RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 854

RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 854

Issue 854 • February 22, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day

Quick rig leveling trick – use it for an overnight stop

by Dave Helgeson
 When you’re logging long miles and pull into a campsite for the night, the last thing you want is to take time to unhitch your trailer, just to hitch back up to leave the next morning. If your campsite is level you can just stay hooked up, but what should you do when the campsite slopes to the front or rear so much that you’re unable to level the RV without unhitching?
One option is to raise the tow vehicle, which in turn may raise the front of your trailer enough to obtain level. As an avid boondocker, I encounter this problem quite often. Since you can orient your RV however you want in a boondocking site, if faced with no level options, I will choose to leave the nose low.
I then take the leveling blocks I would normally use to level the RV side to side and place them under the rear tires of my tow vehicle. Typically this raises the tongue of the trailer high enough that I can gain the additional lift I need to level the RV with the trailer’s tongue jack, forgoing the need to unhitch.
Another advantage of staying hooked up is that the trailer will have little front-to-rear rocking motion while hitched to the tow vehicle, eliminating the need to chock the wheels or install wheel locks, making your morning departure that much easier.
[Editor’s note: Don’t forget to REMOVE your leveling boards before you fire up next morning. Drive wheel spin on leveling boards can make an awesome (spell that dangerous) projectile!]

Read yesterday’s tip: Care and feeding of your shore power connection – Part 2.

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This 90-Degree Hose Elbow eliminates unnecessary stress and strain on all RV water intake hose fittings. The elbow, with an easy-grip connector, is made of brass and is lead-free. Learn more or order for a great price!


Easy check for possible water leaks
Check your RV for plumbing system water leaks easily. With water in the fresh tank, turn on your water pump. After it shuts off, signaling the system is pressurized, it won’t turn on again until you “call for water.” If it does turn on, you have a leak.

Don’t plug in shore power cordset to “live” outlet at campsite
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol 
Never plug in your shore power cordset to a “live” outlet at a campsite pedestal. Don’t disconnect from a “live” outlet either. The proper sequence is to first turn ON the circuit breaker in the pedestal and test the pedestal outlet for proper voltage and polarity. Then turn the pedestal circuit breaker OFF and plug in your shore power cord. This is also the best time to do a quick test of your RV for a hot-skin voltage using a Non-Contact Voltage Tester. On your way out, before you “pull the plug” make sure all important appliances in your RV, such as the air conditioner, are powered down, then turn the pedestal circuit breaker OFF. You can now disconnect your shore power cord and put it away without leaving it on the ground where it will collect moisture and oxidize. Those little sparks you see when plugging or unplugging a connector under load aren’t electrons zipping around. It’s bits of your brass contacts being super-heated and burning up. And that will shorten the life of your expensive shore power cords.

Keep track of the fridge temperature
Keep a thermometer in your RV fridge and check it often. A remote reporting sensor-type thermometer placed inside the cooler is an easy read without hassle.

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Why dual tires should be matched
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Easy tip to help back up the trailer
Trouble backing up your fifth wheel or travel trailer? You know that you need to turn the wheel the opposite direction of where you want the trailer tail to go, but training yourself is the hard part. Hold the steering wheel at the bottom with your hand – whichever way you move your hand when there, the trailer tail will follow.

Keep your sink drain clean to avoid “stink”
Working in the RV galley generates all kinds of small waste particles. If they go down the sink drain, they can form a “stink generator,” and they can foul up your tank level probes. Get thee to the hardware store and obtain the appropriately sized stainless steel sink drain screen. Clean it out frequently — by tossing the contents in the trash, not down the drain.
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10 thoughts on “RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 854

  1. John

    If the water pump runs momentarily, it’s more likely the water pump’s check valve not seating, often due to a speck of debris. Turn a faucet on and off to reseat it.

  2. Gail Meyring

    You state “Never plug in your shore power cordset to a “live” outlet at a campsite pedestal.” I’ve been to campgrounds that either (a) didn’t have a breaker to shut off (their main breaker box was in a shed) or( b) a sign on the box saying “do not turn breaker off.” What do you suggest in these situations?

    1. Mike Sokol

      First of all, the National Electrical Code requires there’s a disconnect within 30 inches of the pedestal outlet. But since many campgrounds haven’t been inspected that can be an issue. All you have to do is shut off the main breaker in your RV’s power panel, plug your shore power line into the “hot” outlet, then turn your own breaker back on. Reverse the procedure when you’re leaving.

  3. Eric Meslin

    I like to have the front of the travel trailer a little low too, but I use my tongue jack and blocks to take some weight off the tow vehicle while leaving it hitched. Gives it more stability and easy out in the morning.

  4. Snaytye

    Water leak check: My pump will run every hour or so and I have never been able to locate a leak. Any ideas?

    1. rag-ftw

      Could be the pump or the tank fill check valve(s) leaking a little.

  5. Keith Manne

    Regarding cell phone spam, call 888-5OPTOUT to turn off most of the pre-approved credit card offers and similar solicitations. To get rid of the rest, install an app like Truecaller or ReverseLookup, which will automatically identify and reject spam calls.


    1. Leanne Hopkins

      It asked for my SS# which I wouldn’t do.

      1. Jillie

        We have Verizon and never had a spam caller ever. I guess we have a good cell phone company that blocks it for us? I love the peace and quiet until my mother calls. Then I am busy for an hour.

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