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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.
Some tips on keeping your RV awning shut while traveling
Howard R. suggested a way to keep awning arms from opening while on the road after he saw this tip in an RV Daily Tips Newsletter: Put the awning in “transport” position, then carefully bore through the closed awning arms, installing a snap lock safety pin. It’ll prevent the arms from opening up without first being removed. From the school of, “Been there, done that,” Howard writes: “While that will indeed keep the arms from opening, it will not stop the awning from possibly deploying due to a worn cam in the roller. If the roller can turn, the awning can deploy.” Howard suggests RVers also look into systems that physically lock the roller up. Thanks, Howard!
Leon, an RVer with an “enclosed” Fiama awning, got a little worried when he heard about “unexpected openings” from other Fiama owners. He now keeps his housing from opening when motoring down the road with double-sided Velcro. Thank you, Leon!
Henry K. also writes about the danger of awnings unfurling while traveling down the highway. After Henry’s electric awning blocked traffic and he required a police escort to clear the road, he vowed that would never happen again. Henry writes, “I have since purchased awning clamps from Camping World for about $35 which allow you to lock the awning from the ground using your awning rod, and this cannot happen again. I have used them on two different RVs now and will not travel without it. It only takes about 15 minutes to install and works great.” Thanks, Henry! (Note: Amazon also has awning clamps.)
Improve your windshield visibility
From former race car driver Roger Marble: “When I was racing sports cars, it was important to have a clean windshield. At 120 mph a bug doesn’t just leave a smear on the glass but seems to embed itself into the molecules of glass and is normally difficult and time-consuming to clean off. Some of our events ran up to 24 hours, so bug exposure was substantial. We discovered that treating the front-facing surface of the car with Rain-X made it much easier and faster to clean the remnants of the bug collision off the glass. Today, living in Ohio, we have sleet, freezing rain, snow and ice to contend with, and using Rain-X helps prevent the ice from sticking to the windshield of my street vehicles.
Note: Use of Rain-X or similar products may make doing glass chip repair (adhesive used to fill crack) more difficult. The very chemicals that make Rain-X work to prevent bugs, rain and ice from sticking may also make it more difficult to make adhesive stick in the crack. If you use Rain-X and then get a crack I would not re-apply Rain-X to the windshield until after the crack-fill is attempted. This way you are not coating the fresh broken surface so the adhesive has a better opportunity to adhere in the crack.” —Thanks for the slick trick, Roger!
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23TWS Travel Trailer. This thing is soooo cute! Check it out.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Jayco Jay Feather 24BH Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
“If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?”
From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response:
“Slow down and monitor your tire pressures and lug nuts! No RV should be driven faster than 65 mph (70 mph tops, when necessary). Being in a hurry and in an RV at the same time is the result of bad decisions. Tire failure is the arguably biggest reason people die in RVs. Driving/towing an RV fast is like working hard to relax; it makes no sense, and in an RV can be quickly catastrophic.” —Tim
Affordable tire tool will save you tons of trouble
What gives when you think your tires are “good to go” but down on air again the next day? Your valve stem valve probably isn’t tight enough. A loose, leaking valve stem can cause a tire failure due to low pressure under load at highway speeds. So do yourself and your vehicles a favor – pick up one of these very inexpensive tools and make sure your valve cores are snugly seated in the valve stem. Click here to order.
Random RV Thought
Make sure you exercise your RV generator at least once a month. Let it run for 30 minutes with many power accessories turned on. Have you exercised your generator lately? If not, it’s time!
• If you buy a defective RV and are unable to get it fixed or its warranty honored, here is where to turn for help.
• If you need an RV Lemon Law Lawyer, Ron Burdge is your man.
Read previous issues of Beginner’s Guide to RVing newsletters here.
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