Issue 872 • March 27, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
First, use a battery isolator. This device only allows voltage to flow from the truck charging system back to the rig when the engine is running. This prevents the RV from sucking down the truck battery, leaving you in the woods with no way to start up. From the RV side of the isolator, install a 12-volt circuit breaker to protect the circuit. This breaker should be based on the output current of your truck alternator.
Test your new installation with a digital test meter. With the truck engine off and the plug connected, test the voltage of the house battery. Now fire up the truck engine, and within a minute or so, the voltage at the house battery should show a higher reading.
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Plug your 50-amp coach into a 30-amp plug
There comes a time in every RVer’s life when there will be no 50-amp hookup available, only a 30-amp plug. That’s when this adapter will save the day. If you don’t have one, get one. Or you’ll be sorry. Learn more or order
Have a short sewer hose handy
Use a very short (3′) sewer hose when dumping tanks at dump station. Park close, then you don’t have to drag out (and clean) the long one.
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
I’m a road dog and typically drive 50,000 miles a year teaching production seminars around the country. Many times I’m thousands of miles from home and driving solo. One thing I’ve learned the hard way is to keep a variety of specialized spare parts in my road kit. For instance, I keep a serpentine belt, belt idlers, diesel fuel filter, fuses, headlight bulbs, brake light bulbs, and metric torx wrenches along with anything else that might be hard to find on the road. I also keep a notebook containing printouts of any special repair procedures for my vehicle. This has saved my bacon many times. I can often find a decent truck shop on the highway, but they may not have a particular part for my Sprinter. I just show them the printout of the repair procedure, give them the new spare parts from my kit and let them get to work. I don’t have time to wait for an order or even have someone drive to the next town for a parts pickup, so the more spares I carry with me the better.
Easy clothes line
Dog owners, need a quickie clothes line? Stretch out Rover’s retractable cable and you’re all set.
HOT TOPIC AT RV TRAVEL.COM
Laundry wars: The case of the angry camper.
Quick Shade Chair keeps the sun off you!
Summer is ahead and that means a lot of time outdoors. But, oh, that also means lots of sunshine and for many of us that’s not a good thing for our skin. Here’s a great way to be outside and keep those nasty skin-damaging days away – this highly rated Quick Shade Canopy Folding Camp Chair. Learn more or order.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Highway laws in all 50 states
Everything you need to know about driving in all 50 states. See the minimum and maximum highway speeds, how much you’ll pay if you get the maximum penalty for reckless driving, and more! [Editor: Apparently this information regards cars, rather than RVs. But it’s still interesting.]
Big Rig Resorts
Own a big rig and seem to have trouble finding parks, or places to park it? This website is dedicated to finding spots to park that big boy.
RV Factory Tours
Ever wonder how your RV was made? Find your factory on the map, visit and tour it! Learn the whole RV-building process.
Coleman Classic Propane Stove
Sometimes, you just want to cook outdoors. Maybe guests stopped by. Maybe you and the next door neighbors are gathered outside and it’s a whole lot more fun to cook up your bacon and eggs or boil your veggies without heading back alone inside your rig. This Coleman stove is just what you need. Learn more or order
VW Beetle tows fifth wheel travel trailer
Talk about a lightweight setup! This VW bug-fifth-wheel combo was likely somebody’s grand idea, but it never made the big time, much less the production line. But it sure is fun to watch it in operation in this now-classic video.
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Join us in Elkhart May 17-21
RV Travel will be a major participant at the upcoming RVillage Rally in Elkhart, Indiana, May 17-21. Join editor Chuck Woodbury, our Pet Vet Dr. Deanna, RV electricity expert Mike Sokol, tire expert Roger Marble and our RV historian Al Hesselbart — all of us presenting seminars and hanging out with RV Travel readers. Included in the rally will be several factory tours and a visit to the fabulous RV Hall of Fame museum (with many classic RVs). Learn more, and get a special discount code to save 10 percent on registration.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Fire extinguisher reminder
Check your RV fire extinguisher(s) regularly – at least once a month. Take it off the rack and check the pressure dial to make sure it’s in the “good” range. Turn “powder” or “dry chemical” extinguishers upside down and thump them on the bottom to loosen up the chemical – if it settles and hardens in the bottom, your extinguisher is useless.
Bugs, birds and bees: Cute in the wild, but lousy when they wind up in your exterior refrigerator or water heater compartments. Add “inspection and clean out” to your regular maintenance list.
‘Earthquake Putty’ keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Quakehold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.
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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