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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1005

Issue 1005 • November 14, 2018

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Batwing maintenance suggestion
Got a Winegard batwing antenna? Shoot a little silicone lubricant down the crank shaft that leads down into your rig. The lube will help keep a sealing ring from drying out. It’s a twice-a-year job that will help keep the rain OUTSIDE your rig.

Brake fluid maintenance
Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir. Clean the cap off before removing it to prevent dirt from getting in the brake fluid. Consult your owner’s manual for the proper type of brake fluid and add as required, but do not overfill.
Caution: The brake system is a closed system and ordinarily does not require additional fluid. If you have to add fluid it may be an indication of a leak somewhere in the system. Have it checked out and repaired immediately. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101

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Today’s brain teaser (answer below): Every day the number of lily pads in a pond doubles. If the pond is completely full by the 30th day, on what day was it half full?

Look at this adorable 2019 calendar tea towel with RVs. How unique!


Flood warning?
If you’re camping near a river or stream and there’s rain in the forecast, ask the campground host or locals about the history of flooding in the area. One RVer camped near a river, and heavy rains fell during the night. By morning, water was threatening the rig – time to pull up stakes and go.

Headphones to the rescue
A good set of noise cancelling headphones can come in handy when you are packed into a crowded RV park with lots of other people around, some of them noisy. Even if the noise isn’t particularly loud, if it annoys you, the headphones will help muzzle some of the sound, allowing you a little peace and quiet. 

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Winterizing 101 with Road & Home™
Road & Home™’s blow out plug is essential for clearing your water lines prior to a deep freeze. Prevent cracking over the winter months by attaching the blow out plug to the city water inlet and attach an air hose. Open all faucets and valves and allow the air to push out all water. This inexpensive part can be picked up in the plumbing section of Lowe’s stores nationwide and online. 


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Winter RV destinations + resorts
This list from Trailer Life Magazine tells you about the best winter destinations for RVers and recommends resorts and RV parks to stay at while you’re there. 

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Answer to today’s brain teaser: The pond is half full on the day before it’s full; therefore it is half full on the 29th. 

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Vickie Newton
3 years ago

I want to remove the built in tables beside the recliners and the bed. Can anyone tell me how to do that?

Wolfe Rose
3 years ago

The idea that you’d need noise cancelling headphones in a campground, especially inside your own rig, hurts my head… To me, the entire point of RVing (outside business travel) is to get AWAY from those obnoxiously loud sort of folks… If I can throw an only slightly used dead squirrel and hit your rig, you’re too close to mine.

Doug W.
3 years ago

I ask again. 13 more RV fires in today’s news….. What is causing these fires?

Also, if the brake system is “sealed” how does moisture get into it?

3 years ago
Reply to  Doug W.

Mainly propane fridge fires when the cooling coils fail.

3 years ago
Reply to  Doug W.

Condensation to cold or vice -versa creates moisture..and then brake fluid can boil …plus the fluid wears out through the process…

3 years ago
Reply to  Doug W.

Its all about chemistry. The rubber seal on your master is not 100%. Moisture is attracted to brake fluid because of the alcohol content. Then moisture in it’s tiniest molecules gets sucked into the master when you put your foot on the brake creating a slight vacumn in the master. Releasing your foot from the brake doesn’t push the moisture out, it gets absorbed into the brake fluid. Over time the moisture will rust the metal parts of the brake system. About once a year you need to have your brake system gravity bled which if you’re mechanical you can do. Or pay to have it done. Some shops call it a brake fluid flush. I doubt theres much flushing going on. Shops speed the bleeding process up by pressure bleeding your system. Both processes achieve the same results. Pressure bleeding is faster.

3 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Once a year brake bleed? That is far too often in most cases. You can easily test your brake fluid for the presence of water with a brake fluid tester, available on Amazon for about $15.00. If you decide to change it on a schedule, every 3 or 4 years is reasonable.

3 years ago

Typically if no brake fluid leak is evident, the lowering of the amount of fluid in the master cylinder is due to the waring of the brake pads/shoes. If the master cylinder needs fluid, you can bet it also needs new pads and/or shoes.

Wolfe Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Precisely right… I was just about to mention viewing the master brake fluid being my quickie check of my brake pads.

3 years ago

We were camping this weekend in East Tennessee with a lots of leaves falling , our neighbor pulled out a sweeper for his awning
This thing worked so well removing leaves and water. It was called rv awing I can’t fine it anywhere. Does anyone know where I might get one of these

3 years ago
Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

As usual, Trailer Life is a bit ‘light’ in their winter destination suggestions.

3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, it said it was “a list of 10”. Maybe that’s why you thought it was a bit light. A list of 100 doesn’t weigh as much as a list of 10. ?