can clean hard water spots off windows with steel wool 4 -0. Do it dry. Watch the Rv geeks cleaning rv windshields. I've do this for years and No it will not scratch your glass. Then use invisible glass cleaner for spotless window cleaner. If your fearful of scratching your window glass, do a test in an inconspicuous area of the windows

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    tilted dumping or atleast level, never heard any1 mention that kiss #2. Mini cap b4 big cap opened even w/gate valve was another good 1 last/prev video to catch the drippings. Pizza stone or tile will break wedge it smart,ck ;

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    5th wheel kiss stick pure genius no smart phone app brilliant best tip I hve seen bare none

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Why not just mark the stick the length it needs to be to connect? Eliminates picking it up

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    The pizza stone is a great idea but I was told you can also use an "Airbake" cookie sheet. It is 2 metal cookie sheets together that have air between them. I have used it for 4 years and had no problems. No cracking stone either. I have made bread, muffins, and cakes with no problems. Can be found on Amazon.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Wonder if adding jet dry in the window cleaner would help. We use dish washing liquid , jet dry and water to clean windows . some use ammonia too . .

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    You could use that stick on the old lady for slacking off on her cleaning duties in the kitchen 😀

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    extend your wire cover on your breakaway switch wires rubbing on steel frame

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    To know the height for my fifth wheel hitch to be, I use the emergency brake wire. For me, I attach a spring clothes pin to the clip. As I'm raising the trailer, when the clothes pin clears the ground the hitch is at the right height.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    On my 4th camper now, ('18 Cougar) and never been impressed with the cooling abilities of the roof mounted ac..camper has 1 ac but is wired for 2. Was thinking of installing a ductless mini split ac system for the bedroom (110V version) was wondering if there was any reason this wouldn't work in a camper.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Hello new subscriber here and we are newbie RV'ers too. Thanks for some tips we can apply in our RV.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Hey Ray, new subscriber here. I gotta say, after watching your quick dump vid and a few others, I subbed because I like your style of quick, informative, no fluff vids. Thank you for sharing quality informational content…

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Hey ray , enjoy your comments and
    Videos. Great stuff! Suggest touching up the paint on trailer hitch.Every time I see the rust around bolts Ithink please clean that up as trailer looks so nice ! Maybe the BC salt air …😉

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Looking for RV traveler that only uses the Ma & pa grocery stores across the USA . Most all RV Utubers talk about & use Wal-Mart s

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    you should protect the wires that are rubbing on the neck for your break-away brakes…lol

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    used the red 3M tape years(2007) ago to mount a permit plate to the steps of a Peterbilt. its still there!

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    great tips Ray. my tip…………………double check your black tank hook up when dumping.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    We found a stone at a thrift store that precisely fits our RV stove. Thanks for tip!

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    We have the same unit you do, we love it. You made cubby holes when you first walk in you RV. Could you put the link to that project.
    Thank you

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Great tips Ray. Something I did was to purchase water leak detectors/alarms from Amazon (a 5 pack for $40.00) and place them wherever a water source is. In my case, I put one under the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, behind the toilet and one in the basement storage area where the city water enters the rig. It has already saved the day once under the kitchen sink when a small leak developed but was able to isolate it. 😎

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Ray, all good tips. On the hard water spots, I personally have not had good luck using vinegar/water. I now use a piece of dry 0000 steel wool and then wipe the debris away with a microfiber cloth. Despite what you may think, the 0000 steel wool will not etch the glass. I got this tip from the RV Geeks, who did a video on how to super clean a windshield. For my vehicle painted surfaces, I use a clay bar kit.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    I use pvc rain gutter to support sewer hose 2 10' lengths then cut to 8' and other in half and stored on bumper

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    You could probably use that stick and lay it on the ground and then drive your rigs tires on to it when you fill.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    Clearly room in the market for someone to step up and provide a decent priced ($100) model.
    Good comparison test though. Thanks

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