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10 More Tips For A Better Camping Experience

10 More Tips For A Better Camping Experience

A few days ago I wrote a blog called “10 Tips For a Better RV Experience”.   The seminar that I attended actually had a lot more tips than just the ten.   So,  I wanted to send out a few more that will make the experience even better.
So here are 10 more tips to help make your RV adventure a better experience.

 

#1 –  Extension Cords – If you find that your power source is too far from your RV and you need an extension cord, first, make sure that the extension cord you use is properly rated to handle the amperage that your RV/trailer is eventually going to use.

Next, if it’s raining, or just wet outside, find a plastic container that is big enough to hold both ends of the joined cables.  Cut a notch into opposing sides wide enough to slip the cords into, plug the ends together, put on the lid and you are good to go.  This keeps the cords dry and off the wet ground.

#2 – King Pins – These are found all 5th wheels, the alternative to the ball and hitch on travel trailers, and if you happen to be so unlucky to walk into one of them they WILL hurt and could leave a nasty gash on the part of you head that makes contact, NO LAUGHING MATTER.   And they are greasy and mess up your hair as well.

They suggest that you find a five gallon pale, bend the handle and hang it on the front of the King-Pin.   It’s big enough that you will see it and you shouldn’t ever run/walk into it again.  You can also drill a few holes in the bottom to let out any rainwater that might get in.

If you don’t like that idea, something else I have seen people do is,  cut a piece off a pool noodle and stick it over the end of the pin.  I would make it at least 12 inches long and slice it on one side, from top to bottom, so it will fit over the pin.  The noodles are bright and colorful and even if you don’t see it, it will still be a whole lot softer than the pin when you make contact.
 
#3 – Smoke Alarms – Many RV’rs have had issues with their smoke alarms when they are cooking inside their RV/trailers,  it’s a small area and the detector is usually placed in anFirst Alert remote control ceiling smoke detector area close to where the cooking takes place.

It doesn’t take very much steam or heat to set them off and many campers just take them down or take out the battery, until they are finished and then forget to either put them back or replace the battery.   This is definitely NOT RECOMMENDED  and could lead to the loss of the trailer, or worse,  a family member.

First Alert makes a smoke detector with a remote control so you can shut off the detector, while cooking, and then turn it back on when you’re done. Please,  always be safe.

 

#4 – Security – Some people worry about security, (this one is also good if you are traveling alone). You might hear something outside at 2 AM, it could be a bear or someone that you don’t know is messing around your campsite.

Nowadays most motorhomes and tow vehicles are equipped with an alarm and/or panic buttons.   If you should happen to experience this type of issue just push the appropriate button, the lights and/or the horn will blast/flash away and the problem shouldn’t be a problem anymore.

 

#5 – Trailer Mileage – If you are the kind of person who likes to know how far their trailer has traveled, (most user-guides suggest regular maintenance at certain intervals), there is a device that has been used, in the trucking industry, for years and is called a  “HUB-ODOMETER”.

These can be attached to the hub of your trailer and you will always know how far you’ve gone and when it’s time to check your brakes and bearings on your trailer.   Keeping a logbook is a good idea as well.
 

#6 – Epoxy Cups – This is not something I would have thought of and I don’t think it happens very often, but, sometimes, when you’re away, something will break and all you need is a little Epoxy to fix the problem.   In past experience, mostly at home, I have had to mix up some of this and I didn’t need very much.

It was suggested that the next time you have a cup of coffee and use one or two of those creamers?  Take the little cup home, rinse it out, and you will have the perfect container for mixing that glue.   When you’re done, you just toss out the rest and your clean up is done.
 

#7 – 12 Volt Plugs – Sometimes, when you’re out camping, you need a 12-volt power source to operate things like mattress pumps, impact wrenches or a spotlight.   These things, normally, operate off the power that comes from the cigarette lighter, or similar plug, in the motorhome or tow vehicle.

Now,  I could not have come up with this myself but it was suggested that one could install a 12-volt power source right on the battery box, connect the wires appropriately and, presto, you have 12-volt power whether or not your tow vehicle is there.  Make sure that you get one that has a cover on it.

RV exterior 12 volt plug on battery box

Apparently,  they make battery boxes that already have these installed so, if you don’t mind spending $80+ for one of these, well, that’s another option.

