Issue 856 • February 27, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
Once upon a time, RV batteries came from familiar factory names such as Lifeline, Trojan, Interstate and the like. They were 12V or, better yet, 6V “golf cart” styles, made with 19th-century lead-acid technology. They had a great deal of energy storage, considerable weight and some obnoxious idiosyncrasies associated with their chemical technology.
Read yesterday’s tip: Dump your RV’s holding tanks uphill? Here’s a way. . .
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Protect yourself and others from sharp edges of RV slideouts!
Cut your head just once on a sharp RV slideout and you’ll race out to buy a set of these so it never happens again! Camco’s Black RV Slide-Out Corner Guards offer a simple solution to the danger posed by sharp corners on RV slideouts (think about kids running by!). Simply place them on each corner of the slide to provide a cushion. Easy to install, no tools required. Learn more or order.
Handy leveling tools
Got levels? Having bubble levels on the side and front or rear of your rig makes it easier to level up when you’re setting up. Or use a small “torpedo” level. With your rig known to be level, see if your storage bay trim or windows are also level. If they are, you can use a torpedo level lined up on the trim anywhere it’s convenient.
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
While most 20-amp and 50-amp pedestal receptacles are correctly wired, any “new-looking” 30-amp receptacles should be viewed with suspicion and their voltage double-checked before plugging in your shore power plug. Since a 120-volt TT-30 plug looks similar to a 240-volt dryer plug, some residential electricians get confused and wire it for 240 volts rather than 120 volts – and that can blow up your RV electrical system and appliances within a few seconds.
Putting in a dishwasher?
Thinking about installing an RV dishwasher? Before you go out and lay down money, check out the specifications. Not only do you need enough physical space, but also consider the electrical and plumbing requirements – your rig must be able to provide for all.
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National Parks to visit this spring
Ready to hit the road? These ten National Parks are most beautiful in the spring and are well-deserving of a road trip. Don’t wait too long to make campground reservations though – you know they fill up fast!
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Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including dangerous, costly water damage. This rubber seal lubricant from Thetford prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight destruction. It is also useful on door seals and window seals. It’s a mineral oil product and also acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order
Why weighing each wheel of your RV is important
Andy Pargh, The Gadget Guru, talks with Jeff Gaston of My RV School about how his company works with customers to determine how their RV’s weight is distributed and how to adjust if necessary for safe driving. They discuss the most common reasons for tire failure and more. Good stuff!
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2018 Large Scale Road Atlas now available
This 2018 Rand McNally Large Scale Road Atlas has maps of every U.S. state that are 35% larger than the standard atlas version plus over 350 city inset & national park maps & a comprehensive index. Road construction & conditions contact info is located above maps. Mileage chart shows distances & drive time between 77 North American cities & national parks. Tough spiral binding allows the atlas to lay open easily. Learn more.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Use windshield “shades” for your RV skylight
RV skylight giving off too much heat or light? Hit the auto parts store and buy some windshield “shades.” Attach them to the ceiling under the offending skylight using double stick Velcro tape.
Here’s another tip to securing your RV awning. (There was a suggestion in this newsletter last week.) Reader Mark Walsh says he gets peace of mind regarding his RV awning while traveling. How? “I use a large piece of Velcro wound several times around each arm of the awning up near the top. I have to use a picnic table or ladder to get it there but it takes away the worry.” —Thanks, Mark.
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Deanna Tolliver, Mike Sokol, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.
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