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Replacing An RV Refrigerator

Replacing An RV Refrigerator

After 6 years of heavy RV travel, it was time to replace our RV refrigerator. Our current unit was getting a little beat up inside from all the bumpy roads, plus the compressor was making a strange noise when starting up. We took the latter as a sign the refrigerator...

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RV Power Explained

RV Power Explained

If you follow any of the RV groups on Facebook or participate in any of the RV forums, usually you’ll see questions about RV power. We also receive questions from our ilovervlife.com website or comments on our YouTube channel about RV power, the various RV power...

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Making a Standing Desk

Making a Standing Desk

This was a fun project. A day’s effort with big returns. We decided to help a teacher. Julie, our daughter teaches third grade and with the Covid-19 challenges she will be teaching students in a classroom as well as those online. This created a number of challenges...

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Haloview RD10 RV Rearview and Dash Cam

Haloview RD10 RV Rearview and Dash Cam

We have another great product to review from Haloview. In the video below, we install the new Haloview RD10 RV Rearview and Dash Cam. This is a very interesting video system partly based on Haloview’s enhanced range system that allows the rear camera to connect to the...

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OBDLink MX+ Monitoring Your RV Tow Vehicle

OBDLink MX+ Monitoring Your RV Tow Vehicle

With the thousands of miles Joan and I cover each year with our RV, we’ve always been concerned with the performance and monitoring of our F-350 engine and transmission when we tow our 5th wheel. Our largest concern centers around the amount of heat generate during a...

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RV Seasonal Maintenance – Wax, Caulk and More

RV Seasonal Maintenance – Wax, Caulk and More

There are several forms of maintenance that should be considered for your RV. There are tasks that should be considered yearly as well as RV seasonal maintenance. I place tasks in RV seasonal maintenance that should occur in 2 to 3 year increments. This time period...

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Replacing LCI Motorized RV Awning

Replacing LCI Motorized RV Awning

Replacing LCI Motorized RV Awning After 6 years, our RV awning had seen better days. From beating it up at the beach along with a constant battle with at the tree limbs at rural campgrounds, the RV awning stitching busted pulling a 10 foot section away from the side...

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Using the Haloview RD7

Using the Haloview RD7

We've been using the Halowview RD7 for over a 1,000 miles of travel and we've been pleased with the operation. We've written blogs and created videos over the past several months of the Haloview RD7 Backup Camera installation and Haloview RD7 Front and Side RV Cameras...

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Haloview RD7 – Front and Side RV Cameras

Haloview RD7 – Front and Side RV Cameras

Several months ago we installed the Haloview 7” Wireless Range Dominator System on our 5th wheel. (See the blog here - Haloview RD7 Backup Camera). We were so impressed with the quality of the system and the simplicity of installation that we planned to expand the...

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Trailer Suspension Repair

Trailer Suspension Repair

Let’s face it. RV travel along our highways can be a challenge, especially when it comes to rough roads, pot holes and construction. Our last trip was especially challenging and after 5 years of travel we broke a leaf spring hanger. To our good fortune, it occurred...

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Vlogging Cameras for RV Travel

Vlogging Cameras for RV Travel

Not everyone wants to create and contribute to a YouTube vlog. But, everyone should think about documenting their RV travels regardless if your chose to develop a YouTube channel, at least save the memories of all the great places visited. There are a wide range...

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Haloview RD7 Backup Camera

Haloview RD7 Backup Camera

Over the past several years, we have been looking for a backup camera to use with our 40 foot 5th wheel. Due to length of the 5th wheel, coupled with a long wheel base Super Duty F-350, we haven’t been able to find a backup camera solution that would work reliably....

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Repair RV Fireplace

Repair RV Fireplace

Joan and I have owned our 5th wheel for five years. If you are in a similar situation, you have discovered that things break overtime. Just as owning a home, vehicle and anything mechanical, maintenance and repairs are needed from use. That’s the case with today’s...

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RV Skylight Repair

RV Skylight Repair

For those who have an RV that is several years’ old, repairs often pop up due to general wear and tear. We recently experienced a water leak around the skylight in our bathroom. We inspect our roof at least twice a year and even with this effort, very fine cracks...

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Super Easy Camping Lights

Super Easy Camping Lights

We get questions all of the time: “Where do you buy those camping lights”? They weren’t purchased, we made them! So easy, just minutes to make, a short piece of recycled 4x4 post, a couple of hand tools, an inexpensive outdoor solar powered outdoor light and a couple...

