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  • in reply to: Should I bring a backup generator? #41353
    Tory Jon
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        Hey April! The way I see it, if you have the room for it, bring it just in case. I always do. And don’t forget it to do routine maintenance on it to keep it in good working condition.

        in reply to: Stackable washer/dryer for RV #41328
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            Good info above! Splendide is a popular brand for RVs. But, I’ve seen all different brands used – Maytag, Whirlpool, etc. Just find one that has the options you want, will fit (all RV doors and spaces are different), and is compatible with the power of your RV. It really just comes down to personal preference.

            in reply to: Portable AC unit in my RV? #41314
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                @ia_camper is right on the money.

                I would also suggest, if you haven’t already:

                1. Service your AC: Have your RV air conditioner serviced at least once a year, ideally before the hot weather season begins.
                2. Regularly inspect the unit: Routinely check your A/C unit for any pests, nests, or debris build-up, and clean away any that you find. Check all the bolts and tighten them as necessary to prevent rattling & potential damage.
                3. Clean the filters regularly: Maintain adequate airflow and improve efficiency by cleaning your air filters regularly, ideally every month during peak season or every few months otherwise.

                It could just be your existing AC unit needs a little TLC.

                Beyond your AC, here are a few tips to help keep your RV cool:

                1. Use Reflective Window Covers: Invest in reflective window covers or sunshades to block out the sun’s heat.
                2. Park in the Shade: Whenever possible, park your RV in a shaded area to reduce direct sunlight exposure.
                3. Awning: Use your RV’s awning to provide shade over windows and doors.
                4. Start Cooling Early: Begin cooling your RV early in the day before it gets too hot.
                5. Use Portable Fans: Enhance airflow and provide additional cooling with portable fans.
                6. Cook Outside: Use an outdoor grill or camp stove to avoid increasing the indoor temperature.

                RVs are notoriously hard to keep cool in extreme heat, but maybe these tips will help save you hundreds on buying a portable unit.

                in reply to: Where is the best place to get a new RV mattress? #41300
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                    We got the Zinus mattress from Amazon and love it! In fact, we have a Zinus in our house too. They have a short queen for RVs if that’s what you need.

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                        Happy Camper and Unique are both effective and popular treatments. But nothing will help if you aren’t using enough water. If its starting to smell in the extreme heat use more water each flush, and you could even double up the treatments to see if that helps. BUt, I’d start with adding more water which will in turn lead to more frequent emptying.

                        in reply to: One thing you hate most about camping #41275
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                            Campsites that are too close together, mixed with noisy/inconsiderate neighbors.

                            in reply to: Can I add a water softener to my RV? #41266
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                                They are absolutely worth it. Like @ia_camper mentioned above, On The Go is a very popular and reputable brand. You’ll want to research the size of the tank and capacity to find one that will work best for you, and decide where to put it (whether to mount it or just set it somewhere when you use it).

                                Be sure you understand how it works and the maintenance involved. For example, when I need to regen mine I remove it from the RV, drain it, pour regular table salt in it, run water through it, and reinstall it. Thats why many people prefer not to mount it and just set it up outside or next to the sink inside.

                                Here’s a quick video of the regen process with the On The Go.

                                Thats pretty much it.

                                in reply to: Things to do around Colorado Springs #41239
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                                    Garden of the gods is a must see!

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                                    The kids love the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

                                    There’s a lot to do around that area! I cant wait to go back.

                                    in reply to: Can I walk on the roof of my RV? #41231
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                                        Good question! You’re right. It really depends on the roof type and the materials used to construct the RV, which varies by model. I would highly recommend checking your RV’s manual or contacting the manufacturer to understand the specific guidelines regarding walking on the roof. Some RV roofs are designed to support the weight of a person, while others are not.

                                        If you are able to get on the roof, safety should be your primary concern:

                                        • Ensure the roof is clean and dry before walking on it to prevent slipping. Wet or dirty surfaces can be very slippery and dangerous.
                                        • Wear soft-soled, non-slip shoes to avoid damaging the roof and to ensure good traction.
                                        • Be cautious around areas with vents, skylights, or air conditioning units. These can be more fragile and easily damaged.

                                         

                                        in reply to: Many RVers can relate… #41206
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                                            HA! Been there!

                                            in reply to: Door lock replacement on our travel trailer #41204
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                                                Also, here’s a video on replacing your Keystone door lock:

                                                in reply to: Door lock replacement on our travel trailer #41203
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                                                    RV Lock is a very popular replacement option. You can find them on Amazon here:https://www.amazon.com/s?k=rv+lock&crid=35HBN0BAF1MQJ&sprefix=rv+lock%2Caps%2C107&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

                                                    Just be sure to measure your current lock opening to see if it fits before ordering.

                                                    If you simply want to replace it with the same lock you can contact your closest Keystone dealer and they will hook you up.

                                                    in reply to: Getting at Sams/Costco while pulling a trailer #41191
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                                                        My motto, “If it fits, fill it!” 🙂

                                                        in reply to: Do we need to stop at weight stations with our 5th wheel? #41185
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                                                            RVs and fifth wheels used solely for personal, recreational purposes are generally not required to stop at weigh stations. However, they typically must stop at weigh stations if used for commercial purposes.

                                                            That said, each state has its own regulations regarding weigh stations. Some states explicitly exempt recreational vehicles from stopping at weigh stations, while others may require any vehicle over a certain weight to stop.

                                                            Here’s what I suggest:

                                                            • Research State Laws: Check the specific laws for each state you plan to travel through.
                                                            • Follow Signage: Adhere to instructions provided by road signs near weigh stations.

                                                             

                                                            in reply to: Should I use slideout supports? #41177
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                                                                ❤️Thank you!

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