Every RVer fears freezing weather and the frozen pipes it brings. With a remote temperature alarm you can sleep a lot easier at night!
With Fall weather creeping in each day, an RVer’s thoughts turn to pumpkin spice frozen pipes. For all the joys that full time life on the road brings, temperature extremes are our arch-enemy. Sure, air conditioning is important, but nothings strikes dread in the heart of a camper like the thought of freezing temps. We insulate. We heat tape. We pull up the jacks and head further south. No matter how much we prepare, somewhere in the back of our brains a little voice keeps asking, “I wonder how cold it is in the basement?”
How can we get some sleep at night and not worry about the pipes?
Frameless windows look great on an RV and they really cut down on maintenance, but they don’t let in a lot of fresh air. . .but can they?
Part of what we love about RVing is being in the outdoors. The crisp night air, the smell of Spring, catching a wisp of campfire smoke, or a cool breeze on a warm afternoon, it’s all a part of the RV and camping experience. We used to love Spring and Fall with our camper windows open, enjoying that fresh air. Unfortunately, frameless windows have made it a lot harder to let the outside in. Most brands are pretty much alike, but I’ll use our Montana 5th wheel as an example. The newer windows only crank out 4 inches, so the dual window here at my desk has a whopping 368 square inches of opening. The old-style sliding windows would have provided 720 square inches or nearly double.
Improve your WiFi and cellphone signal while showing your patriotism.
Skill Level: Beginner Time: One Hour Price: $600
One of the biggest hurdles to full-time RVing is reliable internet. So you’ve done all your research. You know that campground WiFi is usually unreliable and slow. You’ve chosen a main carrier and found a data plan that fits your needs. You even have a backup carrier for those times when your main carrier has poor coverage or is experiencing issues. Off you go with your new phones, routers, and contingency plans. Things are great and the internet puts the world at your fingertips until your first night of a week-long stay at that gorgeous campground on the river. The trout are practically jumping into your skillet, but nobody on Instagram knows because your one bar of signal keeps fading in and out. We’ve all sung that tune, but there is hope!
Organize your RV basement with a simple DIY project!
Skill Level: Beginner Time: Half an Hour Price: Under $40 Benefits: Priceless
Your RV’s cord can be a hassle. It’s one of the last items you put away and one of the first ones to come out, but there just isn’t an easy place to store it. And what if it’s raining? Nothing like 35 feet of muddy lifeline wadded up on top of your lawn chairs and drinking hose. Throw it in the bed of your truck and sooner or later it will sprout legs and walk away.
My final straw was when I pulled it out of the basement in the pouring rain and it caught on my tool bag. And then my bucket of water hose and fittings. And my step stool. And the brand new role of blue shop towels. So now all of my tools were wet and muddy and so were the towels to clean them with. I went searching for a better solution.
It can get pretty hot in a camper when you’re sitting in the sun. Our families live in the South, so we spend way too much time in 90+ degree weather. During our first summer as full-timers, we knew we had to do something to reduce the heat inside our fifth wheel, and started researching. It was obvious the windows were letting in a lot of heat, so we did what campers have done for decades, add Reflectix. . . but it wasn’t enough.
In the simplest terms, Reflectix is bubble wrap with a reflective coating on both sides. It’s used as insulation in the construction industry and RV’ers use it to help keep the sun’s heat out of their rigs. You buy a roll and cut it to fit against the inside of your windows, but there are a couple of problems.
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