DIY Maintenance RV Modifications and Info

Travelling in an older luxury motorhome on a limited budget means doing as much of the work yourself as you can. We post articles to inform and/or entertain as we tackle some of these tasks and share some of the gotchas we encounter.
Long Range Wifi Gear in an RVSunday November 15, 2015
Just buy a better antennaSo any self respecting geek is going to want internet access.  The average LTE plan is ridonculously fast anymore (I've seen 50Mbit down in rural areas) and feels like a home connection.  That's great but they are usually limited unless you are particularly crafty.  As a result most people tend to try to use wifi.  For many people this involves turning on... Read More...
Hey BuddyEvery now and then I have the rare treat of geeking out with some of my most technical readers.  This is one of those times.  LOL I'm kidding, nobody reads this.  But anyway, if you don't understand what I'm talking about here I would recommend hitting Google and figuring things out.  Knowing this stuff can earn you lots of money as full time RVers. ... Read More...
Layer from rear to frontBecause an RV just can't do very much with diamonds.  There is no single thing that can damage an RV more quickly and completely (except maybe a car accident or fire) than water.  When we bought the Winnebago we bought it knowing that it had water damage.  We made a calculated risk and it paid out alright but we always worried a bit about the side wall... Read More...
Foretravel U320 Condenser FanWednesday March 19, 2014
A New Condenser FanBuying a used older motorhome is not for the faint of heart.  Things will break and more things will break.  Right around the 10 year mark things really start to go wrong and the previous owner of our motorhome felt that for sure.  Because I don't have any certainty as far as when things were repaired I decided to do basically all of the routine maintenance at... Read More...
%$#& Fuel Water Separator!Friday March 14, 2014
Beaten and Bruised But Finally LooseToday we tried an experiment.  We tried to make a video...  And we figured out that we are not the Wynns...  We will never be YouTube stars.  I can't stop cursing long enough to make a video that isn't all bleeps.  Oh well.  Of course I should mention that today probably wasn't a fair shake due to the misery that I subjected myself to.  You... Read More...
Replacing Coolant and HosesThursday March 13, 2014
Radiator Drain PlugFor us buying a new motorhome inevitably means doing a large amount of neglected maintenance.  Couple that with the fact that this is our first diesel and that means that this is quite the learning experience.  Our new engine is the Cummins M11 Celect+, also known as the ISM.  Ours is a pretty early (for cummins) electronic injected common rail diesel engine.... Read More...
A Tale of Dead BatteriesWednesday August 28, 2013
Battery Mode SolenoidBuying a used coach comes with the unique experience of constant discovery of new things hidden away.  These things are someitmes good, sometimes bad.  Our 1998 Winnebago Adventurer 32 came with a very factory supplied looking 200 watt-ish inverter that powers the tv, vcr, etc.  One of our first modifications was to install one of our two sets of Bose Companion... Read More...
The process of dropping the tankWe had problems with our fuel pump.  At least that's the operating theory.  We didn't do a whole lot of diagnosis for reasons I will explain.  It all started when we crested a hill after a long climb on a 98 degree F day.  The motorhome died completely.  We coasted down the mountain with a dead engine and came to a stop in the chain removal lane.... Read More...
The board in place with all wiring attachedOne morning we were surprised to wake up to a brisk 59 degree bedroom.  Given that the thermostat was set on 73, obviously something was wrong.  Our motorhome has dual ducted central thermostat controlled air conditioners.  Although people are quick to call a repair man, issues with these units are typically easy to diagnose.  Before we get into it, one... Read More...
The Missing Story of Satellite TVTuesday April 23, 2013
SuperDish SatelliteFor many people TV is a big part of life, and that is no different for us.  We loves our TV and though I was originally a bit embarassed about that I've come to embrace it.  When it comes to this subject, I thought I knew a lot but nothing gives you an education quite like an RV.  When we bought our motorhome, a nice feature it had was a roof mounted automatic... Read More...
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