Issue 858 • March 1, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
- Make sure the ground is level and firm. Jacks should never be placed where the ground is soft and subject to sinking.
- Use chocks to keep the vehicle from rolling. Block the front and back of the tire that is diagonally opposite to the flat.
- Place safety reflectors or flares behind the vehicle when changing a flat on the shoulder of the road to alert other drivers.
- Never crawl under a vehicle when supported solely by a jack.
- Follow your vehicle’s owner manual for proper procedures and warnings for changing a tire.
Read yesterday’s tip: Quick Voltage Reference Chart
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City and U.S. maps
A GPS is great, but there’s nothing like a folded map to plan a trip or guide you where you’re going once you’re underway. Just about every folded map you would ever need is here. Most sell from about $2 to $6. Check ’em out or order.
Don’t let your tire pressure get low
Tire load ratings are great — provided you keep the tire at the recommended inflation rate. If the tire pressure is low, forget the weight ratings — you’re playing with fire in the form of excessive tire heat that can blow your tire in flight.
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
A ground rod will do nothing to “ground” your RV. The only real ground connection is through your shore power plug’s EGC (Equipment Grounding Conductor) pin. So don’t drive a ground rod thinking that will solve a hot-skin condition. It won’t.
Motorhome got a cold draft you can’t account for? After eliminating an open window or roof vent, check your dashboard environmental controls. Vacuum-operated intakes left in the open position when the engine is shut down may well stay open, allowing cold air to infiltrate. Turn the engine on, close the vents, shut engine off. Done deal.
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Add an outdoor water faucet to your RV!
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Thermostat not working right?
Reader Steve Willey says, “Our digital thermostat kept the furnace on too long in cold weather and got over 80 inside. The culprit was the location of the thermostat on the panel side of the refrigerator enclosure. The refrigerator is isolated from room heat and vented to outdoors. In freezing weather cold air was surrounding the refrigerator and entering the thermostat through an overly large wiring hole behind it. Sealant and a sheet of foam behind the thermostat cured the problem.” Thanks, Steve!
Keep used plastic bags in an old Kleenex box, you will be amazed at how many it will hold. Thanks to Candy Alexander!
Batteries last a long time!
Motion detection nightlights can last a year on a set of batteries
When you need a nightlight when without hookups, these are great: they light only when they sense motion, shutting off after 30 seconds of no movement. They use no wires & install in less than 5 minutes. Use outdoors, too. Lights come in a 3-pack. Can last up to a year! Watch the short video for a demonstration or learn more (or order at a great price) at Amazon.com.
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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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