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Jim
2 years ago

That was a great video explaining how to handle a blow-out. Thank you. It makes total sense what they say to do but I would have never thought to accelerate to maintain control. Really appreciate you sharing that video!

Billy Bob Thorton
2 years ago

Hi, like the more healthy crab recipe. More like that would be welcomed.

Joe Allen
2 years ago

We have been Passport America members for quite some time and have never had a problem like the writer encountered! Of course, considering it is located in California, well, you can assume anything! We most likely will never visit that state again. Was there in the 60’s and I can only imagine how it has evolved since then.

John
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

I just spent 2 months boondocking in California. Gasoline is over $1 per gallon more than in Arizona, sales tax is 8.25%, plastic bags at store checkouts that are free everywhere else cost 10 cents each. Ugh!

Buzzelectric
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

I think California has changed a little in those few years. But your more than welcome to come try it again. Yeah, some of us are nuts, but the rest of us are friendly. Come to Chico. It’s a small northern Cal. College town with a agricultural economic base. It’s pretty, green, a little to hot in the summer, a little expensive, but a great place to visit and base a lot of outside activities from. If your political the town is liberal, but the county is coservative. Yup, you can partake in wacky tobacky. Better yet come visit the Sierra Nevada Beer factory!

Ron
2 years ago

Regarding safety belts for children and adults in the cabin of a motorhome. People should also consider stowing objects that they leave on the counter tops along with coffee/end tables, chairs, recliners and any other item not bolted down. A panic stop or crash can cause all of these thing to come flying towards the front of the coach where the driver and passenger can be the target. Not good.

John Hiler
2 years ago

Every Rv should have a ground hookup. Most power problems are because of a bad ground. A ground rod by the sewer? Actually it would be easy to install a ground detector right with the tank messenger, red for bad ground, green for good or whatever.
This is not rocket science but it may cost the manufacturer and extra 20 bucks. Money would come directly out of the pocket of the CEO so it will never fly, cheeeeep is best…

Mike Sokol
2 years ago
Reply to  John Hiler

John, it’s not quite that simple, but for years I’ve been proposing a built-in NCVT (Non Contact Voltage Tester) that would alarm you of any RV hot-skin condition. So far no traction, but I keep trying.

Bruce
2 years ago

Bob Difley is not correct in his reply to the folks with the Alpine motorhome about their propane tank.
Propane cylinders utilized on trailers and 5th wheels must be recertified every 10 years.
Tanks used on motorhome are completely different and do not have a reinspection time line.
The supposedly qualified person filling the tank is supposed to do a visual inspection prior to filling.
There is no expiry date on tanks even though there should be in my opinion.
Cylinders and tanks are completely different in their requirements for inspections.
The filler was obviously mistaken about his understanding of the two.
If the rules have changed and I am wrong I apologize, the rules are mostly identical for the US and Canada.

Bob Difley
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

Yes you are correct. I was not clear on installed tanks in motorhomes. According to the RV Doctor, ” The rules for this type of propane container are governed by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). ASME tanks are not required to be re-certified since they are permanently installed. But DOT/TC cylinders, both vertical and horizontal, because they can be removed, transported and filled independently, do qualify for periodic re-certification. All propane containers, tanks and cylinders, however, should be periodically inspected, cleaned and tested for leaks. All of which should be considered preventive maintenance common sense.”

jane shure
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

I do not agree with this guy. How much government **** regs do we need. ****

Jean Knapper
2 years ago

I missed the poll on rving abroad. When my husband was posted to the American Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany we shipped a pop-up camper and rved all over Europe. Had great experiences. Even camped with gypsies in Belgium.

livingboondockingmexico
2 years ago
Reply to  Jean Knapper

Now that must have been cool! My kind of trip.

Jillie
2 years ago
Reply to  Jean Knapper

Need to write a book on that one. Would love to read about the gypsy encounter. O how fun.

Ron T
2 years ago

On the beverage question, I start my day with a small bowl of oatmeal squares & skim milk, nothing separate to drink, so I guess my answer is milk, sort of.

Irv
2 years ago

The Fire Safety tip re: “Spontaneous combustion can occur in damp charcoal.” is a widely debunked Urban Myth grilling charcoal. Do a Google search on the quote above.

NakedWhiz.com/wetcharcoal.com has a readable article consistent with other sources and contains this quote.

“”The data show that the largest commercially-available bag of charcoal briquets, 9 kg (20 lb.), cannot self ignite at an ambient temperature below 394 K (121C or 250F). All tested variations: size, different formulations, addition of water or dry wood, aging, and different bag configurations, raised this critical temperature even higher. At 25C (77F ) these data show a bag of charcoal briquets would have to exceed the size of a typical house (>103 m3) to self ignite. Self ignition at ambient temperatures of bagged charcoal briquets in commercially available sizes is impossible.””

–7th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, 16-21 June, 2002 Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts titled “Size Constraints on Self Ignition of Charcoal Briquets” by P.J. Pagni, B.R. Cuzzillo, F.C. Wolters and T.R. Frost

Patsy
2 years ago

Your publication is a real downer. I’m out.

Anthony
2 years ago
Reply to  Patsy

To me has been for a very long time but look at it ever week something to read

Rod
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Its great to inform people about RV safety issues. Especially in getting the information out to the new and less informed RV buyer. I remember when I bought my first trailer, I bought it because it looked good and it served my camping needs. I had no clue of anything else. I.E. air pressure, electrical, batteries, towing requirements, weight distribution, etc. All that was after I started using the camper and learning about everything as I went along. I love your newsletter; I just wish now were I can find a good storage place for my camper.

Wendell
2 years ago
Reply to  Patsy

Amazing! How the writer came to this conclusion is beyond me. This such great source of rving information. Ifinite? I have told a lot of fellow rvers about this great source of usfull, even life saving information.

Nick Cliteur
2 years ago

We live in Ennismore, Ont., just outside Peterborough and about an hour and a half northeast of Toronto.

Saw a sign for a local plumbing company “If we were not here, you would have no place to go.” Pretty funny!