RV Daily Tips Newsletter 975

Issue 975 • September 24, 2018

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“Can” the spray cans?
“We all have many aerosol cans we use for maintenance and cleaning, etc. I have found the best way to carry them in my motorhome basement is in a plastic ammo can. They are inexpensive and available in many big box stores. They stay in one place, are easy to access, and with the lid closed and latched nothing can leak or spray if something falls on them.” Thanks to Mark Anderson. Here’s an ammo box for about $8 on Amazon.

Make your own travel cup?
Glad Press n’ Seal will easily turn any cup into a nice travel cup. Just pop a hole in the top with your straw, and you’re good to go. —From “RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living.” Available on Amazon.com.


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Inverter cuts out unexpectedly

Posted by reader Greg Pellecchia
I use a 2000 watt Coleman inverter in my RV to run the coffee maker and flat screen TV. I used to run a fat extension cord from the inverter in the utility compartment through an open window into the RV but decided to wire a 25-foot length of 14/2 Romex cable for a more permanent, clutter-free hookup. The cable goes through an opening under the bed and runs along the inside walls inside plastic cord covers. To facilitate pulling the Romex through the cord covers and around corners I stripped off its outer PVC jacket and paper separators. The run includes two duplex outlets.

The new connection works for the most part. The coffee maker, power tools, a 19-inch flat screen TV, and a DVD player all work fine when I plug them in, but when I plug in the Toshiba 22-inch flat screen TV/DVD combo the inverter immediately cuts out and flashes its overload light. The crazy thing is that if I unplug the new wiring and run the old extension cord directly from the inverter to the TV then it works fine. The voltage level at the TV is 130V whether it gets there from the new cable or the old extension cord. When it runs with the old cord the TV only pulls about 55W with no startup surge. Can anyone explain what the heck is going on?

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MORE QUICK TIPS

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Look ahead for trouble
If somewhere looks too small to drive through or park in, it probably is. I’ve rolled the dice before and it always comes up snake eyes. —From “RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living 

Don’t use stabilizer jacks for leveling
Don’t try to use trailer stabilizer jacks to bring your rig up into level – most are designed simply to give more stability to the rig once leveled. Using these to try and level a rig can cause damage.

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Dog bones? An RVer’s Best Friend!
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RV Trip Diary
This is an app (for iPhone and Android) that allows you to keep a written (and photo) diary of RV parks you visit. Answer questions like: Was the park clean? Did it have hookups? Would I return? Take photos and check the location off on your personal map. (Fun fact: This app was developed by the 20-year-old son of one of our readers!)

Archive of National Parks maps
See a century of national park maps from the National Geographic archives. If you have a good cup of coffee or tea by your side, sit back and time-travel through some of our favorite American places. 

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14 Thoughts to “RV Daily Tips Newsletter 975”

  1. Bob Godfrey

    As for the trip to Mars I volunteer my ex-wife.

    1. RV Staff

      Ouch! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

  2. jillie

    You have to remember this. It is a one way trip to Mars. You will never see your family again. Mars is a permanent visit. I am like yes and no. I kind of like being able to go where I want to. If you watch the Martian. It will keep you thinking about that yes or no answer.

  3. Johnm405

    Dogbone
    I carry a 50 to 30 amp dogbone because I have been in a few places that only had 50 amp. Good to have when you need it.

    1. Just be aware that your RV shore power is still limited to 30-amps max due to the gauge of your cordset, and size of your RV’s incoming circuit breaker (30-amp).

  4. Vanessa

    A Camping World accessory store sales person told me I didn’t need leveling blocks to just use my stabilizer jacks to level it out…after that, I took everything he said with a grain of salt and he was supposed to be doing a “workshop” on RVing.

    1. Johnm405

      I have a set of trailer stabilizer jack to use with my Motorhome. I don’t have jackets on this one. I use derive up on blocks and only use the stabilizers to keep the Motorhome from rocking after the side is out.

  5. Bear

    As I read it, Karin’s question was about using a 50-to-30A dogbone for her 30A RV…not the other way around. Her intention was to get a cleaner contact, I guess, having been told that 50A outlets get less use. 1st, I doubt they get less use since more and more rigs are powered @ 50A, and 100A are coming down the pike. So there’s that. 2nd, sounds like she’s aware she’ll only get 30A (since that’s all the dog one will let pass). And 3rd, I personally don’t see any harm in her plan. Go for it, Karin!

    1. Bear, I agree there’s no harm in using a 50-amp to 30-amp adapter, but I’m looking at what the National Electrical Code will allow, and what liabilities you might have if there was a melt-down. It should be safe, if a little-bit off code. But I don’t think any inspector would care.

  6. Karin S.

    This question is for Mike Sokol:

    I left a question on another newsletter, but I’m thinking too much time had gone by and that one is closed. Someone suggested when using a pedestal to use a 50amp to 30amp dogbone connection because the 50amp plugins don’t get as much usage as the 30amp ones. Also, they said due to the larger wires, the 50amp plugin is less likely to overheat. Though I do need to buy a 50 to 30amp dog bone just in case the 30amp one is not working, what are your thoughts on this. My unit is 30amp.

    1. Monty Arch

      I bought a dogbone adapter to connect a 50 amp pedestal to my 30 amp trailer, just in case a 30 amp pedestal isn’t available. The RV Travel Newsletter Issue 864 had a dialog about preferring to use a 50 amp pedestal over a 30 amp one if you have the adapter.

  7. Tommy Molnar

    If I were young, single, and bored, maybe I’d consider the Mars thing. Sounds like an adventure, especially since it’s a one way trip.

    But, I’m old, happily married, and loving the RV livestyle, so the closest to Mars I want to get is when I put down my 7×50 binoculars and pick up my 30×70 binocs . . . .

  8. Bob p

    Your bit on dog bone connectors is very misleading. Your amperage noumbers are reversed giving the impression you can use a 15 amp plug to give 30 amp service and 30 amp plug to give you 50 amp service. You can use the 15a to 30a dogbone but you are just adapting to you 30 amp plug you’ll only be able to get 15 amps, not enough to run a/c but can run a coffee pot and a few lights. The same applies to the 30a to 50a adapter. The fact remains you can’t anymore current than what the outlet is designed for without causing an over heating and possible fire hazard.

    1. Ref the quick link on dog-bone adapters: It may have been a little incomplete, but I woudn’t call it misleading. However, this sounds like a great topic for a future RVelectricty article on how RV pedestal adapters work. Thanks for the idea, but my pile of things to write about keeps getting higher and higher.

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