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Camping Essentials – 10 Important Items

Camping Essentials – 10 Important Items

There are those “must have” items when you head out for a camping trip. Aside from the typical items, food, entertainment, clothing, the dog….it’s those camping essentials to ensure you can connect the campground amenities along with a few items to keep your camper...

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RV Digest It for RV Holding Tanks

RV Digest It for RV Holding Tanks

Managing a black tank is often the most feared task when one starts RV life. Not to worry. It really isn’t a big deal. There are several steps you should always remember – only human waste and RV/marine toilet paper goes into the tank. Give a good flush after use....

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Installing The King Jack Antenna

Installing The King Jack Antenna

As with anything, maintenance issues arise. This applies to a traditional home, your vehicle and your RV as well. Today, we’re dealing with our RV off-air antenna. Ours is the traditional “bat-wing” crank up antenna that’s found on the largest percentage of RVs on the...

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Dash Cam Hardwire Kit

Dash Cam Hardwire Kit

We all reach this point in our RV travels where the USB cords and power management are nearing insanity. It doesn't matter what we are driving from the largest Class A, to the smallest van, to the car pulling a popup, or in our case, the ton truck and a 5th wheel, the...

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Heavy Duty RV Jack Pads

Heavy Duty RV Jack Pads

We get so many questions about our RV jack pads. I made these after we experience several extended days of very strong winds while camping in Texas. I used some of the plastic types, but they cracked. I moved to a couple 2x6 boards to stack under the pads to keep the...

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Pet Friendly RV Internet

Pet Friendly RV Internet

Part of the challenge of RV life is finding quality Internet service. It's nonexistent in many campgrounds and where it is found, it's overtaxed by those camping. Reasons are many, but the good news is there are affordable RV Internet solutions now offered by many of...

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Build a Raspberry Pi RV Media Player

Build a Raspberry Pi RV Media Player

When Joan and I started our RV travels several years ago, we knew we would be traveling for months at a time. Like those who travel for extended periods as well as RV full timers, we wanted to carry our DVD library with us. We've all had those times in the camper when...

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RV Wheel Chocks

RV Wheel Chocks

f you have a 5th wheel or travel trailer of any length, there will be some movement, front to back when walking around the camper. Some of the RV manufacturers have created 6-point leveling systems with mid-point stabilizers that do a good job eliminating this front...

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RV Leveling Blocks Making It Easy to Level Your Camper

RV Leveling Blocks Making It Easy to Level Your Camper

Leveling your RV shouldn't be a task. It's important for a number of reasons. First, just for comfort. Not having that feeling that you're leaning to one side or another while living in the RV. Second, if you have a propane powered RV refrigerator, it's important to...

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Trailer Tire Maintenance

Trailer Tire Maintenance

One of the simplest yet most important items you can perform before you travel in your RV is trailer tire maintenance. Ensuring your trailer tires are in good condition prior to making a trip can be the difference in having a great time during your travels to and from...

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Repairing RV Blinds

Repairing RV Blinds

If you've had an RV for any length of time and have pleated blinds, you have probably had the strings break. When this happens, the blind will not stay raised and becomes useless if you want to open to allow light inside the RV. I've talked with other RV owners and...

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Installing an RV Awning Shade

Installing an RV Awning Shade

We have put this purchase off for too long. Joan and I have talked about purchasing an RV awning shade for some time. This year in Florida, the morning to mid-day sun made our patio time impossible. We would just cook due to the angle of the sun and the height of our...

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Get Rid of Stink Bugs in Your RV

Get Rid of Stink Bugs in Your RV

How do you get rid of stink bugs in your RV? Great question. We are in north Georgia and we are in the middle of a stink bug apocalypse. These aggravating stink bugs are everywhere and for some reason, seeking residence in everyone's RV. They are tricky little devils,...

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Slim Shade Upgrading RV Door Window

Slim Shade Upgrading RV Door Window

We've had a couple of issues with the camper door window. We didn't like the textured glass that prevented us for looking out. We also had to place bubble wrap over the glass when the RV door faced the sun. We used magnetic tape to hold the bubble glass in place, but...

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Digital Voltmeters, Surge Protection and RV Travel

Digital Voltmeters, Surge Protection and RV Travel

Many of us in the RV community have a digital voltmeter. I hear often from others they have a digital voltmeter, but no clue how to use or fear using due to the unfamiliarity of working with AC or DC power. We created this video as a mini course to show how a digital...

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7 Essential RV Tools

7 Essential RV Tools

Joan and I really do love RV life. But, we all must face the facts, sometimes things break. Most of the time, it's something minor. As much as the frustration of something breaking in the RV, not having a tool to make a repair can take the aggravation to a whole...

