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Friday, August 21, 2020
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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.
What does it mean when a campground has “full hookups?”
It means you can plug into electricity, fresh water, a sewer and sometimes even cable TV. When your RV is fully hooked up, you can live pretty much like at home. Some campgrounds, especially public ones, may offer only water and electric hookups. Public campgrounds like those in state and federal parks almost never offer full hookups, but quite frequently provide water and electricity. Many also have an RV dump facility available.
How much power can I use when hooked up to electricity?
All hookups are not created equal. Public parks may offer only small amounts of power – typically 20 amps, enough to run lights, microwave, TV, a space heater, laptop computer – or a combination of a few of these at once. The plug on these sites looks just like a plug at home. Most private RV parks provide either 30- or 50-amp service, which will adequately power air conditioners and other power-hogging devices. The very biggest motor coaches need all the power they can get for their multiple air conditioners: a 20-amp hookup would be woefully inadequate. But read this article about the SoftStartRV – it’s a game-changer!
We plan to camp a lot in National Forests. How long of an RV will ﬁt in their campsites?
National Forests vary greatly in the size of RVs they will accommodate. A small percentage will accommodate the largest rigs, but many will not accommodate a long trailer or ﬁfth wheel with their tow vehicles, or even a 40-foot motorhome. We’re guessing now, but based on years of camping in National Forest campgrounds we’d estimate small- to medium-sized trailers and ﬁfth wheels will ﬁt in about two-thirds of USFS campgrounds. Motorhomes 28 feet or shorter will probably fit with no problems.
Unhooking a “stuck” toad
Jim Riley passed along this hint: “When it’s time to unhook your towed vehicle and it won’t break free because it’s not level, restart the toad and turn the wheel sharply to the right and/or left and it should release the tension and enable you to pull the pins easily.” Thanks, Jim!
Easily and safely dispose of cooking grease
Don’t run grease down your RV drains – it can really clog things up. So when cooking a greasy pot of soup or stew, drop in some ice cubes and stir. The grease will cling to the cubes. Quickly fish them out and toss them in the garbage.
Store dry food items in plastic baskets
Plastic baskets are great for separating and storing dry foods in your RV cabinets. Use bins with holes in the sides to facilitate air circulation. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Heavy-duty stove top cleaning in your shower
Trouble getting the grime off your range-top burner grates, gas control knobs, even the cook top itself? Stop up your shower drain, lay down a towel, and put those grimy parts on it. Now add a couple of inches of hot water and sprinkle a half-cup of dishwasher detergent granules on the scene of the crime. Soak for an hour and rinse away the grime.
Fresher-smelling dirty laundry
Dirty laundry smell running you out of the rig between washings? Stick a laundry softener sheet in the pile to counter the odor. You can use the dryer sheet in the dryer when it comes time to dry the newly cleaned clothes.
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Common Terms Used by RV Salespeople
ROLL TERM: As in to Roll the Term. It means to stretch the buyer’s loan out to a longer term without telling the buyer that it is happening in order to keep the monthly payment inside the buyer’s target while still increasing the dealer’s profit in the deal.
Another one next issue. Courtesy of the Burdge Law Office.
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:
“Learn how to park in a campsite.” — Dave Gobel
Essential equipment for RVers!
Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100-micron fiber filter. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and improve the taste and smell of your drinking water. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a big discount.
Random RV Thought
While in a campground, to avoid having annoying headlights beaming into your RV or onto your campsite, choose a spot on a straight stretch of the campground’s road or choose a site on the inside of a corner, not the outside.
• 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.
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