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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.
I keep running across warnings about RV “hot skin conditions.” What does that mean?
A hot-skin condition is not good. It’s when the skin (and chassis, hitch, wheels, etc.) of your RV develops more than 2 or 3 volts above the earth (ground) below it. Any hot skin over 40 volts AC can be lethal under the right conditions.
Is it okay to feel a little tingle when I touch my RV’s front door to open it?
NO! NEVER! NYET! If your RV is properly grounded from the shore power connection, it should never be more than 2 or 3 volts above earth ground. If you can feel a tingle, you likely have at least 20 volts of hot-skin voltage. That means you’ve lost the electrical ground on your RV and it can develop lethal voltages (up to 120 volts) at any time. Any tingle is a warning to immediately unplug from shore power and get the wiring fixed before someone gets hurt or killed. For a complete discussion of hot skin conditions and how to protect yourself, go to www.rvtravel.com and search for “hot skin” to learn how to test for it on your RV.
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Roadside emergency equipment
I’m sure you’ve seen semi-trucks along the side of the road with three triangular reflectors spaced out behind it. They are there to alert people to move over a lane as the rig is disabled for some reason. These triangles are inexpensive and should be in your RV safety emergency kit along with several flashlights and road flares to signal a night breakdown. You might also want to have an orange vest with night vision strips on it. Obviously, the best piece of emergency equipment is a cell phone to call for help. —From So, You Want To Be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]. Available on Amazon.com
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Simplify your RV meals
Try cooking one dish meals with an easy-to-make side. Most RV kitchen spaces aren’t meant for gourmet cooking. Try pairing one dish with a simple salad or another side you can easily put together. —From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living. Available on Amazon.com.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Happier Camper HC1 travel trailer. As he reports, “It may not be for everybody but the idea of being able to reconfigure your RV at a moment’s notice is really a neat idea.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the AVIA travel trailer by nuCamp RV? 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:
“First, don’t just drive around the dealer’s parking lot. Find an RV driving school and take lessons. No matter the size or type, an RV is not the same as your car. Second, SLOW DOWN. If you think you have to go 500 miles a day, you don’t want an RV. The whole idea is to see the country, so take your time, stop and smell the flowers. Third, you are driving a house so it will have rattles and it is often compared to a stick house in a small earthquake. Fourth, join a club whether it is national or a chapter in your area. Not only will you meet new people, but if you are having a problem someone else in the group might have had the same problem and can help you. At our rallies, there is always someone with a glitch and all the guys gather to troubleshoot (well, that is what they call it!). Most importantly, have fun and be careful.” —Mary Scherer
Protect your RV “pigtail”
That 7-way connector on your travel trailer or fifth wheel is a critical component. When not plugged into your tow rig, the thing is susceptible to the onslaught of dirt, rain and even bugs. Here’s a plug cover that slips right over your precious plug and keeps out the crud. One user says, “This works perfectly to keep the plug on my RV clear. I remove it when not in use and place it in my ‘RV emergency tool kit.’ This way, it’s not knocked around when driving.” Learn more or order.
Random RV Thought
When selecting a campsite in a campground with a looped layout, select a site on the inside of the curve in the road so headlights of passing vehicles will not beam at you at night.
• 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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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editors: Emily Woodbury, Diane McGovern.
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