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Cabinet Door Camper Repair

Cabinet Door Camper Repair

If you own an RV then you know camper repair is needed on a frequent basis. Some may be related to the lack of quality of construction or materials used, but mostly, it's because we drive these things down rough roads and the movement places added stress on the RV....

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Sanitize Your RV Water Tank

Sanitize Your RV Water Tank

If you have owned a camper for more than a year, you should sanitize your RV water tank. We always use a trusted water source for potable water, but the process of moisture plus elements found in our environment can still have a negative impact on your fresh water...

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Maintaining Your RV Water Heater

Maintaining Your RV Water Heater

There are a number of maintenance tasks that should be performed yearly on your camper. Maintaining your RV water heater is one task you should not skip. There can be instances where you may camp in an area that has water with a high mineral content. This is often...

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Cleaning Your RV Awning

Cleaning Your RV Awning

Cleaning your RV awning is an important maintenance task that should be performed at least once every year. It's not one of my favorite tasks due to the physical nature of the effort, but the results are worth the time and effort. For this go round, we had deep mildew...

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Camper Kitchen – Adding a New Backsplash

Camper Kitchen – Adding a New Backsplash

It looks like the kitchen island remodel was just a start. After two months in the camper, we realize there were a few more upgrades we wanted to make to spruce up the RV. We have another camper kitchen mod. In this video, we updated the backsplash located behind the...

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Hensley TrailerSaver – Our 5th Wheel Hitch

Hensley TrailerSaver – Our 5th Wheel Hitch

The Hensley TrailerSaver, as the name implies, has been a trailer saver for our 5th wheel camper. Our hitch is now 3 years old. I can confidently state that over the period owning this hitch and after traveling many thousands of miles, the Hensley TrailerSaver has...

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RV Office – Adding Dual Computer Monitors

RV Office – Adding Dual Computer Monitors

I'm always looking for ways to make work more efficient while on our RV adventures. This newest mod for the rv office of adding dual computer monitors was the next logical step. For Joan and I, time is a very valuable resource. For our business, we are always looking...

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RV Bedroom Fan

RV Bedroom Fan

We needed a new RV bedroom fan. We've used a floor model for the past 3 years, and it worked well, but due to the size of the camper bedroom, it was always in the way. We found a great solution with this Hurricane Wall Mount Fan 18" model. It was super easy to install...

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Camper Remodel  – We Are Done Great Results – Part 8

Camper Remodel – We Are Done Great Results – Part 8

For this camper remodel - we are done! Joan and I are thrilled with the results. Actually, the camper kitchen update turned out much better than expected. The new island counter top has been added, we completed our plumbing task, installed the kitchen faucet and drain...

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Camper Remodel – Completing Kitchen Island – Part 7

Camper Remodel – Completing Kitchen Island – Part 7

Around 15 hours later from the start of the project and we've completed the demo, rebuilt the kitchen drawers and reinstalled, and now we're completing the rebuild of the kitchen island. Here in the camper remodel - completing kitchen island, we finish the structure,...

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Camper Remodel – Rebuilding Kitchen Island – Part 6

Camper Remodel – Rebuilding Kitchen Island – Part 6

We're nearing the end to the project and the results are better than expected. Here the camper remodel - rebuilding kitchen island begins. Once we saw how the island had been built at the factory, we determined that additional structure was needed to make the island...

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Camper Remodel – Demo Completes – Part 3

Camper Remodel – Demo Completes – Part 3

The camper kitchen remodel - demo completes. The solid surface has been removed along with the complete side containing the cabinets and drawer slides. Special care had to be taken throughout the demo to make sure we didn't damage any of the finished wood. Our goal is...

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Camper Remodel – Kitchen Demolition – Part 2

Camper Remodel – Kitchen Demolition – Part 2

The camper remodel continues. We've started the kitchen demolition. This isn't a complete gut job, but a rework of the kitchen island and side cabinets. In Part 2 we remove all of the cabinet doors, drawers and plumbing. In the next episode, we'll remove the counter...

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Camper Remodel – Updating the Kitchen  – Part 1

Camper Remodel – Updating the Kitchen – Part 1

We are looking forward to our camper remodel. This isn't going to be a complete overhaul, but improving the kitchen workflow and working area. Our goal is to carefully remove all the doors, cabinets and surrounding woodwork and replace to insure it matches the...

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Camper Stabilizer – Stop That Shake Rattle and Roll

Camper Stabilizer – Stop That Shake Rattle and Roll

Stabilizing your 5th wheel need not be a chore. We've found a camper stabilizer that makes it super easy to stop the bouncing that can occur in the front of the 5th wheel as well as that forward movement from around the camper's tires and axles. We've been using a...