If you are going to install your own, Please make sure that the wire size and amperage draw is correct so that it’s safe.   Positive wire to Positive connection and Negative wire to Negative connection and you have 12-volt power right outside.  This would also be good to have if you need to pump up the RV/trailer tires.

#8 – Bathroom Fans – Some bathroom fans can be quite noisy.   Trailer Life recommends that you install a computer fan to replace the regular one.   They move more air, are quiet and draw less power than the old one.

 

#9 – Shower Curtains – Some RV/trailers have showers/tubs that have curtains instead of glass doors.   The curtains can be real annoying when you take a shower because they like to come in and give you a hug.   This would annoy me to no end.

The solution is quite simple. The speaker said that all you have to do is purchase one of those adjustable shower curtain rods and place it at waist height against the curtain and on your side, and the problem is solved.

 

#10 – Downspouts – Most RV/trailers have some sort of downspout, at the front and rear of the RV roof, that is supposed to channel the water off the roof away from the RV, but most are too short and the water runs down the side of the wall leaving gray streaks down the sides.  Some newer RV’s have downspouts that are a little longer, which reduces this problem significantly.

RV gutter down spouts

The easiest way to solve the issue with the shorter spouts is to clip a wooden clothes peg on the end of the spout.   The wooden peg will get soaked and carry the water further away from the RV and stop the streaks down the side.   Remember to remove them before you travel, otherwise, you may lose them.
 
Well, there you have it, 10 more tips for a better RV experience.   I hope you find them helpful and if you have any suggestions or questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you.
 
In the meantime, Happy Camping and Stay Safe.

8 thoughts on “10 More Tips For A Better Camping Experience

  1. These really are great tips for anyone looking to go camping in an RV 🙂 Most of them are things I wouldn’t even have considered but without them, things could take a drastic turn for the worse if something were to go wrong some of the things you’ve listed.

    The rest just make the experience much more enjoyable and are things nobody would consider without first having gone camping in an RV a couple times before and realized there was a problem.

    Thanks for these wonderful tips, and as my boys get older and we start taking roadtrips, we’ll definitely be back for some pointers 🙂

  2. Hi, Jessica and thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Glad you like and might be able to use some of these. I will be adding some pics to the second group to give an idea as to what it should look like.

    Yes, I totally agree, easier is less stressful. Have and will implement some of these myself.

    Your welcome and Happy Camping.

  3. Good day, Simon, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Some of these caused me to think, “Why didn’t I think of that” These tips are really cool and the best thing is, they don’t cost a lot and they make our lives simpler and less stressful. And, who doesn’t want that?

    All the best and Happy Camping.

  4. Hi Wayne, thanks for the great post! They are really good and practical tips for camping in an RV, I’m sure everybody can learn something from your article. They are always these few annoying things which can spoil the experience but they can be avoided by following your tips. Thanks!

  5. Hi, Electra, and thanks for stopping by my website and leaving a comment. Thanks for the positive feedback and yes, it is interesting the ideas some people have come up with to solve their problems If you like these, there are more coming in the following weeks.

    Hope yu had a good easter and I hope you have a safe and happy camping season.

  6. I like what this article recommends about getting a hub odometer for the trailer. It makes sense that this could be a good way to know how far the trailer has gone, even when you let friends borrow it. It’s something to keep in mind because I use mine a lot more than I thought I did judging by the need for new shocks and wheels.

  7. Good afternoon, Tyler and thanks for the comment. Yes, I, too thought it was a good idea when I heard it. I haven’t got one yet but it is my plan to do so.

    I also read an article to do with the bushings that are used in the rocker assembly that joins duel axels together. Apparently, the bushings are made of a hard nylon. Even though the nylon is hard the bushings still wear out after a short time. It was recommended that they should be replaced with brass bushings. The only downside in doing this is that you would also have to replace the rockers as the bushings are too big for the original. The positive side is that you get stronger rockers and bushings that last for many years. Cost is about a $1000/ca but, in the scheme of things I think it would be a worthwhile expense.

    Not a hundred percent sure but I think the nylon bushings are only good for about 1000-1500 Miles so that would be another reason to install a Hub Odometer.

    Again, thanks for dropping by and having a look and hope your camping experiences are memorable and always drive safe….Wayne.

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