Issue 1014 • December 6, 2018
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Maintaining slide out seals
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slide outs, especially after it’s been sitting for a while, it means your seals are sticking and/or drying out! There are seals on both the inside and the outside of the slide outs to help keep you dry and comfortable. The exterior seals keep the rain out, and the interior seals keep the heat and cool air in. If these start to crack due to being pulled on when sticking, you will get leaks and end up an unhappy camper. Using a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks is recommended to avoid drying and cracking. Once they begin to wear and show damage they are no longer working to their fullest capacity. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner – it works like a charm!
Start with your slide out fully retracted. This will make sure the seals that actually seal it while it’s extended are as accessible as possible. On the inside, if you feel around the top and sides of the slide, you will be able to locate the rubber seal. Spray your Thetford seal conditioner on the top and side seals and allow to dry. No wiping needed! Now you want to extend your slide out so that you can get to the outside seals that keep water out while the slide out is retracted. The seals on the outside are a bit easier to see. You’ll want to get a ladder so you can reach the seals on the top. Again, using your Thetford conditioner, spray all the way around the side and top seals. It can become difficult at the top to reach all the way to the middle of the slide, but get as far in as you can. Coating the outer seals keeps them from sticking to the exterior and having chunks ripped out of the rubber as the slide is moved in and out. It’s also going to help give you a coating that will repel water to help ensure there are no leaks. –From Lakeshore RV Center
How often to check
your battery electrolyte?
If you have new “lead acid” batteries, they should be checked for “fill-up” about twice a month. If they’re older, check once a week. After you’ve done it a few times, you’ll get the “feel” for how often your babies need feeding.
Today’s brain teaser: I am the beginning of sorrow, and the end of sickness. You cannot express happiness without me, yet I am in the midst of crosses. I am always at risk, yet never in danger. You may find me in the sun, but never out of darkness. What am I?
“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison
MORE QUICK TIPS
Grease in the gray water tank?
As good as we try to be, sometimes grease gets down the galley sink drain. Over time it can create a nasty mess in the holding tank. If that’s a problem for you, just before you break camp and motor down the road, dump some white vinegar down the sink drain. Sloshing around in the tank, it’ll help cut the grease.
Thinking about work camping?
Some basic principles to remember when you decide that work camping will be part of your RV lifestyle. The main thing is: You are not starting a new career. These are part-time seasonal jobs. The pay, if any, will be at or near minimum wage. Secondly, unless you have been hired as a manager, do not try to be one. This can quickly lead to problems between you and management, and can just as quickly lead to dismissal. If you can keep these basics in mind, and keep a good work ethic and attitude, you will be successful. — From “So, you want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]” Available on Amazon.com
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This list from Country Living has the 50 best gifts for Fido, Fifi, and their pup-parents. The holiday wreath toy is a personal favorite, but the RV dog house is a close second…
No bathtub? No problem!
Here’s an easy, inexpensive way to add a bathtub to your RV — just buy a kid’s swimming pool, blow it up, fill with water — and you’re in business. Great for bathing children or pets, and pretty good as a makeshift bathtub for grown ups, too. —Instagram
The best phone mount for an RV
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This phone mount suctions or clips to your dashboard or windshield, and is a sturdy, safe place to keep your phone while driving. Perfect for using the GPS while going down the road. The mount is cushioned for a wobble-free phone and can rotate 360 degrees. We highly recommend this one! Learn more or order.
Answer to today’s brain teaser: The letter S
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