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RV Surge Protection & Essential Electric Adapters

RV Surge Protection & Essential Electric Adapters

What's in your RV electric kit? Here we discuss RV surge protection & essential electric adapters to convert 30 amp, two 30 amp, even a standard 20 amp household plug to a 50 amp connection. We also show our RV electrical connection we use when the 5th wheel is...

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Easy Steps To Winterize Your RV

Easy Steps To Winterize Your RV

These are easy steps to winterize your RV. RV antifreeze is very inexpensive and following your RV manufacturer's recommendations to flush the water from the RV plumbing and replace will RV antifreeze can save you 100's of dollars in service and much more if your...

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RV Portable Waste Tank

RV Portable Waste Tank

There are RV portable waste tanks also known as gray tanks or blue boys, that offer a great solutions to empty your black and gray water tanks without the need to move your RV. One of the challenges to RV life is managing a your black and gray water tanks. This can be...

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Clean RV Black Tank

Clean RV Black Tank

We all probably will agree, that cleaning a black tank can be a chore and not the most pleasant experience. Unfortunately, if you own an RV, it's just one of those necessary things that must be done from time to time. This isn't about dumping your black tank, but the...

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Mobley User Guide

Mobley User Guide

The ZTE Mobley Mobile Hotspot has been a life and work changer for our iLoveRVlife travels. The ability to have a cost effective data plan on top of the convenience of using the Internet in our vehicle has been a huge convenience. As with many, we needed additional...

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RV Internet and the ZTE Mobley

RV Internet and the ZTE Mobley

NOTE: Plan availability, rates and costs discussed in this blog and the video below are under the control of AT&T and subject to change without notice. UPDATE: HI everyone. Found a new trick for the Mobley when traveling to the Smokey Mountains last week. When we...

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RV Life and the RV Kitchen Sink

RV Life and the RV Kitchen Sink

After traveling in an RV for a while, there are those little things that bug you and you want to change. For Joan and I, it was the RV kitchen sink faucet. It just didn't have enough height to accommodate a large pot or a pan. Washing our wok after a good stir-fry,...

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Cat Litter Box and RV Travel

Cat Litter Box and RV Travel

Our RV travel has included our two cats, Mink and Molly, since day one. As with most pets, they're family and seem to enjoy RV travel as much as we do. Our biggest challenge has been the cat litter box. With cats, it's that necessary must have, but as those of use who...

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Winegard Pathway X2

Winegard Pathway X2

ilovervlifeI took a little comedic licence with this video. The opening shows the frustration in setting up a satellite dish when you arrive at your camping destination. Any RV'er who has a standard dish can appreciate those times when you just can't hit your desired...

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RV Antenna Upgrade

RV Antenna Upgrade

This is simple RV antenna upgrade that can add some gain to your the TV channel reception when you're located in one of those remote spots. I found this mentioned in an Escapees forum several months ago and thought I'd give it a shot. We travel with a Dish receiver...

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Mr Heater RV Propane Project

Mr Heater RV Propane Project

This is a great little project. Low cost, big savings and great convenience. After spending way to may dollars last winter feeding our Mr. Heater Big Buddy with those expensive 1lb green bottles, we came up with this idea to connect a 20lb tank outside with quick...

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RV Furniture Upgrade – Less is More

RV Furniture Upgrade – Less is More

When we bought our 5th wheel, the inside was fitted to resemble a small, upscale apartment. Two dinning area chairs, two matching foldout chairs in a closet, two recliners and an L shaped couch for three with a side and middle recliner. At purchase we thought this was...

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RV Tire Upgrade

RV Tire Upgrade

We recently completed a RV tire upgrade to the tires and wheels on our 5th wheel. Last year, we had two blow outs that were 500 miles apart (RV Life is a Bed of Roses). We took all the steps recommended to maintain our tires, but with less than 3,500 miles on the set,...

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Make RV Satellite TV Easy

Make RV Satellite TV Easy

You’ve driven the miles, RV is parked and level, all the hook ups have been made and then the dreaded question is asked by your spouse: “When will you have the satellite working so we can watch TV?” For those with an unlimited budget, there are a number of options...

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Custom RV 12 Volt Battery Box

Custom RV 12 Volt Battery Box

Any fan of Star Trek remembers the commands by Captain Kirk demanding "More Power!" and the eventual reply from Chief Engineer Scott "I'm givin' her all she's got Captain". Well that was the state of our two 12 volt golf batteries we use for inverter power. We knew...

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